American writer Ralph Marston once said, “Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”
Though our culture is one that tends to reinforce the benefits of working hard and constantly achieving higher levels of success, many experts agree that there are also numerous advantages to taking some time to rest, refresh, and renew yourself by engaging in non-work activities.
For instance, Penn State University shares that taking time for yourself provides more balance in your life, relaxes your body and mind, reduces your stress levels, and provides a bit of an escape from everything that is going on at work.
Harvard adds that giving yourself this type of downtime every now and again can even positively affect your work life by increasing your productivity and enhancing your creativity. Not to mention that it is also good for your physical and mental health – two aspects that, when at optimal levels, can make you even better on the job.
Orange County Home Theaters: For Those Who Want Leisure Without Leaving Home
While some Orange County residents seek to obtain this wide range of benefits by taking trips to foreign lands, others prefer the option of rejuvenating their mind and body without ever having to leave home.
This is especially true for individuals who travel often for work. Many Americans find themselves in this exact position, as more than 405 million long-distance business trips are being taken each year by U.S.-based businesspersons alone. This equates to roughly 1.1 million people traveling for business each and every day. If you fall into this category, having an Orange County home theater system is a great way to unwind in the comfort of your home after a long day or week of travel.
That said, you don’t have to be a world traveler to enjoy the benefits a home theater has to offer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the one leisure activity Americans engage in most is tv watching, at roughly 2.8 hours per day. In fact, this activity accounted for more than 50% of all other leisure time activities combined.
Regardless of your situation, whether you spend a lot of time away from home or you watch the standard 2.8 hours a day, one way to enhance your television watching experience is with a home theater system.
Home Theater Systems Are No Longer Just for Watching TV and Movies
When most people think of a home theater system, they think of a room that is designed solely for watching tv shows or movies. Of course, these types of systems work great for this purpose. When you can retreat to your comfortably designed home theater room, kick up your feet, and turn on your favorite television show or watch that movie you’ve been dying to see, it can feel like heaven on earth. But today’s home theater systems offer so much more.
For example, if you can’t imagine life without sports, but don’t like to fight the crowds at the stadiums or parks in order to see your favorite teams in person, installing a home theater system gives you a front and center seat right in your Orange County residence. It enables you to take in all of the action as if you were right there, but without the stress of finding a place to park, waiting in long lines to get something to eat and drink, and missing a key play because you had to make the half-mile trek to the restroom.
And if you have a few different teams you like to watch play, no problem. With a home theater system designed by Good Sounds, we can install multiple screens. No more flipping back and forth from one channel to the other. You can watch all of your favorite teams with a simple turn of the head.
We’ve also designed home theaters specifically for those who like to unwind and relax with gaming. With more than 2.7 billion people expected to engage in gaming by the year 2021, we understand that having a dedicated room for this purpose is a must for a piece of the population. That’s why our designers work closely with gamers in the Orange County area to create a home theater system that supports this sometimes-intense audio and video-based activity.
Whatever your preferences—whether it is sports, gaming, or you just want a place to retreat to so you can watch your favorite tv shows in comfort and peace—Good Sounds can help design a customized home theater or media room based on how you want to use it.
Factors to Consider with Orange County Home Theater Design
Everyone has different tastes and expectations when it comes to their home theaters. Therefore, there are a few factors you want to consider before building, adding, or updating your current home theater system.
The first is what you intend to use the system for. For example, if you plan to do a lot of live streaming with your devices, your home theater will likely require a different set up than one that is hard wired into a cable or satellite. Maybe you intend to use your home theater for multiple purposes? That is an option too.
You’ll also want to consider whether you want your equipment to be hardwired or wireless. While some wires can be hidden, especially for audio and video equipment that is mounted to the wall, ceiling, or floor, if there are certain electronics you want placed elsewhere in the room, wires can be a potential concern. Some wireless products are available, while others may require one of our Orange County home theater designers to formulate ways to incorporate them in a way that hides their cords.
It’s also important to think about the room size and layout when having home theater designed for your Orange County residence. How much space do you have to work with? What type (and how much) furniture do you want in it? How many “spectators” do you want it to comfortably hold?
There are all of these factors that our home theater designers take into account, because they are critical when designing a space that gives you the experience you desire. So, the more you think about these things beforehand, the more likely it is that we can create a home theater room that you thoroughly enjoy spending time in.
If you’re not sure of the answers to some of these questions, our trusted and experienced Orange County home theater designers and installers are more than willing to go over your options with you. We will even come to your home and look at your space free of charge, offering advice and options for all aspects of your home theater system.
Of course, you can’t create a quality home theater without technology. What type of technology is available to you when you choose to work with our Orange County home theater designers?
Technology to Consider in Your Home Theater Design
Before we get into your options, it’s important that you know that some of the equipment we use is available only to professionals and authorized dealers. Therefore, you can’t necessarily go to a home electronics store like Best Buy or Fry’s and purchase the equipment we use, but need to go with a professional Orange County AV company like Good Sounds
At Good Sounds, we will only install equipment that we are confident will provide a stellar home theater experience. The last thing we want you to do is walk into you’re your new home theater and have some component of the system fail or malfunction. This is not only frustrating, but it is absolutely unacceptable for us as a business.
Keeping this type of situation from happening involves installing technology that, while always new and innovative, has already met a certain standard of excellence. Therefore, if we have any concerns about a particular brand or product, we simply won’t use it because we believe that our Orange County home theater customers deserve more. We also take seriously the fact that our customers trust us to recommend the best products for their home theaters.
With that in mind, here are a few technologies to consider when deciding what you want in your home theater room:
- Large HD LED Flat Panel LCDTV. Choosing a television with HD resolution means greater picture clarity, while LED options are slimmer, longer lasting, more energy efficient, and offer better viewing angles. Samsung makes one that we recommend to our Orange County home theater customers because it provides what we consider the best viewing experience available.
Remember that no one says that you can only install one tv in your new home theater room either. If your primary reason for wanting a new system is to enhance your watching of sports, for instance, we can design a system with multiple televisions, allowing you to simultaneously watch all of your favorite teams.
- Video Projection System. Another option is to forego the big screen television and go with a video projection system instead. One advantage of taking this route is that you’re able to better customize the size of your screen. Want to use all of your available wall space? No problem. We can do that.
The nice thing about using a video projection system is that you can also place the picture at any height without worrying about whether a tv would look okay there.
- Speaker System. You want crisp, clear sound no matter what you plan to do in your multimedia room. This means that no high-quality home theater system would be complete without top of the line speakers. Professional Home Cinema (also known as Pro Audio Technology), Leon, Triad, and Paradigm all provide great options for your Orange County home.
These speakers come in a variety of styles—some of which include in-wall, sidemount, soundbars, and in-ceiling—enabling us to place them strategically around your home theater room for the best possible sound, while still offering a pleasing visual appearance.
- Surround processors and amplifiers. One of the reasons people like going to the movies is because it feels like you are a part of whatever is transpiring on the screen. If it’s a gun fight, you can hear the bullets whiz by your head and, in outdoor scenes, you’d swear that the birds are actually chirping around you.
This is partly due to the surround sound system that is installed within the theater. Why not create this same experience in your own home? You can with surround processors and amplifiers made by some of the top companies, which include Anthem, Audio Control, and Integra.
We install technology that is the latest in home theater design, but that doesn’t mean it will be difficult for you to use. Good Sounds’ home theater designers are known for designing systems that are user-friendly for the average Orange County homeowner. So, you don’t have to be a “techie” to operate the systems we design and install.
Installing Home Theaters in New Orange County Homes vs Installation in an Existing Home
Some Orange County residents contact us with questions about how home theater installation differs when putting this type of system in a new build versus an existing home.
If the home theater is going in a new build or a home that is going through a major remodel, we are able to work with your architect, general contractor, or interior designer to make sure the home theater fits in seamlessly with the rest of the house.
This not only means addressing wiring issues and other aspects of home theater installation, but also ensuring that the audio and video products you choose complement your décor. Whether you like a modern look or prefer something more industrial, shabby chic, nautical, or any other theme, we can install audio and video equipment that looks like it belongs or almost disappears into the décor.
Conversely, if you’re putting a new system in your current residence for the first time—or if you already have one and want to update it—we can do that too. Our Orange County home theater designers offers free, no-pressure consultations so we can come out and see the space you want to convert or update. We will also use that time to talk about the things you can do to make the space more enjoyable for you and your family.
Providing A Full-Service Home Theater Design Experience
When you choose Good Sounds as your Orange County home theater system designers and installers, you’re not just getting a company that can provide a high-quality audio and video experience. We can also help you design the entire room. This includes providing guidance on factors such as:
- Blackout shades and curtains
- Acoustic panels
- And more!
When you work with Good Sounds, you don’t have to worry about whether you have the right layout, if your electronics will go with your furniture, or anything else. Our team has years of experience with all aspects of home theater system installation and design, enabling us to offer a full-service home theater design experience.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you create the perfect home theater system for you and your family.