January 30, 2013
| by Arlen Schweiger
Another NFL season comes to an end with Super Bowl XLVII, but that gives us another reason to remind you why having more than one display in your media room might be the way to go.
The biggest reason is sports broadcasts. Even beyond a busy early Sunday afternoon with several NFL games on the slate (and thanks to DirecTV the ability to tune into those outside your geographic area), there’s a glut of sports channels that continue to give us great options for viewing multiple games at once, in HD. If you’re a hockey or college hoops fan, the relatively new NBC Sports channel, for example, was made for you.
Not only can you fit more games into one viewing session, but you can really cater to more friends and family members for gameday parties. We know you’re getting ready to throw a big one for the Super Bowl, so apart from figuring out all the “Dos and Don’ts” for getting your media room ready, if you don’t have multiple displays set up we’re going to show you seven great examples to get your ideas churning for a theater reconfiguration or upgrades (like this family did from its old CRT models to flat panels that fit into a custom cabinet).
At the very least, you can start preparing for the opening rounds of March Madness.
In one of our examples, the custom electronics pros used three 70-inch TVs to cover a wide wall rather than a super-large projection screen. “One large 130-inch TV was another option,” says David Huse of Theater Advice, Frisco, Texas, “but the three TVs seemed more authentic.”
In another instance, Colorado Media Systems installed four 46-inch Samsung LCD TVs to flank a 55-inch Samsung LCD on a motorized mount. The TVs are fed by five high-def Comcast cable boxes via a Video Storm component video A/V matrix and controllable under the Control4 home control system—easily controllable, too, thanks to CMS president Glenn Montjoy’s clever programming. The owners can change shows from one display to another by pressing the star key, followed by the two displays they want to switch (such as “1” & “3”). “The video matrix then swaps the programming on each of the televisions,” says Montjoy.
Other multi-display rooms may center around one large projection display, with a few traditional-size flat-panels on hand as well, for a really Buffalo Wild Wings type of atmosphere. Or, you could have two or three TVs visible for most of the time, then click a button for the projection screen to lower from the ceiling in front of them when your spotlight game tips or kicks off. Now that college basketball, NBA, NHL and PGA golf are all overlapping, your sports weekends and home theater schedule just got very busy. Are you prepared?
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Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
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