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Professional Home Theater Audio Calibration in NY & NJ: Getting All The Sound You’ve Paid For

Buying the best home theater audio equipment you can find is no guarantee that you’ll be getting all of the great sound you expect. Unless your system is professionally calibrated, you could be missing out on the clarity, detail and balance a surround-sound home theater should deliver. DTV Installations has the knowledge and experience to calibrate your system properly – and can do it for free.
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It doesn’t matter whether you’ve paid a few hundred dollars or many thousands of dollars for your home theater. There’s no sense in making any investment unless you get the full return you expect – and one of the primary benefits of having a great home theater is outstanding audio performance.

Many believe that once they pay for and install a high-level digital receiver and top-end speakers they’ll automatically hear breathtaking sound. But that’s like expecting a Jag to purr like a kitten before the engine is tuned properly. Making things more complicated is the fact that not rooms are the same, meaning their acoustics are completely different. Audio optimized for great performance in one home theater could sound terrible in another.
 
The only way to get all the sound you’ve paid for in a home theater is to have the equipment professionally calibrated.
Maximizing audio performance isn’t a hit-or-miss process that you can do on your own by listening to music or a movie soundtrack, and then moving a speaker or changing a setting. Most modern A/V receivers actually provide an auto-calibration function, but just letting the equipment make decisions for you isn’t the way to go, either. Auto-calibrate doesn’t usually do a very good job with crossover settings (which decide whether to send low frequencies to speakers or the subwoofer) or sound equalization. 
 
 
Setting up a home theater for truly optimal sound requires a mixture of measurements, analysis and experience. DTV Installations is expert at combining the three to calibrate home theater audio, particularly when surround-sound systems are involved.
Measurements include determining the size and shape of a room, the natural acoustics of the space, the capacities of the speakers being used and the distances between components and preferred listening locations. We also use equipment like an SPL (sound pressure level) meter to measure actual audio levels throughout the room.

We use that information and our years of experience to place the speakers in what should be their proper positions, make sure there are no equipment issues like incorrect polarities or driver defects, and then begin the detailed calibration process. We set crossover levels, polarity, phase and delay, adjust channel levels with pink-noise tones, and apply the proper equalization to each speaker to ensure a proper balance. Only then will we (and you) be ready for an ear test. If things aren’t quite perfect, we’ll reposition the speakers a little and start all over again.

As you can see, proper home theater audio calibration isn’t something you can leave to an automatic function on your equipment, if you want the volume, clarity, detail and balance you have every reason to expect. Our DTV Installations experts can get it right, every time.

Actually, calibration is FREE – if you’ve purchased your home theater from DTV Installations. Professional audio calibration is included with every theater we deliver and install.
 
If you have an existing theater (or, heaven forbid, you hire someone else to supply and set up your equipment), our professional calibration services start at $899 for a normal 5.1 home theater; charges are higher for more channels and more speakers.

We’d be delighted to perform a free site inspection and provide a no-obligation quote for calibrating and optimizing your home theater. Even better, why not ask us about updating your current setup or installing a brand-new system that delivers the audio and video you deserve?

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DTV Installations Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

{New York, NY, 01/01/2018 – DTV Installations is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

DTV Installations has been listed on Angie’s List since 2008 This is the 7 year DTV Installations has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.