Skill Building for Home Theater
Among the techniques used to obtain optimum audio performance were speaker placement, understanding room modes, resonance identification, graphic real time analysis, energy time graph analysis and the use of acoustical treatment panels.
The course included instruction in home theater design, including the use of software to help with room dimensions and mode calculations. Subwoofer use, soundproofing, rear effect placement and bass traps were also covered. Part of the course covered how to use the Sencore SP295 audio analyzers and how to use acoustic calibration reports.
Many of the installer/retailer attendees had immediate plans to put this training to use. Mark McAuliff, vice president of Bro-Tech, Inc, a high-end audio, video and home automation company in Long Island, explained that he wants his company to be able to provide a superior product to his clients, so he seeks out avenues such as these classes to develop skills for himself and his employees. He plans to start doing grayscale video calibrations. "I want to be able to take a TV and make it as beautiful as I can."