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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 […]

ESPA Certified EST Qualification

What it is The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA) exists to maintain and develop an entry-level certification program for low voltage Electronic Systems Technicians (ESTs). The curriculum covers five key areas: Electrical basics Tools Construction methods and materials Wiring and installation practices Standards, codes, and safety practices   Participants must pass an independently proctored test […]

THX reference level explained

What is ‘THX Reference Level’? Reference level is a calibrated volume setting used for both movie production (in dubbing stages and post production houses) and reproduction (in screening rooms and theaters). The human hearing system is non-linear, especially in the bass, so having a consistent playback level – a reference – is critical if the […]

Parasound Halo amplifiers – A21, A31, A51, A23, A52

“When it comes to high-performance, high-value power amplifiers, few do it better than Parasound.”— Andrew Robinson, Home Theater Review   Why do we use Parasound Amplifiers? Superb sound quality thanks to the design skills of the legendary audio designer John Curl and the use of balanced, high bias class A/AB topologies. There have been a […]