Top features, trends in home theater installations

Options are always great, and that’s what you get when you add a home theater to your living space.

Dennis Hartwick, owner of DH audio and home theater in the Parsippanysaid that home theaters have many names.

“You will see the words ‘media room’ or ‘dedicated home theater’ used for this fancier room that has theater seating and the room is dedicated to that,” Hartwick said. There is also the popular “Human Cave”, which he said is also a very chic installation, but not a separate theater space.

“It’s more of a family-oriented buy than ever and less of an enthusiast’s buy. It’s still an enthusiast who would do that media room or theater with the seating. But that fell by the wayside in favor of a human cave or a so-called “hobby room”. This is a bigger room where other things happen, ”said Hartwick, who installed home theaters with dance floors, bars and gyms.

With today's projection surfaces, homeowners can leave the room lighting switched on.

Top features

When it comes to home theater, customers know exactly what they are looking for.

Joe Rozynski III, President of Sound waves, also in Parsippanysaid that one of the most important features they want is 4K resolution projectors.

“With some of the new projectors just hitting the market, 4K resolution has been the biggest change in home theater over the past year. This is four times the resolution of all projectors that were on the market before 2015. The end result is a much more lifelike image on the screen, ”said Rozynski.

A custom control design allows a remote control to control the entire system, or the option to use an iPhone or iPad as a remote control.

People are also looking for an easy to use system.

“When we install a theater system, we usually install a control system that allows the customer to have a remote control to control the entire system or the option to use an iPhone or iPad to control it,” said Rozynski.

Finally, customers want to be able to stream films from the Internet.

“This would require a streaming device like an Apple TV or a Roku box. Both devices can be used by the customer to stream films from Netflix or iTunes and many other internet-based streaming services, ”said Rozynski.

A previously underutilized basement room is being converted into an entertainment center with a storage room.

Hartwick agreed that streaming is a given in today’s home theaters.

“Fewer people are concerned with their own media. The new trend is to just stream it, ”Hartwick said. “What is more common (now) is a TV with a separate sound system, and there will be the ability to stream sources online. These two things were not taken for granted a few years ago. “

Hartwick added that the advent of smart TVs has given customers the ability to use apps like Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu.

People also strive for a certain look.

“You want a (clean) installation so that no wires are visible. This also means that the devices that are connected to the television or sound system are not visible, ”said Hartwick. “And the television itself is mostly on the wall.”

One of the most requested features for a home theater installation is a 4K resolution projector.

Projection screens

One of the biggest changes to home theaters has been the projection, or the big screen itself, Rozynski said.

“In the past, if you wanted a great picture on the screen, the room had to be completely dark,” he said. However, today’s projection screens have technology built into the fabric that can reject ambient light so you can turn the lights on or let light in from the windows while you watch your movie or soccer game.

Hartwick said home theaters are not encouraging customers to install more TVs in their homes, but rather to expand what they have.

“This home theater phenomenon has (not) led to more televisions being used in the home. There were always people who wanted a TV in every room in the house and there were always people who didn’t, ”Hartwick said.

In a winter garden / children's playroom designed by DH Audio and Home Theater, drawers are used to hide audiovisual equipment.

Sometimes new technologies can be challenging. According to Rozynski, this was the case with HDMI or a high-resolution multimedia interface.

“The new (HDMI) protocol is not backwards compatible. If the customer buys a new TV or projector and wants to display 4K resolution from a 4K source, everything in the signal chain must support the new protocol or the 4K resolution will not be displayed. Many (consumers) will simply buy a new 4K TV and expect it to display this resolution. And when they don’t and you tell them they need to buy more equipment to view that 4K resolution, it becomes a challenge, ”said Rozynski.

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Today's projection screens have technology built into the fabric that can reject ambient light so homeowners can leave room lights on.


DH audio and home theater

11 Mitchell Road, Parsippany

Tel. 973-428-9800

Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week


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Sound waves

1200 Route 46, Parsippany

Tel. 973-334-9283

Opening times: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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