Audio Calibration Services
As of 2015, Dolby ATMOS and DTS X are all the rage in receivers. People walk into the sound room at their local A/V store and are floored by the presentation. Another gadget they must have … and here we go again.
There is actually a missing piece to this puzzle that explains why so many are floored by the presentation. It’s called “a proper set up.” If these same people could only experience their own 5.1 or 7.1 systems at home correctly for the first time, then they might not be so eager to junk their old stuff to usher in the new. This is precisely what the manufacturers want you to do, of course. Now imagine what would happen to those same people that actually experienced their own sound system properly set up for the first time. They get equally floored the same as that demo they just heard.
If a poorly set up system is only giving you 40% performance (let’s say), then of course one is impressed with the new stuff running at 95%. But if your same system was running at its full potential performance and you heard that new system at 95%, then you are just as likely to say “meh!” You’re either happy with what you have … or you shell out the big dollars for that new system, continue to set it up poorly and you are wow’d yet again when the next, next stuff arrives. The vicious cycle continues … and the person never really gets to experience the quality of what he really has. OK rant off.
If you have ever bought a sound system, especially a surround sound system and tried wiring up the amplifier and working through the menu of features, you have probably come across things like –
If you are setting up an audio system, it is very likely that you are not getting your money’s worth, no matter how much money you put into your sound system. This is perfectly understandable. It is not easy and there are a lot of things to consider. This is where you need audio calibration.
Small room acoustics are complex, so maximizing your audio system will take time, effort and the right test equipment. Imagine getting rid of that annoying boom or squeaky top end; being able to clearly hear every word spoken in a movie and being able to close your eyes and ‘see’ exactly where every sound is coming from. Even if you think your audio system is great, you will be stunned by the improvements after an audio calibration session.
There is a good chance your audio system is working hard generating sounds you can’t even hear. They are there all right, but complex room ‘modes’ can mean that where you are sitting could be just the spot where there is nothing to be heard at specific frequencies. Audio calibration can help resolve that.
And as from above, it appears that a proper set up can also end up saving you a lot of money too … in both the short run and the long run. It slows down the hardware upgrade cycle and keeps the money in your pocket for much longer.
Cost of this audio service is $200. (This service usually takes about 1 to 2 hours tops.) Save $50 when bundled with one of our other services.
Dolby Atmos Conversion – $100. (This service takes a traditional 7.1 surround set up and converts it to a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos speaker configuration. This service is available as long as the receiver is Dolby Atmos capable. Get a taste for what Atmos is all about …)
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For complex audio calibration involving room treatments et al, please contact me for additional information.
Other Services to Consider:
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Get the TV/Cable Box/Stereo/DVD player/Apple TV hooked up correctly. Click here.