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The Essential Elements of a High-Performance Home Theater in 2019

Everything You Need to Enjoy Your Favorite Video Content in Style

If you’re going to invest the time and money required for a custom home theater, you want to know you’ve created the best possible experience possible. But creating an ideal home theater environment requires more than just a big screen. The type of TV or projection matters, as does your choice of sound system, even your choice of décor.

Trying to sort through all the available options for your home theater can be overwhelming, which is why Pacific Audio & Communications is here to help. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the essential elements of a high-end home theater installation for Maui homeowners. Read on to see what you really need for your home theater.

SEE ALSO: Getting the Most from Your Home Audio-Video System

YOUR DISPLAY

While there’s some room for debate as to which manufacturers have the best TVs and projectors around, in broad strokes there’s a simple answer to what you should want for your home theater: A 4K home theater system. While 8K TVs are available for purchase, there’s almost nothing in terms of native 8K video content.

However, not all 4K TVs or projectors are created equal. You also want to look for a TV or projector that has includes High-Dynamic Range imaging, or HDR. HDR allows for a broader, more intense range of colors than regular 4K displays, giving you greater contrast to make those images really pop off the screen.

One recommendation is to pair a 4K HDR projector with an ambient light-rejecting screen or a screen that can reflect ambient light and instead display the truly stunning image your projector delivers. Similarly, look for OLED 4K TVs. In contrast to other 4K TV models, OLED TVs light pixels on screen individually instead of with bigger backlighting panels behind the screen. While that may not sound like a big deal, it’s crucial to separating brighter and darker tones on screen and gives you that true black color for a sharper image.

One thing to keep in mind if you’re going the 4K route: Every part of your video system must be 4K compatible. That means you need a 4K receiver, the right kind of cabling and a sufficiently fast network to handle 4K streaming.

YOUR SOUND SYSTEM

If you want the best in class when it comes to home theater sound, there’s only one answer: Dolby Atmos. While other home audio and surround sound systems deliver impressive sound in their own right, Dolby Atmos is the most immersive system currently available.

Surround sound systems typically work by channeling sound through different speakers spread out around the room. These are the center, left, right, and rear channels you’re likely familiar with. Dolby Atmos works differently by featuring two or four overhead speakers, as well, and rendering each sound as an individual object that can be placed in a 3-D soundscape created by a network of speakers throughout your home theater.

This allows for an incredible sense of immersion, though it only works if the content you’re watching or listening to has been mastered for Dolby Atmos. Even if it’s not strictly Dolby Atmos compatible, however, you’ll still get powerful, quality sound from your speakers while enjoying other content.

ALL THE REST

Your video and audio systems are your primary concerns when it comes to home theaters, but there are other aspects to consider as well. For instance, there’s your choice of furniture and décor.

As far as furniture goes, you actually should spend a lot of time making sure that you find the right seating for your home theater installation. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your home theater, you want comfortable seating that will remain in top condition after several months or years of usage.

When it comes to your décor, don’t be afraid to add your own sense of style. Give your theater a theme based around your favorite movie genre or genres, throw up some theater-style posters, add a popcorn machine or even stylish acoustic treatments.

Your home theater represents a significant investment on your part, so don’t be afraid to make it your own. To see what Pacific Audio & Communications can bring to your home theater installation, call our Maui office at (808) 870-1619 or contact us here to get in touch with our team today.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We Have Moved To Our New Kauai Offices And Showroom!

We've recently moved to a new building and we're excited to announce all of the features you can enjoy for your integrated electronic needs.

Our new 3000 sqft facility will have dedicated offices for admin, design and engineering, programming, staging, rack building, project management and of course a full showroom and conference/meeting space. All better to support our clientsIf you'd like to schedule a visit, give us a call at our new phone number: (808)3 20-8463And visit us at our new location: 1587 Haleukana St. Ste. 101 lihue Hi 96766

Platinum all around

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We are super excited to have reached the top for each of these manufactures. We have been Lutron and Crestron dealer for over 20 yrs and Control 4 just over 2 years now. On-words and up-words we go.

 
                              

Want a 4K Home Theater System?

Here are 5 Important Things to Consider

You’ve heard a lot about 4K, Ultra HD, and other terms.  You want that razor-sharp picture in your home theater.

Maybe you already have a home theater.  In that case, you may be wondering what you’ll need to upgrade.

If you don’t have a home theater system, the good news is you can plan to get new equipment with less concern about what will be compatible with the old.

Let’s look at five important considerations for achieving 4K home theater nirvana in your Maui home.



 
SEE ALSO: Why Should You Invest in a Professional Home Theater System

 

4K Screens: Flat Panel or Projector?

The traditional approach to a full-on home theater has been a ceiling or rear projection system, but recent trends have developed new options.  Flat Panels are now available up to 100 inches in size, with 75-85 inch models becoming quite affordable.  If you don’t like integrating projectors in your room, a large flat panel may be the way to go.  LED backlight dimming, OLED screen technology, HDR (high dynamic range) and Dolby Vision (Dolby Labs’ special version of HDR) offer incredible sharpness, detail, and black level performance.

Projectors have not been standing still.  There are many models to choose from that offer 4K resolution, but one of the things to watch out for is support for HDR.  Look for models that support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, or at a minimum are software upgradeable for those features. Ultra short-throw projectors are also a viable option now; these models are more easily installed and calibrated than ceiling mounted or rear projection setups.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The next generation of 4K Blu-ray is here, and the prices of players have come down to mainstream levels. More titles are being released in the 4K format, and many old popular titles are also being released in this format, as has typically happened before when the technology changes.  4K Blu-ray is a must for the best quality picture and sound in a theater.  While an increasing amount of 4K content is being streamed, typically the actual picture quality will not equal local playback from a disc.  Further, streamed 4K content will not have the highest definition sound formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.  Movies in 4K Blu-Ray will particularly wow you with their enhanced contrast and brightness.

4K Streaming

You likely know about streaming devices like Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.  All these vendors have 4K versions of their devices available now.  Apple, Amazon, and Google have varying amounts of movies and shows in 4K.  They all support HDR, but only Apple TV currently supports Dolby Vision.  Netflix has an ever-growing number of shoes and movies available in 4K.  Movie service VUDU (available on all but Amazon’s Fire TV) has a growing library of 4K movies as well.

AV Receivers and Preamps

If you’ve had a home theater audio setup for a while, chances are it’s not compatible with 4K.  You need support for passing HDCP 2.2 signals, which is the standard for enabling 4K video content.  If your receiver or multichannel preamp is not compatible with this, then it may make for some tradeoffs in your video source switching and audio playback possibilities.  We can guide you through those considerations, and decide whether your current equipment can be used in a 4K theater upgrade.

Networking and Internet

Last but not least, 4K video puts considerable demands on a home network.  If you want to stream or distribute 4K signals around your home – including your theater – you may need a router and perhaps cable upgrades.

If reading this has created more questions than answers, you are not alone.  There’s much to consider in planning a 4K home theater.  Contact us; we will guide you through all the choices to create the perfect Maui home theater for you.

 

Why Should You Invest in a Professional Home Theater System?

Why Should You Invest in a Professional Home Theater System?
• Design a Room Optimized to Get the Most Out of Your Technology• Receive Expert Advice on What Works Best for You• Find Equipment that Matches Your Stylistic Preferences

 How Does a Custom Home Theater Differ From Retail Options?

A custom home theater system is an immersive entertainment experience. Every inch of your room is planned out to get the most out of your technology and space. We find the best equipment for the room, optimize it for sound and visual quality, and even work with you to design a unique theme. Below we take a look at some of the benefits of a professionally installed home theater.


Figuring Out the Layout for Your Room

The success of your Maui home theater system comes down to having the right layout in place as well as the right technology. Below we take a look at some of the things you need to consider when designing your brand-new entertainment system:
  • What kind of screen do you want in your home theater?
    • The size of your screen will affect the seating arrangement for the room, which will then determine where to place your speakers:
      • Screen Size: As a rule of thumb, for a 120" screen you want to be at least 12 feet from the images to reduce strain and to see the picture clearly without having to move your eyes.
      • Screen Viewing Cone: Image quality will diminish as you move away from the center of the screen. Once your screen is installed, we ensure all seating is neatly placed within your screen viewing cone: this signifies how wide you can go before you start seeing a drop in image quality.
    • What kind of surround sound do you want in your home theater system?
      • This will determine how many speakers you’ll have in your room and where they need to be located. We ensure all speakers are equidistant to the viewers, so no one is stuck with audio that is too loud or too low.
        • Traditional Surround Sound: These systems include five or seven speakers and one subwoofer. Speakers are installed in front, to the side, above, and behind the viewer.
        • Dolby Atmos: For the best, most –realistic sound you should upgrade to a Dolby Atmos system.
          • Separate sounds into distinct objects so they can move within a 3-dimensional space:
            • For example: Hear a plane literally flying overhead as the sound travels from speaker-to-speaker above the viewer.

Expert Advice on What Equipment Works Best For Your Space

Once we have a general idea what you’re looking for in your home theater system, we help you find the right equipment:
  • Choosing the right screen:
    • Depending on your room's limitations, we help you find the right size, color, and texture for your screen. For example, in places with a lot of ambient light, you want to go with a darker gray or black screen. If you want a discreet option, we can offer motorized screens that retract into the ceiling.
  • Choosing the right speakers:
    • We offer the latest state-of-the-art technology when it comes to your speakers. Invest in Dolby-Atmos enabled speakers for truly realistic sound and, if you have space restraints, we also offer in-wall and in-ceiling speakers.
Don’t settle for a second-rate discount theater from your local electronics store. Contract Pacific Audio and Communications to create a truly immersive entertainment space in your Maui area home.

3 Features of an Amazing Home Theater System

3 Features of an Amazing Home Theater System
  • Pick the Right Type of Equipment
  • Design with Acoustics and Viewing Experience in Mind
  • Gain One-Touch Control of Everything

Create the Full Cinematic Experience in Your Kauai Home

What’s the difference between an average home theater and one that immerses you in the sights and sounds of your movie? There are a lot of different factors—everything from the lighting to the seating needs to be carefully planned out. If you’re considering adding a dedicated home theater system to your Hawaii home, keep reading to learn about must-have features that will transform your theater into a luxury viewing environment.


High-End Equipment

The quality of the equipment you choose for your home theater goes a long way toward creating that immersive experience.
  • Screen: There are several screen types and materials that are optimized for different room environments.
    • White screens are best for traditional theater rooms without much ambient light.
    • Dark screens are designed to deflect light that isn’t coming straight from the projector, so they’re great for multipurpose rooms or outdoor cinemas.
    • Acoustic screens allow you to hide speakers behind the screen without muffling the sound.
  • Projector: Make sure you consult with your home theater designer and installer about the best option for your space.
  • If your projector doesn’t have the appropriate amount of lumens or resolution for your chosen screen, you could easily end up with a grainy or warped image.
  • For the clearest picture, choose a projector with native 4K resolution.
  • Speakers: Surround sound is absolutely essential for home theaters.
    • Choose a system that allows you to adjust sound levels and base frequencies to be optimized for the space.
    • Speaker material and design have a big impact on sound quality. High-end speakers use the best quality materials and innovative designs to create pure, clear audio.
 

Acoustics and Layout

Home theater equipment and your room’s layout go hand-in-hand. The care and planning that go into where equipment is placed are what set luxury theaters apart.
  • The size and shape of the room will impact a lot of different factors.
    • Screen Size: Sometimes bigger isn’t necessarily better. The screen needs to leave room for the A/V equipment and provide enough distance between the screen and the seats.
    • Seating Amount and Positioning: The larger the room, the more flexibility you have for how many seats are included and where they can be placed.
    • Speaker Placement: Depending on where the seats are located, speakers are lined up to ensure that there are no acoustic dead spots.

Full Room Control

The best part of a luxury home theater is that you don’t have to put any effort into getting the room ready to start the movie. With a smart home automation system, you can control everything with the push of a button:
  • Movie Selection: Get access to all of your movies, music, and streaming services right on your smartphone or tablet. Simply pick the show you want to watch and press play!
  • A/V Equipment: You don’t need separate controllers for your projector, screen, etc. It’s all connected so that when you want to watch a movie, your equipment responds to your command.
  • Lighting: Need to pause the movie to grab popcorn? You don’t have to fumble around in the dark for the light switch. Your home theater system can automatically dim the lights as the movie starts and brighten the room after the show finishes or pauses.
  • Sound Levels: Even with the room’s speakers optimized during installation, sometimes it’s nice to turn the volume up or down. Just pull up your control tablet or phone and set the sound level wherever you want.
 
The thought of designing a personalized home theater system may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Pacific Audio and Communications can handle everything from the initial design to ongoing optimization and support. Contact us today to learn more.

New 24/7/365 Tech Support offered.

New 24/7/365 Tech Support offered.
 

   

Offering Tech Support 24/7/365 via text, phone or email

Have you been down and out with your electronics not working, Cable box keeps locking up, Internet seems slow or your network seems to have slowed down some, well give us an email or a call at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.808-824-3495, 24/7/365 availability, 30-minute response time.


As systems get more and more complicated and businesses come and go you can count on our 26yrs in the industry to get your systems back up and running 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Yup anytime you have an issue just reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 808-824-3495 and we will be glad to help. If the line is busy just send us an email as well we will get right back to you one way or the other.

We are dedicated to the ongoing service and support of equipment and training of our clients.

Service is our full-time job.  We provide:
  • 24/7/365 availability, 30-minute response time
  • Email or phone (text support coming soon)
  • 70+% of support requests are resolved over the phone or email.
Our technical assistance center is comprised of PAC employees that are among the most capable and certified experts in the industry. These experts will guide you through preliminary trouble shooting, remote diagnosis, testing and resolution.


  • Superior Response Time 24/7/365 availability, 30-minute response time
  • Real Time Problem Diagnosis and Resolution
Our directResponse Support program ensures end to end support across the full life-cycle of collaborative technology ensuring maximum system up time, efficient end user operation and expert network assistance.


  • U.S. Based Technical Assistance Centers
  • Available 24/7 Technical Support 30-minute response time
  • Scheduled End User Training and on site troubleshooting and tech support when needed.
Don’t let your electronics frustration get the best of you or your system. Contact us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.808-824-3495 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We will answer your calling.

Happy Clients

Happy Clients

Another happy client, this one from our Kauai office, Mr Gary Henderson.

It is a real pleasure to recommend the services of Pacific Audio and Communication. They just installed a Home Theater System in our Large Room and a beautiful, fully controllable, dispersed audio (music) system throughout our house. Alex designed the system(s) and Chris did the installation. Both are real \"pros\" - knowledgeable, great sense of what the client needs are, meticulous in their work, and lightening fast in responding to questions/concerns.
I am an Apple \"addict\", a bit concrete in my thinking, like designs that are minimal/clean, modern, and don\'t like to be oversold on things I don\'t really need (am I a customer from hell?). Well, I was completely won over by Pacific Audio! They patiently educated me on the state-of-the-art AV technology, worked with me through multiple design changes, installed everything with minimal disruption (e.g., ceiling speakers in every room, but did not require a bit of touch-up painting or clean-up), and their \"tech support\" rivals Apple (I\'m not kidding).
My last request of them? Could you please move my new (BIG) flat-screen TV down a bit (4 inches!!!). Their response? \"No problem\" and was done the next day (even though it took two people because it is really big and heavy).
I can give you many more examples of \"beyond my expectations\", but just let me conclude with -
I heartily recommend Pacific Audio & Communications, enthusiastically, and without any reservations Gary Henderson

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