Bring the Cinema Experience to Your Home Theater with Kaleidescape

Bring the Cinema Experience to Your Home Theater with Kaleidescape

You May Never Want to Go Out to the Movies Again Are you looking to revamp your home theater design? Many Illinois homes have had dedicated theater rooms for years now, but how long has it been since you upgraded yours? In the past several years, many new features have added new dimensions to home theaters – 4K/HDR projectors for sharper pictures with significantly enhanced contrast and color, Dolby Atmos audio for a realistic “in the scene” experience, and a plethora of streaming video services with more content than ever before. If you’re already enjoying some of these upgrades, perhaps there’s one you don’t know about. It adds convenience, the highest quality audio, and video experience, and maybe best of all, eliminates just about any reason to ever go out to the movies again. What is it? It’s the Kaleidescape system, the ultimate movie player for your Chicago home theater. Read more below to learn how Kaleidescape is like having your very own movie theater. SEE ALSO: 3 Trends to Enhance Your Home Theater Design and Technology The Digital Movie Collection Back in the olden days, the first movies for home viewing came on VHS tapes. Many families collected a large set of movies on tapes. When DVD discs came along, the enhanced quality, sound, and convenience replaced most of those collections. Then came Blu-ray discs, and the cycle repeated, although Blu-ray players could play the older discs, too. Now with 4K Blu-ray, once again, sound and visuals are improved. Do you see a problem here?  Physical collections take up space and must be manually well organized. Plus, modern Blu-ray discs tend to take their sweet time to load, even in the best player equipment. In...
Home Golf Simulators Are Perfect for Active Family Entertainment

Home Golf Simulators Are Perfect for Active Family Entertainment

Create a Multipurpose Indoor Fun Zone in Your Theater or Media Room  Virtual is a word that’s currently in vogue. In the past year, you’ve probably become tired of virtual meetings over Zoom, virtual work, virtual school, and virtual happy hours. Can we talk about something real? Well, not in this blog. But we promise we have something virtual that’s absolutely more fun and far more realistic than a virtual happy hour. And unlike happy hour, your kids can enjoy it as well. What are we talking about? Home golf simulators. You don’t have to be a golf fanatic to enjoy one, as these systems do more games than golf! As the weather in Illinois and Wisconsin turns chillier soon, a golf simulator is an excellent way to keep your game going and enjoy immersive entertainment indoors with your family in your Chicago home or your Lake Geneva retreat. Read on to learn more about how golf simulators add a new dimension of fun to your home theater or media room. SEE ALSO: Take Your Home Theater to the Next Level  Realistic Golf  When it’s cold and windy or the snow falls, your golf game doesn’t have to stagnate. Barrett’s works with aboutGOLF simulators, one of the best and most complete solutions on the market. Want to integrate golf into your home theater? The aboutGOLF Flatscreen solution is ideal for adding immersive gaming to your cinema room. High-performance cameras and sensors track your shots so realistically, when you hit an obstacle, it will feel like the real thing. Depending on your space, you can choose from three different sizes of indoor golf experiences. Each one is custom-fitted to your room. For a more immersive experience, the curved screen option adds three-dimensionality to your game and entertainment.  Do...
How to Plan for Home Theater Systems in New Residential Projects

How to Plan for Home Theater Systems in New Residential Projects

What You Want to Know to Integrate Home Theaters  As a design or build professional in Chicago, you keep up on the current trends in home design and lifestyles to keep your projects fresh and in demand. With all the time spent at home during the pandemic, few things are in more demand in Illinois than a home theater. With the plethora of content available over streaming services like Netflix and a lack of reasons to head out to an actual theater, a home cinema is an excellent investment for home entertainment.  While almost any space can be turned into a home cinema, planning for one from the start when remodeling or building makes it far more manageable and less expensive to integrate a home theater system. Home theater systems involve many details, from seating to screens, projectors, speakers, sources and amplifiers, cabling, acoustics and more! Understanding what’s involved and how to plan a home theater space makes it much easier for your clients to get the home cinema they envision for their new home. Keep reading for more details below.     SEE ALSO: Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know    Room Layout  If you have the opportunity to dedicate a room to a home theater, the size and shape of the room are critical. Rectangular rooms work best for optimal audio performance. While theaters can be small and intimate to almost vast, the ratio matters. Plan for rooms with a size ratio in the range of 1.6 to 2.4; i.e., a 16 by 24-foot room as an example. Ceiling heights matter, too, as the latest immersive surround formats like Dolby Atmos, which depend on one or multiple pairs of ceiling speakers,...
Barrett’s Technology Solutions Wins ASID Illinois Design Excellence Award

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Wins ASID Illinois Design Excellence Award

An Expert Collaboration of Smart Home Technology and Smart Design Barrett’s Technology Solutions has always believed in form and function. As a smart home company in the Chicago area since 1966, we’ve seen a lot of forms and an equal amount of function come and go. But one thing remains constant: We believe great technology and design go together, and we strive to achieve the balance of each with every project. This year, we’re very proud to have been chosen by ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Illinois chapter for a 2020 Design Excellence award. The home theater project was a collaboration between our company, CinemaTech (home theater design, seating, and acoustics), the client, the contractor, and some skilled local craftsmen. Often in any successful endeavor, the devil is in the details. Keep reading to learn more about this award-winning project; we hope it inspires you to embark on yours! SEE ALSO: 3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades The Award ASID is a national organization that represents and advances the interests of interior design professionals across the country. In Illinois, membership includes over 1100 design firms, students, and industry partner members. The award is part of ASID Illinois’ Celebration of Design, where projects are submitted for consideration across 25 categories. The Project                                     The client wanted a custom home theater that evoked some of the design characters of classic movie houses, but also one that was clean and not “over the top.” The client had specific ideas about what they wanted, like a...
Now Is the Perfect Time to Build Your Own Home Theater System

Now Is the Perfect Time to Build Your Own Home Theater System

Create a Superior Cinema Experience at Home Recently, Regal Cinemas, one of the largest commercial movie theater companies in America, announced that they were temporarily closing over 500 theaters, including 9 in Illinois. This unprecedented move resulted from a decrease in business due to the ongoing concerns of the pandemic. Additionally, the health crisis also slowed down the production of new movies, resulting in fewer theatrical releases over the past several months. It’s no surprise to anyone that we’ve had significant economic impacts from the pandemic, and much of that has meant spending much more time at home. While we hope commercial cinemas come back soon, you can still enjoy the cinematic experience at home – in many ways, better than at the cineplex. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge into creating a private home theater system in your Naperville home, now is a perfect time. There is a plethora of options in equipment, seating, audio, and more to customize your cinema experience completely. What’s more, there’s a staggering array of content to enjoy in a home theater. Just recently, Disney announced a major reorganization to focus more on bringing its massive collection of content directly to consumers, meaning even more choices at home. Keep reading below to see how to take an underutilized space and turn it into your personal movie and media entertainment zone! SEE ALSO: Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know   Where to Put Your Theater? In some ways, you can create a home theater experience in almost any room in your home. If you have a little-used guestroom or extra storage...