Please think of the first few things that come to mind when someone says “stereo” or “home theater”. Likely somewhere near the top of your list will be: big speakers, ugly wiring, huge TV, stack of equipment, complicated to use.

For something that is supposed to entertain us, the list of negatives can be quite daunting.

Well, I am here to let you know that none of these things need to be true. A good system can be focused on its true purpose which is to entertain you. The rest, as they say, is history.

Invisible speakers: There are now options for having completely hidden speakers, even the subwoofer! New technologies and expert engineering allows us to install speakers that look like sheet rock. You can paint them or wall paper them or even put a thin coat of plaster over them. And amazingly, they sound great. We regularly use these in living rooms and dining rooms where folks want a clean look but don’t want to sacrifice good sound.

Hidden TVs: TVs no longer need to be seen when you don’t want to see them. There are some intriguing ways to conceal your large flat panel including using moving art work and mirrors. Moving art work systems come in a couple of different forms and each uses real art and real frames that look every bit like a picture hanging on the wall. One type uses a motorized roller, sort of like a blind, that scrolls the canvas up and down. The other type moves an entire picture frame up/down or side-to-side. Mirrors are also great when trying to conceal a TV. The glass of the mirror is designed to look and function just like a real mirror but has special optical properties that permit the TV to shine through when it is turned on.

Stack of Equipment Be Gone: It used to be that your cable box, receiver, amplifier, etc. al. had to be located in the room by being jammed into a cabinet where it could barely fit. Nowadays we can place all the equipment in your basement and have one small wire that connects to the TV and speakers (which are both hidden). Voila! A great system that is literally NOT SEEN.

Simple To Use: The best and most important part of today’s systems is that they can be designed and installed to be simple to use. Professionally programmed handheld remote controls, and even your iPhone, can run a system in a clean, intuitive manner.

As a twenty year veteran of the industry, I am quite excited these days about the abilities we now have to provide systems for clients that really work for them. Not too long ago compromise was the order of the day. Great sound equated to big, room filling speakers. Having a primary TV to watch a movie meant taking up an entire wing of your house for the TV and equipment. And the more sophisticated the system, the more complex it was to use.

These paradigms have shifted and now you can find yourself relaxing to a great movie or piece of music in the best room of your home.