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How to replace your home theater pre-pro with a HTPC!

The concept In a previous blog article – deconstructing the home theater pre-processor – we introduced the idea of replacing the pre-pro with a home theater PC (HTPC). This post provides the meaty details of how we did exactly that!   Overview of the system Our media server HTPC build is based on the CAPS […]

THX baffle walls – design, build and benefits

What is a THX baffle wall and why do I want one in my home theater?! This article explains what a baffle wall is, covers the acoustic and audio benefits and finally provides tips on how to design and build them. A baffle wall is essentially a false wall into which the screen speakers (i.e. […]

Home theater speaker layout – 5.1 and 7.1 recommendations from Dolby, THX and ITU

Where do I put all these speakers in my 5.1 or 7.1 channel home theater? That’s the question we tackle in this article. There are three main organizations that provide guidance on speaker placement. They are THX, Dolby and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). THX and Dolby guidance is directed principally for movie production and […]

CEA/CEDIA CEB23 – Home Theater Recommended Practice: Video Design

“CEDIA and its certified Electronic Systems Contractors (ESCs) follow these practices to deliver high value to dedicated home theater environments, helping ensure full performance potential for the equipment and the room.”   The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) created a partnership in 2009 to create a set […]

CEA/CEDIA CEB22 – Home Theater Recommended Practice: Audio Design

“CEDIA and its certified Electronic Systems Contractors (ESCs) follow these practices to deliver high value to dedicated home theater environments, helping ensure full performance potential for the equipment and the room.”   The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) created a partnership in 2009 to create a set […]

Procella Audio speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers

“The World’s Finest Home Cinema Loudspeakers.”— Procella Audio’s tagline Why do we use Procella Audio speakers? Procella Audio is a relatively new company onto the high performance home theater scene. Founded by two ex-DTS engineers their products utilize technologies designed to be able to reproduce the dynamic range, detail and transients in high resolution audio […]

Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) certification

What it is The Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) was founded in 1994 by Joel Silver and is dedicated to improving the quality of electronic imaging. It’s role in the display standards industry is fourfold: consulting with manufacturers regarding product development, certification training, media communications and product licensing.   We hold Level I certification. Level I […]