A giant, wall-sized screen or Flat Panel TV? Rows of fully reclining, theater-style seating or Just a few chairs? It’s your own home theater so the decision is up to you! Nothing brings family and friends together better than a night at the movies. We start with a totally customized design that reflects your personality décor and Budget. Next, we select from the finest audio/video components, acoustical treatments, lighting, control systems, and accessories. Then we install everything to perfection.
A true home theater experience can take you away to another place. You become so immersed in the movie, you feel like you are part of it. This is what happens when you create a real dedicated home theater, and is one of the primary differences between that and a nice TV in the living room. With the right planning, investing in a home theater can be one of the best enhancements to your home and lifestyle.
We can help you with screen layout, video display, speaker and component placement. We take into consideration other less-considered things like room treatments, calibration, and correct seating deployment!
Screen Size, Type and Viewing Distance
The next step is to decide both the location and size for your video display. Both the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and THX Ltd. (a developer of quality standards founded by Lucasfilm) have recommendations on this subject. This step is very important to get right, and is probably the most difficult one to fix if you get it wrong.
Acoustics and Soundproofing
It’s important to have a great picture, but a movie without good sound is a terrible experience. Great sound immerses you in a film’s sound.
In designing a dedicated home theater, speaker placement is extremely important. By far, the most important track in a film is the dialogue track. This is produced through the center channel speaker. If you cannot understand the dialogue, the impact of the movie is greatly reduced. In theater rooms with multiple rows of seats, hearing dialogue clearly can be a challenge. Not only should your family and guests be able to see the entire screen, they need to hear all of the speakers. No speaker is more important than the center channel. It’s fairly easy to get sound right when there is only one row of home theater seating, but with two or more rows, the location of the center channel becomes critical. Our experts will help you optimize the center speaker position.
There is a good rule to follow for the best separation of the left and right speakers. We like to see them at about a 45 to 60 degree angle with the main seating position. Use a 45 degree position if the main use of the room is movies; spread the speakers further apart if you will also be enjoying concert videos or audio. The most accurate option involves an acoustically-transparent projection screen, with speakers mounted directly behind, truly attaching what you see to what you hear. Our staff can help you plot this out.
The subwoofer or subwoofers (the speaker providing deep bass effects) can usually be hidden. Again, we can help with design options. Remember that the worst spot for a subwoofer is in the middle of your room, the best, close to a corner. A pair (or four) subwoofers evens out bass response, and makes it easier to dial in exactly how much bass the system can produce. And, it’s much more accurate and less boomy!
Finally, surround speakers can be positioned to your sides and on the rear wall. You should have one or more pairs of side speakers and one pair of rear speakers. Their placement will be related to how your seating arrangement works out. Even today, questions abound regarding speaker placement for Atmos-style setups, and we’ll guide you accurately there, too. We can offer lots of advice here.
Choosing the Right Equipment
This is the fun part for most people. Significant improvements in video technology give you amazing images for a fraction of the cost from only a decade 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. One nice part about quality audio, for example, is the rarity of having to replace an amplifier or speakers due to obsolescence. Recent improvements in home theater speakers will make your surround sound experience even more fun. Matching all your equipment is where Creative Audio Video and Automation experts and our experience will be a huge help.
Controlling It All
If no one can figure out how to turn the system on and control the system what’s the use! A well thought out control system can make all the difference. Reliable options now exist so you can hide all your components and control them perfectly. We offer you a wide range of options from programmable universal remote controls to complete home automation systems.
We can work with all budgets. From a dedicated home theaters projection system with movie theater sound, to a family room with a large flat panel TV mounted over the fireplace and surround sound, we have the expertise and knowledge to make your dreams a reality. With a press of a button on your remote, your shades draw closed, lights dim to the perfect ambiance, room temperature set to a comfortable 71 degrees, all your equipment tuns on and you can sit back with your family to escape reality while enjoying your movie experience.