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Home Theater Systems

How to Choose a Receiver

Does Speaker Cable Matter

The receiver is the heart of your entertainment system, so choosing the right one is essential for getting the most out of it. But where do you start? While we can’t cover every possible scenario, here’s a quick overview of what you want to look for in a receiver.

What to Consider

Type of Room

The first thing to consider is the type of room you’ll be listening in. A home theater generally requires a more powerful receiver than one for a living room or bedroom. Though if you want that “big boom” sound in your living room, you can always opt for more power.

Number of Outputs

You’ll also need to make sure there are enough output connections (called “channels”) for all of the speakers you have. Modern surround sound systems alone can have up to 13 channels. You also may need extra channels to power speakers in other rooms, such as outdoor speakers or speakers in the kitchen or master bedroom.

Number and Type of Inputs

Next, consider how many devices you’ll be connecting. Do you have a Roku or Firestick? A DVD player? A satellite or cable box? Your receiver will need to have enough inputs – and the right kind (HDMI, RCA, etc.) – to support all of your devices.

Special Features: The Fun Part

Lastly, what special features do you want? Receivers can include a wide variety of “extras” that will take your system to the next level. Do you want Apple AirPlay or Spotify built in? Do you want to be able to control your system from an app on your phone? Or by voice command? Do you want to be able to add wireless speakers? Or be able to play different things in different rooms? Special features vary widely from receiver to receiver. Check to make sure you get one with the specific functions that you want.

We Can Help

Choosing the right receiver is crucial for any entertainment system, and there are a lot of factors to consider. If you’d like some guidance on picking the best receiver for your needs, call WAVES at 404-488-3874 or click on the box to the left for a live online chat.

Does Speaker Cable Matter? How To Get the Best Sound Out of Your System

Does Speaker Cable Matter

The speaker cable debate is one of the most contentious in the audio arena. Some claim that speaker cables don’t make any difference, while others say that you should be spending thousands on your audio cables.

The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Here, we’ll give you a deeper look at how much speaker cables affect the sound and whether they’re worth the investment.

The Difference Between Good and Great

Speaker wires are often the difference between good sound and great sound. The bulk of the quality will come from the sound system itself, but the wire that connects the speaker to the source has an important role as well.

The Biggest Factor

There is a lot of sales jargon regarding selling speaker wires. The most expensive on the market use rare materials and convoluted processes that change the quality of the sound incrementally.

An untrained ear probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a cable worth a few thousand and a cable worth a few hundred. You would, however, be able to tell the difference between a $20 speaker cable and a $500 speaker cable.

The biggest consideration you need to take is resistance. Long cables offer more resistance, which means there isn’t as much room for the electricity to pass through. The ultimate result is a sound that isn’t as pure as it could be.

When you’re searching for speaker cables, make sure to prioritize thickness to reduce resistance. The resistance will make much more difference than the material of the wires.

Spending on a Speaker Cable vs. New System

If you have an old, outdated, or cheap sound system, then high-end speaker cables aren’t going to make much of a difference. Sure, the sound will be crisper and cleaner on high-end sound systems, but this isn’t the case with cheap or old products.

We recommend prioritizing spending on your speakers ahead of spending on your cables. Even the best speaker cable won’t change the sound very much of budget speakers. On top of that, high-end speakers dwarf the cost of speaker cables.

Does speaker wire matter? Yes, but not enough to turn a bad sound system into a good one. A nice impact audio cable will do wonders to improve the sound of an expensive system, but little if the hardware you’re using isn’t up to the task.

We recommend spending some extra money on your cables, but only after you’ve bought a sound system that fits your standards. After that, you can choose the best speaker cable for the money and enjoy the sound you hear.

Working Within Your Budget

Most people don’t have hundreds or thousands of dollars to shell-out on speaker cables. Fortunately, you can find a high-end speaker cable that limits resistance and improves sound for a relatively low price if you know where to look.

Speaker cables affect the sound that comes out of your sound system, but only to a degree. Prioritize getting a good sound system ahead of spending additional money on cables.

Need some more audio tips? Take a look at our blog!

4 Home Theater Design Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind!

Home Theater Design Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind

A home theater can be an absolute dream room. Coming up with the right home theater design ideas is a part of the planning process that can be fun and exciting as you prepare for your new room.

Imagine the entertaining and fun you’ll have in your home theater.

You just have to think through the right design.

If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, take a look at these incredible home theater design ideas.

1. Home Theater with a Bar and Kitchen

Why go to a sports bar when you can have one at home?

If your space is large enough, there’s no reason why you can’t have your home theater staged like a sports bar.

You can have the bar in the center of the room, with a full kitchen on the other side.

Over the bar, you can hang TVs, and hang sports memorabilia around the room.

The downside of having a home theater of this nature is that you’ll never get your guests to leave.

2. Home Theater Design That’s Better Than a Drive-In Theater

One creative home theater idea is to create an open sky in the room.

That doesn’t mean you have to install a skylight. The ceiling is designed just like the night sky, bordered with purple lighting for a modern look.

Additional lighting is on the floor, so you can see where you’re going.

With this design, you just turn down the lights, the sky opens up and it’s like watching a movie outside. Except you’re in a comfortable, temperature controlled room.

 

3. Large Screen and Curtains

You can give your home theater a typical movie theater look, but with better seating.

You can have a large screen on one wall with curtains on either side of the screen. Of course, the curtains can be automated.

The color scheme that you go with will make or break this style of a room. You can opt for natural beige tones throughout the room.

Another option is to use natural tones with vibrant accents to make the room stand out. For example, you can use beige and have red curtains that will stand out and draw attention to the screen.

4. Give Your Home Theater a Playroom Look

If your home theater is more for the whole family and less for entertaining, why not make the room something that your kids will love?

Use bright colors like green, red, and yellow to create a bright and playful environment that your family will enjoy.

The Home Theater of Your Dreams

A home theater can be the perfect room in your home. It can be used for entertaining, relaxing, and enjoying a movie or your favorite TV show.

When you’re planning out the room, think about how you’re going to use it. You can then plan around it.

These are just a few ideas to give you the inspiration to design a home theater. If you have any questions, we’re here to help.

Give us a call today to see how we can help you design and install the home theater of your dreams.