Where to Start With a Home Theater System

Building a home theater system is a dream for many homeowners.

And with the holidays over and the Super Bowl just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to invest in one of your own.

But sometimes it can get pretty overwhelming when you’re trying to define a system that will transform your Cornelius, NC property.

In part one of our two-part blog series, we’ll show you where to start when designing the perfect system for your home.

Ready? Just keep reading.

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1. Custom Seating

Think your seating should be an afterthought? Think again. 

For professional home theater installers, seating is where it all starts.

Why? Because where you sit will determine where you put just about everything else in your home theater.

From the size of the screen to the placement of the surround sound system, even the positioning of the light fixtures throughout the space. Everything is based on where you put your seats.

And these aren’t your average, everyday recliners. They’re specially designed to offer support and comfort – the kind you need to sit through a three-hour superhero slugfest.

Custom theater chairs should be high enough to rest your entire back, but they shouldn’t impede the sound from reaching your ears.

2. Impressive Surround Sound

Dolby Atmos isn’t just for commercial theaters anymore.

You can experience professional-quality sound even in a small room.

A Dolby Atmos surround sound system only requires a minimum of 5.1.2 channels – that means five speakers around you, one subwoofer and two overhead or up-firing units.

The result is a sphere of sound that completely envelopes a listener in the most realistic audio you’ve ever heard.

Now that most Blu-ray discs, digital downloads and even video games offer Atmos sound playback, there’s no excuse for not enjoying theater-quality audio in your own home.

3.    High-Contrast Screen

Ok, we’ve cheated a bit here. Not every theater needs a high-contrast screen.

But if you have to deal with a lot of ambient light in your space, or you’ve put your theater in a non-traditional location (like a garage) this is an important piece of equipment.

Screens are typically white, because it reflects the most light back. That makes the image brighter and the experience more satisfying.

But white screens don’t discriminate with the types of light they reflect. If there’s too much illumination in the room, you could suffer a washed-out looking picture.

A high-contrast screen is usually black or dark gray. It’s designed specifically to reject any light not directly placed in front of it. 

So unless you’re watching your content outside on a sunny day, you shouldn’t have any trouble seeing what’s going on.

 

There are still plenty more things you need to know about designing a home theater. 
Check back soon to see part two of our blog series. 

And if you’re ready to learn more right now, just click below to chat with a member of our staff!