How To Choose The Right Spot For Your Home Theater

Whether you’re designing a new home or have plans to renovate, adding a theater to your California home can be enjoyable for your family and a smart investment. Entertain with the latest Hollywood blockbusters, or stay in for a quiet night in your personal movie theater.

Where should you put your home theater? If you only have one transitional space available such as a spare bedroom or den, your decision is easy. But if you have the choice, there are some things to keep in mind that will help you find the ideal spot.

The Room’s Shape

The ideal room for a home theater will be rectangular so you can maximize screen size while placing seating far enough away to make it comfortable. A square room may distort sounds and make it harder to find the right screen distance, and irregular shapes will make it harder to maximize space usage.

The Room’s Ceiling

Your high, vaulted ceilings may be ideal for dining and enjoying casual TV, but in a home theater, they’ll obliterate your sound. Rather than providing viewers with an immersive experience, you’ll struggle to hear quieter parts and miss the full effects of louder ones with a weakened sound.

The Room’s Windows

The theater is probably the one room in your home where you don’t want windows. Not only will light from outdoors disrupt your viewing experience, but open windows run the risk of washing out projector screens and damaging sensitive equipment.

What You Can Do When You Don’t Have A Choice

All of these setups will create the ideal home theater system, but you can still get by with creative adjustments. Non-rectangular rooms can be measured so that seats are still placed far enough from any screens, and acoustic panels can be added or drop ceilings installed to help damper sound loss. When you have windows, motorized blackout systems will be your best bet in combatting unwanted light.

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How Many Speakers Does Your Home Theater Really Need?

One of the main reasons people go to the movies is for the immersive experience, including hearing a film at the volume and quality it is intended to be heard at.

So why would you skimp on the sound in your home theater design?

Finding the right speakers for your home theater means looking at costs, overall quality, and the specific uses for your room. In most cases, your basic setup will have a speaker in the center, possibly a couple of speakers in corners, and a bass speaker to get those deep sounds without distortion. You can get a good experience from this setup when they are installed correctly, but you won’t have the same audial effect as you would in a movie theater.

When your budget allows it, consider tower speakers flanking your screen or placed in the corners of the wall that the screen sits on. When tower speakers have several different speaker sizes in them, viewers get a layered sound that is heightened by the smaller speakers distributed in your room. Plus, because tower speakers are tall, they can combine as many elements as needed to bring your home theater to life.

With modern technology, you don’t have to worry about giant speakers that look like they belong in a nightclub; many tower speakers are now designed to become part of a room’s overall décor, not eyesores. However, you do get the added benefit that these speakers function wonderfully with different types of sound, not just that from movies. Use them for music, gaming, or other experiences where you want a quality sound.

 

 

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Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Think You Don’t Have Room For A Home Theater? Think Again!

Are you hoping for a home theater but not sure you have enough room for one?

One of the most common misconceptions about home theaters is that they need to be large. But the truth is, you don’t need thousands of extra square footage to create your own home theater that is perfect for entertaining family and friends.

No matter what size your house is, strategizing ways to utilize your theater space most efficiently is possible thanks to advanced audio-visual technology and furniture design.

Don’t give up on your dreams for a home theater, and instead, keep these ideas in mind to get the most out of a smaller space.

Figure out your display: The type of room your theater is in will help you determine what kind of display will work best. If your room is windowless, you can look at projectors, which will allow you to have a considerable screen size at a lower price. But if your room has windows, you might want to consider an LCD screen or other option that will remain bright even when shades are up.

Place seating the ideal distance from the screen: You don’t want viewers to have to sit right on top of your screen, so follow THX guidelines and divide your ideal screen size by 0.84 to calculate the right number of feet away to place your seats. Or, if you have a smaller room that will restrict the amount of space you’ll have from the screen, try multiplying the distance in feet by 0.84 to figure out the right size.

Don’t overdo (or underdo) sound: The number of speakers you need will depend wholly on the size of the room – too many will have viewers focusing on the sound volume rather than the screen, and too few will make for a less satisfying experience.

 

 

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Beef Up Your Home Theater System With One Easy Change

There are plenty of factors to consider when you’re designing a residential home theater. From seating to sound control, you have ample decisions to make when customizing your own space.

But there is one thing that will ultimately raise your home theater to the next level, and it doesn’t have to do with what kind of chairs viewers will be sitting on or what accessories you may have. Using a video projector instead of a large-screen TV for your theater display will make all of the difference anytime someone sits down to watch.

First of all, finding a flat-screen TV at movie theater screen size is impossible. The larger the screen you’re looking at, the more expensive and the less reliable it often becomes. With a projector, you can arrange your home theater so that you are giving viewers the absolute largest viewing space possible. Go as big as your theater space allows, recreating the theater experience at home. Or if you need to, shrink your screen down for more intimate viewings.

While projectors – even high-end ones – will ultimately cost less money and resources, they’ll also make the viewing experience easier on your eyes, literally. With a large screen, images and text are always big enough to be seen without squinting. Additionally, TV screens emit the light that hits your eye, which is harsher than projector screens, which only reflect that light. That means a more comfortable viewing experience for everyone.

Finally, using a projector means cutting down on space usage. Modern projectors hold a lot of capacity in a small device, which means you can quickly move or store yours when it’s not in use.

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Dreaming Of A Home Theater? 5 Design Choices To Get You Started

If you have space for one, a home theater is a great way to entertain both your family and friends. You’ll get the surround sound and big picture experience of going to a theater without needing to deal with lines, worry about seats, or navigate around other people.

Another great thing about a home theater is that you can customize it to your exact style and design preferences, meaning you can fit it to the rest of your home or make it its own entertainment space. If you’ve been thinking about getting a home theater, these design choices will help you get started.

  1. Wall Murals

You can get a movie theater feel right at home without the outdated look. Consider a mural for your walls, either using the theme of cinema or something else entirely.

  1. Carpeting

A thick-pile carpet will help you dim the sound of your theater from disrupting the rest of your home. Choosing a dark color will make sure that movie watchers aren’t distracted and have a comfortable place to rest their feet.

  1. Track Lighting

You don’t want the abrupt change of turning off overhead lights to focus on a screen, so dimmable track lighting will give you enough light to get settled before the big show. Keeping your lighting on a low setting during films can also help reduce eye strain and help people get in and out as needed.

  1. Seat Risers

A home theater will be small enough to accommodate at least two or three rows of seats, but you’ll give everyone an excellent viewing experience by putting seats beyond the first row on risers. As a bonus, you can use that extra space to help dampen excess sound, or even use it for storage.

  1. Seating Areas

Get creative with space usage by making a seating arrangement instead of just traditional theater seats. A couch is a great way to lay back or cuddle with a loved one, and adding a row or two of theater seats behind this setup creates a separate area giving everyone options.

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Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.