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Top 5 Classic TV & Movie Locations You Can Have At Home

May 16, 2012

Over the years there have been many iconic locations for films and TV series, but with access to the Internet and a credit card many of the items which made these locations so special can now be purchased for your own home: be it in your bedroom, living room, or home theater installation. So what should you go for? Let’s take a look at our top 5.

5. Al’s Diner – Happy Days

Out of all the sitcoms that have graced the airwaves over the years, there are definitely many classic locations, from Central Perk in Friends to Jerry’s apartment in Seinfeld. However, one of the most iconic locations has to be Al’s Diner from Happy Days. What makes Al’s so iconic? Well there is Fonzie’s office in the bathroom, but all in all it has to be Al’s jukebox! Probably Fonzie’s favorite piece of equipment, and always on the Read More »

The Classical Modernization of Home Technology

February 29, 2012

Modernizing your home is a big step in anyone’s lives: a truly modern home in minimalistic design, often in white and the lines are clean and beautiful. Aesthetically pleasing technology can also gilt the room, whilst the rest of the home will probably have large white pillars, open interiors and glass frontage, all of which add to the modernization of the home.

When furnishing the interior, it’s an important thing to note the shape of the room, the space you have to work with, and the color ranges you want to choose.  Of course, not every piece of furniture comes in modern designs; you may have to hunt these down, and you will also want all the sophisticated home theater, home audio, and even home automation technologies available on the market incorporated into your home.

A classic picture frame makes a statement, be it traditional or modern. TV frames are also a fantastic piece Read More »

On the 2012 Spotlight: Hot Accessories and Gadgets For Your Home Theater

February 15, 2012

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show may be over, but that doesn’t mean that we here at Hooked Up Installs have run out of hot accessories and gadgets to spotlight. Onwards we go! This week, we check out some awesome new tech toys and tools for your home theater.

JVC NX-BX3

If you still haven’t gotten yourself a speaker dock for your iPhone or iPod, then it might be worth checking out the new JVC NX-BX3, which – apart from serving as just a dock – offers an elegant and space-conscious home theater sound solution. It includes a 60-watt amp, a pair of 8cm and 30cm speakers, an FM tuner, SRS StudioSound HD technology, and an integrated stand. But the coolest thing about the JVC NX-BX3 is that it’s designed as a piece of table furniture: you can literally put your things – a flower vase, a lamp, your books, a Read More »

7 Awesome Bedroom Home Theater Setups

November 28, 2011

TVs are getting flatter. Sound systems and speakers are getting sleeker. Syncing your media is becoming easier. All of this means that it’s now possible to turn your bedroom into a top-of-the-line entertainment suite with its own home theater system.

Yes, we perfectly understand that some homeowners don’t need to have separate rooms for sleeping and for movie-watching. Or that some – and we’re talking here of the bachelors and apartment city dwellers – may not have enough real estate to have separate rooms in the first place. Whatever the case may be, we do advise you to take a good look at your bedroom: a place, after all, that’s just perfect for creating an excellent home theater environment.

Need some ideas and inspirations? Check out this list of seven awesome bedroom home theaters.

Why get out of bed if you have a bedroom similar to that of this Houston home? Read More »

Home Theater Trends 2012: Smarter Smartphones and Tablets for Your Home Theater

October 28, 2011

It’ll be a few more months yet until 2011 turns to 2012, but if you knew what went down at this year’s International CES (Consumer Electronics Show), you’ll have a pretty good idea of what lies ahead in terms of home theater trends. What will the home theater look like? What technology, components, equipment, and accessories will soon be all the rage? What can you expect next from manufacturers and service providers? The show, held every year at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada, is meant to give answers to such questions.

Smarter Smartphones and Tablets for your Home Theater

Smartphones are only getting smarter, and their evolution isn’t just changing the way we communicate; it’s also changing the way we consume multimedia content – movies, music, Internet videos, etc. On this post, we’ll highlight the kind of impact that present (and future) smartphones – as well as Read More »

Home Theater Trends 2012: 3D Everywhere

October 22, 2011

It’ll be a few more months yet until 2011 turns to 2012, but if you knew what went down at this year’s International CES (Consumer Electronics Show), you’ll have a pretty good idea of what lies ahead in terms of home theater trends. What will the home theater look like? What technology, components, equipment, and accessories will soon be all the rage? What can you expect next from manufacturers and service providers? The show, held every year at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada, is meant to give answers to such questions.

3D Everywhere

One of the trends that we noticed in the International CES was the abundance of products and technologies designed to bring 3D to your home theater. That’s right: very soon there will come a time when we won’t have to spend on gas, go to the theaters, wait in line, put on silly-looking 3D glasses, Read More »

Integrating Internet to Your Home Theater

October 12, 2011

The Internet has changed the way we find, receive, consume, and share content. Instead of consulting TV guides on the newspaper, we’re downloading the shows we want from the Web. Instead of going to the cinemas all the time, we’re getting our movies from online VOD services. And instead of buying physical albums and books from physical stores, we’re streaming music from Pandora, watching videos on YouTube, and buying books from Amazon.

It makes sense therefore to view the Internet as an essential component of any modern home theater. But how do you integrate it to your flat-panel TV, to your audio system, to your home storage and media playback devices, to the rest of your home theater system? Here are ways to do just that:

From PC, laptop, tablet, or phone to your HDTV’s VGA

No need to buy an extra device or gadget – just a VGA cable. Read More »

Excellent Tips to Keep Your Home Theater Projector at Optimum Level

September 23, 2011

Your home theater projector is a valuable piece of equipment. It’s also fragile and vulnerable to damage. If you want to keep it in good condition for an extended period of time, and ensure that it performs at a level that consistently impresses you and your guests at home, it’s recommended that you maintain it properly and regularly, giving it the attention and care it deserves. Here are a number of excellent tips to do just that.

Think carefully about location

Projector protection starts at installation. You can choose to mount your projector to a ceiling or a wall (creating an elegant look that will also save you time spent on setting the projector up for use), or you can place it on a tabletop (making it easy to transport your projector for operation outside of your home theater). If you prefer mounting it, get help from installation professionals; projector Read More »

4 Excellent iPad Speaker Docks

July 25, 2011

If you own an iPad, we’re sure you’re going to get a kick out of the enhanced AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring technologies (if you aren’t already). But there will be times when all you want to do is free the tablet device from your hands, set it down, and get serious work done. Like resuming DIY at the garage or chopping onions at the kitchen or something.

Well, you might as well set it down on something nice and classy. And you might as well play awesome music from your iTunes playlist while you’re at it. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of excellent speaker docks for your iPad, which you can use for your listening pleasure in practically any room in your house. (These iPad speaker docks are also a great addition to your home theater setup.)

JBL OnBeat

JBL is one of the brands we here Read More »

Essential Tips When Setting Up Video Game System in Your Home Theater

July 18, 2011

Video games have evolved to now mean serious fun. Thanks to the increased sophistication and popularity of gaming consoles like the Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox 360, the gaming industry is bigger than ever. And video games have become as much a part of the home entertainment experience as the home theater, the digital music players and audio systems, and (perhaps) the popcorn machine.

It’s not unusual, therefore, that video gamers – the average age of which has now increased to include more mature audiences – are integrating their gaming systems to their home theaters. HD-ready TVs – plasma or LCD – are now considered essential for a more thrilling, realistic, and enjoyable gaming experience. An excellent speaker setup or surround sound system has also become a must-have – not just for music-playing or movie-watching, but also for video-gaming. Indeed, today’s most complete home theater setups have now extended Read More »

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