Best Home Theater Design – Guide To Optimizing
A simple guide to optimizing your Home Theater
Get the best out of your Home Theater. Here are three critical components to any home theater and a few tips on the best way to improve your viewing experience.
First and foremost, you must consider the room you have or will choose for your home theater. It might seem like any old room will do, but there is a lot involved, like the room itself. First, rectangular rooms are better than square ones. The shape of your room matters because of the sound. It bounces in strange ways in a square room, cheapening the effect of the great surround sound speakers you may have. So in a rectangular room, place both your screen and center speaker on one of the short walls. That will optimize both sound and lighting for your home theater.
Another aspect you must consider is the windows. Fewer windows are better. Window glass will also bounce light and sound in unpredictable ways. They let light in unless you only plan on watching at night, which would create less than ideal viewing conditions.
Last, of your room specifics, come to the walls and floor. For the floor, carpeting is a no-brainer, especially one with a layer of padding that is conducive to lounging. The carpeting works on two fronts: first, it’s a place for the kids or adults to be comfortable if cushy armchairs become too sophisticated. Second, the carpeting and accompanying padding will insulate your home theater, containing explosions of your movie within the room. This concept also holds true for your walls. Drywall is excellent, but soundproofing wall panels are even better. A worst-case scenario would be concrete walls, bouncing sound throughout your house, taking the meaning “home theater” to a new level. As for color, take a note from real theaters and go as dark as possible; gray, olive, or black is ideal.
What separates a home theater and a room with a huge TV is a proper surround sound system. However, a good surround sound system isn’t just loud; it works in concert like an orchestra. If a car motors across your screen from left to right, a good sound system will mimic that movement by rocketing that engine sound from the left to right of your room. That is why it is essential to be consistent with your speakers, buying them from the same manufacturer or at least, make sure they will work together.
Your average surround sound system is labeled as 5.1, which means five speakers and a subwoofer for low range sound. These sound tips may be a little technical, but utilizing them improve your home theater by leaps and bounds. First, don’t skimp on the center speaker. Many people splurge on accompanying towers and fail to realize the center speaker is in charge of dialogue, which is why it’s called the center speaker. Place it directly in front of your TV, in the center.
On the other end of the spectrum is the subwoofer, also commonly overlooked. The subwoofer is vital, especially its placement; a corner is where it belongs. Putting the subwoofer in the corner will help fill the room with the bass effect as opposed to an explosion sounding like it came from a cabinet. If you have a larger room, consider two subwoofers to set the mood.
Last but certainly not least comes the screen, the coup de grace. That is the centerpiece and gets all the fanfare for a good reason. Your first consideration must be a projector versus a TV screen. It is an age-old question that has changed drastically with technology. The old-school bias for the displays is that “Projectors don’t have the same quality, they hurt your eyes, they are difficult to install.” Projectors produce a much larger image at the same quality, giving you the real home theater experience with a 12-foot screen! In reality, a projector is the way to go unless a couple of key factors relate to you.
The first factor is lighting. Can you control the lighting in your home theater? So whether it’s a window-less room or blackout curtains, a projector has to have optimal lighting conditions.
The second factor is the price. While there are many affordable projectors, the technology requires a replacement bulb every X amount of hours of watching. Most projector owners claim to change their bulb every year or so, and that doesn’t sound too bad until you find the cost of a bulb can be $200. So if the lighting isn’t an issue, nor is the expense, get a projector.
Home theaters are a luxury, and not everyone has the financial means or space to create an actual home theater. But if you do, it’s critical to consider three elements, the room you put it in, the sound you use, and the screen you watch. Do your product research, use our simple tips, and your home theater will be the envy of everyone you know.