Planning, investing and installing a home theater in your home can be one of the best enhancements to your lifestyle. Home theaters are great for relaxing, entertaining, and bringing the whole family together. One important thing to remember in considering your many home theater options is that the sum of the parts is usually greater than the whole.
Media Room or Home Theater?
Will you have a dedicated home theater room or will your system be in a multi-purpose media room? Either way can be fantastic. A dedicated home theater is designed specifically for entertainment: enjoying movies, sports, TV, and video gaming. Basements, attics, bonus rooms, or spare rooms are great as dedicated home theater spaces. A media room serves for more than entertaining. A family room or bonus room usually doubles as a media room as well.
Screen Size and Viewing Distance
This is the hardest part to get right, to big and you feel like your sitting in the front row of the multiplex theater, that’s no fun. To small and it feels like your sitting on the other side of the moon. There are some very important calculations to get this right, this is where working with us will help. We have years of expertise working in homes and getting the balance right.
Acoustics and Soundproofing
We work with Bay Audio to get speakers that are acoustically tuned to your room to get a true custom sound. It’s important to have a great picture, but a movie without good sound is a terrible experience. Have you ever been to a friends theater and you can’t hear the dialogue clearly? That is what happens when the focus is not on acoustics and just on volume. Great sound immerses you in a film’s sound effects. All things being equal, acoustic treatments (these can be carefully done, normal room furnishings) have a larger impact on the sound than almost any component. Another thing to consider is soundproofing. Will late night viewing disturb others? Should you do something about it?
Choosing the Right Equipment
This is the fun part for most people. Significant improvements in video technology can give you a great picture for a fraction of the cost only 10 years ago. This allows more room in your budget for great sound. Unlike video, audio pricing has held very steady in its cost to performance ratio. Recent improvements in home theater speakers will make your surround sound experience even more fun. Matching all your equipment up is where AAI experts and our experience will be a big help.
Home Theater Magic
In many cases, spending a few extra dollars on a great lighting, or a popcorn machine, an old time candy counter, a motorized velvet curtain, can add wow to your creation. We’ve got lots of suggestions and advice about how to create your own personal magic. Other areas to consider are expert audio and video calibration; electrical and power needs; ventilation and HVAC planning; and integrating video gaming. When your installation is complete, we will instruct you in the best ways to get the most fun from your new installation. We want you have lots of fun with your future home theater or media room. We work with only the finest audio and video component system products from the leading manufacturers in the industry. A good system will provide years of enjoyment for you and your family, immersing you in sights and sounds with “you are there” digital detail and fidelity.
To offer you the best of today’s technology and to ensure that you can take advantage of tomorrow’s technology advances, we stay in constant contact with the leading manufacturers so you can be assured of getting the most performance from your home entertainment budget.