The traditional home audio-visual setup requires having each screen in the home paired with some kind of media device, such as a cable box or DVD player. This introduces a range of challenges and inconveniences, from decor that is not desirable to having to move from your comfy seat in one room to another place in the house just because you want to watch the DVR or use a media player.
This kind of setup is especially annoying when you have a home theater system. To access everything you want in your theater, you could end up having to invest in a wide range of equipment, even if you have the same pieces in other parts of the house. Plus, you may have some features in your home theater that you would like to use elsewhere, but you can’t without investing in yet more equipment and taking up yet more space.
You may be surprised to learn that there is a solution to all of these challenges: an AV distribution matrix. The name might sound like science fiction, but the setup can actually make your life much easier while helping you get more enjoyment out of your home entertainment system. A home theater system professional can help you implement this upgrade into your home. Here is what you need to know.
AV Distribution Matrix Basics
The reason that these inconveniences exist in home entertainment systems is that, traditionally, every setup relies on its own AV system. For example, if you have cable, you will have a cable box in the room to supply that TV with the cable signal. In some cases, it is not necessary to have full cable boxes in each room, but each room must at least have a device that picks up cable signal, and that then plugs into the television.
This is the same for external media players, such as DVD and Blu-ray players, as well as devices for streaming video. Each device needs to be plugged into the television set on which you will use it.
An AV distribution matrix can change all of that. An AV distribution matrix is set up in a central location, with the media devices plugged into a matrix switcher. The matrix switcher than allows the signals of those media devices to be received on viewing screens throughout the rooms of your home. You can control those devices from a central hub, such as an app on your phone or other web-enabled device. With this setup, streaming video, cable access, media players, and more can be enjoyed without needing a specific device in each room.
Components of an AV Distribution Matrix
The components used in your AV distribution matrix will depend on your personal preferences and the kind of matrix switcher you have. Start by deciding which AV systems should have multi-room access. Some potential devices include:
- Cable boxes
- Apple TVs
- Roku players
- DVD players
- Blu-ray systems
- Sling devices
After you know what components you want to include in your distribution matrix, you will need to select a matrix switcher that has the right type of input ports, as well as the right quantity of ports, to support the setup you want. Your home technology specialist can help you pick the right matrix switcher for the setup you are looking to create.
Note that you don’t have to include every entertainment system in your home in the AV distribution matrix. For example, if you have a home theater system with a projector or other piece of equipment that is not intended to be used in other rooms, then you can leave it out of the distribution matrix. Only include entertainment devices that you want to access throughout your home in the matrix.
AV Distribution Matrix Benefits
There are many benefits to using an AV distribution matrix in your home. The first benefit is that you get more value out of your home theater system and entertainment setup. You don’t have to limit yourself to specific rooms for specific kinds of viewings, and no one in your household has to be limited in their access to your home media systems.
Another benefit that many people embrace is the chance to get rid of all of the entertainment equipment that is cluttering up rooms throughout their home. AV distribution matrix systems can be set up in a closet or a single, central cabinet location, so you don’t have to house unsightly boxes, players, and cables in multiple rooms of your home anymore. The design advantages alone are enough to convert many people to matrix setups.
AV distribution matrix systems are also easier to use than most other home entertainment setups. Your distribution matrix will allow you to control all of your devices in a central location. You won’t have to find the right remote for every device you want to use and then try to remember how it works as you switch from cable to DVD to Apple TV and back again. In addition to appreciating the simplicity of this kind of setup, many people enjoy getting rid of the clutter of having multiple remotes, which is a common complaint with home entertainment systems.
Lastly, AV distribution matrix systems ensure that you get the maximum amount of value from all of your entertainment system investments. You can save money on devices while ensuring you have the most flexible entertainment setup possible.
If you are interested in learning how an AV distribution matrix could revolutionize your home entertainment system, contact Tucson’s Technology Specialists. Our team specializes in using the latest technology to create home theater systems, home automation services, and much more. We will help you create a distribution matrix that meets your needs and your budget, using the best available technology from the leading manufacturers in the business. Contact us today to discuss your home entertainment system needs.