Saturday, October 23, 2010

Audio Visual Effects: Manage your Audio Video Systems at Home

Building a do-it-yourself audio visual studio or system can prove to be much more enjoyable than you first imagine. What the planning stage primarily involves is taking a note of your budget, deciding upon your gadgets which may include a home theatre system or an HDRV, LCD, or even a LED. To complement these you must buy a DVD / MP3 player which comes with surround sound speakers.
Considering the fact that voice clarity can make or break your television viewing experience, ensure ample number of speakers in keeping with the room size. A well-known dealer, who owns a gadget store in a south Delhi mall informs, “Usually people feel the money constraint when they are deciding upon their speakers for the home theatre. Top brands give their consumers a choice on the number of speakers, not to demean the quality of sound but to suit the various room sizes. According to me, in a 14 Sq ft by 15 Sq ft room a minimum of six speakers need to be installed. The top brand speakers cost exorbitantly, however if you are building this wall out of passion, then you would know how importance the sound clarity is. I strongly recommend people to not only look at speakers available in the big stores, instead consider some online shopping, as you might get a tempting deal for them on the internet.”
To make your audio visual experience flawless and absolutely uninterrupted, Saurabh Chawla, dealer of another popular gadget brand in Delhi suggests, “I personally recommend the use of a high quality surge protector. Since you will be investing a lot in your system, so do not leave it unprotected.” He further explains that a surge protector also known as surge suppressor is an appliance designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. A surge protector attempts to regulate the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or by reducing ground voltages above a safe threshold. He suggests that it is better to connect the home theater system to a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). If your UPS cannot deliver enough current for the entire system, then at least connect your LCD to the UPS. If you do not have a UPS at home, this may be a good chance to consider one. If this is not the case, go with a surge protector.
Even when it comes to amplifiers and receivers which a home theater setup requires he says, you do not set up a home entertainment theater system just to enjoy one movie, or music CD. Each media played through the home theatre system needs to have its own audio setting, and the television has its limitations. It simply is not designed to control sound at the level required to enjoy you in a home theatre system.
That’s where an amplifier, or Audio Video receiver; comes into the picture. The receiver connects your speakers to your media players, acting as a controller of all the sound data that passes through it, while an amplifier adjusts the sound according to user settings.
Manoj Kumar, a sound technician by profession, adds, “Most 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems require a receiver to help control the output of the sound to each specific speaker, as many televisions do not come with the required connections. A receiver can also allow for easy switching between devices such as CD players and Blu-ray players, doing away with the need to constantly disconnect and reconnect cables.” Manoj explains that while a receiver allows for the management of sound through the system, an amplifier allows for the increase of sound out of the speakers. It allows the users to add more dynamic range and power to their speakers, thus allowing them to give a better sound than one would expect from just using a receiver.