Home Theatre and Automation – Tips for the Homeowner

Home Theatre and Automation – Tips for the Homeowner
November 15, 2016

You’ve made the decision to have your dream home theatre system installed, but where should you start? The best way is to enlist the assistance of a professional that specialises in home theatre installations. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience which could potentially steer you clear of costly mistakes. You are dealing with cutting edge technology and spending your hard earned money, so engage with a professional to ensure you achieve the best cinematic experience. Their aim is to make sure the system matches (or exceeds) your requirements and takes into consideration your budget and any future capacity for expansion of the system. Have an experienced installer fit and setup your system to ensure it operates correctly and at optimum levels.

Consider your space – size and lighting play a big part in product selection. Will this be a multipurpose room or a dedicated home theatre? Will you watch sports or mainly movies? How big is the space?  What lighting is available and what sound/acoustic requirements are the right fit for you? These are all considerations for determining which products will achieve the best result.

There are different types of home theatres; media rooms and dedicated home theatres. Media rooms tend to be multipurpose spaces with more light – ranging from a simple family lounge with a TV and speakers, to a high definition TV with surround sound speakers. Dedicated home theatre rooms are acoustically designed and insulated rooms, and often include cinema seating and super wide ratio projection systems. Recently we have seen these two entertainment spaces come together, as a multi-use home theatre that can be easily transformed from a cinematic space to an entertaining area fit for guests.

Home technology pricing has dropped dramatically in recent years, making it more mainstream and accessible for most, and now there are quality products to fit almost everyone’s budget. An example of this is TVs; ten years ago a quality 65” Plasma would cost around $50,000, today you can buy a 65” LED TV for around $3,000 to $4,000. However, as technology becomes more affordable, homeowners have the added complication of the amount of products on the market, which vary in quality and that don’t often integrate well.

A quality home automation system should be designed so all your components and functionality are controlled from one easy to use platform. This allows the user to simply press one button, e.g. “Watch Movie”, which will turn on the projector, the amplifier, turn to the correct channel, and start the preferred streaming service as the lights slowly dim. This ensures everyone in the household, no matter their age or skill level, achieves the desired experience.

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Consider an automation platform that seamlessly integrates and controls many widely used products in the home and provides a simple to use interface that allows you to interact with your home via a hand held remote, smartphone/tablet, touchscreen or even by voice activation.

To be referred to an automation/home theatre specialist in your area email NZ Trade Group, info@nztradegroup.co.nz

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www.nztradegroup.co.nz

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