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
|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.
"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
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.
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
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
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.