Home Theater System

Factors to Consider When Building a Home Theater System

A home theater system will revolutionize every aspect of your media experience, whether you’re rooting for your team during the big game or binge-watching your new favorite series. It will also make your home the place to be with all of your family and friends any time there is a big viewing event. Putting together a home theater system is simple when you work with a professional design and installation team with experience in home auto and video systems, but it’s important to pay close attention to detail to ensure that you get a theater that matches your goals and is right for your space. Throughout the design process, there are several factors that you should consider so you can get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of your system. Keep these considerations in mind as you’re building your home theater system.

Shape and Size of the Room

The shape and size of your home theater space will impact all of the decisions you make about the design going forward. These factors don’t just impact the size of the seating and equipment you need, but also how it can be set up, how sound will travel through the space, and what steps you can take to ensure the best viewing experience.

The best way to ensure that you are building the right kind of audio system for your home theater’s space is to work with a professional who can evaluate factors like the height of your ceiling, obstructions that could interfere with sound waves, and how to make sure the sound is sufficient for the space without being overwhelming.

They can also determine the best size and height of the screen based on where the seating will be located, the size of the room, and the kind of seating you will have. Additionally, they can help you pick seating that is sized appropriately for the space.

Type of Sound

The shape and size of your home theater space will impact all of the decisions you make about the design going forward. These factors don’t just impact the size of the seating and equipment you need, but also how it can be set up, how sound will travel through the space, and what steps you can take to ensure the best viewing experience.

The best way to ensure that you are building the right kind of audio system for your home theater’s space is to work with a professional who can evaluate factors like the height of your ceiling, obstructions that could interfere with sound waves, and how to make sure the sound is sufficient for the space without being overwhelming.

They can also determine the best size and height of the screen based on where the seating will be located, the size of the room, and the kind of seating you will have. Additionally, they can help you pick seating that is sized appropriately for the space.

Surround sound is the gold standard for home theater speakers. It delivers the quality of sound you experience in a movie theater, letting you replicate that experience at home. Once you get used to a surround sound system, you might not want to go back to anything else.

However, while surround sound is typically the right choice for theater spaces, it is not necessarily right for every space. If you are creating a home theater in a small area, wireless speakers that are strategically placed could be a better fit than an integrated surround sound system, which has the potential to overwhelm a small room.

Screen Size and Style

When it comes to selecting a screen for your home theater system, bigger is not always better. Scale is the most important aspect to keep in mind—in other words, you shouldn’t just cram in the biggest screen you can find. Your home theater installation expert will help you select a screen that isn’t too large or too small for the size of your room and the type of seating you are using. Your eyes should be able to easily take in the entire screen and register the fine details of the picture, without the need to crane your neck or lean back.
The placement of the screen is also important and will impact the size and shape you get. Ideally, the screen should be protected from the glare of lights, including those coming from the doorway. It should also be easy to see without obstructions from any seat in the theater.

In terms of the screen itself, many people opt for a flat screen television with the most advanced picture quality available. If you are a film aficionado, you may prefer to show films on a movie theater-style screen with a projector instead. Discuss your viewing preferences and how you expect to use the space with your home theater team, who can help you choose the right style of screen. In some cases, it may be possible to have both a television and a projection screen system in your theater.

Future Upgrades

Technological advances are bound to come in the future, and you don’t want them to render your home theater system obsolete. There are a few things you can do to prepare for this. Start by buying the most advanced television and other devices that you can find, even if you think that you may not use all of the features. What seems unnecessary today may become your favorite feature in the future.

You should make sure that the receiver and speakers you buy are designed to handle more demands that you plan to put on them now. That means that you will be able to expand your system in the future without having to completely redo the space. Your home theater technician can advise you about the trends in home audio and visual systems and what they see becoming necessary in the future, helping you plan accordingly for your space.

Seats and Lighting

Seating and lighting have an enormous impact on the comfort and usability of any home theater. Do you envision a kid-friendly media room where your children and their friends will spend their time? Do you picture watching sports or hosting movie nights? Do you want your space to be primarily for family use, or do you want to host regular get-togethers? All of these factors will help you determine what kind of seating is best. Comfortable couches, recliner chairs, and movie theater-inspired row seating are popular choices.

Lighting is also crucial. Many people with home theaters opt for adjustable lighting—with this option, you can turn the lights up when you’re socializing, dim them when simply enjoying music, or turn them off completely for movie night. Be sure your lighting is positioned so that it doesn’t cast glare or shadows across your screen. Don’t forget to factor natural light into your design as well—you may wish to add blackout curtains if you plan to be in your theater during the day.

Are you ready to build the home theater of your dreams? Technology Specialists are audio-video and home theater experts and can help you make the right plan for your space, no matter its size. We offer top-of-the-line products from Parasound, Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, and more, with expert guidance from our experienced team. Contact us today to start your home theater design.

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