I have installed a superb home entertainment system in this room and I very much enjoy watching HD TV or my huge collection of DVD and BluRay movies.
1 Family room as seen from the kitchen.
2 Family room as seen from the kitchen table.
3 Family room. I have the "sweet spot" of the sound from all the speakers calibrated to the area between the two recliners.
4 Family room. In this photo you can see the PC's desktop screen showing on the plasma TV.
5 Family room. The plasma TV is 60 (152.5 centimeters) inches in size and is connected to a 7.1 surround sound system. An Internet connected PC is an integrated part of the system allowing for video conferencing, web browsing and the playback of media such as songs and movies stored on the server.
6 Family room showing electronic equipment.
7 This is a painting of the Grand Canyon with so many layers of paint that it almost looks like you are looking out a window into the canyon.
8 View of artwork on walls. Photo taken during daytime.
9 View of artwork on walls as seen at night.
10 The round artwork is from Jordan and the piece of slate to the left of it is from Ireland.
11 This is view of the rear surround speakers inbedded into the wall.
12 I went ahead and added backlighting to the plasma TV. This allows me to see movies without other lights needing to be on and it makes for a more pleasant viewing experience similar to what one would get at a movie theater.
13 This is a panoramic view of the family room. I created this photo using several other photos and then joining them in Photoshop.
14 I have a large collection of BluRay and DVD movies so I decided to copy all the movies onto one of the servers so that I could watch any of the movies that I own from any device in the house whether it be the home entertainment systems in the family room and master bedroom, the PC's and laptops (wired and wireless), even my android phone. I can even watch my movies while I am traveling by logging in via VPN (providing the Internet connection is fast enough). I acquired some software that would allow me to catalog all the movies and provide an easy way to review, select and play a movie. The following photos will describe this in more detail.
15 In the previous screen the movies were placed right next to each other and you would have to select the movie you were interested in to get the details of the movie. The software provides you with several different ways of presenting information on the screen and I prefer this screen setup as you see a filmstrip of the movies at the bottom of the screen and also get details of the movie at the top.
16 Once you select the movie you want to watch you have the ability to play the movie directly by selecting the play button or you can also get more information about the movie such as the synopsis, who the cast and crew are, audio types (5.1, 7.1, etc) the movie is encoded with, and even other movies in the collection in which the actors in this movie also come out in. Even though the software runs atop Microsoft's Windows Media Center, I use a Harmony One controller in both my home entertainment systems to manipulate this software application so that I don't need to use a keyboard or a mouse. I've selected the movie Avatar and the following photos will provide information related to that particular movie.
17 This is a view of the Synopsis screen.
18 View of the Cast and Crew screen.
19 close up view of the Cast and Crew screen. You can select anyone of the people in the Cast and Crew section and get individualized information on them.
20 Information on the actor Sam Worthington, who stars in Avatar. You can easily scroll down to see the rest of the biography on him.
21 Information on James Cameron, the director of the movie Avatar.