Home theatre services

At Smartlifestyle we specialise in Home Theatre installations. Whether home theater means a cozy corner of your living room or a screening room with theater seating, Smart Lifestyle products and services make it easy to find a solution that fits your home and budget perfectly. The possibilities are endless — and setup is easier and more affordable than you ever imagined. Here are just a few of the many ways we can enhance your Homet Theatre experience.

Home theatre

Use just one remote to turn on your entire home theater.

If it usually takes you at least 4 remotes and a couple of references to the manuals or your 8-year-old to turn on your home theater, you’ll love our products. One-touch can turn on the TV or projector, the DVD changer, satellite, stereo system, and even lower a projector screen, sets everything up for watching a movie, and gives you a library of cover art so you can easily select the movie you want to see. Your one-touch theater setting can also lower the lights and shades in the room and raise or lower the temperature to create the perfect ambiance.

Easily access your movie collection.

If you’re like us, you’ve probably spent more time looking for DVDs and replaced more copies of The Incredibles than you care to admit. Now you can access all of the movies in your multi-disc changer from one simple interface, and search by cover art. And, as movie distribution continues to evolve, you are allowed to access all kinds of video sources – BlueRay, streaming video, etc. – from the same easy-to-use interface.

Add a home theater to your current home – no remodeling required.

You don’t have to undertake a major remodeling project, knock down walls or start building a new house to enjoy the benefits of an impressive home theater. With Smart Lifestyle, we simply connect the Home Controller to your TV or projector, receivers, bookshelf or in-wall speakers and you’re ready to entertain at home. The system can easily access all of your movies and coordinate all of your theater gear, giving you complete, intuitive control over your theater. And you can get rid of all those miscellaneous remotes!

Video distribution

With the price of great TVs coming down we have more TVs in more places around the home. But what if you want more than basic cable for all those TVs?  It's now possible to distribute HD video from your cable box and Blue Ray/DVD player to all the rooms in your home using inexpensive Cat5 or Cat6 cable, or even wireless!

Video distribution is all about getting a strong clear signal, of all channels (regardless of the source), to all video destinations within the home. This involves three general functions: Gathering, and in some cases creating, the signals in one area; Combining, conditioning, and amplifying the signals; And distributing the signals to their destinations.

The first thing your need to know about video distribution is that what you are really distributing is Radio Frequency (RF) signals. The RF signal is sent through shielded coaxial cables. Apart from the distribution task itself, the two most important parts of creating a video distribution system are to keep your signals inside the cables, and to keep other signals out of the cables!

A single coaxial cable can carry 130, or more, standard channel frequencies. Each channel includes video and audio components. With MTS encoding, each channel can even have stereo audio.

Contrary to an RF channel, which can coexist on a coaxial cable with many other channels, "baseband" video takes the whole cable, and doesn't even include sound! Baseband video and audio is what comes out of the RCA (a.k.a. "phono") jacks on the back of your VCR. Since it takes two coaxial cables to transport a single baseband video and audio source, you generally want to convert baseband into RF as "early" as possible. Which means as close to the source as possible.

You convert baseband to RF with a device called a modulator. Most modulators today are simple little digital boxes that are similar to, but the reverse of, a cable box. They have inputs for video and audio, and an output for RF. (RF is almost always an "F" type connector.) You can use one or more modulators to create your own "in-house" channels. In effect, you create your own cable TV company.

From a "block diagram" standpoint, there are four key pieces to any video distribution system: The coaxial cables themselves, which serve as a conduit for the RF signals and allow interconnecting the other key pieces; RF Amplifiers that "boost" the RF signals to make up for the signal losses the other pieces impose; Combiners which "add" two or more cables together to create a single output that contains all channels from both input cables; And splitters that take a single input cable and distribute the same signal to two or more output cables.

Planning a video distribution system is not difficult. You need to understand what the key pieces do, have a blueprint of your home, and be able to do a little very simple math. That's it!

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