Home Theater Demo

This section shows you how to control the Home Theater using the AMX/Panja touch panel. The actions needed to roll a DVD are highlighted in bold face. The rest of the text is explanatory. An important tip: Don't get ahead of the system when pushing buttons. Give it a second or two to respond and finish what it's doing before going on to the next step.

Here is the panel in its "sleeping" state. The screen is dark. The little knob on the lower right of the base can be used to adjust the tilt of the screen, if desired.

The panel is not far asleep. Touch the darkened panel once in the lower right corner.

Touching the dark screen in the beginning takes you to the welcome screen. After a timed interval, the panel will go dark again, just like a screen saver on a computer. All it takes is a touch to wake it up. I usually prefer to touch it in the lower right corner to avoid accidentally touching any controls in the process.

Touching the "Warfield Family Home Theatre" screen above will bring up this screen, where you are starting to see some real controls. The picture in the center reflects whatever the last source setting (satellite, DVD, etc.) was.

To get things rolling, touch the button at the top right of the screen called "Room".

Here is the "Room" control screen. It's basically divided into three quadrants. On the left, is lighting control. Make sure your guests are seated comfortably and touch "Quick Start" lower the screen and blackout shade.

Press "Movie" to dim the lights. The settings "Sports" and "Reading" leave varying degrees of light on the room while still darkening it enough to see the screen. "Full On" may be used at the end of the show.

In the center are the controls to precisely frame the image. We won't worry about these for novice theater users.

On the right is the set of buttons to open or close the blackout shutter. Again, no need to worry about these.

To leave this screen, press "Back" at the top left.

 

We're back to this screen again. With the lights dimmed and the screen down, it's time to select a source of programming. Press the "Audio / Video" button at the top of the screen.
Here is the audio video sources screen. You use it to decide what you're going to watch. Touch the "DVD" button on the top left.
Now we're cooking with fire! Here is the DVD control panel. There are all the normal "Play", "Stop", "Pause" and other controls we are used to seeing for movie player. Press "Play" to begin watching your DVD.

Now look back over your left shoulder at the equipment rack behind the touch panel. Near the top of the left stack is the Lexicon surround processor. It's the one pictured here. We need to adjust the volume. It starts out very softly.

The volume controls are located at the bottom on the touch panel. Press the up arrow until the volume shown on the Lexicon goes from -30 dB to somewhere between -10 dB and -5 dB. You can also see the dB display on the main screen at the front of the room.

Incidentally 0 dB is "theater reference volume", or how loud they are supposed to play it at the theater. Most people find it a bit much.

The last thing to do is to choose whether you want to watch in "Guy Flick" or "Chick Flick" mode. The button to set this is in the lower lefthand corner of the touch screen. It'll say either "Guy Flick" or "Chick Flick". Look up to the front of the room for a blue light on either side of the two big speakers. The right hand one is near the arrow in the photo.

Press the "Guy Flick / Chick Flick" button to turn this light on or off. If it's on, you are watching a Guy Flick. If it's off, you are watching a Chick Flick.

When you are done watching, bring up the lights using the Room button, and then press the "Back" and "Exit" buttons until the theater shuts itself down.

That's all there is to it!

 
All material 2001-2006, Robert W. Warfield.