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A LOOK AT TODAY’S SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY

Homes today don’t look like the houses in The Jetsons, but it’s what’s inside that counts. Countless homes feature some sort of smart home technology, from simple devices such as intelligent coffee machines, up to whole-home automation systems. In this video from Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Sam Grobart checks out the smart home technology that is currently available.

If you want to bring your home into the 21 st century, contact a home automation installation company in New Orleans. With the right devices and the right software, you can control virtually every aspect of your home from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Contact a smart home automation company today to learn more about the benefits of home automation.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MEDIA ROOM AND HOME THEATER

The term “media room” might as well be used in place of “living room,” since most modern living rooms are outfitted with large flat-screen televisions, surround sound systems, and cozy seating —the three main characteristics of a media room. The real problem is when people use “media room” and “home theater” interchangeably. Sure, both spaces provide great movie-watching experiences, but the equipment, design, and layout used in a media room and home theater are quite different. The differences between a media room and home theater include:

Design and Layout

The first difference you will notice between a media room and home theater is each room’s design and layout. A media room is for more than just watching movies, so furniture pieces are arranged to accommodate other activities. Home theater seating is generally arranged in rows facing forward to replicate a movie theater. Home theaters are also usually much darker to help the movie-watching experience.

Audio and Visual Equipment

There is also a big difference in the A/V equipment used in media rooms and home theaters. While media rooms typically feature high-end flat screen televisions and surround sound systems, they pale in comparison to the A/V technology used inside a home theater. After all, the goal of a home theater is to recreate the theater experience at home, so these rooms typically use HD projectors and theater-quality sound systems.

Installation

While media rooms can be put together with minimal knowledge of how audio visual components work, a home theater installation is serious business. If you want a home theater that will rival your local big-screen cinema, hire a home theater installation company in New Orleans to install all of the components you need. A home theater installer can also make sure that all of the wires are hidden for a clean and professional look.

TURN UP THE SOUND ON HOME THEATER HISTORY

With modern technology, you can recreate the experience of watching a movie in a theater right in the comfort of your home with a home theater system. However, this wasn’t always the case. People have been striving to perfect home theater systems since the 1950s, when movie studios began using multi-channel sound for movie soundtracks. For decades, what followed was a series of missteps and solutions that were effective, but too expensive for most users. It took until the 1980s and the creation of four-channel Dolby Surround systems for the home theater experience to really match the sound heard in theaters. This infographic from Bruno’s Audio & Video examines the history of home theater. We provide home theater installation near New Orleans, as well as smart home automation services, remote control programming, and much more. Please share this interesting look at the history of sound in the home with your family and friends.