Monday, September 29, 2014

8 Products That Will Enhance Your Home Theatre Gaming Experience

Interested in having the best Home Theatre Gaming Set Up Possible? We’re at a great time in gaming at the moment with billions of dollars in the industry and amazing things happening in terms of graphics, game play and creative ideas. In Australia, more than 95% of household have at least one video game device and the average age of gamers is increasing every year. With more money in the industry, there are also more products that can be used to ensure your gaming experience is the best it can be. Read on and find out our tips.

Importance = 9/10

LCD, plasma or rear projector – which is the best option for your gaming needs? Often it’s the case that certain games need to be played on a quality screen or monitor in order to be enjoyed to their full potential, so make sure if you’re cutting back anywhere, it’s not on your display!
A mounted plasma is an option that is pretty hard to beat. JVC’s line of HD-ILA Rear Projection Televisions are on-point when it comes to picture quality, features and size – all the important things when it comes to gaming. Utilising the micro-display technology, this product provides one of the crispest high resolution images on the market. And at 61 inches, you’re unlikely to miss any of the action playing games on this television.

Sound System
Importance = 7/10

The sound system you have installed can make the action that much more realistic so shouldn’t be underrated. In sporting games, a good surround system will make you feel as if you are sitting there in the stadium. It will also make action and first person shooters all the more thrilling and exciting.

One of our personal favourites is the SBS A550 from Creative but there are plenty of sound system options for the gaming enthusiast.

Importance = 6/10


You’re going to be spending a lot of time in your chair or couch, so you want to ensure you have something that provides comfort and most importantly doesn’t do damage to your back/neck. You also have to think about what is needed for multiplayer action if you have a few mates that want to join you for some gaming. A couch can be handy in this regard, but nothing beats specialised gaming chairs that are available these day. The X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal 2.1 for instance has built in radio wireless receiver and even has 2 speakers and a sub-woofer built in. The design is sleek and it’s also great for non-gaming activities.

Importance = 6/10


Trash talking is an important part of the game if you’re playing online, so a handset becomes a good addition. For single-play, unplugging the surround sound and getting those headphones out can be just as rewarding, depending on what kind of game you’re playing. The Turtle Beach Ear Force PX22 allows for just that, with a bunch of features including the ability to adjust chat and game volume separately and able to be connected to basically every console.

Importance = 5/10

Clever cabling is crucial when it comes to setting up your gaming area. The cables you use need to support the equipment you have in place. Older cables may not be appropriate for use with your system – it may not support the level of surround sounds or graphics that you’re looking for.
A good option is IBRA’s 1.5m Pro Gold HDM Cable, which can be used on a variety of consoles including PS4, Nintendo Wii U and various others. It provides Full HD 1080p resolution and 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, not to mention it supports all TV’s with 1000Hz rates and higher.
Taking it a step further might mean getting a professional and there are a few home theatre installtion companies in gold coast. This ensures that it will not be visible and allows for a much cleaner home theatre gaming area. 

Importance = 4/10

Every avid gamer knows the horror of having a session cut short due to overheating. Depending on the game being played, it can mean having to replay certain missions or stages which is quite frustrating when you’ve already put the hours in. Nyko’s range of intercoolers can save you the trouble. The PS4 intercooler keeps things cool by blowing the hot air out of the system and keep things in check. It’s even designed to match the PS3!
One of the great things about the Xbox One is that it regulates its heat very well compared to the PS4, but there are intercoolers available for this console if needed.

Importance = 3/10

By no means a must, but specialised controllers be helpful to your game as they can be customised to your personal gaming habits. Perhaps you prefer something a little chunkier to hold on to, or something that is lighter for instance. Controllers come in various designs too!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Facts about Home Theatre Installation

With the age of technology it has become so easy to bring the cinema experience to home. Any entertainment lover today aspires for a Home Theatre System for a larger than life experience of movies, sports and music. A Home Theatre is not just a TV or a TV that just comes with Speakers. It’s a perfectly ‘synched’ system where Audio and Visual comes alive through careful calibration and synchronization with each other.

An enthusiast will probably be able to put together a Home Theatre System using different parts from different brands. Such ‘Hybrid’ systems, if put together perfectly, can give the best possible output. However, it would definitely need a lot of time and effort to learn the best possible combination of components and how to seamlessly sync all the components.

That is why a lot of people depend on Retailers and Brands who sell a Complete Home Theatre System – a system complete with the TV, Speakers, Woofers, Equalizers and DVD Players. These systems can be depended on for perfect synchronization of each component. Actual performance however varies from brand to brand that are spread across the affordability spectrum. People should choose the brand based on the brand’s specialization area. Some brands have better Dolby and DTS capabilities while others excel in the build of the actual TV screen.

One caveat regarding a ‘branded’ system is the flexibility of upgrading. You will need another complete set to upgrade from the existing system. Otherwise you go back to the original method of learning about each component and upgrading different parts from different vendors.

Till now, it is the enthusiast that outnumbers the easy buyers. Most people choose not to buy from a single vendor. Most people put together their own system. Their main motivation? They get to choose components whose performance often outstrips that of a ‘complete’ set and if they can get every component to perfectly work together it becomes their bragging right and their bragging topic for years to come.

However, whether you buy a complete home theatre system from a single vendor or put it together yourself by buying parts from different vendors, installing the system can get quite difficult. Unless you have prior experience, it’s a good idea to call a professional installer. The installation alone might put your system in the danger of damage or lack of synchronization. A professional installer knows the perfect height from floors and perfect distance from walls for speakers and woofers. They can help with the wiring in a way that does not create a mess of the room. Most importantly they take care of your equipment makes sure that the precious system is not damaged in the process of a cumbersome installation. There are professional companies such as Antenna Gold Coast who provides high quality home theatre installation in the Gold Coast area.