Upgrade Your Entertainment In Your Chicago Home
The frigid Chicago winter is upon us, which means you’re about to spend a lot more time indoors. The next few months are going to be full of home entertainment: binging Netflix shows, catching up on the year’s biggest movies, getting lost in the digital worlds of video games. Whether you’re looking to create a dedicated home theater or turn your living room into a multi-purpose media room, you have a lot of options when it comes to design and technology elements.
In this blog, we’ll explore some of the biggest trends in home theater design and technology. These tips and upgrades will enrich how you engage with media in your Chicago home, making it easier to endure the harsh winter season.
Create A Hybrid Media Space
What are the viewing habits of the people in your household? They probably vary dramatically, and a hybrid media space accommodates everyone’s individual needs. To go from casual TV viewing to a more cinematic movie experience, mount a flat-screen TV flush against the wall for the former and have a projector screen drop down in front of it for the latter. For the Netflix lovers in your home, your go-to TVs should be Sony’s Master Series OLED 4K Ultra HD Smart TV. They have a Netflix Calibrated mode that was designed with Netflix professionals to provide the same level of detail as the monitors used in Netflix’s studios. The surround sound system in this room can be used to create an immersive audio environment for parties, and all of these different technologies are quickly accessed from a smart home control system customized for your family.
Install Multiple Screens
Given how easy it is to access vast libraries of media nowadays, it’s become more and more common for people to engage with multiple pieces of entertainment at the same time. The days of picture-in-picture are long gone, replaced by multi-screen setups that viewers can control from a single touchscreen remote or smartphone app. This is especially valuable for sports fans and gamers. Have multiple sporting events playing at the same time to give your home a sports bar atmosphere, or use the separate TVs to have multiplayer video game competitions that give each player their own screen.
No More Motion Smoothing
Video interpolation, more commonly known as “motion smoothing,” is a digital effect on most high-definition televisions created to reduce motion blur in sporting events, making the action look crisper and more lifelike. The problem with motion smoothing is that it makes movies and TV shows look like they were filmed on high-speed video instead of film, which gives them a cheap appearance reminiscent of daytime soap operas. It compromises the filmmaker’s vision, which is why there’s been a major push from Hollywood to educate people about motion smoothing. Tom Cruise recently spoke out against it by releasing a video that tells you how to turn off this default setting on their TVs, allowing you to maintain the cinematic integrity of your entertainment.
Want to learn more home theater design tips for your Chicago residence? Reach out to one of our experts by calling 630-898-2850 or filling out our online form. You can also visit our Naperville design center to experience different home theater technologies in action.