Prep Your Home Theatre for Super Bowl Sunday!

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!

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.

Spend Your Date Night In With a Home Theatre System!

December 23rd, 2014

When it comes to spending time with your significant other, it can be difficult to find a good opportunity! From driving children to after-school activities to picking up the dry cleaning, your day-to-day schedule may be too full, and leave you too tired, to plan for a night out. And even if you do by some miracle find the time, you have a whole new set of challenges to contend with: finding a babysitter, making a reservation, and dealing with the extra expenses. So what is the solution to your date night dilemmas? Your very own home theatre system!

datenightInstall a Home Theatre for the Perfect Date Night In

Having your own home theatre makes deciding what to do on date night a breeze. Going out to a movie theatre can put a serious dent in your wallet over time: each individual date can add up with the price of tickets, popcorn, beverages, and of course dinner beforehand. But with a home theatre installation, you only have to deal with the one-time expense, which is really just an investment in your home’s overall value anyway! When comparing the financial side of things, installing a home theatre is a much more budget-friendly choice than dozens of nights out. Having a home theatre of your own also means that you will not have to go through the hassle of finding a babysitter, another saved expense!

Don’t wait for the movie theatres to show a film you’re interested in: watch your favorites anytime with your significant other when you spend a date night in with your home theatre system!

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!

Keeping Your Home Theatre Installation On-Budget

December 19th, 2014

Updating your home theater system can be an exciting proposition, but it can also get expensive really fast if you don’t know what you’re doing. To get the most bang for your buck to get that surround sound system you really want, we’ve put together a few tips to help you keep your home theatre installation on track.

Home theatre The four key things to consider in a home theatre installation are: acoustics, lighting and furnishings, video, and audio.

 Acoustics: Down to Earth Communications can help you figure out the best way to arrange speakers in a room to take advantage of what you already have in place, while thinking about flooring, ceiling, and walls. The type of material your floors, ceilings, and walls are made of can determine the quality of sound you get from your home theatre system.

 Lighting and Furnishings: Finding the right balance between lighting, comfort, and style can be tricky. Maybe you want your home theatre to look like an old-fashioned movie theatre with curtains – or maybe you want your home theatre to have a stage in front. We can help you draw up a plan for a home theatre that best suits your needs and fits your budget.

 Video: The big debate when it comes to video is whether to go for an HD projector or a flat screen LED television? We can help you do cost-benefits analysis to figure out what is best for your home and your budget. We can also help you figure out what equipment and cables are needed to get that movie-theatre quality for your home.

 Audio: Audio is probably one of the most straightforward components of a home theatre installation – from speakers to cables to a receiver. Fortunately, we have access to all sorts of vendors and suppliers, which means we can get you a great deal on audio equipment without breaking the bank.

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.

Must-Have Accessories for the Perfect Home Theatre

December 11th, 2014

You’ve got the essentials all set: the big screen television, the universal remote, the DVD player, and the surround sound speakers. You are almost ready to enjoy your brand new home theatre- almost. Before you kick back to enjoy the latest action flick or romantic comedy, first you are going to want some finishing touches to perfect the room and create an amazing, cinematic atmosphere! Read on to find out Down to Earth’s top recommendations for home theatre accessories.

home theatre accessoriesFor the Room…

To create the feel of a real cinema, there are a few details that are absolutely essential to get right. What’s the first thing you head for at the movies? The snacks! Have a popcorn machine, a candy station, and a mini-fridge stocked with ice-cold sodas so that you and your guests can enjoy traditional treats along with your blockbuster! With that taken care of, you can turn your attention to getting the ambiance just right inside your home theatre. Black-out curtains or shades can be adjusted to darken the room while your feature presentation plays, removing the risk of a distracting glare on the screen!

For the Screen…

Make sure that you are getting the most out of your custom home theatre. Not only can you use it to watch your favorite films, but you can also use the screen to watch the big game on TV or the finale episode of your favorite series—or, you can use it to play the latest video games! Set up game consoles from your favorite systems and have a special cabinet just for storing your game so that whenever you feel like it, your home theatre will be ready to play!

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!

Beat Winter Blues with Home Theater Installation in Baltimore!

December 5th, 2014

As the weather continues to get colder and colder, there are fewer options for your typical after-work activities. The time you might have spent outside playing sports or cooking on the grill is long gone; no one wants to be out in below-freezing temperatures for any longer than they need to be! So what to do instead for entertainment in the winter? It’s time to consider having a custom home theater installed for your Baltimore home! Read on to find out how.

home movie theaterHave a Home Theater Installed in December

Never be bored or blue in winter when you have your very own home theater system!  A system like this provides constant entertainment value for both your family and for any guests you might be hosting over the holidays this year. The expert team from Down to Earth Communications can work with you to create a design plan that works best for your home; from a smaller screen to a giant one or from ceiling speakers to surround sound, they will find the perfect way to make your home theater your favorite room in the house!

Home theaters do more than provide you with entertainment in the winter, of course. They can be enjoyed year-round and you can make use of them no matter what the weather outside is doing. Watch a summer blockbuster or an autumn award-winner—whatever you’d prefer! But remember than come winter when your entertainment options are much more limited, you will be glad you had your Baltimore home outfitted with a custom home theater system.

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!

Modernize Your Business with Video Conferencing Systems!

November 26th, 2014

Ever wonder how today’s most successful businesses seem to be operating on a global scale, all from the comfort of a single office building? One of the methods that is becoming more and more commonly used by companies nationwide is taking advantage of video conferencing technologies. With video conferencing, your company will be able to reach out and communicate with clients, colleagues, and other companies like never before. Unlike a conference call, email chain, or other form of interaction, video conferencing brings the real-time, face-to-face experience to businesses even when they are hundreds of miles away. Read on to find out more about the benefits of video conferencing and how your business can get set up with the best system to take advantage of this big business world trend.

videoconferencingVideo Conferencing Makes Business Personal

Unlike other forms of business communication that may have been used frequently in the past, video conferencing actually works to recreate the feel of an in-person conversation. Rather than stumbling through an awkward phone call or trying to convey the entirety of an idea through email correspondence, you can have a real-time talk that is the most ideal for the majority of business conversations.

Do your videoconferencing needs extend beyond a simple two-person talk? Systems can be designed to support three or more participants easily, ensuring that everyone has the highest quality audio equipment and cameras available to give you a flawless conference experience every time.

Video Conferencing System Set-Up

If you are looking to get your business up-to-date in the communications world, then investing in a quality video conferencing system is a move that you need to make.

Down to Earth Communications

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years of experience in commercial audio and visual installations, including video conferencing system installations. Our great working relationships with some of the best audio and video equipment suppliers allows 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 our homepage so we can help you with all of your commercial audo/visual needs!

You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

Home Theatre For the Holidays!

November 20th, 2014

With the bulk of the gift-giving season right around the corner, you may be wondering what present to get that the whole family will be able to enjoy. But not many things fit that bill, do they? If you are trying to find something that suits all age groups and interests, then it is time to start thinking outside the box. Have a custom home theatre installed to make this holiday season a memorable one!

home theatre for the holidaysCustom Home Theatre Installation in Maryland

A home theatre will appeal to everyone on your shopping list. You can use it to screen films for your children, all of the biggest sports games, primetime hits, and anything else you could imagine. Your home theatre can also become a central feature when you entertain company, particularly over the remainder of the holiday season. Have extended family staying with you? While they’re waiting for a meal to finish cooking, screen a classic holiday movie for them to enjoy! The possibilities with a home theatre system as an early holiday gift are endless.

The expert home theatre installation from Down to Earth Communications knows how to incorporate all of the features that you want into your very own home theatre. From a touch screen controller to a customized lighting system to a high definition big screen, your entire home theatre experience will be tailored to your personal tastes.

Have a happy holiday season with a home theatre system to call your own! Get in touch with Down to Earth Communications today to get started.

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in commercial and residential audio and video 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!

In-wall and Ceiling Speakers Save Space in Your Home Theatre

November 14th, 2014

When it comes to installing a home theatre, many homeowners wonder whether the big screen TV, wires, and speakers will end up being too obtrusive. The sheer size can be intimidating, it’s true, but you do not necessarily have to sacrifice space for quality in your theatre system’s design. What is one of the best ways to save on space and keep your home theatre looking organized? Having in-wall and ceiling speakers installed! Read on to find out more.

inwallceilingspeakersWhat are the Benefits of In-wall Speakers?

In-wall speakers, as the name indicates, are speakers that are mounted in the wall of your home theatre rather than left free-standing. These provide an obvious advantage to the homeowner looking to save on space: With the speakers mounted in the wall, you will have nothing but clean lines and open spaces to contend with! In-wall speakers do not stick out and become an eyesore, and they can still provide the top-quality sound you would expect from a professionally-designed home theatre system.

What are the Benefits of Ceiling Speakers?

Ceiling speakers provide many of the same benefits as in-wall speakers, only they, of course, are mounted in the ceiling instead. This also allows for serious space-saving capacity! You can even have a combination of in-wall and ceiling speakers installed to make your audio experience even more incredible.

Installing in-wall and ceiling speakers is no DIY task. It requires special tools and skillsets to ensure that your wiring is done properly, and so if you are interested in in-wall and ceiling speakers, get in touch with Down to Earth Communications today!

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in commercial and residential audio and video 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!

A Home Theatre System for Thanksgiving Touchdowns!

November 7th, 2014

There are two things that Thanksgiving is known for: turkey and football.  Now while the former is pretty much restricted to the kitchen’s domain, where are you planning to watch the Bears take on the Lions? (Or the Eagles take on the Cowboys, or the Seahawks take on the49ers, or some combination thereof!) The undersized TV in your living room is probably going to be underwhelming after that 20-pound turkey you just tucked into, so you are going to need to step up your game for game day. How can you do this? By having your very own home theatre installed just in time for kickoff!

DTEhometheatreGet Your Home Theatre Installed this Fall

If you are looking for the ideal spot to watch football on Thanksgiving or any number of other big time TV events, then you are going to need a state-of-the-art home theatre system. A home theatre consists of more than just a big screen TV and some comfy armchairs; it’s about creating an entire experience. Our professional home theatre design team can work with you to develop the perfect in-home theatre for you, from the size of the screen to the lighting control system to the surround sound speakers. All of these factors combined can truly bring a TV or movie watching experience to life- when you’re watching football on Turkey Day, you’ll feel as though you’re right there on the field with your favorite teams!

If you want to have your home theatre professionally installed by Thanksgiving Day, get in touch with Down to Earth Communications now. We can start on plans for your custom home theatre and have you ready to catch every field goal and victory dance for the rest of football season!

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in commercial and residential audio and video 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!