From Scott Fuelling, Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment, Memphis Tenn.
Calibrate: refocus and recalibrate the projector; recalibrate the surround-sound system.
Firmware: Install and test new firmware updates for every part of your system. The updates may fix bugs or may make new features available.
Seats & Curtains: Clean and test all of the theater seating, and repair if necessary. If the theater has curtains, they should be cleaned also.
Batteries and Bulbs: If any components use rechargeable batteries (remote controls, power supplies, etc.), test them and replace if necessary. Replace dead light fixtures.
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From Jason Voorhees, Cantara Design, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Clean the Screen: Use a tape-based lint roller on the black fabric frame (if you have a fixed screen). You’ll be amazed at how much dust this material attracts. For a fixed screen use a soft horse-hair brush to gently brush off the screen surface. If you have a roll-up screen, bugs like to fly into the roller and get embedded into the screen. Call the manufacturer to determine what kind of cleaning solution is best.
Test Tone: How do you know if a tweeter or a crossover is blown on one of your speakers if you don’t spend 20 minutes doing a simple test tone sweep on each speaker? Not sure if the tweeter is working? Put your hand over the tweeter and listen to the speaker. If the sound doesn’t change, you probably have a problem. Your listening tastes may change too, and by calibrating yearly for level, distance and speaker position (if your speakers are moveable), you’ll be able to tune-up according to your changing tastes.
Delete: Spend 10 minutes deleting channels you don’t watch from your DirecTV or cable TV on-screen guide.
Reboot: Reboot your DVR every 2 months. You might be surprised at how much faster it will operate.
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From Gerard Lynch, System 7, Winchester, Mass.
New Additions: Many older home theaters have a set-top box, a DVD player and a local library of content on a media server, but may not have a streaming media player. It’s time to get an Apple TV, Roku or some other device that can stream content to your home theater. This might also involve reprogramming your remote and adding new cabling.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.