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Home Theater Installation Tips: Picture Perfect 4K UHD


Main Line Residents Deserve the Best Image

For homeowners in Gladwyne, PA interested in a home theater installation, there are a lot of questions. Many of them boil down to a single idea: how do you get the best quality out of your AV equipment? That’s why we’ve put together this blog – to help you understand how you can get the most out of your gear. Specifically, we’ll focus on achieving 4K UHD picture. Read on to learn more.

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What Is 4K?

The first question many homeowners ask is: what is 4K? Often referred to as Ultra HD, 4K is a display standard that offers four times the pixel density of now-standard 1080p high definition. That means you can sit up to five feet away from the screen without seeing any deterioration or pixilation in the image. But how do you achieve such quality in your home theater?

Choosing a Video Display

One of the most important parts of a 4K home theater is the video display. A screen and projector combination is most common, but some homeowners opt for a television monitor. The increasing size and image-capabilities of modern TVs often rival that of the more traditional projector.

Still, many users prefer the look of a front projection setup because it mimics the feeling of being in a commercial movie theater. Your integrator can help you choose a projector that’s powerful enough for your space, accounting for ambient lighting, screen size and the number of seats.

Typically, the projector sits behind the viewer and shoots and image onto a screen. If you choose to integrate one, there are some considerations you should make. Before selecting your 4K model, observe the contrast. If it can’t achieve deep black, the entire picture will look washed out. Many 4K projectors offer high-dynamic range technology that allows for deeper black, improved contrast and a wider gamut of color gradients for a more detailed image.

Additionally, it’s important to consider how loud the projector sounds. Too loud and it could impede your movie-watching experience. Consider investing in a liquid-cooled unit, which, opposed to a fan-cooled device, minimized the noise level.

And perhaps most obviously, consider the brightness of the projector. If you’re watching in a room with a lot of ambient light, a higher-lumen unit may be necessary. Often, homeowners will select a projector based on the picture quality they see in a showroom, but the showroom may have different brightness conditions than your home theater. Consult your integrator to find out what brightness is right for your space and how solutions like motorized window treatments can help.

Screen Considerations

For some homeowners, the idea of a home theater seems out of reach because of spatial limitations. However, many home theaters can take up less space than you think. A perfect solution is a retractable screen; one that rolls up into the ceiling when you’re done with it. In fact, you can even integrate a retractable projector and transform your home theater with the touch of a button. It’s the perfect way to add functionality to any space.

4K Sources

A home theater is only as good as its chain – the collection of devices that create the 4K signal. A chain starts with the source. That could be a 4K Blu-ray player, media server or other device that generates a signal. The signal is then passed either directly to the video display or through an AV receiver or HDMI switch. It’s important that these devices are capable of handling a 4K signal because, if they’re not, they could impede or block any signal from reaching your display. The result could be a diminished picture or none at all!

Upgrading Your Cables

One aspect of achieving a 4K signal that many homeowners overlook is upgrading their cables. You may have seen HDMI cables before. They offer a higher bandwidth than the old fashioned red, white and yellow component cables you plugged into your tube television. Similarly, HDMI 2.0 and its variations offer the appropriate bandwidth for a 4K signal. It’s an important upgrade you’ll need to make if you want to see true 4K in your home theater installation.

Want more information on how you can upgrade your home theater? Contact SoundWaves today!

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