Do you want to create a home theatre experience that gives multiplexes a passé? Navigating through the umpteen remotes for lighting, sound, screen, seating, etc. can generally be intimidating for a Homeowner. Automation can help you manage all of these and more with minimum effort. You can connect your home theatre system to smart devices like smartphones, tablets, universal remote, etc. Additionally, automation allows one to manage all the commands by a single device, and a single command eliminating the hassle of too many control devices.
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These commands can extend to equipment beyond the home theatre set-up too. For instance, automation can control special effects and the overall room environment. Before you buy a home theatre, it is important to choose a room that offers a warm and inviting ambience. The focus should exclusively be on relaxation and a great viewing experience. Room lights, shades, temperature settings, motorised lift that rolls down a projection screen etc., help enhance the home theatre experience.
When it comes to movies, a cosy ambience is necessary. Smart lights can help improve the quality of the home theatre experience. Automated lights help set the mood for the movie in a jiffy, using an integrated app or device. For example, a smartphone can dim or turn out the smart lights in the room whenever necessary.
Motorised shades are easy to install and integrate and offer daylight control. Similarly, automated lights offer a schedule timer option as well, which provides the flexibility to go from daylight to a dark theatre-like ambience in seconds. Automation provides screen control displays too. The display screen can automatically adjust the brightness according to the type of entertainment. By connecting the sound system to the screen one can use virtual assistants, remotes or even smartphones to adjust volume without manual input. Amplifiers enhance the sound quality of the home theatre too.
A cosy home theatre experience is not complete without the right temperature. Invest in a smart thermostat system with built-in room temperature sensors. You can connect them to the HVAC systems allowing the viewer to enjoy the movie without interruptions.
While the cornerstone of any good home theatre system is the right A/V equipment and more importantly its right calliberation, operating multiple settings can be a little tricky. It is recommended to consolidate the controls of all A/V components into one single remote. The AV settings can be changed easily depending upon the type of content on the screen. For e.g a sports match could be available on Tata Sky and the best settings for viewing it could be different from watching an action movie on say Netflix. Not only will the settings amplify your home theatre experience, it also saves the hassles of juggling several clickers. With consolidated A/V you can kick-start the entire setup.
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So a “Movie” button on your smart tablet does the following things: It dims the lights. It turns on the projector and the Audio system. The source content changes to say Apple TV. The aircon is now set to your favourite temperature and the motorized shades have already closed out any ambient light from the windows- all in the right sequence and with the right delay times.
Want to see who is at the door when the bell rang? Pause at the touch of a button – take out the phone and let the worker in by opening the lock. Although all the home theatre gears can work separately, automation simplifies life by allowing them to work together seamlessly. By investing in devices that consolidate multiple functions, enjoying an immersive theatre experience at home is no longer a distant thought.
Article contributed by Alok Hada, Director, Anusha Technovision Pvt. Ltd.