Archive for January, 2015

Surround Sound for Super Bowl Sunday!

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

This Sunday, over a third of Americans will tune in to watch the 49th Super Bowl. And whether you are planning on screaming yourself silly for the Seattle Seahawks or showing your passion for the New England Patriots, you probably know one thing: you do not want to be stuck watching the biggest game of the year with the smallest sound system. If your speakers cannot stand up to the roar of the crowds, then it might be time for an upgrade. For a football fan-worthy sound system, go surround!

surround-sound-super-bowlGear Up for Game Day with Surround Sound Speakers

When you have a home theatre, you want to ensure that it is outfitted with all of the best accessories. Surround sound speakers are just one of the many different home theatre additions you can incorporate into your design, and it is certainly the one that packs the biggest punch. With surround sound speakers, the sound is not only enhanced in volume but it quality: it becomes crisp and clear.

Sunday’s football game will provide you with ample opportunity to check out the high-quality experience of a surround sound speaker system. Each cheer and groan from the crowds, each second of the half-time show, and each of those famous commercials will come in loud and clear , so what are you waiting for?

If you have a home theatre system but have not yet had surround sound speakers installed, get in touch with Down to Earth Communications today. Our expert team can get you hooked up in time for all of the biggest sporting events of the year!

About Us: Down to Earth Communications

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in quality home theater installations. Our great working relationships with some of the best audio and video equipment suppliers allow us to provide our quality service and products that fit within your budget. We take the time to meet with our clients to ensure we design and install a system that is easy to use and meets our clients’ needs for years to come.

To get started with an estimate, give us a call at 410.242.0000 or feel free to contact us via the website so we can help you with all of your commercial audio/visual needs!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn for more audio/visual info!

Upgrade to a Surround Sound Speaker System

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Televisions continue to grow bigger and clearer with no limit in sight.  The capacity of a high definition picture is mind-boggling.  Whether you use your TV for shows, movies, video games, or Internet searching, you are receiving a better picture than ever.  However, what good is all of that detail if the sound doesn’t match it?  A surround sound speaker system for your home theatre will bring the room alive with all the sound you could want.

surround-sound-systemThe Surround Sound System for You

When you think of surround sound, you probably think of speakers literally surrounding center of the room in order to create an effect that you’re “part of the action.”  This requires complex setup that requires a lot of time and effort.  This is only one solution to sound enhancement and offers its own benefits.  However, it is not the only way to create a sound-rich environment in your home theater.  There are other options for the discerning sound-lover.  For example, bar speakers are single-piece systems that cast sound around the room and operate on wireless channels to include more than one device.  They work excellently with wall-mounted televisions that may not support the weight of larger speaker systems.  Meanwhile, the home-theatre-in-a-box, or one-box, option works very well for small rooms and cooperates easily with a wide variety of amplifiers.  They also tend to cost less than other choices.  Receivers are capable of filling up larger rooms more easily, with the lowest-power speakers matching the best one-box speakers.  The surround sound speaker in a receiver comes with a large variety of features and software, meaning compatibility is a major factor in choosing the right one.

The Power is Yours

A good speaker does more for a home theatre system than provide good sound.  Surround sound speakers are almost essential for a lot of newer TVs that come with sub-par built-in speakers.  By matching the style of speaker to the television and decoration in the room, you can really bring the look of the space together while engaging better television quality.  When playing a video game, especially the current generation of high-def consoles, proper sound can enhance the experience and put you at a greater advantage by providing clearer audio cues.  This effect extends to the heart-thumping movies freshly released on disk and digital formats.   A good surround sound speaker will make you believe the action is coming to life.

About Us: Down to Earth Communications

We have over 15 years of experience installing exceptional home theater setups.  Our contact with some of the best equipment suppliers lets us supply some of the best technology to our customers.  Call us at 410-242-0000 or contact us through our website for consultations and information.

Does A Home Theatre Equal Home Value?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Improvements made to your home almost always increase the value of your home, and a new home theatre is no different. Home theatre installation doesn’t only increase the value of your home when looking to sell; it also increases the value of your home while you’re still living in it. A home theatre makes your house more comfortable by providing a space solely for relaxation.

Home-Theatre-Home-Value Installing a home theatre is not only an investment in your future; it is an investment for you that gives you an immediate return. Aside from the obvious benefit of making your house feel more like a home, a home theatre also equals increased home value. Why?

1. Home theatres are becoming the norm. With many new-construction homes, there’s often an option to add a home theatre as a feature. Because they’re becoming more common, homeowners are looking for and expecting a home theatre more and more. A home theatre will either put you ahead of the competition or bring you up to par – either way there’s a notable and positive change in your home’s value.

2. Out with the old, in with the new. Physical books are becoming increasingly irrelevant with the popularity of the Kindle and other tablet devices. Libraries used to be the go-to when deciding what to do with an extra room, but now more buyers are looking for a way to watch their endless collection of movies and television shows thanks to services like Netflix and Hulu Plus.

 3. High-end finishes lead to a higher ticket price. Finished basements are so common now that in order to set apart your home from the competition, high-end finishes in areas like the basement make your house stand out when you’re ready to sell and thus increases the value.

A better design and more advanced components to your home theatre can also increase the value of your home. Talking to a professional about your home theatre installation can increase your home value substantially. It doesn’t have to cost a lot and you also don’t need a lot of space for a home theatre. A quality home theatre can considerably increase your home value as well as making your home more comfortable.

 About Us: Down to Earth Communications

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in quality home theater installations. Our great working relationships with some of the best audio and video equipment suppliers allow us to provide our quality service and products that fit within your budget. We take the time to meet with our clients to ensure we design and install a system that is easy to use and meets our clients’ needs for years to come.

To get started with an estimate, give us a call at 410.242.0000 or feel free to contact us via the website so we can help you with all of your commercial audio/visual needs!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn for more audio/visual info!

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/16/garden/would-a-home-theatre-increase-the-value-of-my-home.html?_r=0

Prep Your Home Theatre for Super Bowl Sunday!

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Who says that your home theatre has to be limited to films? With one of the biggest sporting events of the year- the Super Bowl- right around the corner, you should be preparing your home theatre space for game day! Follow these tips from Down to Earth Communications to ensure that from kick off to final touchdown, your Super Bowl XLIX experience will be one to remember.

 superbowlviewingpartyHow to Set Up Your Home Theatre for a Super Bowl Viewing Party

Luckily, if you have already had your luxurious, custom home theatre installed by the pros (and if you haven’t, you should!), you already have the majority of things that you will need for a successful Super Bowl viewing party. The big screen, surround sound speakers, and high-tech equipment are already in place and are ready for you to tune in to watch football’s biggest showdown. But as far as the rest of the party goes, there are a few more details that you will still need to consider, including:

Food. What’s a Super Bowl party without a stock of snacks? For game day, try classic favorites such as buffalo wings, pizza, chips and dip, and a veggie tray.

Drinks. What pairs better with all of that food than an ice cold beer? Set up a cooler full of your favorite brews, plus bottled water and soda for the non-drinkers in the group to partake in.

Décor. For one night only, swap out your movie posters and cinema-style accessories for the colors of your preferred football team. Get ready to cheer wildly with your fellow fans in your newly decked-out home theatre!

About Us: Down to Earth Communications

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in quality home theater installations. Our great working relationships with some of the best audio and video equipment suppliers allow us to provide our quality service and products that fit within your budget. We take the time to meet with our clients to ensure we design and install a system that is easy to use and meets our clients’ needs for years to come.

To get started with an estimate, give us a call at 410.242.0000 or feel free to contact us via the website so we can help you with all of your commercial audio/visual needs!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn for more audio/visual info!

Your New Year’s Resolution: A New Home Theatre!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

With a new year comes new projects and things to do around your house. Why not make this year the year of the new home theatre? Turn that extra space you have in the basement or the garage into the ultimate cinema experience. No matter what your vision is, here are a few things to consider as you begin your home theatre installation.

home theatreSet the scene: Make your home theatre feel like a true cinematic experience with movie posters blown up and displayed around the room. Maybe your thing is sci-fi or maybe it’s old westerns with John Wayne. Many poster stores and shops have movie theater posters of all sizes, so take a look to see what you can find for the perfect home theatre ambiance.

Design for comfort: Stadium seating makes for optimal viewing as no longer are movie-goers relegated to being stuck behind someone with a good six inches of hair. Gone are the days where you have to shuffle seats to see the movie screen – instead, consider stadium seating as part of your home theatre installation. To make it even more user-friendly, think about adding LED step lights to help your guests find their seats comfortably. No tripping over steps in the dark!

Add some confectionary treats: A vintage popcorn machine can make your home theatre experience even more exciting and add to the olfactory appeal of your home theatre. Add a soda bar system so guests can take advantage of the beverage of their choice while indulging in the buttery goodness of fresh-made popcorn. After all, it’s not a true cinematic experience without a bag of popcorn and a cup of soda!

Think about sound: Soundproofing will go a long way to enhancing your family’s comfort if someone in the theatre can get the full effect of a movie while the family outside is not subject to bangs, explosions, and weepy soundtracks. Down to Earth Communications can help you identify the best materials to soundproof your theatre during the home theatre installation process. We can also help you get the full on surround sound effect by installation the latest equipment and speakers to make you feel like you are part of the movie, and not just a viewer.

Lights and action: You may want to think about adding dimmer controls to the lighting in your home theatre as part of your home theatre installation. Being able to have your home theatre dim automatically as the movie projector lowers and the curtains part will add drama and flair to your new home theatre. An automatic dimmer can adjust itself in accordance with the movie, so no hopping out of your cozy chair once the movie ends!

These are just a few ideas to help you get started on your new home theatre installation. Give us a call today at 410.242.0000 to learn more about how we can help you build the home theatre of your dreams. You can also reach us through the website so we can help you with all your commercial audio/visual needs!

 About Us: Down to Earth Communications

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in quality home theater installations. Our great working relationships with some of the best audio and video equipment suppliers allow us to provide our quality service and products that fit within your budget. We take the time to meet with our clients to ensure we design and install a system that is easy to use and meets our clients’ needs for years to come.