Published at Friday, February 15th, 2019 - 14:58:57 PM. Dream Home. By Austin Lagi.
Luxury Dream Homes Buyers Guide : Like the idea of a soul mate, the notion of a dream home is a very intimate and personal one. Close your eyes and you can see with clarity your ideal luxury dream home. Perhaps a small cottage, or a towering old mansion; Possibly located in the middle of a forest or the centre of a large city, maybe even near a sparkling mountain lake. At this point in your life when you are financially secure and able to buy such a home, it can be a little intimidating but also very exciting. With the multitude of luxury dream homes to chose from, and especially in this current home market, you could be thinking, will I ever find my ideal luxury home? Well, it is very achievable to own your luxury dream home if you use the correct steps. Firstly, take a moment to relax. Allow yourself plenty of time. After choosing the town, city or region, make the choice of finding a real estate agent a priority, make sure the agent specializes in luxury homes. Look for the bargains available in that area. Is a local bank holding a property auction? With so many houses being foreclosed on, and so many other people simply walking away from their mortgages due to steep drop in property values, many banks want to get rid of the homes that theyre presently holding so they wont have to pay for their maintenance and upkeep. The result is, there can be luxury homes available at extremely low prices, and sometimes amazingly low. Local specialized real estate agents sometimes hear of great bargains, and these luxury homes are not yet advertised to the general public or via any media. Its time for you to get to work once your agent helps you narrow down your search. Survey the area surrounding each of your dream home possibilities using Google Earth. The Internet is a great option to research the neighborhood. You can research statistics about local schools, both private and public, and about the regions flora and fauna. You might not have to do all this research yourself, either as some real estate agents are area specialists, people who can provide you all with sorts of facts and figures about a given locale. With all of this information at your fingertips, you can arrange appointments to visit the homes youre most interested in (and meet the neighbors if thats feasible). When considering making an offer, be sure your first offer is less than the asking price, no matter what that asking price is. And always be positive! After all the time and careful attention, you turn the house of your dreams into a reality.
Your Dream Home Theater System - How to Choose the Right Components : Going out to the movies is becoming a very expensive activity. Not only have ticket prices gone up in the last few years, it seems that drinks, popcorn and candy have all had price increases. Couple this with the drop in prices on high end electronics and recent advances such as Blu-ray, and it is no wonder that ticket sales and continuously been dropping off as more and more people are opting to set up Home Theaters. Todays dream home theater consists of three things. First a television or projector, a 5.1 or 7.1 sound system and media playing device, normally a DVD player but more recently Blu-Ray players. This is a simplification of the home theater setup, there are a multitude of options and decisions to make in creating your dream home theater. This article will help you grasp a simple of understanding of the major components Television or Projector - There are plenty of options here. When considering a television, you must decide on whether you want a plasma screen, and LCD, DLP, or rear projection television. CRT or Cathode Ray Tube televisions are almost obsolete in todays home theater systems. Each of the aforementioned types has its own advantages and disadvantages. If you want a screen with great flexibility in placement, high quality picture and the price is not a major factor - then a plasma screen is your best option. If space is not a major factor and price is, you can find great prices on high quality rear projection television sets. In either case you need to purchase a high definition television, they are almost standard in larger screen televisions today. High definition is defined by a pixel count of 720 dot per inch (DPI) or higher. In order to take advantage of Blu-Ray quality, your TV should have a pixel count of 1080 dpi. Among 1080dpi sets you have a choice between 1080i and 1080p. The i stands for interlaced, and the p stands for progressive scan. These terms refer to how and how often the pixels on the screen are refreshed. 1080p televisions provide a higher quality picture, and will of course cost extra. The extra cost is well worth the cost in my opinion. The most recent advance in high definition televisions is 120 Hz sets, these new sets are supposed to better handle motion, especially in regards to watching sports. Whether its worth the extra cost is up to you to see for yourself. I imagine that given a couple of years 120 Hz will become the standard. At a minimum, I would recommend a 1080p television for your dream home theater. Sound System - This is potentially the most complex portion of your dream home theater setup. I say potentially because you can purchase a high quality home theater in a box and end up with a respectable sound system for your home theater with minimal fuss, or if you want to extract the maximum quality sound out of your system and are willing to pay what it takes; then building your own system from quality components is definitely the way to go. HTIBs or Home Theaters in Box are sometimes maligned by audiophiles as not being serious home theater sound systems, but a little research will show you that in recent years these pre-packaged systems now have components worthy of being part of a dream home theater system. If you want to build your own system the options and decisions youll be faced with are numerous. But the homework and research is well worth the final reward. Having a high quality picture certainly makes watching a film more enjoyable, but a great sound system takes you out of the confines of your living room and puts you in the middle of action. An audiophile quality sound system can whisk you away to the deep jungles of the Amazon, or put you in passenger seat of a heart pounding car chase through the streets of Los Angeles. A high-powered subwoofer will provide that heart thumping, seat shaking experience with each crash or explosion. Many will skimp on the sound system at the expense of a high quality picture, but they are truly missing half the experience of a dream home theater. Media Player - Normally this is a DVD player or more recently Blu-Ray players. When buying a DVD player, you should choose one with a video signal upconversion to 1080p. Ask your salesperson if the player uses Faroudja Video Processing, this is considered the best upconverting technology. Most Blu-Ray players will upconvert DVDs. If you are willing to pay between $200-$500, then a Blu-Ray player is definitely worth considering. The format war between HDTV a Blu-Ray is over, so a Blu-Ray is a safe bet. Blu-Ray is also capable of providing highest quality lossless audio (True-HD or DTA-HD Master Audio), allowing your dream home theater sound system to really shine. Eventually Blu-Ray will become the standard home video standard, but the good news is that they will play all your old DVDs as well. But if you are like me, once youve gotten used to Blu-Ray quality, its hard to go back plain old DVDs. This is just a quick overview of the major components. There are several other things to consider when building your dream home theater, such as cabling, speaker wire gauge, dipole /bipolar speakers vs. direct radiating just for starters. My recommendation is that if you research and make a well thought out decisions on the major components mentioned here, then many of the choices on the ancillary equipment and parts will begin to fall into place, and creating your dream home theater will be that much easier.
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