A home theater transforms the viewing experience, be it movies, TV or games. Out of all the investments made in a house or apartment, it will be among the most used. Simple advice: go as big as you can with the screen. We’re plasma fans here at Outreach -- in all but the brightest rooms it provides superior image quality to LCD/LED sets at a similar cost. Samsung and Panasonic make our favorite flat panels, but consider the possibility of a projector. Costs have dropped dramatically; It’s as easy to use as a panel TV, but can throw a much larger image. Sports, movies, TV shows and games become events. A home theater is a family magnet -- a place of shared experiences.
I’ve ran hundreds of movies on them (including my own work) and think JVC projectors have the best, most film-like image on the market at their respective prices. Liquid-Crystal-on Silicon (LCoS) technology and advanced image processing yields the deep blacks and exceptional dynamic range (contrast ratio) without the use of a tracking iris that can create light breathing effects.
Why I like JVC projectors so much (in English): Among the most important elements to an image appearing what’s termed film-like is tonal gradation. Ability to render it well gives images richness and depth. Imagine a light shined across a white wall. Near the light it’s white, but as we move away from the light along the wall it gets gradually darker – light grays to middle grays and finally ending in black. How many shades of gray can the projector render from light to dark as we move to black? This plays out in color too btw. The more subtle tones a display device can render, the richer and more immersive the image. This is where JVC projectors separate themselves from the pack, and you don’t have to be a hardcore videophile to notice.
Last thing on projectors (PJs) – they’ve come way down in price and way up in performance – the barriers to a theater in your house are gone. And there’s nothing like a big screen for tv, sports and movies. Brings the family together too.
Come by to check out the new JVC RS55 in action.
JVC RS55/RX70 REVIEW
‘As a dedicated projector for viewing 2D movies, you can't beat this one without spending a lot more.’
Paradigm is a ‘tentpole’ brand at Outreach A/V because they’re at the peak of the value curve in every category of product they build. Be it sleekly designed, 5.1 home theater systems, in-walls, or high-end floorstanding loudspeakers such as the S8, you won’t find better performance per dollar.
Most speaker manufacturers buy their drivers (woofer/tweeter/midrange) from other companies and package them into a box. Paradigm builds their own, ensuring they'll work together optimally, and most speakers are assembled in their state-of-the-art Canadian facility. This bottom-up design and quality control is audible, and the variety of designs ensure fit with any decor. They also make some of the best subwoofers ever to rock the planet.
The Millenia One system was awarded Sound and Vision magazines Product of the Year for 2011.
‘After an hour, I was convinced that the Paradigm MilleniaOne/MilleniaSub combo is one of the best lifestyle systems I’ve reviewed. And after 4 hours, I was convinced it’s one of the best speaker systems I’ve reviewed.’MILLENIA ONE SYSTEM/REVIEW 2
‘Compare these to any similar sized satellite speakers at the local big box store and I will be blown away if you can find anything that comes remotely close to this speaker for the money.’PARADIGM S2/SUB2 REVIEW
‘The Paradigm Reference Signature S2 v.3 and Reference Signature Sub 2 are one way to soar into the stratosphere while keeping your budget firmly grounded.’
Anthem started life as Sonic Frontiers, a maker of high performance vacuum tube and solid state stereo gear. Although their focus now is home theater, the emphasis remains on sound quality. You can find more features per dollar, but not better sound. And hey, 95% of the non-essential features on most home theater gear goes unused anyway. Go with Anthem -- they put the money into the signal path and amps, the stuff you hear, the stuff that makes movies, tv and sports exciting and immersive. Further, the Anthem Room Correction (ARC) system in their home theater equipment (and Paradigm subwoofers) is second to none in dealing with inevitable room modes that muddy bass response and the presentation as a whole. You don’t have to be a gearhead to immediately hear and appreciate the difference.
‘Effortless. Muscular. Coherent. Stable. Rock-solid. Sound like what you’re looking for? The Anthem MRX 700 immediately leaps to the top of the marketplace for home-theater receivers. Don’t miss it.’ANTHEM MRX 300 REVIEW
‘Altogether, this is a very impressive AVR and a must-hear.’
Snap is a behind-the-scenes player in AV space that makes comprehensively engineered components ranging from in-wall speakers and multi-channel amps for whole house audio to surge protectors and HDMI switchers. As a dealer, I rely on Snap solutions: complexity in setups only increases and Snap stuff just works. From a customer standpoint, it means a reliable, transparent infrastructure for your system.