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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.

Keeping Your Home Theatre Installation On-Budget

Friday, 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.

Surround Sound and Fall Football: The Perfect Match!

Friday, October 24th, 2014

When it comes time to design your home theatre system, it is important to consider what kinds of purposes this room in your home will serve. While many people get a lot of use out of their home theatre for family movie nights, TV viewing parties, and home video screenings, there is one thing your home theatre is perfectly matched for, at least as long as it’s in season: Football games! Gathering up your friends to watch the top NFL competitors is a must during the fall football season. And if you are looking to recreate that stadium experience in the comfort of your own home, you’ll need snacks, beer, and of course, surround sound.

surround soundInstalling Surround Sound in Your Home Theatre

Surround sound systems can easily be integrated into your home theatre by a professional team from Down to Earth Communications. The specialized speakers allow the sound of the big game to completely fill the room: you won’t miss a single kick, catch, or fumble! Your surround sound speakers don’t have to stick out like a sore thumb in your home theatre, either; the speakers can be installed on the wall with the cables hidden behind it and out of the way, giving your home theatre an overall clean and well-organized appearance. Before the installation is complete, our professionals can calibrate them to the exact correct levels and ensure that your sound is tuned properly. All that is left for you to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the game in amazing surround sound!

Do you want surround sound speakers installed in your home theatre just in time for kick off? Call Down to Earth Communications today for more information.

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!

Finding your Man Cave Essentials

Friday, October 10th, 2014

They say that the clothes make the man, and if that is true, than the big screen TV definitely makes the man cave. After all, a tiny 20-something inch shoved into a spare corner of the house? That does not a man cave make. So how can you go about designing the perfect space that’s just for the guys, with all of the necessary accessories included? Read on to find out!

man cave essentials Designing the Perfect Man Cave from the Ground Up

Once you have secured a spot for your man cave (a finished basement or extra bedroom can make the ideal location), the next step is to fill it up! The perfect man cave has a wall devoted to your big screen TV, a home theatre system that doubles as your front row/dugout/ringside seats to all of the biggest games and matches you could possibly want to watch. With professional home theatre installation, you will be guaranteed a TV that not only works in the space that you have allotted for your man cave, but also one that delivers consistent, high quality picture. And what about the sound, you ask? Your speakers have to have as much impact as that big screen TV does; surround sound systems are the best way to ensure you’re able to hear every cheer, every grand slam, and every beer commercial that airs!

Once you’ve taken care of those man cave essentials, finish the room off with a few other “stations” for other activities: think card tables for poker night, a foosball or air hockey table, and a freestanding bar to keep the fun going all night long!

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!

 

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Your Maryland Home Theatre Experts Explain: Surround Sound

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

surround soundPeople have been going to the movies for decades. In fact, the first industry to really boast air conditioning was the movie theatre industry. People enjoyed spending hot afternoons in a cool, dark movie theatre, enjoying entertainment and a great atmosphere. Not much has changed about the reasons that we love movies, but the way that we enjoy them definitely has. Surround sound and crystal clear images have made movie going into an art. Better yet, we’ve brought both of those things into home theatre. Surround sound is one of the biggest innovations in the way that we experience movies and sound in general. Let’s find out a little bit more about how it works!

What is Surround Sound?

When movie theatres were originally started using sound, they used monaural sound – sound that is recorded with one microphone and comes out of all speakers. This is the simplest type of sound. Multi-channel sound has been used for much longer. It allows listeners to hear sound coming from at least two different spots, mimicking the way that humans actually hear things when they’re present in a situation. Surround sound picks up sound in three or more different directions so that you get the full experience of being present in the movie, TV show, or video game. It gives the listener a completely immersive experience.

Today, surround sound recording is an art form requiring finesse. In order for surround sound to work, you need speakers that have what’s called a “surround sound decoder.” What this does is pull the different sound from the different channels and push it out to the proper speakers. This is why it’s so important that your surround sound speakers are installed properly. For example, if a car in a movie is zooming by from left to right, you want the music coming out of your speakers from left to right to feel like the car actually just drove by you. Through the use of front, rear, and now overhead speakers, you can essentially drop yourself in any movie that’s equipped for surround sound. The experts at Dolby have been working on improving surround sound since its inception and are still the leaders in sound innovation.

Professional Surround Sound Installation

Surround sound installation takes a lot of focus, patience, and skill. If you have limited experience in working with speakers or electronics, it’s best to bring in a professional who can help you optimize the sound in your Maryland home theatre! To get started with an estimate for your new home theatre system, 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!

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Key Components of Home Theater Systems

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

home theaterHome theaters have been around for a while, but haven’t made it to every household just yet. Why? There could be many reasons, such as price, availability of space or some misconceptions about this technology. Down to Earth Communications is here to shed light on home theater systems and help you make an informed decision if you plan on purchasing one.

What is a home theater?

Essentially, a home theater is an arrangement of various audio and video equipment designed to replicate movie theater experience. Going to movies is fun, but why pay money if modern technology made it possible to enjoy theater-like experience in the comfort of your own home? The only minor inconvenience is that you’ll have to wait till a particular movie comes out in your preferred media format.

What does a home theater system consist of?

Video. Depending on your budget and available room space, you can opt either for a big-screen TV or a high-resolution projector. The size and picture quality matter most, so choose wisely! You can even pick a device with 3D capability to further enhance your movie experience.

Audio. As a Maryland surround sound installation service provider, we know that no home theater is complete without a surround sound system. The sound is just as important as the picture, because it often helps follow the storyline and add dimension. A surround sound system works by splitting the sound into multiple channels that carry it to corresponding speakers. Here are most common components of a surround sound system:

-          Front, center and rear speakers may come in different shapes and sizes. It is recommended to have a minimum of 4 speakers, but the more you install – the better the surround effect.

-          Subwoofers create deep bass sounds and are responsible for that rumble under your feet when a train passes by in the movie.

-          Audio/Video receiver is a central hub of the surround sound system with a job of receiving signals from various input devices, decoding, amplifying and directing the sound into right speakers.

Media devices. You will need to install devices that would read and play your movies depending on their format. We are talking about Blu-Ray players, DVD players, VHS players, gaming consoles and cable/DVR boxes. The good news is that you don’t need to have one of each (what a clutter that would be)! Most Blu-Ray players also play DVDs, some gaming consoles play both formats, and many smart TVs come with built-in Netflix app or could be easily connected to stream media from your laptop.

You can buy a home theater that has already been put together, or you can build your own by combining components from different manufacturers. If you go with the second option, make sure all the parts are compatible with each other.

As a Maryland home theater installation company, we know that any installation project can be stressful and take a lot of your valuable time. Moreover, you risk ending up with a mess of wires and unsecure connections. If you decide to employ a professional, let us know and we’ll help you design a perfect home theater layout and will perform a fast and clean installation.