Probably the first thing that most people think about is the type and size of the video display. Do you want a TV or a projector and how do you determine what size is best for your space? Both the size of the room and the distance that you will be sitting from the video display are determining factors that need to be considered. If that isn’t enough to boggle your mind, there are numerous types of projectors (short throw or mounted) and numerous types of screens. You also want to think about how much ambient light will be in your home theater. Extra light can make your picture look washed out or cause a glare on the screen that can be frustrating and take the magic out of the whole experience.
Of course, the video display is very important, but the speakers and how they are placed is equally important. We know you want surround sound, but what about Dolby or Dolby Atmos? Do you want the speakers in the ceiling, in the wall, or mounted on the wall? Have you considered how many subwoofers you would like or whether you want them hidden? Whew! There are already so many decisions to be made. Did you know that producing great sound in a home theater often requires exact measurements for the best clarity and overall experience? The acoustics of the room are also extremely important. Are you planning on having wood floors or paneled walls? There will be more sound reflection and that can possibly interfere with clarity and even cause an echo effect. Carpet and drywall may be better materials, but there are other options, such as acoustical treatments, that can also improve overall sound quality.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when designing their own theater is not checking to make sure all of their components are compatible. This can cause big issues when one device won’t “talk” to the other. Also, have you considered where these components will be stored (in a cabinet, on a shelf, in a closet) or the cooling device you will need to keep your equipment healthy? Sound generated from this equipment also has to be carefully thought through. You don’t want something as simple as noise from a fan ruining your theater experience!
Don’t forget about perfect lighting - like art lights to highlight those movie posters and special fixtures to set the mood. We also have you covered when it comes to comfortable seating. And if you’re looking for something to take your home theater to a whole new level, you may want to consider a starry sky. The sky is the limit here - with the ability for you to have constellations and even shooting stars.
I know! There are so many things to consider that you may be feeling overwhelmed, but the experts at Echo Workshop can walk you through the whole process. With thoughtful design and a vast knowledge base about all things home theater, we can take the confusion out of what to choose and help you make thoughtful and informed decisions. Contact Echo Workshop today to learn more about our design and installation process.
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