Download or Stream TV Shows and Movies

New media server just setup by Soundwaves Corporation? Need more movies and TV shows to stream?

Ten years ago there wasn’t really a large market that allowed you to buy TV media. You could buy the occasional
special collection of old classics like “The Johnny Carson Show” or ”I Love Lucy” on an infomercial, and that was
about it. Presently, though, there are a number of different ways that you can buy virtually any television program or movie
you can think of via digital computer downloads.


Stream it. If you have a Home Theater designed and setup by Soundwaves Corporation you most likely have access to Netflix, CinemaNow or Hulu Plus. If not call us up for some solutions. Sign up for a monthly account for as little a $10/month and start streaming your favorite movies and TV Shows to your TV’s and handheld devices tonight. Other options are Google’s new Chromecast, which will allow you to stream almost any video you can get on your phone/tablet or through streaming services right to your TV.


Use the iTunes Digital Media Store. Open the iTunes software and click “iTunes Store.” Then, click the “TV Shows” listing to browse the iTunes digital media store’s selection of hundreds of thousands of different television shows that they have available for download. You can purchase individual episodes of shows or full seasons at a discounted price.


Use Amazon’s Digital Media Store. Go to Amazon with your Web browser and click “Digital Downloads.” Then, click “Video on Demand” to browse Amazon’s listing of TV shows which are available for download. You can purchase individual episodes of shows or full seasons at a discounted price.

Whether you’re downloading content to your Media Server or streaming direct to your TV, Soundwaves Corporation can help you with all of your Media Server and Streaming needs. Call Mike today at 508.802.1014

How to Select an LCD TV

How to Select an LCD TV

The market for flat screen LCD televisions has grown considerably since the switch-over to digital television.
LCD, which stands for liquid crystal display, is a technology that greatly enhances the viewing quality of your
television. There are several sizes of LCD TVs and selecting the right one for your needs can be a daunting task.

Select the size screen you want according to the layout of your room. Measure the distance from where you will
place your television to your sitting area. Sitting the correct distance from your LCD TV optimizes the viewing
experience. If you sit too close to the screen, you may see “pixels”-tiny dots-in the picture. For the smaller 20 to
27 inch TVs, the screen should be 2.5 to 5 feet away. Comfortable viewing range for a 32 to 37 inch screen is
generally six feet or more. You should have between 10 and 14 feet of viewing space for a 42 inch television. Any
screen larger than 50 inches should be placed at least 12 feet away.


Choose the image resolution. If you want the best quality picture and high-definition television, choose a
resolution of no less than 1080p. The more pixels in the screen, the better picture you will have. The cheaper
720p LCD models are “HD Ready” and can but adequately display HD signals from digital broadcasts and Blu-
Ray players.


Select the right cable connection and inputs and outputs. Make sure your LCD TV’s cable connection is able to
receive HD signals, and that it has plenty of inputs and outputs such as HDMI and VGA to connect to DVD
players and computers.


Call up Soundwaves Corporation to install and optimize your new TV. Most LCD TVs can be mounted on the wall. The most popular
and least expensive style is the flatwall mount. Select a tiltwall or cantilever mount for viewing from any angle of the room.
These mounts are usually placed in bedrooms and above fireplaces. You can also set your LCD TV on a
television stand, but why take up precious floor space when we can hide your equipment and mount your television to the wall, all controlled by one simple remote. Call Mike today at 508.802.1014

10 DIY Home Theater Tips

Ok, so not everyone is going to go all out and build the Home Theater that dreams are made of but here are some important tips that might help you get close.

1) Search Online

Shop on eBay and Craigslist for discounted items, without compromising quality. Read reviews and forums on, and educate yourself. Sound and Video quality are important, but don’t forget that if something breaks down the road, replacement parts should be easy to find and not cost more than the product itself.

2)Run wire, then Run some more

Wire isn’t that expensive. Pull as many wires as possible while you have your walls open and run snake-able conduit to those hard to reach locations (i.e. the bedroom). Now, if house-wide music is important, run conduit in open walls to places that may or may not be used. You can easily pull extra wires for all different media types (video, audio, Internet). It never hurts, really it doesn’t…and a spare wire or two in the wall is a blessing in disguise in the end…it is easiest done when the walls are open. Don’t end up kicking yourself later because of technology changes and the need for more wires…the sheetrock, paint and installer will thank you for it.

3)Plan, Plan, Plan

Room layout is key. Don’t forget to think about those pesky moments when someone needs to use the bathroom and has to walk in front of the screen, or open a back door to the room that lets light shine all over the screen and ruin the moment for everyone else.  You don’t want the subwoofer to be located above your significant others bedroom ceiling, allowing them to “enjoy” the sounds of video games while they try to take a nap.

4)Call a Professional

Even if you cannot afford to have a professional installer set up and wire the entire system, have them come for a consultation anyways. You will usually find out that they can work with your budget and still allow you to do some of the work yourself to save cost. Also, nothing makes a Home Theater sound or look better than having a professional calibrate your system.

5)Plan to upgrade sooner or later

Always be prepared for the future! That means, design your home theater in a way that it is easily upgradable for future technology integration. One way to do this is by introducing two-inch cable conduit into the pre-wire design phase. Conduit will allow for future cables, such as fiber optic, to be run through finished walls and ceiling with ease. Without conduit, one may find themselves tearing into drywall and baseboards to retrofit new cable applications.

6)Not everyone likes rock and roll

Don’t leave the cost of acoustic treatments for the room out of your budget. It’s easy to focus on the projector, the screen, the speakers, the soundproofing, the electronics, the seating, etc. However, to get the most bang for your buck, acoustic wall treatments should pay a major role. There are essentially two ways to approach acoustic treatments: complete room or specific locations. For room treatments, the Acoustrack system from Acoustical Solutions or snap-trak from SoundNice is a nice way to go. For specific locations, you will need absorbers on the front and sidewalls and diffusers on the back. You can purchase these from a multitude of places (search on acoustic panel) or you can build them yourself. Just don’t go overboard or you’ll end up with a dead room – sound-wise that is.

7)Consider Seating

If you have a theater with multiple rows of seating, be sure to give enough attention to the sight lines from both the front and back rows. This usually involves some calculations and the interplay of riser height, ceiling height, screen height, distance from screen to floor and ceiling, and distance from the seating to the screen.  Since riser construction is not easily changed at a later date, it really pays to do the calculations ahead of time.

8)Cables matter, or do they?
Cables matter, but you don’t need to break the bank. The thing with cables is that cheap ones sound cheap and pricey ones suffer from diminishing returns. James Randi offered up his million-dollar challenge to anyone who could tell the difference between Monster cables and $7,000 Pear cables. Nobody has claimed it. Monster Cables or similar quality will sound just fine. Make your own if you want premium cables; there are a ton of resources for this on the web. There is also a video of Digg founder Kevin Rose getting a lesson in building cables – and they sound great. However, not to throw a wrench into your house of glass, when you go over a certain length in HDMI etc, I’d strongly suggest going with a heavier gauge wire, and testing it PRIOR to the installation.

9) Easy isn’t Always Better

In planning a theater, most assume that a good receiver would give the best bang for your buck, eliminate precious rack space, and at the same time provide you with a versatile piece of equipment capable of good sound. However, one route to go that the high end systems utilize is using separates. Separates, meaning a video processor, audio processor, amplifier, and possible XM/FM/AM tuner. After listening to the difference in some of our customers’ houses, and the ability to really process specific sound fields and how “clean” the sound sounds, you would probably kick yourself.  Going for the separate route, your budget would be more on the short term. However, your enjoyment level and satisfaction will be long term. Each component can be replaced or upgraded as technology advances without the hassle of re-configuring your system.

10) Black is Better

Black sidewalls significantly reduce the spread of light reflection from the screen to the sides and keeps everyone focused on the film screen. Dark sidewalls are the way to go in your home theater.