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Home Theatre Media Rooms

Magnetiks Administrator - Thursday, December 09, 2010
A Lesson in Acoustic Quality

Music and media enthusiasts jump at the opportunity of realizing their ultimate desire:  a true media room. Media rooms are meant to offer the best in acoustic quality and the best in media experience.

First off, obtaining the best acoustic quality starts with constructing the media room with the ideal acoustical dimensions: 24’ 8 3/8’ long, 17’ 10 5/6’ wide, and 9’ 6’ high. Secondly, diffuser panels, bass traps, and acoustic wall panels are recommended for better acoustics.

These high technology products are present in a wide range of prices; be sure to stick to your pre-set budget. But keep in mind that the equipment itself is as important as the room preparation to say the least. Be sure to have high quality equipment.

The important thing to remember is that this room is supposed to become your very own media haven; design and make it as one.

If you need a free estimate in The Woodlands, Texas then give us a holler at The Goode Fix at 832-797-0550.

Improve Sound Quality with Acoustic Ceilings

Magnetiks Administrator - Friday, September 24, 2010
Did you know that you can easily improve the sound quality in your media room by installing acoustic ceilings? A crisscross of metal strips is hung from the room's original ceiling upon which individual sound-absorbing panels are dropped into their respective places. These are acoustic ceilings and they’re great for better sound quality because they prevent propagation. Thus you can listen even more to your favorite tunes or watch great movies with amazing sound effects.

Acoustic ceilings mainly improve sound quality in a media room that would otherwise have echo and other noise effects. A typical acoustic ceiling reduces airborne sound transfer by 60 to 70% in addition to impact sound transfer by 50 to 60%. Minor customizations applied to the installation of the acoustic ceiling would result in some variation of the system’s efficiency. The reduction of acoustic impurities may even rise as high as 80 to 90% in some systems.

If you are looking to create a media room in The Woodlands, Texas then contact us at The Goode Fix at 832-797-0550 to get started.

Tips on Building a Home Theatre

Magnetiks Administrator - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Creating a Home Theater has become one of the hottest topics in home improvement. But unlike other home improvement projects, a home theater is an investment in personal entertainment.

Creating a home theater is not a simple task. In fact, if you are planning an elaborate system you should contact a home theater specialist who can help choose and install the system that's right for you.  Using skilled professionals, The Goode Fix can turn your media room into a custom home theater infused with your style and personality. 

Whether you are tackling a home theater project yourself or hiring a pro, it is vital to know about the different elements of home theater before investing any money.

The Evolution of Home Theater

When most people think about "watching" a movie they think of the visual image. But what really differentiates a home theater from a big screen television is the audio. This doesn't mean the picture isn't important, only that image and sound come together in home theater to create a richer experience.

The concept of a better theater experience grew from Star Wars director George Lucas' desire for a better film soundtrack. Using Dolby Laboratories sound technology, Lucasfilm accomplished that goal then turned to making the "ideal" theater environment using a technology called THX®.

Lucas then began the notion of reproducing theater-quality sound in the home. The main obstacle he faced was that movie soundtracks were mixed for the spaciousness of a cinema. Therefore, something had to be able to convert cinema sound to the smaller home theater environment.

Basic Home Theater Components

The very basic elements necessary to create a home theater are a 27" or larger television, a movie playing device, speakers, and a surround sound capable stereo receiver.

Windell Home Remodeling can convert your media room into a custom theater room with all of the bells and whistles.  Custom cabinets, built-in bar areas, staggered floors, and custom finishes are common elements that make your media room feel more like a movie theater than just a place to watch TV.  The sky is the limit in electronics options, and Windell's team of professionals handle the design and installation of all components of the home theater.

A general rule in home theater is that you get what you pay for. It is possible to put together a lower-end home theater system from scratch for under $5000. But there are some upgrades that are worth the extra money. A basic system can be upgraded by going with a larger television or projection system, Blue Ray player, six quality speakers, and a Dolby Pro Logic® or Dolby Digital® receiver.