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Designing A Personalized Home Theater

15 May Posted by in Blog | Comments
Designing A Personalized Home Theater

Home Theaters Houston TX Designing A Personalized Home Theater 150x150If you are considering designing a home theater, you just may be thinking that it is a daunting task.  There are so many things to think about before you even get to the task of putting it all together!  The first step is to educate yourself on what you will need, what different products are available and what your budget will be.  Once you do that, you will find it is not as complicated as it may seem.  This is your chance to revolutionize the way you experience movies, music and your favorite TV shows by creating your own unique system and space.

There are a number of pieces of equipment needed to complete a delightful home theater that everyone will enjoy.  You will want to consider the following for you personalized home theater room:

  • HD Display

Your HD display can be either a flat-panel HDTV or a front projector.  In fact, some home theaters have both, an LCD or plasma for everyday viewing, along with a projector and a drop-down screen to use on movie nights.  The flat screen is usually mounted on the wall on the front of the room.  The projector is an entirely different story; it needs distance from its separately mounted screen and is often mounted from the ceiling or on a shelf in the middle or back of the room.

  • Projection Screen

There are several types of projector screens.  In many home theaters, retractable screens drop down from the ceiling, however some homeowners choose to have the screen installed to come up from the floor.  Fixed screens maybe tacked to a wall or supported by a stand.  Because screens vary in their reflectivity, they need to be carefully matched to the installation based on several different factors, including the projector’s brightness with 2D and 3D content, the amount of ambient light anticipated during viewing and certainly your own personal taste.

  • Component Rack

Every home theater room has an established place where the equipment, other than the projector and speakers, is stored.  It may be a closet or an exposed shelving unit.  It can be a regular audio rack or a professional-style A/V storage system designed to cool the equipment using convection or fan cooling.

  • Source Components

Most home theaters include a Blu-Ray player, as that is considered to be the highest quality video source available today.  Most likely, you will also have a cable or satellite box, along with a separate media receiver to stream content from Pandora, Netflix, Vudu, or other services if they are not already available through your other components.  Depending on your preferences, you may also need additional audio components such as a turntable or CD player.

  • A/V Receiver

Since the digital audio soundtracks from your various equipment must be decoded and amplified for playback through your speakers, an A/V receiver is a must have component.  A/V receivers today will switch easily among your components.  High-performance installations, however, sometimes include a separate surround processor and power amplifier, to perform these functions.

Putting together the right speaker system for your home theater takes planning, not only to match the requirements of your A/V receiver, but also for the placement of the speakers within the room to create the best sound possible.  You may need to experiment with the speaker placements to get just the right sound.  Consider the following:

  • Front Left/Right Speakers

The primary left/right speaker pair is leftover from the early days of stereo sound.  In most movie soundtracks, these speakers are used to reproduce background music and special effects; any recorded dialogue is handled by the center channel.  The front left/right speaker pair is usually set in position to the left and right of the screen.

  • Center Channel Speaker

With most soundtracks (TV and film) and music discs, dialogue and primary vocals are handled by the center channel speaker.  The purpose of the center channel speaker is to lock dialogue firmly to the screen for all listeners – no matter where they are seated.   Most often, in order to get the best sound effect, the center channel speaker is placed above or below the screen.

  • Surround Speakers

Surround sound enhances the perception of sound and space, using a listener’s ability to identify the location or origin of a detected sound in direction and distance.  In essence, surround sound allows the listener to hear sounds from a 360 degree radius around his/her seat.  In a home theater setting, the surround speakers are typically positioned on the side walls just behind the primary seating area and above a listener’s ear level.

  • Sub-woofer

The “point one” in a 5.1 channel system is called the sub-woofer and it is a dedicated speaker that supplements the music and surround effects with deep bass energy.  A sub-woofer can be placed almost anywhere in the room, but it is usually placed in the front area of the home home theater.  Some homeowners choose to use several sub-woofers to help even out the overall bass response.

In addition to the sound and sight components for a home theater system, you will want to also consider the following in the planning stages of this home entertainment project:

  • Seating

The seating in your home theater can be as simple as a cozy couch or it can include several luxurious recliners.   Comfortable viewing and design considerations should be the only things you need to think about!

  • Lighting

Home theaters need a certain amount of lighting, however these rooms will certainly benefit from careful placement of any lighting fixtures, both to create mood and to ensure a safe viewing environment.  You will need to choose lighting for the entryway, and you may want to consider dimming wall sconces that can be controlled using a remote control anywhere in the viewing area.

While planning the perfect home theater entertainment area for your home takes a little research and planning, the completed project will be an enjoyable place for you and your family for many years to come!








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