The Right Fit: Theater Room vs. Media Room
How Do I Know Which is Right for Me?
We plan because we want to get things right the first time. Reworking a plan is frustrating. It can also be very expensive depending on the extent of what is involved. What can be even more frustrating is completing a job and ending up with a product that doesn’t meet your needs. Our goal is to formulate a plan and produce exciting results that meet your needs and wants. Here are some things to consider when planning your audio/video install.
What will the room be used for?
Designing your room depends on what it will be used for. Do you plan to use this space to entertain guests? Or will this be a place where your family will gather to enjoy a movie? Maybe even do some gaming? Or is the goal to create a movie theater atmosphere in a dedicated space in your home?
In a theater room, the seating will be upright and fixed in the direction of the screen. Lighting is kept to a minimum to preserve the integrity of the picture during viewing. Functionality may take a back seat to acoustics when choosing furniture and wall material.
To set up a home theater, you will first need to prepare a room. This may be the basement, the attic, the garage, or the bedroom of a college-bound son or daughter. Then you will need to acquire the necessary components: a TV, receiver, DVD player, and speakers. Throughout the process of putting it all together, you must remember what is important. In the end, it may not be about the snazzy new technology, but rather the comfort and enjoyment you and your guests experience in your new home theather.
A media room is more than just a big flat screen TV slapped on the wall with random speakers strewn about your den. It is designed to be more inviting and flexible. Furniture can be added or removed and relocated to make room for guests. Typically, sound absorbing materials are used to help prevent noise from escaping and disturbing the rest of the home. In a media room, flexibility is the key.
Your media room should have the potential to be an escape, a place where audio and video commingle for a breathe-taking experience. However, when the system is powered down, the environment should not shut down with the technology. Oppositely, the room should remain as an inviting living space.
One of the most important factors in optimizing your media room’s performance is none other than the room itself. A square room will present audio issues that may be impossible to overcome. If you have the luxury of specifying room dimensions, think rectangle.
In terms of surfaces, materials like hardwood and tile are not ideal because sound waves will bounce off and around the room. Opt for absorptive surfaces, such as carpet, to prevent the room from sounding like a basketball court. If hard surfaces are unavoidable, you can always temper reflective materials with rugs, pillows, and even acoustic treatments.
Finally, you’ll want to examine the amount of natural and artificial light in the room. Natural light should be controlled with proper window treatments. There are some excellent lighting control systems available that you can tie into a home automation system for energy savings, remote operation and convenience.
Our team is knowledgeable and experienced. Our inquiries are based on that knowledge and experience. This empowers you to make all the right decisions for you and your family. It also gives us the tools to create the experience you are looking for and get it right the first time.