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Articles in Category: Home Theater System

Considerations for Planning Your Home Theater

Having a home theater system allows you to have a professional-quality cinematic experience from the comfort of your own home – as long as it’s designed properly. A poor design can be distracting with poor picture or sound quality; even worse, it can make your investment of time and money feel wasted. To help with your planning process, we’ve created this handy guide to help outline some of the most important elements you’ll want to keep in mind while planning your home theater.

Choosing the Right Space

The first place to start is deciding which room you’d like to set up your home theater system in. It’s important to choose a room that will be big enough to comfortably support seating and other types of furniture, plus your AV equipment. Small rooms often feel too cluttered and can be easily overwhelmed by sound; a medium to large sized room will provide better sound quality and allow you to fit everything in without feeling crowded. You’ll want to choose a room that has minimal windows and natural lighting, as these can cause significant glare – even with the use of drapes or blinds. Certain room shapes also work better than others; rectangular and irregularly shaped rooms sound better than square ones.

What Will You Use the Room For?

After you’ve chosen your space, it’s important to think about how you plan to use the room. Do you just want a media room for casual viewing and occasional entertaining, or do you want to have the complete home cinema experience? Are you planning to use it for just TV and movies, or are you also interested in using it for listening to music and playing video games?

Choosing the Right Technology

Choosing the technology for your home theater experience is a big decision, so it’s important to spend a fair amount of time on this step to ensure you end up with the perfect system to meet your needs. A common mistake of many consumers is to purchase the largest screen possible, but this can create viewing issues. A general rule for determining the ideal screen size is that your viewing distance should be 2-3 times the screen size (measured diagonally) of your television. You’ll also want to select a screen with an aspect ratio that matches the majority of what you plan to view on it.

Next, you’ll need to determine the right sound system for your space. It’s recommended you install a minimum of a 5.1 surround sound system, regardless of whether you’re planning a media room or a full home theater. Die-hard media fans will find a 7.1 surround sound system provides a more powerful cinematic experience. If you get overwhelmed by the many choices, our friendly and knowledgeable showroom staff will be happy to provide recommendations to fit your viewing needs.

Décor and Seating

A media room or home theater should be about comfort and relaxation – this is where you go to unwind after a long day or hang out with friends and family. The main pieces of furniture that you’ll want to consider are comfortable couches and recliners, and accent tables to hold drinks and snacks. If your home theater will be in a room with windows, you’ll also want to add some drapes or blinds to block out sunlight and reduce glare. Would you like to be able to dim the lights and have motorized blinds close at the touch of a button? We offer convenient on-site automation. Adding décor like area rugs and window coverings not only helps you incorporate interior design elements into the room but also helps diffuse the sound of your home theater system.

Consulting with the Experts

When it comes to planning the ultimate home theater system of your dreams, it pays to turn to the experts. Not only can AV professionals give you helpful hints, tips, and recommendations, but they can also help ensure that your home theater investment is money completely well-spent. At Lavish Automation, we have extensive experience designing and installing complete home theater systems – and a wealth of knowledge that’s extremely useful to tap while planning your own home theater. From making equipment recommendations in-store to full on-site design or installation, we can be as little (or as fully) involved as you like.

If you have any questions about planning or installing your home theater system or media room, feel free to give us a call at 707-595-2020 or stop into our showroom in downtown Santa Rosa. We’re happy to help guide you through the process.

What You Need to Look for in a Home Theater Projector

Follow Our Buying Guide to Getting High-Quality Video

What You Need to Look for in a Home Theater Projector

To successfully recreate a real theater experience in your Santa Rosa, CA home you need to install a small-scale version of the projector-and-screen setups you see in commercial settings. Understanding how to choose the right projector for your home theater system ensures that you end up with high-quality images on your display no matter what you’re watching. Need a little help getting started? This blog highlights some of the things you need to consider when buying a projector for your theater.

TAGS: 4K Ultra HD Resolution | Home Theater Projector | Movie Projector

How to Get the Most Out of Your Surround Sound System

Optimize the Audio in Your Home Theater with a Professional Installation

How to Get the Most Out of Your Surround Sound System

Movies are about more than just dynamic images on the screen. A movie’s full effect comes through with the sound. From the creaking of a door to the suspenseful music, it’s the audio that really sets the tone. Even in silent movies, in-theater music helped carry the action. This is why it’s important to put a lot of thought into your surround sound when designing a home theater system. Make sure you take the following things into account to get the ultimate movie-watching experience in your Sonoma, CA home. 

TAGS: Dolby Atmos | Home Theater Equipment | Surround Sound

How to Build a Luxury Home Theater System

Invest in a Custom Solution for an Unforgettable Movie-Watching Experience

How to Build a Luxury Home Theater System

Ever get tired of dealing with long lines, inconvenient showing times and dirty theaters when you go to the movies? What if you could just have the theater experience in your Petaluma, CA home? A movie-watching experience that’s specifically catered to you. Showings start at your choosing and the thermostat is always set at the right temperature. Lavish Automation can make it happen with a custom home theater system. In this blog, we show you the steps we take to differentiate our systems from the cookie-cutter varieties you can find at retail stores.

TAGS: Prima Cinema | Savant Systems | Sonance | Surround Sound
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