Home Theater Automation
A good control system can add a lot to a room so everyone in the home can easily control the system without having a dozen remotes. In this case, the homeowners can use their phones or the Control4 SR-260 remote to control it.
To watch, the homeowner simply pushes the watch button and the system turns on. There are three main layers of lights in the room which follow the standard that we outline in our home theater design best practices video. There are overhead canned lights that we call task lighting, sconces designed for aesthetics and ambiance, and then step lights for safety, and low-level lighting for moving watching. Each of these can be controlled separately from the remote, but more importantly, we have lighting scenes set up that control all of the lights together.
The Control4 system handles everything from turning on the processor and projector to volume and navigation. Because the Sony projector has lens memory, we can also use one button press to change from a 16:9 aspect ratio to widescreen for watching movies. We go into this in more detail in our video on how widescreen works, but the projector is zooming out and there is actually a full 16:9 image being projected, but since the top and bottom are black, it fills the screen for widescreen movies. And finally, we’ve got one button press to turn everything off.
If you are thinking about building a home theater or updating yours, be sure to check out Home Theater Central, including our free 3D home theater designer where you can design your system, see lots of videos of complete installations like this one, and browse our inspiration gallery and how-to videos.
At Audio Advice, we've been designing and installing high-performance home theaters & smart home systems for decades. In fact, we've delivered more custom theaters than anyone in the Southeast! We are now offering Home Theater Design no matter where you live in the United States. If you are interested in a custom home theater or upgrading your current system, give us a call at 888.899.8776, chat with us, or stop by one of our award-winning showrooms.