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How to Turn Your Garage into an Awesome Man-Cave

With kids, pets and family, your house can sometimes feel surprisingly small. Many homeowners forget that one of the most under-utilised areas of their house is the garage. While normally being occupied by a car or unsorted storage, with a little planning it can be converted into the ultimate relaxation area.



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Work With Your Garage


One of the most common mistakes to make when dreaming up the perfect man-cave is forgetting an important point: You need to work with your garage, not against it.

Your garage is unlike any other room in the house. Lighting, plumbing and electricity are all things that could be missing from its original design. Other choices like your type of garage door can also impact the security and insulation of your garage.

By staying aware of these limitations, you can use them in your favour to overcome the challenges of your garage in interesting and creative ways.

Maximise Space


When planning your man-cave, space is at a premium. The size of a typical garage is quite small and will only be able to fit the essentials, especially when considering space for a car.

Cleaning up and decluttering your garage is the first step in finding space. This means throwing out or selling old and disused items and finding better ways of storing essentials.

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Once you’ve cleaned up, a little clever thinking can make more space. Ceilings, for example, can be fitted for hanging storage, which can be done between joists that are already installed. Putting up storage racks along the wall is another good idea and makes use of space above the floor.

One of the biggest decisions to make is whether you’ll still park in the garage. This decision is different for everyone and will depend on your type of car, availability of outside parking and need for weather protection.

Plan Your Man-Cave


Once you’ve found out the limits of what you can work with, it’s time to start making plans. Don’t go overboard, but make a list of all the essentials that you’re looking for, along with a rough estimate of costs.

Draw out a basic floor plan. If you’re planning to install a home theatre system, where will the TV go? How will it be wired? Following each step of the plan in your imagination will help you find problems and save you a lot of time and money before putting it into action.

Remember to leave some space behind for storage or other excess stuff in case your needs change in future. Depending on your home, the garage may be the only place for these things.

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Know Your Limits


Make sure you start with the right tools for smaller jobs in the garage such as drilling. Don’t try to do any work that you’re unsure of, because if anything goes wrong it will only slow things down and end up costing you more overall.

If you aren’t an experienced handyman, make sure to leave the dangerous stuff to an expert. There are many licensed contractors who are experienced in outfitting electrical work to garages and will have done similar projects. While it may be slightly more expensive, it means you’ll get the job done properly, legally and without any risk to your health.

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Insulate Your Garage


Insulation is essential for turning your garage into a livable space and will protect you in both hot and cold weather. Insulating properly can also soundproof your garage, meaning you can play your music as loud as you want, or turn up the sound system when watching movies.

Carpets, rugs and rubber tiles all insulate your floor well and can add a certain style to the garage. Smaller, moveable options are generally better, as they can be shifted, replaced or removed if necessary. The garage door is a big culprit for letting in cold and should be properly insulated. Garage insulation can be retrofitted, but will only work on panel and not roller doors.

Have Fun


Converting your garage into a man-cave can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding projects you ever undertake. Enjoy the experience and celebrate with your friends when it’s done.

 

Author Bio

This piece was written by Daniel Defendi, who recommends Pinnacle Garage Doors in Perth. You can catch Daniel on Google+ to discuss this piece.

Tricks for the Perfect Home Theatre

Having a home theatre is self-indulgence at its best. It is a perfect excuse to throw a movie night for friends or family, or simply just kickback and watch your favourite film by yourself. It initially might seem like a costly investment, but in actually creating your own home theatre shouldn't break the bank! Technology has come a long way, and although the wide variety of sound and projector systems are somewhat overwhelming, if you hunt hard enough you can definitely bag a good deal. Furthermore picking the right layout and materials to fit your budget and achieve paramount cinematic experience can be tricky, but with my help you'll save cash and achieve your perfect home theatre.



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Step 1: Room Selection




The first thing to do is consider where it'll be, and the layout. Good rooms to choose in the house include anywhere from a living room, basement or kids rumpus room. The main features to include are good sound projection, ability to see the screen from all angles and lack of light.

Good sound projection depends on the shape of the room: a rounded or rectangular room has advantage over a square room. Next a room without windows is ideal as it not only deals with the issue of unwanted light, but will also improve the quality of sound and hence viewing experience. If you can't find a windowless room, mitigate the problem with curtains and shades. You can even opt for DIY soundproofing projects to dodge overspending.

 

Step 2: Maximise Sound Quality


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In order to get that next-level audio you might want to consider using acoustic wall panels specifically designed for home theatres. They serve to buff the echo, and modulate low and high frequencies. Although, if you're looking for a cheaper alternative a simple dry wall should still prove sufficient.

When it comes to flooring, a wall-to-wall carpet always does the trick. It absorbs the ambient sound, and instills a sense of cosiness. Finally, the overall of the walls and carpets should be dark, as to avoid reflection of light which may interfere with your cinematic experience.

 

Step 3: Divide and Conquer


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The positioning of your speaker systems within your home theatre is of the utmost importance. A typical home theatre has 5.1 surround sound which is composed of five full-range speakers, and one subwoofer which is responsible for the low-frequency bass sounds. 

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For surround sound you should position:

  • one speaker directly under or above the screen

  • one to the left of the screen

  • one to the right of the screen

  • one to the left of the seating arrangement

  • one to the right of the seating arrangement

  • subwoofer either to the left or right of the screen


Along with all the speakers don't forget that you will also need to invest in the right cables and connectors. Head to to renovatorstore.com.au to check out their new range of home theatre equipment!

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Step 4: The Royal Treatment




The crown jewel of your home theatre is of course the projector screen. Usually, the bigger the better in this case! But beyond the display size, you also need to consider the viewing angle. The experts from the Universal Home Theatre argue that the best angle is between 30 to 40 degrees. It allows you to take in all that is happening on the screen without putting too much strain on your eyes. As for the optimum distance of the seating areas, it should be around 1.5 to 2.5 times the width of the screen.

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Final tips


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Before you kick back and relax it is important to keep you budget in mind. Start with spending on the audio and visual systems, and if need be shortcuts can be taken to save spending on other aspects.

Overall its important to take time whilst designing your room in order to achieve the best possible viewing experience. So get planning because your perfect home theatre is just around the corner.

How important is a Subwoofer in a Home Theatre System ?

Your subwoofer is very important for your home theatre as it provides that impressive low bass rumble sound that dramatically enhances the sound of key sound effects - especially for crashes, explosions, and even background sound.   It is worth watching a movie and turning on and off the sub-woofer to experience the dramatic effect it has.  It really can enhance the total experience of a movie at home as it helps you achieve "audio immersion" and the "audio atmosphere" that the Surround Sound recordings were designed to deliver to you.



In fact you are materially letting down your multi-speaker system if you have not planned to install a sub-woofer. Your typical left and right primary may have an impressive bass response, but they won't be able to reproduce the very low frequencies of a good subwoofer.  Also, unlike most subwoofers, normal speakers do not have their own power source. Sub-woofers typically need to be plugged into power so they can really enhance the sound.

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A subwoofer is a speaker designed for very low bass frequencies.  These bass sounds are usually in the range between 20 Hz and 125 Hz.  At these levels sounds are often 'felt' as much they are heard - you will literally feel the couch vibrate and rumble!

Subwoofer speakers come in a variety shapes, sizes and enclosures and tend to be relatively large in size, between 20cm and 40cm in diameter (for the speaker).  A larger speaker helps achieve the lower bass sounds that other speakers cannot.  Therefore, once you include the casing for the speaker it is no surprise then that it can take up quite a bit of space in your listening environment.  And many enthusiasts complain of the low SAF (Spouse Acceptance Factor) of a large subwoofer box.  Well there are ways to hide your subwoofer with a bit of planning.

There are no fixed rules for placement of the subwoofer.  A free-standing subwoofer should be placed directly onto the floor to assist with the transmission of the sound from the subwoofer into a vibration that will be felt as well as heard.  Many claim that sub-woofers are non-directional - i.e. you can place them anywhere in the room.  This is not entirely true - the placement of your sub-woofer relative to where you sit can greatly enhance the sound you are trying to achieve.  The output can also depend on the shape and size of the room, and furniture placement.  You may also have to consider the SAF and the poor aesthetics of a big box with long cords in the centre of the room.

Poor subwoofer placement is a major cause of disappointment with Home Theatre performance. A little experimentation with subwoofer placement, and even with furniture placement, can often provide improved results.   Here are some tips that may prove helpful to improve the effect of your sub-woofer and also help hide it:

  1. Place near a wall
    By placing the subwoofer close to a wall, the low bass frequency sound waves coming from the rear and sides of the subwoofer case will be reflected from the wall. This will appear to magnify the overall bass level.

  2. Place in a corner
    Similar to the above, placing a subwoofer in a corner can also provide a perceivable improvement in bass.  The in-wall option as mentioned above can also be enhanced in this situation.

  3. Mount it in the wall or ceiling Ceiling Speakers
    There are now sub-woofer enclosures that are designed to be installed in the wall (or ceiling) so all you see is the front grill (which can even be painted to match the wall colour.  The internal casing is designed to reflect the sound waves out from the wall.  With a bit of planning to ensure you have the depth for installation, have power and a high quality subwoofer cable (RCA cable) to the installation point, you will have a truly minimalist yet powerful sound system.  Hey where did that sound come from?

  4. Place within the front audio field
    Try to avoid placing the subwoofer on the side or the back of your listening environment. This point will be more significant for larger and more powerful subwoofers (and obviously at higher audio levels).  Putting the subwoofer behind your couch may work for you, but at the output levels required to "make it work", your neighbours may be less impressed.
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  5. Hide it under the couch or coffee table
    Where the Spouse Acceptance Factor is a major consideration, then hide it altogether!  I have seen (actually felt) a subwoofer under a couch and it truly puts you in the action of your blockbuster movie as the couch rumbles!  Many couches and coffee tables have cavities that can be easily exposed to accommodate a subwoofer.  In my recent renovation we poured a new polished concrete floor, but not before we ran power and a high quality subwoofer cable (RCA cable) to a discrete floor box where the couch and lamp table will be.  I have ordered a long flat style subwoofer that will be hidden under the couch (or table) - my wife will never know its there (but will feel the incredible sound).

  6. Use two smaller subwoofers rather than one large
    If one large central subwoofer is not practical, consider having two slightly smaller subwoofers enclosures placed on the left and right of your front audio field.  This can provide symmetry which is visually important and can help with the SAF too. Also, having two subwoofers will get rid of any directionality you might otherwise experience.

  7. Use a dedicated subwoofer amplifier
    Many Surround Sound amplifiers have a line level subwoofer output for precisely this purpose. You run a subwoofer cable from your main amp to the second dedicated mono or stereo amp for the subwoofer which drives your subwoofer speaker(s).  Once you have tweaked the level on this subwoofer amp, you can usually set and forget, since the actual volume level control will come from the main Surround Sound amplifier.

Does your lounge room look like a bird's nest of cables?

Are you sick of staring at that big black mass of cords and cables that sneak out from behind your TV unit? Do you have any idea of what people are talking about when they say HDMI? It’s time to get savvy about technology and clean up that bird’s nest of cables!

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What is HDMI?


HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. It is a type of transmission that enables high definition and multichannel audio to be relayed between a variety of audio, video and computer sources. This enables you to use one single cord to interconnect all the high-quality, digital components of your home cinema system. The popularity of HDMI means that almost all brands and all high-definition products have opted for HDMI connections making for a near-universal connection.

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‘What length cord should I buy?’


Many people believe that 10 metres is the maximum length of HDMI cord that should be used due to clarity and activity. If your console is behind or beside your TV, 10 metres is long enough however if you are wanting to store all consoles and cords in a hidden cupboard away from the TV itself, making for a cable-free environment, there are some unique companies that specialise in longer cords.

The Renovator Store is one of few companies that offer HDMI cords at lengths of up to 20m! HDMI 1.4 is the new and improved standard of HDMI cables boasting great new features such as compatibility with the latest smart TVs, 3D TVs and Blu-ray consoles. The HDMI cables sold by the Renovator Store all come in durable casing so that they can be installed within the walls without an issue and have been rigorously tested up to 50 metres for clarity and precise audio and picture viewing.

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Label everything so you always know which cord belongs to what.

Bundle up and tie down the extra cord length to prevent impossible tangles.

Separate your power cords from your audio-visual cords by connecting the two subsets to different power points.

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5 Things To Consider When Creating Your Home Theatre

Planning on creating a home theatre, lucky you!! What a great way to bring family and friends together. Plus a home theatre will add value to your home if you decide to sell. Here are 5 things to consider when creating your home theatre.

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1. COLOURS When choosing colours for the rest of your home, you usually look for the colours that'll do the most to brighten up the room. Think exactly the opposite of that when you're designing your home movie room. Light colours reflect light and make the whole room bright and airy. Dark colours eliminate light reflection, keeping the room shadowy and cave-like. While this effect isn't a popular choice for the rest of your home, it's exactly what you want in a home theater. Choose colours like black, deep purple, burgundy or dark blue.

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2. SOUND Your home theater's success is dependent on the quality of your home theater's audio components. There are a lot of guides for the best home theater speaker layout. Your audio setup usually includes front speakers, center speakers, side surrounds, back surrounds, subwoofers and home theatre cabling. Strategically aligning these speakers around your audience will make all the difference in creating an unparalleled home theatre experience and your cabling should be the highest quality pure copper so that your sound will not be compromised.

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3. LIGHTING - The right lighting is an important part of making your movie room a success. If the lights are too low, you'll strain your eyes to see and end up with a headache before the credits roll. If the lights are too bright or positioned incorrectly, you'll get an annoying glare on your screen or you might not be able to see it at all.

Your overhead lights should be strong enough to flood the room with light when you're not watching a movie. This comes in handy before and after the movie, when you're cleaning or if your movie room has multiple purposes. Consider recessed LED lighting. These lights are installed above the ceiling and shoot light straight down to the floor, meaning stray beams of light won't go where you don't want them. You can also try track lighting. You can move and position the lights any way you want them over and over, so your lighting fits any task. Both track and recessed lighting usually have dim functions -- a must-have for any movie-watching space.

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4.  SEATING  is a critical element for home theater comfort. There are many options to choose from when selecting your home theater furniture. It is important to pick seating that comfortably fits in your home theater room. A crowded home theater can ruin any theater setup. It is also important to make sure you buy home theater seating that fits your audience needs or furniture that seats your entire audience comfortably. Investing in movie theater gliders and sofas with cup holders and extra padding is a great suggestion to ensure your audience is comfortable. Be sure your television or projector screen is positioned so that your audience has to move their heads as little as possible. Forcing your audience to turn their head irregularly or awkwardly can make your home theater an uncomfortable experience.

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5. DESIGN The best thing about the design stage is that you can build a home theater that encompasses your unique tastes. Your home theater does not need to look like everyone else's. Whether you want to make a tribute to your favorite movie, design your home theater like a classic drive-in, or recreate the movie palaces of old. You are only limited by your imagination and budget.

 

 

Make your Home Theatre Spouse Friendly with HDMI

When renovating or building, special planning has to go into the most important room of the house - the Home Theatre!  This is where you will spend all those hours being entertained.  However, we see many new properties with a mass of exposed cables, hugely unnecessary complexity, and the worst sin of all - not using the latest cables.

This article highlights that all your problems can be solved with one cable - HDMI.  However, remember not all HDMI is the same!


What is HDMI?


HDMI 1.4 CableHDMI stands for "High Definition Multi Media Interface".  It is a licensing organisation that defines the specifications of this very sophisticated cable.  There are also many types of HDMI cable.  We are only going to discuss version 1.4 as that is the only type you should install (version 2 is also now defined, but not really available).

In simple terms, the new HDMI v1.4 cable means YOU ONLY NEED ONE CABLE BETWEEN YOUR TV AND YOUR AMPLIFIER.  You do not need audio cables, video cables, and data cables as this cable does it all.

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What does version 1.4 HDMI do?


Version 1.4 handles the highest definition TVs, internet (data) / smart TVs, and 3D TVs.  It also can send and receive full digital audio.  It is also known as "High Speed HDMI with Ethernet".

The two way audio feature is important as it means that if your antenna is plugged into the TV the sound it receives is sent to the amplifier.  Or if you are playing a DVD, or using a game console, the sound is transmitted to the TV via the same HDMI cord.  One cord can send sound in both directions.

HDMI 1.4The data capability of version 1.4 HDMI is also very important.  New TVs are now "smart" and display data that you can interact with - and internet TV is already here.

If you have an HDMI v1.4 connected to your smart TV from a compatible amplifier then you do not need to run a separate data cable (ethernet cable) as the HDMI does this for you.

 Keeping it tidy


Having one cable for your TV that does everything avoids the mess of cables.  And it is far easier to plan to hide one cable in the wall than many.  It also greatly simplifies your system as there is only one connection - so you do not have to keep switching between inputs to watch different devices.

This will greatly enhance the spouse acceptance factor as the home theatre can be what it is meant to be:  simple to use and no mess of wires.

Finish it off professionally


We recommend that you install your HDMI (and speaker wires) in the walls and ceiling so that nothing ugly is exposed.  Renovator Store sells HDMI v1.4 cables specifically designed for in-wall installation.  Long lengths and extra insulation are important when installing in the walls.

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Finish off the installation by installing professional wall plates too.  Another way to keep it all spouse friendly!

These are an inexpensive way to professionally finish off the most important room in the house.

 

 

A plan to set up your home cinema


Whilst your home cinema can be infinitely less complex than a couple of years ago given HDMI v1.4 is available - remember to plan for the rest of the wiring.

Every speaker needs to be cabled back to where your amplifier is going to reside - and these days most media room setups have 8 or more speakers and a sub-woofer.  Check out the simple wiring diagram below and ensure you utilise good quality in-wall speaker wires (12AWG to 16AWG), and in-wall sub-woofer cables.

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The Little Things that Matter

Ever went to a perfectly fitted kitchen then suddenly notice the rusty cabinet handles, or maybe be enjoying tea just to be startled by a door slamming because of the wind?

No matter how great your appliances are or how classy your counter or vintage chairs are, it's the little details that matter the most. As what they say, it's all in the details.



Here are the little details that would make your homes a better and safer place to live in.

Cabinet Handles


cabinetQuality is one of the most important aspects of any product. In relation, one can't forget the importance of quality cabinet handles in Kitchens and bathrooms. Good quality cabinet handles are good for long term uses and as well as adding charm and elegance to your kitchens and bathrooms.

Cabinet handles on the market come in either stainless steel, are an alloy that is coated to look like steel or a different finish. Aside from less chances of breaking, the benefit of solid stanless steel handles to cheaper coated handles is that the coating cannot wear off. Years of use and contact with rings on fingers can wear down the coating of cheaper handles exposing a different colour metal. Solid stainless steel are the same metal all the way through and much heavier.

Wall Plates


You wouldn't run your home's electrical wiring across the floor or taped along your baseboards, so why should your entertainment system wiring be any different?

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Just as you run your house's electrical system behind walls and use simple electrical jacks, you can do the same with all your entertainment system wiring. Especially effective in wiring speakers for surround sound, wall plates can effectively eliminate the mass of wire strung along your baseboards where they can easily be tripped on or chewed on by the family cat.

Wall plates aren't just for wiring speakers though. Wall plates come in dozens of styles, allowing you to hide nearly all your cables neatly behind a wall. Many people these days are opting to mount their flat screen TVs up on a wall, above the reach of children's fingers. Wall plates neatly conceal the wires connecting your TV to your Blu-Ray player or game console, which looks great, and prevents them from being tugged on.

Door Closers


Most people never notice the importance of a door closer until the time you get awakened by you door slamming on a windy day or your kids' finger getting hurt in between the door.

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Door closers are not as glamorous as locks. However, they are at the top of the list of builder's manual hardware products involved in product injury cases. They move objects (doors) weighing 75-200 pounds directly into the path of human beings. When improperly selected, installed, adjusted or maintained, they can generate impact forces sufficient to injure people or cause them to lose their balance and fall. Temperature changes also increase the hazard. A door swinging out of control can be especially injurious. Properly installed, adjusted and maintained door closers are safety devices that protect people and reduce the potential for injury. Not to mention they help in keeping the peace and quiet serenity of your home, free from door slams!

Door Stops


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A small, often unnoticed piece of household hardware.  Aside from protecting the walls from scratches from the doorknobs, they also keep the push-in locks on the doorknobs from automatically locking themselves.

So the next time you renovate, always remember that its all in the details.

Happy renovating!

 

 

What Are Banana Plugs And Why Do I Need Them?

Banana plugs, also known as banana connectors, is an electrical connector that you attach to speaker wires that can then be connected to speakers, amplifiers, and other types of electronic equipment.

Invented in 1924 by Richard Hirschmann, banana plugs have since given birth to other types of banana plugs which are usually just combinations of any number of banana plugs. There is also a miniature version of these connectors, giving you an idea of how widely used it is in different scenarios all over the world.



Banana PlugsUsing these plugs instead of screwing down receiver connectors gives you the benefit of easier cable management. Joining wires to electronic equipment without using connectors can be too much of a hassle, not to mention it can also pose a threat to your safety because of possibly exposed wires and unorganized wiring. Using banana plugs is simply the safer and more manageable way of connecting wires to equipment.

Another benefit of banana plugs is its conductivity. If you choose the right kind of banana plugs, such as gold plated ones, you can expect excellent sound quality audio from your equipment. Deterioration is also not an issue with high quality banana plugs.

If you’re a music lover who must always have the highest sound quality possible, you can’t go wrong with using these small yet unbelievably efficient connectors.

Why Do You Need Wall Plates?

Anyone with a home theatre knows that cabling is a headache and results in a tangled mess.  However, there is a simple solution. With upward of 7 speakers in the average home theatre system, and connecting the DVD, media box, cable tv, PVR, games console etc, the result is typically a hidden disaster behind the TV.



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Having the latest and sleekest entertainment equipment in your home theatre is well and good, but if you don’t put some thought in how you should install them and manage your wires, you may be setting yourself up for some future headaches. This is why when planning your home theatre installation, you should consider using wall plates.

It may not be obvious initially but having your cables and wires hanging loose can present real danger as those tangled and exposed cables can cause people to trip and worse, cause the start of a fire.

It should also be noted that cables left dangling all over the place will make your home theatre room look messy. Wall plates can take care of the fire hazard and the ugliness by having your cables installed inside your walls.

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Wall plates can tidy up all of your home theatre speaker cables and can include a variety of other connections including HDMI and RCA. No matter how many the connections a wall plate supports, they are all arranged neatly to make connections easier as well as make your home theatre installation look more organized.

There are also wall plates that are designed to be installed easily, giving you all the reasons to use one or two of them in your home theatre. Not only will you tuck away all those ugly wires and cables from view, but you can will also be adding a sense of style to your home theatre thanks to simple and elegant wall plate designs.

If you’re thinking you only have a couple of devices with cables and you don’t need a wall plate, think again. Wall plates that accommodate two or even a single cable can still be beneficial to you when it comes to keeping your home theatre area organized and safe. Just check out the different types of wall plates available and see what fits your home theatre setup best.

3 Reasons Why You Should Use In-Ceiling Speakers

Why should you contemplate in ceiling speakers for your next home reno or build?  Most people are used to having their speakers sitting on shelves and floors taking up space - with wires and cables running around the room to deliver sound.

These days, the norm is to install speakers in the walls and ceilings for a cleaner looking home entertainment space.  With new entertainment systems boasting between 7 to 11

speakers for one room, the floors and shelves are not really an option any more.



Ceiling SpeakersHowever, wall speakers are also typically difficult to install as walls are not easy to wire and not always in the correct place for your sound.  In-ceiling speakers are specifically designed to be installed in your ceiling. While it may be a little strange for some, especially traditionalists, it is a new way of keeping your home theatre space more organised while still enjoying music or the thundering sounds of movies.   Here are 3 very good reasons why you should use in-ceiling speakers.

1.   Less Clutter


With your speakers tucked away above your head, out of sight, you don’t need to have them on display on your tables or cabinets. You’ll have more room to display other things like art pieces or to store other entertainment items like books and DVDs.

2.  Overhead Directional Sound


Most people are used to getting their audio from speakers from their sides, front, and back. Unless you are extremely picky and are a hardcore audio nut, you wouldn’t notice the difference between sound coming from your sides and the sound coming from above. Even if you are already used to wall and shelf speakers, it wouldn’t take long for you to adjust to sound coming from your ceiling.  And ceiling speakers often now have directional speakers under the grill allowing you to point them at the couch you will sit on.

3.  Safer


Safety may not be an obvious issue with speaker wires, but it is quite a serious one. Having your wires free to trip anyone who wanders near your speakers is not something you would want. Hiding them in the wall is a great way to deal with this issue. In-ceiling speakers also offer this kind of safety as that kind of installation requires your wires to be tucked away safely.  It’s not just safer, but it looks better too! Typically, wiring speakers in your ceiling is easier (and cheaper) than trying to wire them in the walls.

In-ceiling speakers are not a necessity, but they definitely offer benefits that the usual speakers can only wish for.   And they are not expensive.  Importantly, do not let the speakers down with poor wiring - look for quality speaker wire specifically designed for in-wall or in-ceiling installation - and go for quality as replacing it is not really an option once they are installed!  All the speakers should be wired back to a single point where you plan to keep your hi-fi gear. And that point no longer has to be on display - it can be in a cupboard and still controlled by small IR repeaters that send the signal from your remote control into the cupboard or cabinet.
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