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Home Cinema / Theatre Systems Installation

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Home cinema / theatre refers to an audio and video equipment setup in your home that tries to duplicate the cinema / theatre experience. The application of this definition can vary widely, however. Many consumers are intimidated by the term "Home Cinema / Theatre" as they think this means a lot of money, equipment, and cables running all over the place. At its most complex, you can indeed have a custom built home cinema / theatre that costs a fortune with a high end large screen TV or video projector, upscaling DVD and Blu-Ray Disc player(s), network media player, separate amplifiers for each channel controlled by a master preamp or controller, in-wall speakers, and a couple of subwoofers that can just about shake down the entire neighbourhood.

However, in reality, home cinema / theatre as actually applied in most homes, does not necessarily consist of an expensive custom installation, nor a lot of money. A modest home cinema / theatre setup can be something as simple as a 32 to 55-inch TV, combined with at least a DVD player, sound bar, stereo, or home cinema / theatre receiver, speakers, and a subwoofer. With plunging prices, upgrading to a large screen LCD or Plasma HDTV (60-inches or larger), and/or Blu-ray Disc player does not require a big wallet. A growing number of video projectors are becoming reasonably priced home theater options.

SKY, the BBC and ITV all provide HDTV services. ASTEC as an authorised agent for SKY can explain and sign you up for its exciting HD service. We have produced this overview to help our customers learn about the basic facts; please call us for more details...

High Definition TeleVision (HDTV) is possibly the greatest thing to have happened to TV since the advent of colour. Currently there are well over 50 HD channels, most of which are provided by Sky. While on the Free-to-Air services there are currently five channels available to Freesat / Freetime viewers & five channels available to Freeview / YouView viewers.

Many people are asking: "Why is HDTV such a powerful and important development?"

The answer is: "HDTV is not like any TV you are likely to have experienced before. It generates the most life-like images you will have ever seen on a TV screen, with colour and clarity that is totally superior in every way".

Not only do you get much better pictures, you also get far better sound quality. All HDTV programmes will offer superior 5.1 quality surround sound, and HDTV sets with 5.1 Dolby digital surround-sound will be able to take full advantage of this, thus offering the audience a true home cinema / theatre experience. Other key features are that the Video is fed digitally from the receiver box to screen and you will no longer get “flaring” on fast moving action.

Many people will be aware that Sky began broadcasting in HD back in 2006. As a result, ASTEC is fully experienced in all aspects of HDTV reception & related AV (Audio Visual) equipment installations.
Sky's high definition service uses two new formats. The first 1080i increases the number of rows in the picture to 1080 - over 500 more than a standard PAL picture and is interlaced. The other, the 720p, has 720 rows but this time they are progressively scanned. This means that every row of pixels is shown in every frame. Sky's HD box supports both of these formats.

Sky+HD content is obtained via subscription while the BBC and ITV provide their HD output via Freesat, Freetime, Freeview and YouView in the UK. The BBC has plans to produce all of its content in HD. In fact in 20 years from now all of Europe will broadcast television only in High Definition. Market research suggests that more than 4.5 million households in Europe have switched over to HDTV.

SKY+HD enables audiences with properly installed HDTV to enjoy this exciting new experience to the full.

Blu-ray (BD)
Blu-ray is the latest generation in home entertainment. With up to six times the resolution and superior sound compared to traditional formats, High Definition is the perfect way to watch your favorite movies, TV shows, and sports. See your favourite DVDs in much sharper, more vivid detail than you could ever imagine, and discover new levels of crisp, clear sound.
Blu-ray Disc (BD) is an optical disc storage medium designed to supersede the DVD format. The plastic disc is 120 mm in diameter and 1.2 mm thick, the same size as DVDs and CDs. Conventional (pre-BD-XL) Blu-ray Discs contain 25 GB per layer, with dual layer discs (50 GB) being the industry standard for feature-length video discs. Triple layer discs (100 GB) and quadruple layers (150 GB) are available for BD-XL re-writer drives.[3] The name Blu-ray Disc refers to the blue laser used to read the disc, which allows information to be stored at a greater density than is possible with the longer-wavelength red laser used for DVDs. The major application of Blu-ray Discs is as a medium for video material such as feature films. Besides the hardware specifications, Blu-ray Disc is associated with a set of multimedia formats. Generally, these formats allow for the video and audio to be stored with greater definition than on DVD.

HD Gaming
HDTV is good news for all gamers, as the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox are geared up to HD quality gaming content. Higher capacity Blu-ray storage discs, have become the standard in games consoles, which will allow game manufacturers more capacity to create visually-rich, detailed graphics. The games industry stated that every major game is going to be playable in HD, so consumers who have bought HDTV sets, can appreciate the high-detail graphics of console games.

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HD Ready TV

Did you know that just having an HD ready TV doesn't give you a high definition picture? To experience TV in high definition you'll need to connect it to a HD source, like the Sky+HD box. If you're thinking of buying a new TV, make sure it has the 'HD ready' logo.

Although your TV may be HD ready, there will usually be connectors on it that allow it to be connected to non-HD devices. HD devices are connected using HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cables.

Installing a large plasma or LCD screen can be difficult for most people as it requires a lot more than normal DIY skills. Technical expertise and a knowledge of the building regulations coupled with practical experience are required for a neat, safe and fault-free installation. We hold in stock a wide range of suitable brackets for the correct installation of these large screen units for home cinema.

ASTEC has had vast experience of installing interior and exterior Satellite & TV systems of all types since 1992 and has established a firm reputation for quality and high standards. If you have bought or are thinking of buying a home cinema system with a large plasma screen, ASTEC can safely install it for you at a reasonable price.

The installation charge will depend upon the type of large screen unit that you want installed and any additional accessories or services you may require.

Or, if you have a Plasma or LCD screen unit already and are having installation problems or if you have an established system that has developed problems, then call ASTEC as we provide a fault-finding service at a reasonable price to get you viewing.


...and for your LCD or Plasma TV screens we can install regular or 'tilt & turn' wall mounts
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Home Cinema / Theatre Systems to your requirements
Typical Home Cinema / Theatre Installations
Neat & Tidy Large Screen Installation
Drop-down Projector Screen
A whole home HDMI and Audio system with Cinema room and 8' drop down projector screen and 5.1 surround sound to cinema and lounge. 2 x SkyHD boxes, DVD and Apple TV distributed to rest of house.

Home Cinema / Theatre Systems to your requirements
Sonance Audio Systems
Sonance systems will have you on the edge of your seat for every explosion, splash, crash, cry, scream and squeak. With Sonance Cinema Series home theatre solutions, music, special effects, and dialogue are reproduced perfectly without cluttering your home theatre. Sonance home theatre solutionsdeliver every whisper of sound and every note of the soundtrack with perfect clarity...just as it was intended

Home Cinema / Theatre Systems to your requirements
Your Colour Schemes Catered For
In this cinema room the colour scheme, as shown above, was black and the speaker bezels therefore were spray painted black to match.
Professionally installed screens wherever they are wanted
This system & rack was for a cinema room with an 84" LED Samsung screen along with HDMI distribution of 2 xSkyHD boxes and DVD / BluRay & CCTV to the rest of the house and a Sonos Audio system. The Wifi also needed extending on this project so we used a Luxul AP fed from the main router to expand the Wifi network to the rest of the house and patio area
It also had Freeview distribution and IR control of all kit throughout the house.

Fully Experienced Home Cinema / Theatre Installation Engineers
Professionally installed screens wherever they are wanted Clean & Convenient whatever the location