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The Best Movies and Shows to Watch on a Home Theater System


Expert Technicians Will Help You Upgrade Your Home Audio at Our Store in Marietta, Georgia


So, you’ve just installed one of the best high-end home audio systems for sale today, and you’re itching to try it out. Which media do we recommend to test the fidelity of your new home theater system?


Choose High-Quality Video Sources to Make the Most of Your Home Audio and Video System

We’re now at the point where consumer home theater systems can support a resolution of up to 8K. However, at the time of writing, no major media has been released in 8K format, so you’re stuck with 8K video samples uploaded to video-sharing sites like YouTube.


4K video is thankfully much more readily available. We recommend Blade Runner 2049 (2017) to test out your new 4K-capable home theater system, as the sets and locations are just as much a part of the movie’s appeal as its story.


Modern Disney movies have been released in 4K high-definition, available on Blu-ray or through a Disney+ subscription. We recommend 2020’s Mulan if you want to test out a live-action movie, and 2021’s Raya and the Last Dragon for an animated feature.


If you’re looking to impress your visitors with your new home theater system, Spider-Man Homecoming (2017) features fast-moving action scenes with bombastic surround sound. The scene where there’s a fight on a ferry is a standout test for your home theater system, as the booming, creaking lows of a ferry being torn apart is only done proper justice with a home audio system that can effectively output deep lows.


It’s also worth testing out how your home theater system performs with less-ideal video sources. Streaming content from long-running shows like The Office and Seinfeld are rarely available in 4K, and many aren’t even available in HD. Your high-definition home cinema needs to upscale these sources, so test out how well it does and look for ways to tweak the aspect ratio and quality to your liking. Our home audio store pros can help guide you through this process.


Testing Dolby Atmos Home Audio Systems

Before Dolby Atmos came along, the surround sound experience was limited to eight individual tracks of surround sound. Dolby Atmos, first available in cinemas in 2012, greatly expands this, and it’s been adapted into the best home audio systems for a brilliant home entertainment experience.


Most modern movies are released in surround sound and therefore support Dolby Atmos. Get started testing your Dolby Atmos system with 2017’s Baby Driver. The now-iconic opening scene is perfectly punctuated by Bellbottoms by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, a song with serious attack and a driving tempo. This is well accompanied by the sound of the action on screen, resulting in powerful energy.


Continuing the musical journey, we recommend the final 20 minutes of Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), a movie detailing the life of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. The attention to detail on this soundscape is excellent, with the Dolby Atmos sound being built from an archive 16-track recording of the original Queen live gig that was then played in an empty stadium recorded with 22 microphones.


Poor home audio systems have recently become synonymous with muddy, unclear spoken word sections in movies. Have you found yourself having to adjust the volume up and down constantly when you’re watching a blockbuster movie? Well, no more. To test this out in full, we recommend Dune (2021), a film with more than its fair share of quiet dialogue. With your new home theater system, you should be able to perfectly hear the dialogue over the sounds of ethereal voices, tinkling dust, and rushing desert winds.


Then, there’s the wealth of music that’s been released and re-released in 5.1 surround sound. The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) got the 5.1 treatment in 2017, and The Beach Boys’ 2003 remix of Pet Sounds (1966) should be in every audiophile’s collection.


Get Exemplary Home Audio from your Home Theater System

With all of this exciting content to consume, you’re probably asking “Where can I get home audio installation near me?”


Sound Sensations home audio store in Marietta, GA, has long been considered by some to be the home audio systems expert in Georgia, and we’ve been installing audio equipment and other home automation systems for our valued customers since 1970! If you need advice on the right type and size of home theater system for your room, give us a call. Allow us to install your new home theater system with outstanding audio, and you’ll never go back to muddy, hard-to-hear in-home sound experiences.

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