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This Home Theater Seating Fabrics & Leather article will explain what Wearability & Cleanability codes are and how to keep your furniture looking good.

Getting to Know your Fabric Wearability Codes.

Fabric Wearability Code is the standard developed by the government to provide a guideline to tell if a fabric is strong enough for your needs. Fabric strength is determined by how it rates on the double rub test, which is a back and forth motion approximating the wear and tear it can get from someone sitting down or getting up from an upholstered seat with 3,000 double rubs equals one year’s worth of use.

HD or Heavy Duty – If a fabric holds up to more than15,000 double rubs it is classified as heavy duty. It will be stiffer and thicker than most fabrics, but there are some incredible new blends in this rating that seem to belie it because they are supple and soft enough. This would be a good choice for family room furniture.

MD or Medium-Duty – Medium duty fabric can withstand 9,000 to15,000 double rubs. The closer the fabrics get to 15,000 the stiffer they are. Medium duty fabrics are versatile and can be used for many purposes, and in family rooms as well as living rooms.

LD or Light Duty – A fabric that can take anywhere between 3,000 to 9,000 double rubs, is classified as light-duty fabric. These fabrics can withstand one to three years of regular use and are generally very delicate. They are suitable for pieces that get only occasional use, such as sofas that only get used when guests arrive, or an occasional chair that is used more for its looks than any function.

DD or Delicate Duty – Delicate duty fabrics with 3,000 double should only be used on furniture that is purely decorative, or in pillows.

Getting to Know your Fabric Cleanability Codes.

Knowing the cleanability code for your fabric helps you take good care of your upholstered furniture. The easiest way to determine the correct method for cleaning your upholstery fabric is to refer to its fabric cleanability code. Cleaning with the wrong products can damage your beautiful sofa. Fortunately, most furniture fabrics now carry cleanability codes to help you determine the best and safest way to clean a particular fabric. When you need to use a cleaning product, check for the cleanability code for your fabric. Here is what each letter stands for:

Code W – Code W is used on fabrics that should be cleaned with water-based cleaning agents. Spot clean using foam from only water-based cleaners, or non-solvent cleaning products. Apply foam with a soft brush in a circular motion, and vacuum when dry.

Code S – On fabrics with an S code, use a mild water-free cleaning solvent or dry cleaning product. Make sure the room is well ventilated and there are no open flames, such as from a candle or cigarette lighter.

Code W-S – Code W-S fabrics can be cleaned with either water or solvent-based products. Use a mild solvent, an upholstery shampoo, or the foam from a mild detergent.

Code X – Clean this fabric by vacuuming or gently brushing only. NEVER use any cleaning agents at all. Any cleaning product whether water or solvent-based may cause staining, shrinkage, or distortion of the fabric surface pile.

Keeping Your Leather-based Home Theater Seating Clean.

You need to use a good quality water-based foam leather cleaner. (LTT Leather Shampoo) With light-colored leather dye transfer from clothing can be a problem although using a good quality leather protector (LTT Leather Protect) will help inhibit this. Black obviously does not show this problem.

DO NOT use anything containing oils, waxes or silicones. (Most ‘conditioners’ contain waxes or oils) and furniture polish (pledge) contains silicones which will eventually destroy the finish on the leather. Most car cleaners also contain oils or waxes so they should not be used as they leave residues on the surface of the leather which attract more dirt which eventually leads to cracking.

BABY WIPES are the worst thing you can use as they will destroy the finish on your leather. They are very strong alkaline cleaners to neutralize urine (acid) on babies’ skin so they are not the right thing to use on leather.

Saddle soap is too harsh to use on today’s leathers.

A lot of leather wipes contain chemicals that will also destroy the finish or leave residues on the leather which will damage it. They are not cheap in the long run as you would need a lot to clean. A bottle of foam cleaner should do your car about 3-4 times.

Fairy liquid contains more salt these days to get dishes clean and this will break the finish down on your leather. This has been verified by the manufacturers (as with the baby wipes).

You should also follow cleaning with a good water-based leather protector which will act like a ‘Scotchgard’ and inhibit dirt and stains from being absorbed and make cleaning easier the next time.

Dry leather needs rehydrating with water and oils and waxes should not be used as the natural oils do not dry out of leather. Wiping over with a damp cloth regularly will help to do this.

It is important to maintain a regular cleaning regime cleaning dirt off the surface regularly and inhibiting the absorption of body oils into the leather with a protector is the best way of doing this. The only ‘moisturizer’ a leather needs is from the water.

The alternative is a brand new product on the market called Lazy Leather. This is the latest technology in cleaning and combines an effective cleaner with a protector. It is quick and easy to use and should be used as a maintenance product once your suite has been cleaned or from new if you have just bought it.

Using incorrect care products is usually the cause of deterioration in the leather as unfortunately, most car care products contain waxes and oils or silicones which do not do the leather any good.

Keeping Your Fabric-based Home Theater Seating Clean.

When you know how to clean and care for your upholstered furniture it will retain the look that made you fall in love with it in the first place. With proper cleaning, care, and maintenance, it is possible to have all your upholstery looking its best for a long time. It pays to be consistent, and it’s not hard to do.

Choose the Right Fabric – When you choose the right fabric for the right place you make your upholstery maintenance task easier. Always make sure that you choose the fabric that is appropriate for your lifestyle and the upholstered furniture piece. For example, synthetic fibers are a better choice for upholstered furniture that sits in areas of heavy usage.

Protect Fabric – The best form of fabric protection is prompt attention to spills. A lot of work is done for you when the upholstery fabric undergoes the finishing process at the factory. It is usually treated with a soil and/or water repellents and some form of mildew inhibitors may also be used. Additional fabric protectors may be applied to your upholstered furniture in the store or at home. While this helps with maintenance and care by keeping spills from being absorbed into the upholstery fibers right away, it is not a substitute for prompt cleaning of a soiled piece. Don’t let it give you a false sense of security. Always clean up any spills or stains in a timely manner, and follow manufacturers’ instructions for proper care methods.

Vacuum – Vacuum your upholstered furniture weekly for general cleaning and to remove surface soil. This also prevents dirt from becoming embedded into the fibers. You can also use a brush to gently whisk the dirt away. Make sure to always use a soft-bristled brush so that you don’t snag the fabric.

Spot Clean – While regular care does a lot for your upholstered furniture maintenance, accidents will happen. Blot any spills immediately with a clean folded towel: never rub, but blot gently. Sometimes this is enough to get rid of the stain completely, especially if the fabric has been pre-treated with a fabric protector. Always test in an inconspicuous area before you use any product for spot cleaning, and check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if you need a water-based or solvent-based cleaner. It is best to use a mild cleaning product. Apply with a soft brush in a circular motion to work into the fibers, then vacuum when dry.

Avoid Sunlight and Pollutants – Too much sun can damage your upholstery fabric, causing it to fade and even fray. Try to position it so that it doesn’t sit in the sun for extended periods of time. This is especially true for silks. Airborne pollutants such as fumes from cooking or smoke can also harm your fabric. It isn’t always easy to avoid that from happening, however, proper ventilation can help. It can also help with odor control, as upholstered furniture can easily absorb odors.

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The Power of Lumbar Support

A great home theater seat should not only look quality, but also FEEL like quality. Comfort and strong, lower back support should be staples in your chair selection. Daily routines often include extended periods of standing or sitting, which tend to increase the potential for significant back strain overtime. Even if lower back pain doesn’t pop up right away, the possibility for gradual damage is more likely if you’re not getting the support you need.

Control over every area of your life isn’t feasible. Sometimes, sitting at a desk and staring at a screen is part of the daily routine. Recent studies show that 70% of Americans believe they are sitting too much at work. This makes choosing a seat with lumbar support that much more important when the choice is yours. Lumbar support keeps the spine from overworking itself, allowing a pain-free, care-free experience every time you unwind. Comfort is an obvious priority, but what defines maximum support, extended relaxation, and style vary from person to person. You don’t purchase luxury home theater seating to curl up and fall asleep! You make the investment to enjoy gaming, sport events, and the occasional binge watching with complete comfort.

The best case scenario after sitting for an extended period of time is to get up and not feel stiff or sore! No one wants to sit for 20 minutes and get up to stretch because they feel uncomfortable in their seat. At Seatcraft, we carry a variety of customizable designs for seats and sectionals that take lumbar support seriously, providing comfort that lasts. Each chair has been topped with plush cushioning, made with high quality materials, and innovatively designed with lower back support in mind.

The Seatcraft Equinox, for example, features an adjustable power lumbar and adjustable headrest. You can fully recline, hook up your USB devices with ease, and most importantly, each individual can select personal settings while providing support at the push of a button.

Space is also an important factor to consider. Just because space is limited doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice comfort or style. The Seatcraft Napa takes all of these components into consideration, and then some. The storage-free arm reduces row width by over 10%, allowing more space in your confined area.

Just like the Equinox, there’s a power adjustable headrest, as well as that much needed power, adjustable lumbar support. The gap between the seat and footrest has been removed, creating a chaise lounge, so you can still really stretch out. The quality and comfort of this Spacesaver is innovative and, best of all, reasonably priced.

If you’re looking for a real crowd pleaser, check out the Seatcraft Vienna Sofa. It combines all the standout elements of the most popular designs, making it not only one of the most versatile options but, hands down, the most comfortable. It features power lumbar, power headrest, and power recline options. It also includes in-arm storage, USB charging ports, and many other convenient features to simplify and satisfy.

54% of Americans claim to have chronic lower back pain and the numbers keep going up. Join Seatcraft in planning ahead and putting comfort first, ensuring that back pain will be the last thing on your mind when it’s time to take a seat.

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Best Home Theater Accessories

A new 65’’ tv, speakers, or subwoofer may be some of the most thrilling pieces of equipment to purchase for your home theater, but adding some quality accessories truly completes a system. The new year means the chance to take your home theater to the next level. Here are the accessories trending in 2018, but more importantly, the ones built to last.

Light Up Cup Holder

The light up cup holder is proof that it’s truly the little things that count when it comes to creating an epic home theater. Nothing puts a damper on movie watching quite like fumbling around for a spot to set your drink, or worse, spilling it. This little seat accessory available in the Seatcraft Excalibur will take your cinema experience from easy to effortless in a big way. Its stainless steel, easy to clean, and topped off with a soft ambient glow ensuring the only thing distracting you is the big screen.

Universal Neck Pillow
The universal neck pillow is likely the one home theater accessory you never knew you always needed. Leave shifting, straining, and slinking in 2017, not your seat. It fits almost any seat, drapes over the back, and provides extended support. If you’re ready to move into your most relaxed position, this easy to adjust pillow is strongly advised.

SoundShaker Vibration Kit
Nothing says “Hear (and feel) me roar, 2018” like the groundbreaking SoundShaker. Whether hosting a movie night, watching the big game, or gaming, you’ll be fully immersed in every bit of the action without ever leaving your seat. This system is not only powerful and innovative, it’s easy to set up. Once you’ve felt this tech savvy simulation, your senses will never settle for less and your guests will be delighted you didn’t.

Wine Glass Caddy
We all know atmosphere is everything. When in need of a break from “adulting,” we sometimes like to have a little wine as well. Whether having a romantic evening or simply relaxing, you’ll need a place for your glass. The wine glass caddy elevates any home theater from standard to stylish in an instant. With it’s 360 degree rotation and no spill hook, you’ll be able to fit any glass with ease. Let us also mention that it’s incredibly sturdy.

Swivel Tray
Speaking of places to plop things down, no home theater is complete without one of these. Whether you’re looking for a perch for your phone, universal remote, or popcorn, you’ll be fully equipped with the much needed space to do so. While it’s always within reach, the sleek swivel design allows you to move it out of the way, really recline, and never worry again about all the things you once dropped between the seats.

Adjustable Tablet Holder
One of the most crucial assets for any home theater is having the freedom to do whatever you want with ease. In 2018, your tablet not only allows you to sync up and control what’s in front of you, it provides an escape while the kids watch their favorite movie for the fifteenth time. However, holding it can feel like a chore after a while. Having an adjustable tablet holder allows you to keep up with your emails and still kick back, hands free.

Wireless Headphones
Great sound is key. This includes blocking out all the noises that aren’t invited into your home theater. Hearing only the things you want is as important as hearing them clearly, and in this case, cordlessly. The good news is, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There’s a wide variety of options that provide a sound full/sound proof experience without breaking the budget. If you’re looking for crisp sound and a super comfy feel, the Artiste ADH300 might be the way to go. But if you’re still not sure how much you’d like to spend or what exactly you’re looking for, Ideas in Life has created a line of extremely affordable 6-in-1 wireless headphones that are definitely worth a try.

Another “smart” way to get the most out of your home theater is to invest in this multifaceted gadget. Take the effort out of entertaining, have complete control, and stay in your seat. The latest universal remotes are easy to manage and compatible with almost every device out there.

The Logitech Harmony 350 is definitely a top pick for 2018. It’s just as versatile as many of the high end models, able to sync with your phone and access every inch of your home theater, but for about half the price.

Another economical yet tech savvy option is the Anymote. It converts almost any Android into a universal remote. The settings are easy to access and even easier to navigate.

Having a one of kind home theater means combining the latest technology with all those little touches that make it your own. With these easy upgrades, you’ll wow your guests, minimize set up time, and take the pressure off your hosting duties. Maybe you’re ready to clean up the clutter with swivel trays or feel the intense impact of each explosion with the SoundShaker. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s no time like the present to step, or in this case, take a seat, with the future of home entertainment with 4Seating.com.

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Power Adjustable Headrests

4seating.com has now added extensively to its line of home theater seating which highlights power adjustable headrests; our site now offers 14 different models in this category to choose from. Each home theater chair, from the esteemed Seatcraft and Barcalounger brands, features an array of attractions including chaiselounger seating, lighted cup holders, ambient base lighting, and in-arm storage.  Added to these convenient features is a new evolution in theater seating, both hi-tech and eminently useful: the power adjustable headrest.



The power adjustable headrest works a lot like the power recline function–it allows you to move a section of the seat, at the simple press of a button.  This expedient power option allows for the greatest flexibility in positioning, as the headrest will gently stop at any place the individual feels is comfortable for their head, neck, and shoulder placement.  Rather than staying in the same position for hours, one can freely re-adjust their setting at will; such flexibility of movement will help to reduce neck and shoulder fatigue, allowing you to better focus on the screen action.  The power headrest is more than just a convenience; it’s a necessity for anyone who spends a lot of time in their home theater. 

Of the recently added home theater seats which feature the power headrest, the Seatcraft Sonoma is an elegant luxury model which comes in both leather 7000 and leather gel options.  Leather 7000 is a exclusive brand of leather that is carefully hand-picked from the top third of all hides, ensuring superior look, texture, and even aroma.  Leather gel is a new style of leather which replicates the soft feel of top grain leather, at an outstanding value.  Either choice will have you sinking into the Sonoma’s rich folds in seconds.  Power adjustable headrests aren’t its only attraction–a USB station allows one to charge cell phones and laptops for an expanded entertainment experience.  Lighted cupholders and ambient base lighting accent this chair handsomely, while providing the practical function of finding beverages and seats in a darkened theater.  



Seatcraft Odyssey Home Theater Seating comes in 100% genuine bonded leather, which like leather gel, mimics much of the soft texture and swank appearance of full grain leather, at a superb value.   It highlights a unique, muscular back rest design which is topped by a padded headrest and comes with in-arm storage, lighted cup holders, and a wall-hugger feature that allows it to be placed just inches from any wall, even in full recline. Chaiselounger seating allows one to stretch out the lower body, by providing a pampering buttress of support that eliminates the gap between the seat and footrest.  The Odyssey’s sophisticated media room seating will become a powerful centerpiece to any home theater setup.  

The Seatcraft Overture home theater seat boasts many of the same features as the Sonoma and Odyssey–chaiselounger footrests, in-arm storage, lighted cup holders–and adds a unique nailhead design to the armrests, for a classic touch of character.  This home theater seat’s overstuffed headrests can be adjusted forward or back, in any desired position within that range.  Besides being one of the finest designs in this series, this chair is also one of the most outstanding values in our power adjustable line of theatre seating.  

Meanwhile, The Barcalounger Columbia, is an incredibly plush, overstuffed seat that re-defines the meaning of the words “sink-in”.  Its leather gel construction is richly textured yet soft to the touch, and will cradle your body in its bold, multi-sectional seat back design.  In addition, cool gel foam will ensure that the seat stays at a comfortable temperature, absorbing and then dissipating body heat.  This home theater seat also features USB charging, included tray table, lighted cup holders and ambient base lighting for an all-in-one experience.  Your body will instantly crave the Columbia’s addictive, enveloping touch as your neck and shoulders relax with its adjustable headrests.  

Each chair in the power headrest series comes with its own unique character, so it’s simply a matter of choosing which one of these sumptuous designs will best meet your home theater needs.  One thing is certain, however–your head, neck, and shoulders will thank you!

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USB Power Recline Seats

Home theater seats have come a long way in the past decade, taking in new innovations that have dramatically increased the range of options available for home entertainment.  A seat is no longer just a seat: now it’s an all-in-one package with hi-tech features that were unheard of until recently. Besides lighted cup holders and ambient base lighting, seats can now be equipped with power adjustable headrests, refreshment consoles that act like mini-bars, drop-down tables with overhead lighting, and more.

One of the most important new developments in home theater seating over the past few years has been the introduction of USB charging stations, usually situated next to the seat’s power recline button. At the same spot where you can instantly change recline positions at will, is a place for the charging of cell phones, laptops, and tablets, which puts a virtually limitless range of entertainment options at your fingertips.  With the power of the internet at your side, you can browse directly through your devices, or hook them up to your big screen.  Netflix, Youtube, gaming sites–it’s all at your fingertips, and with a USB port you don’t even have to get up to re-charge any device; everything you need is located right by your side.

The full list of seats on 4seating.com that offer USB power recline options can be found here. Among them, The Horizon is a theater seat which comes with the added benefit of a five-stage adjustable headrest, which helps to relieve neck and shoulder strain.  The seat’s clean, streamlined design features curved armrests with hidden cup holders, for an ultra-contemporary look that matches beautifully with its USB feature.

The Grenada is a deluxe seat in the Seatcraft Signature line that comes in grade 7000 leather, which is handpicked from the top third of all hides for a lustrous sheen and superior texture.  Bucket seating and a generously padded headrest exude comfort, while free tray tables provide a space for snacks, remotes, reading materials–or devices like cell phones and laptops, that can be charged in its convenient USB port!  The Madera is a similarly luxurious seat, with its grade 7000 leather construction, tray tables, and USB power recline switch, and an elegant design that includes beautiful wood-inlayed armrests.

The Columbia from Barcalounger is a USB power recline seat that boasts a layering of  “cool gel” foam which helps to maintain the seat at a comfortable temperature, along with adjustable power headrests and included tray tables. This seat is constructed from leather gel, a new material that replicates the look, feel, and benefits of leather at an exceptional value.  The Barcalounger Eclipse also comes in leather gel, with the included USB power recline switch.  Barcalounger seats are renowned in the industry for their superior craftsmanship and state-of-the-art designs.

Taken collectively, these seats represent the future of home theater seating, where innovation, comfort and excellence combine to meet every conceivable home theater need.

At 4seating.com, we have the largest selection of in-stock and ready-to-ship home theater seating and home theater furniture available! We offer theater seating and design solutions for both the casual and professional home theater enthusiast.  We also have a complete line of custom home theater decor available.

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Table of Contents

1.   Introduction

   1.1    What is a home theater?
   1.2    Surround sound makes the difference
   1.3    Dolby Digital: the sound of home theater today
   1.4    What is “5.1” surround sound?
   1.5    Surround from VHS tapes and regular TV

2.   Choosing your home theater sound system

   2.1    Your home theater: it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3
   2.2    The simplest solution: “home theater in a box”
   2.3    The A/V receiver route
   2.4    The high end
   2.5    About DVD-Audio
   2.6    About home theater speakers

3.    Speaker placement

   3.1    Front speaker placement
   3.2    Preferred surround speaker placement
   3.3    Alternative surround speaker placement alternatives
   3.4    Surround placement for DVD-Audio listening

4.  Installation and operation tips

   4.1    The room
   4.2    Speaker wiring
   4.3    Speaker polarity
   4.4    Analog audio/video connections
   4.5    Digital audio connections
   4.6    Bass management
   4.7    Delay adjustments
   4.8    Channel balance
   4.9    Processing enhancements
   4.10  Regular stereo programming

5.  For more information

1.  Introduction

1.1   What is a home theater?

A home theater is an audio/video playback system that approximates in your home the experience of seeing�and hearing�a film in a cinema. Setting up a home theater can be as simple as adding a compact surround sound system to the TV set in your family room, or as complex as building a dedicated viewing room equipped with elaborate built-in speakers, massive amplifiers, and a big-screen front-projection TV system.

1.2   Surround sound makes the difference

Surround sound, which is what turns conventional TV viewing into home theater, originates from program material such as DVDs that have multichannel soundtracks. The multiple channels are reproduced by three speakers across the front of the viewing area, and surround speakers to either side (Figure 1). The result is sound that transports you into the world of you’re watching; you feel less like a passive viewer and more like an active participant.

Figure 1: A home theater system features three speakers across the front of the viewing area plus surround speakers to either side.

1.3   Dolby Digital: the sound of home theater today

The leading surround sound technology today is Dolby Digital. It is a method of compacting digital audio so that high-quality multichannel soundtracks can be easily carried via digital discs and broadcasts.

Soundtracks encoded in Dolby Digital come to you via DVDs, digital television (DTV) broadcasts, and digital satellite and cable transmissions. Dolby Digital decoding is licensed by Dolby Laboratories to manufacturers of home playback equipment. Programs with Dolby Digital soundtracks and playback equipment with Dolby Digital decoding are usually identified with the  logo.

1.4   What is “5.1” surround sound?

Dolby Digital brings 5.1-channel surround sound into your home. It provides five full-range audio channels: three for speakers at the front and two for surround speakers at the sides. A sixth, low-frequency effects (LFE) channel carries those deep bass sound effects you feel more than hear. Because it covers only about one-tenth of the audible range, the LFE channel is called a “.1” channel. Its low bass sounds can be channeled to the subwoofer in the home theater system, if it has one, or to any other speakers in the system that can reproduce low bass.

A newer variation of Dolby Digital, called Surround EX, encodes Dolby Digital program material with a third surround channel that can be decoded at the listener’s option for playback over additional surround speakers placed behind the viewers (Figure 2). Surround EX program material is fully compatible with regular Dolby Digital 5.1 playback (the additional center rear information is split between the left and right surround channels).

Figure 2: Standard Dolby Digital vs. Surround EX.

1.5   Surround from VHS tapes and regular TV

Prior to the advent of digital audio, Dolby Laboratories developed a way of delivering four-channel surround sound from stereo VHS tapes, TV shows, video games, and other analog sources. Called Dolby Surround, it encodes four channels of information (left, right, center, and a single surround channel) onto regular stereo soundtracks. The four original channels can be reconstructed upon playback by means of a Dolby Surround Pro Logic decoder, which is included in virtually all home theater systems, including those that also have 5.1-channel Dolby Digital decoding.

More recently, Dolby Laboratories introduced an improved decoding process called Dolby Surround Pro Logic II. It provides a listening experience more like Dolby Digital 5.1, by deriving five channels, including two full-range surround channels, not only from programs encoded in Dolby Surround, such as movie videos, but also from regular stereo material, such as music CDs. The result is improved spatiality and more accurate localization of sounds on Dolby Surround material, and an enveloping, lifelike soundfield on regular stereo recordings.

Program material encoded in Dolby Surround is usually identified with a Dolby Surround logo 1 or  logo. Playback equipment with Dolby Surround Pro Logic or Pro Logic II decoding is identified with a Dolby Pro Logic logo or Dolby Pro Logic II logo logo respectively.

2.   Choosing your home theater sound system

This Guide assumes you are putting together a new home theater sound system from scratch. If you are converting an existing analog Dolby Surround system to Dolby Digital, you will find helpful information in Frequently Asked Questions about Dolby Digital in the Home, located under Home Theater.

While we can help you get the most out of your home theater system, Dolby Laboratories cannot make specific equipment recommendations. However, you can rest assured that all products licensed to incorporate Dolby Digital decoding meet Dolby Laboratories’ high performance standards.

For specific product recommendations, consult the various publications that test home theater products, and/or home entertainment equipment retailers.

2.1   Your home theater: it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

  • To play Dolby Digital programming, you need one or more program sources equipped with a Dolby Digital output, such as a DVD player, digital television (DTV) receiver, digital satellite set-top box, and/or a digital cable set-top box. To play Dolby Surround programming, all you need are regular analog stereo sources, such as a conventional TV receiver, VHS deck, satellite receiver, or cable box.

  • To decode surround sound programming, you need an A/V receiver or other playback electronics that incorporates a 5.1-channel Dolby Digital decoder for programming with Dolby Digital soundtracks, and a Dolby Surround Pro Logic or Pro Logic II decoder for analog Dolby Surround soundtracks.

  • To hear Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround soundtracks, you need five speakers (six, if you use a subwoofer), and the same number of amplifier channels in the playback electronics.

Put these basic elements together with your television set and you have a home theater, like the one shown in Figure 3.

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Figure 3: A basic home theater system equipped for 5.1-channel Dolby Digital playback (optional subwoofer shown).

2.2   The simplest solution: “home theater in a box”

Many audio manufacturers offer complete, integrated home theater sound systems. Because the equipment is often compact enough to fit into a single shipping carton, this kind of system is sometimes referred to as a “home theater in a box.”

These uncomplicated, cost-effective systems supply the necessary playback electronics, including Dolby Digital decoding, along with a multichannel speaker system typically consisting of five small satellite units and a compact subwoofer.

The electronics may be contained in a simple A/V receiver to which you connect your program sources and the speakers, or built right into one of the speakers (usually the subwoofer). There are also systems that combine a DVD player and the system electronics in one compact unit, to which you connect the speakers.

Regardless of configuration, a “home theater in a box” can be a practical, good-sounding solution, particularly if you’re on a limited budget or short on space.

2.3   The A/V receiver route

If you’re looking for higher-quality sound, and/or prefer to choose among components from different manufacturers, consider a system similar to the one illustrated above in Figure 3. This consists of one or more Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround program sources; an A/V receiver that integrates all electronics-control circuitry, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround Pro Logic decoding, multiple amplifiers, and a radio tuner-in one convenient unit; and a home theater speaker system consisting of five satellite units plus a subwoofer.

2.4   The high end

Specialty audio manufacturers offer a wide range of high-performance home theater products, including elaborate, software-based sound processor units; ultra-powerful amplifiers; and sophisticated speaker systems. If you are contemplating a high-end system, we suggest you consult a specialist retailer/installer, such as one affiliated with the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), which is active in the US, Europe, Australia, and South America, among other areas (www.cedia.org).

2.5   About DVD-Audio

DVD-Audio is a variation of the DVD format that provides superb high-resolution music recordings going well beyond the limits of CDs. DVD-Audio music programs can be recorded with up to six discrete channels of surround sound, making them ideal for playback over a home theater system.

To play multichannel high-resolution DVD-Audio programs, you need a DVD-Audio player, most of which also play DVD-Video discs. In addition, your receiver or other audio controller unit must have a six-channel analog input. This is because DVD-Audio players internally decode the high-resolution programs on DVD-Audio discs to as many as six analog output channels.

If you are unsure about committing to the new DVD-Audio format, we recommend that you choose a receiver or controller that has a six-channel input, which allows you to easily add a DVD-Audio player at a later time. In the meantime, almost all DVD-Audio discs include a Dolby Digital 5.1-channel version of the program in addition to the high-resolution version. This means you can play these discs on a DVD-Video player with standard-resolution surround sound, and purchase a DVD-Audio player later to “unlock” their high-resolution programs.

2.6   About home theater speakers

Most speaker manufacturers offer complete home theater systems, usually based on a satellite/subwoofer configuration (see Figure 4). These integrated systems make choosing and installing a home theater system much easier than it used to be, and often provide higher performance for the dollar than a random assembly of individual component speakers.

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Figure 4: Satellite/subwoofer systems are easy to install, take up little space, and provide good value.

Satellite/subwoofer systems take advantage of the fact that the lowest bass frequencies are non-directional, which means the ear cannot readily detect where bass sounds are coming from. As a result, these systems channel the low bass to a dedicated bass speaker called a subwoofer. The subwoofer can usually be tucked out of the way, because its placement is not critical to reproducing the directionality of the original sound.

Because they are not required to reproduce low bass, the satellite speakers can be compact, making them less intrusive and easier to place. Many systems use identical satellites for the left, center, right, and surround channels. This means that all speakers have the same timbre, or tonal characteristic, which is desirable in a home theater system. Other systems provide identical satellites for left, center, and right, but the surround units may be somewhat different, usually with respect to their radiating characteristic. Nevertheless, the surround speakers should still be timbre-matched to the front speakers.

Of course, there are excellent alternatives to satellite systems. For example, you can create a home theater system using larger, full-range tower speakers for the front left and right channels, or for both the front and the surround channels. Their manufacturers usually provide well-matched center and surround speaker options. Some of today’s tower speakers have built-in powered subwoofers, making them particularly suitable for a home theater.

If you do assemble a home theater speaker system from individual speaker units, as opposed to a satellite system, it is best to use models from the same manufacturer for the sake of timbre-matching, and to follow the manufacturer’s advice for mixing and matching their models. Also, be sure that all front speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with the television’s picture (in general, speakers designated specifically for the front channels of a home theater are shielded).

3.   Speaker placement

3.1   Front speaker placement

The front speakers should be arrayed across the front of the viewing area, as shown in Figure 5. If you plan mostly solo viewing, arrange the speakers as shown so that your seating position is equidistant from the left, center, and right speakers (A). If your system is used mostly for group viewing, arrange the speakers in a straight line (B). In any case, avoid placing the center speaker closer to the viewers than the left and right speakers (C).

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Figure 5: Front speaker placement.

The left and right speakers should include an angle of from 45 to 60 degrees with the center-most viewer, as shown in Figure 6. An angle nearer to 45 degrees is preferred if you use your system mostly to watch movies, as it approximates the circumstances under which film soundtracks are mixed and monitored. A wider angle, with the left and right speakers further apart, is recommended if you use your system for music listening more often than watching movies.

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Figure 6: Use the narrower angle if you mostly watch movies, and the wider angle if you mostly listen to music.

Finally, the three front speakers should be as close as possible to the same height, at or near ear level (Figure 7). Because it is often easiest to place the center speaker on top of the TV set at a fixed height, consider mounting the left and right speakers on adjustable stands so that you can match their height to that of the center speaker.

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Figure 7: Adjustable stands for the left and right speakers can make it easier to achieve the same height as the center speaker.

3.2   Preferred surround speaker placement

The surround speakers should be placed alongside and slightly to the rear of (but not behind) the prime seating position (Figure 8); well above ear level, to help minimize localization effects (Figure 9); and aimed directly across the listening area, not down at the listeners (Figure 10). This arrangement creates a diffuse, enveloping surround soundfield throughout the listening area, like that in cinemas and in the dubbing theaters where soundtracks are mixed. If the speakers are too far forward, you won’t get sufficient rearward effect, and if the speakers are too far back, there will be a loss of envelopment and integration of the surround information with the whole soundfield.

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Figure 8: Place the surround speakers alongside and slightly to the rear of the seating area.

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Figure 9: Install the surrounds two to three feet above listeners.

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Figure 10: Aim the surrounds straight across, not down at, the listening area.

3.3   Alternative surround speaker placement alternatives

Of course, not every home theater installation has sidewalls in just the right place to mount surround speakers. If this is your situation, consider the following alternatives.

Generally, placing surround speakers on the wall directly behind the listeners is not preferred. But when there’s no alternative, there are several mounting techniques you can try, as shown in Figure 11. Mount them well above ear level, and try aiming them at each other (A), towards the front (B), or to reflect off the sidewalls (C and D). Experiment with placing and aiming the speakers until the surround soundfield seems to envelop you, rather than coming from behind.

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Figure 11: Placing surround speakers on the rear wall.

Alternatives to wall placement are shown in Figure 12. Mounting the surround speakers on stands above ear level (A) to either side gives much the same effect as sidewall mounting. You can also try placing them to the sides or rear aimed upwards, either right on the floor, or, preferably, raised a couple of feet off the floor (B).

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Figure 12: Speaker stands or small tables can substitute for wall-mounting surround speakers.

3.4   Surround placement for DVD-Audio listening

The multichannel music programs on DVD-Audio discs are mixed under different circumstances from movie soundtracks. Films are mixed in large rooms called dubbing theaters that are sized and configured like actual cinemas, while DVD-Audio music programs are typically mixed in much smaller recording studios.

As shown in Figure 13, dubbing theaters (and cinemas) use multiple surround speakers arranged along the sides and rear, mounted high to create a diffuse, enveloping surround soundfield. The advice we’ve given so far for placing surround speakers is aimed at duplicating this effect at home. In most DVD-Audio mixing facilities, however, there are five identical speakers arranged at ear level in a circle around the mixer.

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Figure 13: Film soundtracks and DVD-Audio music programs are mixed under different conditions.

Chances are that you will be pleased by the sound of multichannel DVD-Audio programs with your surround speakers optimally placed for movie playback. However, if you wish to more closely replicate what mixers hear when preparing music for DVD-Audio releases, you have two choices. One is to effect a compromise by lowering your surround speakers to a height of four or five feet from the floor to split the difference between the diffuseness desired for film sound and the more direct radiation preferred for surround sound music.

The other alternative is to install and switch between two pairs of surround speakers, one optimized for film playback, and the other, identical to the front speakers, placed at ear level for optimum DVD-Audio playback. This purist (and potentially costly) approach is facilitated on some A/V receiver models by the inclusion of connections and switching for two pairs of surround speakers. However, while this approach may optimize the effect for a listener in the center “sweet spot,” those seated off-center may hear too much of one surround speaker or the other.

4.   Installation and operation tips

4.1   The room

The sound of your home theater system is critically affected by your room’s acoustics. These tips are designed to help you achieve more satisfying performance. However, if you have severe acoustical problems, consider consulting a professional home theater installer for customized assistance.

  • Too many bare surfaces can cause reflections that add harshness to the sound or muddy the dialogue; try adding carpeting and/or drapes to keep them in check.

  • If you have a choice of rooms, avoid those that are perfectly square, or that have one dimension exactly twice another; they can aggravate resonances that color the sound.

  • If possible, center the seating area between the sidewalls on which you mount the surround speakers.

  • The closer a speaker is placed to intersecting room surfaces-corner, wall and ceiling, wall and floor-the stronger its bass output (possibly too strong in some cases).

4.2   Speaker wiring

Prepare speaker wires by stripping their ends (A), then twisting the bared strands tightly together (B) to prevent shorts across terminals (C). Or, if speaker and amplifier/receiver terminals permit, use banana plugs to ensure solid connections (D).

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Figure 14: Proper speaker wire preparation will ensure optimum performance and prevent future problems.

4.3   Speaker polarity

As shown in Figure 15, connect the “+” and “-” terminals (usually red and black, respectively) on each amplifier channel to the corresponding terminals on each speaker. To make this easier, speaker cable is coded with a bead or stripe down one lead’s insulation, and/or with different color wires. Connected identically, all speakers will operate “in phase,” with their cones moving back and forth together. “Out of phase” connections, while doing no electrical harm, muddy spatial effects and weaken bass.

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Figure 15: Maintaining consistent polarity for all speaker connections ensures fullest bass response and unambiguous sound localization.

4.4   Analog audio/video connections

Use good-quality shielded cables, and be sure plugs are fully inserted into jacks. Follow the color code used on most connectors and cables to prevent confusion.

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Figure 16: When making analog audio/and video connections, be sure to follow the color code.

4.5   Digital audio connections

Most products capable of playing or receiving programs with Dolby Digital soundtracks, such as DVD-Video players, have a stereo analog output, plus at least one digital output. Some units let you choose between two types of digital output, coaxial or optical, as shown in Figure 17.

The analog outputs are for connection to a conventional stereo or analog home theater system. For 5.1-channel Dolby Digital playback, you need to connect the unit’s digital output to an appropriate digital input of your 5.1-channel playback system. The digital output passes through Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks for decoding by your playback system’s 5.1-channel Dolby Digital decoder.

If your system components allow you to choose between two types of digital connector, note that both have identical audio performance. Under some circumstances, however, very long coaxial cables can be more susceptible to radio frequency (RF) interference than optical cables. Because optical cables are more expensive, try coaxial cables first and switch to optical only if you encounter problems.

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Figure 17: Some digital program sources, including many DVD player models, provide two types of digital audio output, as well as an analog stereo output.

4.6   Bass management

Receivers and other units that incorporate Dolby Digital 5.1-channel decoding provide a feature called Bass Management, which allows you to distribute low bass just to those speakers in your system that can handle it. By keeping low bass out of the other speakers, such as small satellites, the system will be able to play louder with less distortion.

If you have a typical home theater speaker system with a subwoofer and five small satellites, select the mode that sends all bass-from the main channels as well as from the low-frequency effects (“.1”) channel-to the subwoofer. If you have some other speaker configuration, check your receiver’s owner’s manual for the Bass Management option suited to your particular system.

4.7   Delay adjustments

Because the surround speakers in a home theater system are usually closer to viewers than the front speakers, both Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround Pro Logic decoders provide a split-second electronic delay of the surround channels.

In the case of Dolby Digital, the delay ensures that the sound from the surround and front speakers arrive simultaneously. For Dolby Surround Pro Logic, which has less inherent channel separation than Dolby Digital, a slightly longer delay ensures that sound from the surrounds arrives just after sound from the front speakers. This delay makes it difficult to detect any leakage of sounds that should come only from the front, such as dialogue, into the surround speakers.

While your system may provide the option of adjusting these delays, and in some cases a delay for the center speaker as well, the default settings provide proper performance in most cases. If you wish to optimize the settings, many receivers and processors allow you to do so through an onscreen menu, which asks you to enter the distance from your listening position to each speaker, and then automatically calculates the proper delays for you.

If your system allows you to adjust delays arbitrarily, without an onscreen menu requiring you to enter distances to the speakers, you will find information on making the adjustments properly in Frequently Asked Questions about Dolby Digital in the Home, located under Home Theater. Improper delay settings can have an adverse effect on the sound of your system.

4.8   Channel balance

Systems with Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic decoding feature a test signal generator for balancing the channels. As the signal moves from channel to channel, you adjust the balance controls until each channel plays at the same volume. You can do this by ear if you wish, but it’s better to use a sound pressure level meter, such as the relatively inexpensive Radio Shack 33-2050.

Even though you should adjust the surround channels to be as loud as the others on the test signal, you’ll find that on actual program material the surround level is much lower than the front much of the time. Film sound mixers in particular use surround mostly for subtle atmospherics and ambience, and only rarely for special effects. A good surround mix doesn’t call attention to itself; if it did, it would soon become tiresome.

4.9   Processing enhancements

In addition to Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround Pro Logic decoding, some systems offer the option of switching on additional processing enhancements. Some, such as THX-licensed processes, are intended to make your home theater sound more like a movie theater or the dubbing theaters in which movie soundtracks are mixed. Others are intended to provide special acoustic effects on stereo music (for example, “Hall,” “Jazz Club,” and other venue modes). In general, critical listeners find that some of these enhancements work well, while others sound artificial.

4.10   Regular stereo programming

Many stereo recordings and TV broadcast soundtracks contain natural ambience that a Dolby Surround Pro Logic or Pro Logic II decoder treats much like surround sound. We suggest that you try leaving the decoder on when listening to stereo material.

On some material, particularly dialogue-intensive TV shows, original Pro Logic can provide a pleasant, more cinematic effect. On music-only recordings, however, it may reduce the stereo width across the front more than you like. Pro Logic II, on the other hand, can provide a wide, astonishingly life-like soundstage with accurate localization on all kinds of material, since it was specifically designed to extract five-channel sound from both surround encoded and conventional stereo recordings.

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The SeatCraft Accessory Pod

The newest addition to our SeatCraft Home Theater Seating brand is the unique stainless steel Accessory Pod. The Accessory Pod feature provides a strong hold to any SeatCraft Theater Seating accessory attachments. This theater chair accessory makes use of the stainless steel reinforced cupholder that is factory installed on our theater seats. The reinforced cupholder is an essential item for the Accessory Pod to function. The Accessory Pod slides into the cupholder and provides a secure hold for our IPAD Dock, Wine Glass Caddy, Tray Tables, and Articulating LED Light home theater seat accessories.

Our SeatCraft Home Theater Seats comes standard with the black cupholders. With the option of upgrading to the stainless steel reinforced cupholder, you’ll enjoy the comfort of your home theater seats along with knowing your drinks are safely secured in the cupholders.

You don’t have to worry about any wobbly table trays, cup holders that can’t secure your wine glass or even having to re-adjust your position in the theater seat for better use of your laptop. With our unique Accessory Pod you gain the ability to use the insert able tray tables in any of our SeatCraft home theater Seating. It is also perfectly designed to secure our removable wine glass caddy for those relaxing nights with a glass of wine . To check out more of our items in stock, visit us at 4seating.com.

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How to Get Rid of Cable Clutter

6 Tips to Reduce Cable Clutter

Chances are if you have a TV (and a pulse), you have an astronomical number of cables to go with it. Include a gaming console and/or sound system, and the number of cables may double or even triple! Feel like you’ve weaved a web of cables? Here are some quick, easy tricks to declutter and get organized:

Cable Ties

● Cable ties are the fastest way to clean up cable clutter. Rather than having 15 separate cords hanging from your TV, these ties combine multiple cables into a few larger groups. Consider opting for velcro instead of the traditional single-use plastic. They’re a little pricier, but are worth it in the long run as they can be reused. If those are too pricey, try using zip-ties or pipe cleaners.
● This method requires you to go through the cables you currently have. In this process, you might find some unused cables you can give the boot!
● If you want to go the extra mile, consider replacing your current cables with color-coded ones. Have a red bundle for video-related cables, a blue bundle for audio-related cables and so on.
● This trick will also allow you to shorten your cables. Most cables come in different size increments. Purchasing the smallest possible reduces clutter, but doesn’t allow for very much wiggle room if you need to move your TV or use it for something else. Pick longer cable lengths, and then coil the excess cable. Use a cable tie to secure the loops.

 

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Label Your Cables

● Labeling your cables will prevent any confusion later on. Some cable ties even come with little labels that you can write on for an extra level of organization. If you have the space, get specific. “HDMI” won’t help you in the long run, but “Samsung TV HDMI” sure could help down the line.

Mount It

● Mounting the TV on the wall is an easy way to reclaim space. With the TV on the wall instead of a media table, you free up space to tidy up the boxes and cords that rested on or within the table.
● For a wall-mounted TV, consider drilling holes in the wall to organize those pesky cables. Simply tuck the cables out-of-sight without worrying about them dangling down the wall from the TV. If you live in a rental or are otherwise unable to drill holes in the wall, you can purchase a cord cover at most home improvement stores. These adhere to the wall over your cords and can be painted to match the wall color. Need a cheap alternative? Use a shower curtain rod for similar results.

Use Cord Clips

● Cord clips are similar to cord ties– they both hold cables together. However, cord clips attach to a wall or table to hold cables up, rather than just tied together. Try attaching cord clips to the backside of tables to avoiding sagging cable. It’s best to place them 12 inches apart and to hang skinnier cords across these clips to prevent cables touching the floor.

 

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Use What You Have

● Still feeling inclined to let those cables drag on the floor? Embrace it! Adjust your baseboards. Many baseboards can be altered to allow for space for cable to be threaded behind them.
● Disconnect rarely used items. Only use that Wii twice a year when you have your younger cousins over? Pack it away and connect it when you need it.
● Large binder clips can also be used in a pinch for the same purpose as cord clips. Put a screw with a small washer through one of the handles of the clip and screw it into the table or wall. Then do the same as you would with the cord clips, and thread your cords through.

 

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Decorate

● Place extra cables in decorative boxes. Sometimes, the best trick is to hide your clutter in plain sight! This can also work for things like routers or gaming consoles. Just check to make sure your remotes still work properly while the router or gaming console is in the box.
● If the box method doesn’t work for your bigger items, use it for your power strip. Simply cut holes in the side and thread the cables through.
● When in doubt, cover up the cables!
● Use an over-the-door shoe rack to keep extra cables in storage. Dedicate one pocket for each cable or cable type. Alternatively, use a box with empty paper towel rolls standing straight up inside. Put bundles of cables inside and pack the box away. No more giant and tangled ball of cables in your garage!

Cleaning up your cables can seem like a daunting chore. However, breaking it up into smaller tasks will make it more manageable in the long run. Happy decluttering!

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The Tablet

The advent of the computer tablet brought a new portability to internet entertainment.  No longer restricted to bulky computers and laptops, you could carry it with you anywhere, anytime–the entire power of the web at your fingertips.  It’s a fact that when it comes to audiovisual content, there are times when you want the power of a large screen and state-of-the-art sound system to make the action on-screen really come to life.  Conversely, those who have spent their savings on constructing the perfect home theater should not feel restricted only to what they can pop into a DVD player.  Happily, the marriage of the internet and the large-screen is easily accomplished by hooking a tablet to your TV set, bringing the million-plus options of the World Wide Web to movie theater excellence.

 

There are two primary ways of hooking a tablet to a television set.  First, you may want to get an adjustable tablet holder which can fit easily onto your home theater seat’s armrest, so that you can browse the web within arm’s reach.  Then, you can either use your home wi-fi to connect your tablet to your screen, or use a cable to connect to the HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) ports on your tablet and TV.  Each option will work, although if you’re looking for an ultra-fast connection you may want to stick with a cable hookup.  In addition, keeping your tablet charged has become less of hassle with the introduction of deluxe home theater seats like the Liberty and Horizon, which come complete with charging stations featuring USB ports.

From there, you have the internet at your command.  Internet streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Google Play offer thousands of movies and TV shows (commercial free!) to choose from.  Recently Netflix has been focusing more on TV shows and original content, which has let Google Play and Amazon Prime offer a wider variety of movies. Therefore, it’s best to become familiar with all the options at your fingertips, as between them you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.  The recent debut of “The Interview” in the online streaming format has possibly set a precedent for further films being made available this way–meaning that home theater owners may be set to catch more first-run releases online in the near future.  Youtube is also a great source for older films, TV, and especially live music uploads. Want to see The Beatles live on “Ready! Steady! Go!” in 1964, or the latest Taylor Swift video? Youtube is likely to have it, and watching these shows on the big screen, with the sound system that you spent so much time and care to install,  is the only way to do them justice.

Gamers will also have a field day with a tablet hookup, as the internet offers dozens of game sites that feature variations on classic board games and puzzles, with more sophisticated visual odysseys that will have you lost in their imaginative worlds.  This entertainment option has come a long way since Pac-Man or Super Mario, now offering characters, plotlines, and beguiling visual backdrops that are more akin to user-participation movies than games. Once again, you will find a dramatic difference between playing these games on your tablet, and being able to do so with the advantages offered by a home theater setup.  Besides gaming, you can also access personal files to conveniently share family photos on the big screen, or spend time on social media. You won’t ever have to squint if you wish to read an e-book, either, although with the tablet holder you can also read directly from your tablet while reclining in your seat without having to hold it in your hands.

So what are you waiting for?  Why agonize over having to figure out what movie to watch, only to find that you have to wait to purchase or order it?  Get your instant gratification now by being able to browse to your heart’s content from thousands of available choices–or decide to try that new online version of Monopoly. You’ll never be at a loss, with your tablet hookup; the only problem will be how to narrow the endless list of choices down.

At 4seating.com, we have the largest selection of in-stock and ready-to-ship home theater seating and home theater furniture available! We offer theater seating and design solutions for both the casual and professional home theater enthusiast.  We also have a complete line of custom home theater decor available.

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The Power Headrest Collection

In the past few months, Seatcraft has rolled out an impressive new line of home theater seats. Each is an essential addition to the Signature series, featuring such standard Signature features as chaiselounger seating, lighted cup holders, and in-arm storage.  These seats also boast a new hi-tech feature, which is sure to make them a favorite among home theater owners–power adjustable headrests.

The power adjustable headrest works much as the power recline feature does–it allows you to move a section of the seat, at the simple push of a button.  The power option allows for the greatest flexibility in positioning, as the headrest will stop at any place the individual feels is comfortable for their head, neck, and shoulder placement.  Rather than staying in the same position for hours, one can constantly re-adjust their setting at will; such freedom of movement reduces neck and shoulder fatigue, allowing you to better focus on the screen action.  The power headrest is more than just a convenience; it’s a necessity for anyone who spends a lot of time in their home theater.

Of the new seats which feature the power headrest, the Richmond stands out for its Leather 7000 material construction and unique black onyx shade.  Black onyx has a reflective shine which gives the seat a deluxe appearance, while Leather 7000 is carefully handpicked from the top third of all hides to produce a leather that is superior in texture and suppleness.  The Richmond also comes with included tray tables, ambient base lighting and lighted cup holders for a well-rounded array of convenient features.  The Element also features Leather 7000 in black onyx, but distinguishes itself with a striking, geometric stitch pattern that cuts a stylish “V”-shape across the seat back.

The Phantom is a chair that features a sporty, muscular three-part seat back with a bolstered frame, that provides plenty of cradling support to the upper body.  It is topped by a padded headrest and comes with beautiful burlwood tray tables, lighted cup holders, ambient base lighting, and an accessory mount with which to attach tablets, reading lights, wine glass caddies and more options.

The Odyssey comes in 100% genuine bonded leather, which mimics much of the soft texture and swank appearance of full grain leather, at a superb value.  As with the other chairs, it boasts chaiselounger seating for full cushioned support to the lower body, lighted cup holders, in-arm storage compartments, and a wall-hugger design that allows it to be placed just inches from any wall, even in full recline.

Each chair in the power headrest series comes with its own unique character, so it’s just a matter of choosing which one of these sumptuous designs will best meet your home theater needs.  One thing’s for sure, however–your head, neck, and shoulders will thank you!

At 4seating.com, we have the largest selection of in-stock and ready-to-ship home theater seating and home theater furniture available! We offer theater seating and design solutions for both the casual and professional home theater enthusiast.  We also have a complete line of custom home theater decor available.