Home Audio Theatre Systems

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Home Audio Theatre Systems – Die hard movie fans truly enjoy surround sound. Nothing adds to the movie-watching experience quite like multiple speakers surrounding and enveloping you inside the movie itself. But how does a home surround sound system recreate this experience? The easiest way to explain it is to work backwards.  Home Audio Theatre Systems

Plano Texas Handyman can help you design and install a great home theater system, call us at 214-507-3415 or visite www.planotexashandyman.com for more information to our capabilities.

If you have a standard 5.1 surround sound system, then you have five primary speakers, and one subwoofer. Of these five speakers, one is a center channel speaker, which is designed to sit horizontally at the center of your display and deliver dialogue, a pair of vertical left and right speakers, a pair of surround speakers, and a subwoofer sitting on the floor for bass. However, it is important to understand that no matter how great your speakers are, they require something more to optimize performance.

The thing that makes surround sound really shine is your audio video receiver or preamp. This piece of electronics sends the correct audio signals to the correct speaker so that your center channel plays the center channel information, and the left surround speaker plays what it’s supposed to as well.

But how does your receiver know what to do? It receives information from your source material, whether it’s a Blu-Ray disc, cable TV program, video game, etc. Encoded along with the video information is an audio track that’s designed to tell your receiver where the different audio signals are supposed to go. As long as your playback device and your receiver know how to decode the information, everything works.  Home Audio Theatre Systems

Of course the first step is creating the surround sound information. This is done by people. Most surround sound isn’t recorded when a movie is produced. Instead, audio engineers sit down with all of the recorded audio and decide which sounds should be reproduced by which speakers. Without the experts doing all this work in the beginning, the rest of the system breaks down, and you don’t have a surround sound experience at home.

Designing the Ultimate Home Theater Setup

So you want to build a serious home theater, but you’re not sure where to start? While we can’t make every decision for you, we can give you some direction. Here are things to keep in mind.  Home Audio Theatre Systems

Display

If you’re truly looking to build a home THEATER there’s only one real way to do that, and it’s with a front projection display. A projector and screen combination is the best way to recreate the movie theater experience. You’ll want to go with a 4K projector to get the best possible image quality and the largest possible screen size (of course) depending upon viewing distance.

Speakers

If you’re going for the best of the best, then you’ll want to design a Dolby Atmos speaker system. Might we suggest Klipsch Dolby Atmos® enabled speakers? With Dolby Atmos®, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill a home theater with astonishing clarity, detail, and depth. You’ll need at least one subwoofer, but if this is the ultimate home theater, you’ll want two. Choose your subwoofers based on the size of your room, not necessarily the other speakers you’re using. The larger the room, the larger the subwoofer you’ll want to use.  Home Audio Theatre Systems

A/V Receiver

Since we’re using a Dolby Atmos® speaker system, an audio video receiver that is capable of such a system is critical. In addition, choose a receiver with many HDMI inputs since its the primary connection for most components and should handle most future upgrades to your system.  We recommend  a Denon AVRX4300H 9.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Built-in HEOS wireless technology featuring Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Wire

Don’t skimp on the wire. You want CL3 rated wire if you’re going to be running it through the walls–the ultimate home theater doesn’t show any exposed wire. 16 gauge wire is probably ok, unless you’ll be doing extremely long runs for your surround channels. In this case, upgrade to 14 gauge wire.

Additional Equipment

You’ll need something to play movies on, of course. This means a quality Blu-Ray player or other devices. Since access to movies is essential, you should have a Netflix or other streaming service subscription, which are starting to roll out more 4K and UHD content.  Home Audio Theatre Systems

Universal Remote Control

Now that you have selected your equipment, you need an easy way to control it. A programmed universal remote control will allow you to control everything from one place, as well as power up your entire system with a single button.

Seating

There are lots of options out there for “movie theater seating,” so choose what is most comfortable for your lifestyle. Something that allows you to put your feet up and with a place for your drink sounds ideal.  Home Audio Theatre Systems

Lighting

The movie doesn’t start until the lights dim. Controlling the light in the room allows your to see the screen properly and adds ambience to the room. You may want to consider blackout shades, as well as installing dimmers to the lights in your room, which can also be programmed into your universal remote control.

Already have your ultimate home theater? We would love for you to share suggestions here!

Plano Texas Handyman can help you design and install a great home theater system, call us at 214-507-3415 or visite www.planotexashandyman.com for more information to our capabilities.  Home Audio Theatre Systems

Almont Colorado Ultimate Fishing Destination

Almont Colorado Ultimate Fishing Destination. So you are probably wondering “why” and most importantly “what” has the town of Almont Colorado have in the south-central Rockies have in common with a Handyman home improvement Blog…

Nothing, really nothing.

Our company, Plano Texas Handyman, was founded on the principle of family and fun. Every family should experience the “most beautiful and charming mountain town in America”. Over the last 40 years, I have had the enviable pleasure of visiting and recreating in this incredible mountain town dozens of times. Growing up a 3-hour drive, it was a family tradition to ski, fly fish, raft, hike, bike and explore one of the most breath-taking and inviting places in the country, Almont Colorado Ultimate Fishing Destination. Plano Texas Handyman can help you design and install a great home theater system, call us at 214-507-3415 or visit www.planotexashandyman.com for more information to our capabilities.

Fortunately, my wife and I took a trip recently and had, as expected, a spectacular time! We would like to share a spectacular way to experience this destination.

Everything was perfect and this is one of the most awesome vacations you will ever experience if you follow this little itinerary taking every breath-taking detail into account that will dazzle your senses, and satisfy your most adventurous side creating a truly unforgettable experience. And the most compelling feature of the trip was that it is very dog friendly and our little girl had as much fun as we did. Crested Butte Colorado, The Ultimate Destination

Let’s go on this incredible adventure… Keep in mind that unless you like to move your body and have fun, this trip is not for you.

First, I recommend you travel 50 miles through the Arkansas River canyon, from Canon City past the Royal Gorge suspension bridge, then through the San Isabel National Forest, this is a precursor or warm-up of what is about to dazzle the senses off the chart. This trek follows the Arkansas River canyon through a winding and scenic journey of steep cliffs, white-water, and spectacular views. This is a river rafter and fly fishing paradise along with a multitude of other outdoor activities you can imagine if you like the sound of such activities as well as the beautiful fishing spots, look at other destinations too such as Eagle Nook Resort. Almont Colorado Ultimate Fishing Destination

Monarch PassMonarch Pass

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The pass is widely considered by many tourists as one of the most scenic in Colorado, offering a panoramic view of the southern end of the Sawatch Range from the summit. Monarch Mountain Lodge is located about 5 miles from the summit of the pass. During the summer, an aerial tram from the parking lot at the summit carries visitors to the top of Monarch Ridge above the pass (at approximately 12,000 feet (3,700 m) above sea level), allowing a wider view of the surrounding peaks. During the winter, visitors enjoy skiing at Monarch ski area. Crested Butte Colorado, Almont Colorado Ultimate Fishing Destination

The Gunnison Valley is your next stop. The Gunnison area holds bragging rights to what many consider to be the country’s best fly-fishing and big game hunting. Snowsports are the hot ticket during winter, while warm summer months provide some of the most scenic hiking and camping in the Rockies. Bird watchers will enjoy sighting an American Bald Eagle or Red-Tailed Hawk, while botanists will delight at the bloom of summer wildflowers throughout the local mountains. To the west, you will find Blue Mesa Reservoir and the incredible Black Canyon and to the North, the mountain town of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. Almont Colorado Ultimate Fishing Destination

The 25 mile road from Gunnison to Crested Butte is a outdoor enthusiasts dream come true. The town of Almont is where the conflux of the East River and the Taylor River create the Gunnison River. This area is arguably some of the finest fly fishing waters in the region, luckily for us, there are places like outdoor empire where we can get tips and equipment to make use of it. Up and down this immaculate and gold medal stretch of water you will find a serene and beautiful backdrop for catching rainbow trout and if your lucky, you will see Bighorn sheep and herds of Elk roam the mountainside. Not everyone may have come across the idea of fly fishing though, but may be something worth giving a go, especially for anyone looking to get into fishing. With this being said, it wouldn’t hurt to check out sites like https://www.fishstainable.com/ for more information on how to create a successful fishing trip. The more people know, the better, especially as fishing isn’t an activity that everyone has experienced. The tips learned can then be applied to any fishing location. But to get to the lovely destination in Almont, take an immediate right turn on road 742 which heads North and follows the Taylor River. There are several turnouts to enjoy this majestic high mountain river scenery. Select any one and enjoy some awesome fly fishing or and truly amazing views.

Crested ButteCrested Butte

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Downhill ski and mountain-bike trails crisscross the slopes of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. There are Nordic ski routes around town. The West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway take in wilderness areas like Kebler Pass, to the west, known for colorful Quaking aspen trees in fall. Shops and restaurants in wooden buildings line downtown’s Elk Avenue.

The town of Crested Butte is 2 miles from the Mountain which is where most lodging will be found. There are shuttle buses that take you from the mountain to the town year-round. Almont Colorado Ultimate Fishing Destination

Must do: Stay at the Nordic Inn on Treasury St. on the mountain. The Nordic Inn is the longest operating lodge in the county. The first and only remaining hotel in Mt. Crested Butte from the first year the ski area opened in 1963. Beautifully renovated only a few years ago, the owners kept the charm of the original hotel while adding touches of luxury. Just steps away from the base and Crested Butte Mountain Resort, the Nordic Inn is the perfect respite that provides both comfort and character. Crested Butte Colorado, The Ultimate Destination

Lake Irwin, a scenic drive of 6 miles from Crested Butte is spectacular. It is a small lake at 9500 feet with the Maroon Bells Snowmass wilderness in the background.

Taylor Reservoir is a short 45-minute drive from Almont and well worth the time. One of the most spectacular sights you will ever see. Al clear blue high mountain lake with majestic timberline peaks in the background. Located on the west side of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, Taylor Canyon is home to the Taylor Reservoir and Taylor River. The Collegiate Peaks are famous for the group of mountains over 14,000 feet tall. With plenty of camping sites, both developed and more primitive, it’s a great home base to spend a week during the height of summer.

Mount Crested Butte is home to one of the most premier ski areas in the country and seldom has long lift lines. Behind the mountain are the Maroon Peaks, Snowmass Peak, and a short hike to the town of Aspen. The mountain has miles of hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and simply beautiful scenery.

Set aside an entire day to drive back down to the town of Gunnison and West to Blue Mesa Reservoir and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest lake in the state of Colorado. It’s 20 miles long and features 96 miles of shoreline to explore. Almont Colorado Ultimate Fishing Destination

Blue Mesa is a recreationalist’s dream. Options for play include sailing, power boating, fishing, and water skiing. Windsurfing is popular among those looking to get a workout on the water. Swimming for any extended period of time is not really recommended. The reservoir is fed by snowmelt streams and rivers so it can be pretty chilly. If you are looking to swim, waiting until later in the summer after it has had time to warm up is advised. No matter what, you’ll probably want to bring a wet suit. Almont Colorado Ultimate Fishing Destination

Boats found on Zeboats are for sale by owners and available with a wide range of designs and features. The company’s boats offer great value for money as they are built to last a lifetime, and the company has kept the costs of building these boats low to make sure that they are affordable to all consumers. There are two main product lines: Sand Planking and Deep Vibe. These two product lines can be used in combination to create the perfect family or boating vessel.

Boaters of all types on Blue Mesa should be aware that strong afternoon winds, sometimes accompanied by storms, can cause hazardous conditions. Be weather-wise. Watch for threatening cloud build-ups. As soon as strong winds begin to blow, head for shore.

Black CanyonBlack Canyon

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Hikers can experience the canyon from a variety of perspectives by hiking along the North Rim, the South Rim, and on inner-canyon routes that descend deep into the chasm. Be aware though, that many of the routes into the Canyon are primitive and not maintained. They require climbing skills and the ability to self-rescue, as well as a free backcountry permit you can get at a ranger station. Trad climbing routes are difficult as well but offer tremendous routes for advanced and expert climbers on the walls of the Black Canyon. Be sure to book a guide or research your routes in advance as these can be challenging. Crested Butte Colorado, The Ultimate DestinationCrested Butte Colorado, Almont Colorado Ultimate Fishing Destination

If you’d like a little less adventure, the wildlife viewing on the rim of the Black is great. Grab your binoculars to snoop on park denizens like the yellow-bellied marmot, a fat rodent that likes to sunbathe on rocky ledges and outcrops. If you want to catch a glimpse of the Peregrine Falcon, you’d better be quick on the draw – it’s the fastest bird in the world. Eagles, coyotes, elk, and more make the park their home.

Fishing enthusiasts should add the Black Canyon to the list of great fishing in the Gunnison Valley. With gold medal waters stretching for 12 miles within the park, this is one of the best stretches of trout fishing in the state of Colorado. Local Fishing Guides can guide you through the Black.

This is one of the most spectacular trips you can experience. Almont Colorado Ultimate Fishing Destination. Plano Texas Handyman can help you design and install a great home theater system, call us at 214-507-3415 or visit www.planotexashandyman.com for more information to our capabilities.

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Home Audio Systems – How do our surround sound systems work and how do we design them?

Home Audio Systems – Die hard movie fans truly enjoy surround sound. Nothing adds to the movie-watching experience quite like multiple speakers surrounding and enveloping you inside the movie itself. But how does a home surround sound system recreate this experience? The easiest way to explain it is to work backwards.

Plano Texas Handyman can help you design and install a great home theater system, call us at 214-507-3415 or visite www.planotexashandyman.com for more information to our capabilities. We are experts in sht edesign and installation of home entertainment systems,

If you have a standard 5.1 surround sound system, then you have five primary speakers, and one subwoofer. Of these five speakers, one is a center channel speaker, which is designed to sit horizontally at the center of your display and deliver dialogue, a pair of vertical left and right speakers, a pair of surround speakers, and a subwoofer sitting on the floor for bass. However, it is important to understand that no matter how great your speakers are, they require something more to optimize performance. This 12″ subwoofer may be ideal for your home if you are in need of this type of equipment to enhance your sound quality. Home Audio Systems

The thing that makes surround sound really shine is your audio video receiver or preamp. This piece of electronics sends the correct audio signals to the correct speaker so that your center channel plays the center channel information, and the left surround speaker plays what it’s supposed to as well. If you’re in need of said equipment you might want to have a look around at some special deals from the Graham Slee HiFi website.

But how does your receiver know what to do? It receives information from your source material, whether it’s a Blu-Ray disc, cable TV program, video game, etc. Encoded along with the video information is an audio track that’s designed to tell your receiver where the different audio signals are supposed to go. As long as your playback device and your receiver know how to decode the information, everything works.

Of course the first step is creating the surround sound information. This is done by people. Most surround sound isn’t recorded when a movie is produced. Instead, audio engineers sit down with all of the recorded audio and decide which sounds should be reproduced by which speakers. Without the experts doing all this work in the beginning, the rest of the system breaks down, and you don’t have a surround sound experience at home. Home Audio Systems

Designing the Ultimate Home Theater Setup

So you want to build a serious home theater, but you’re not sure where to start? While we can’t make every decision for you, we can give you some direction. Here are things to keep in mind. Home Audio Systems

Display

If you’re truly looking to build a home THEATER there’s only one real way to do that, and it’s with a front projection display. A projector and screen combination is the best way to recreate the movie theater experience. You’ll want to go with a 4K projector to get the best possible image quality and the largest possible screen size (of course) depending upon viewing distance.

Speakers

If you’re going for the best of the best, then you’ll want to design a Dolby Atmos speaker system. Might we suggest Klipsch Dolby Atmos® enabled speakers? With Dolby Atmos®, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill a home theater with astonishing clarity, detail, and depth. You’ll need at least one subwoofer, but if this is the ultimate home theater, you’ll want two. Choose your subwoofers based on the size of your room, not necessarily the other speakers you’re using. The larger the room, the larger the subwoofer you’ll want to use.

A/V Receiver

Since we’re using a Dolby Atmos® speaker system, an audio video receiver that is capable of such a system is critical. In addition, choose a receiver with many HDMI inputs since its the primary connection for most components and should handle most future upgrades to your system. We recommend a Denon AVRX4300H 9.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Built-in HEOS wireless technology featuring Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Home Audio Systems

Wire

Don’t skimp on the wire. You want CL3 rated wire if you’re going to be running it through the walls–the ultimate home theater doesn’t show any exposed wire. 16 gauge wire is probably ok, unless you’ll be doing extremely long runs for your surround channels. In this case, upgrade to 14 gauge wire.

Additional Equipment

You’ll need something to play movies on, of course. This means a quality Blu-Ray player or other devices. Since access to movies is essential, you should have a Netflix or other streaming service subscription, which are starting to roll out more 4K and UHD content.

Universal Remote Control

Now that you have selected your equipment, you need an easy way to control it. A programmed universal remote control will allow you to control everything from one place, as well as power up your entire system with a single button. Home Audio Systems

Seating

There are lots of options out there for “movie theater seating,” so choose what is most comfortable for your lifestyle. Something that allows you to put your feet up and with a place for your drink sounds ideal.

Lighting

The movie doesn’t start until the lights dim. Controlling the light in the room allows your to see the screen properly and adds ambience to the room. You may want to consider blackout shades, as well as installing dimmers to the lights in your room, which can also be programmed into your universal remote control.

Already have your ultimate home theater? We would love for you to share suggestions here!

Plano Texas Handyman can help you design and install a great home theater system, call us at 214-507-3415 or visite www.planotexashandyman.com for more information to our capabilities. Home Audio Systems