A home theater is a great way to spend time with your loved ones. It not only allows you to watch movies together, but you can also challenge your kids to a fun video game. However, you should spend some time planning your home theater, so that you can impress family and friends and also enjoy optimum entertainment.
Here are the top 4 things to consider if you want to have the best home theater in the neighborhood:
The location is very crucial when it comes to a home theater. It is best to have a room that is away from the sounds and noises that most homes have. That’s why the basement is considered an ideal location for a home theater. It is secluded, and prevents people from walking in and out, disturbing you while you are watching a movie or playing a game.
Also, take into consideration the wall. If the wall of the room is shared with a neighbor, your subwoofer will not be the pride of your life for too long. The sound will have your neighbor—a very angry neighbor—knocking at your door.
- Room Acoustics
You can invest in the best quality sound system, but, if the room does not have good acoustics, it will be in vain. The room should be able to absorb and reflect the sound. If it doesn’t do it optimally, the sound will be hollow, without any bass whatsoever. On the other hand, if the room reflects too much sound, it will echo across the room, making it appear you are in a huge cathedral. The key is to prepare the designated room to absorb just the right amount of sound by either using absorption materials, or installing drapes and erecting bookshelves. This will ensure adequate sound is sent to the seating area in front of the screen.
- Room’s Shape
Most probably, you have not given the shape any thought. However, if you want great sound quality, you should avoid square and cubic rooms. In such rooms, mid-range sounds and bass tend to distort near corners and walls. Rectangular rooms work best. Just make sure it is an enclosed, self-contained room where there is no possibility of sound traveling to other rooms and marring the sound quality. Also, keep in mind the size of the room. The distance between the screen and the seating area should be about two times the width of the screen.
The rest of your home can be bright and airy, but the room for your home theater should have limited natural light. This is especially true if you want to watch movies the old-fashioned way—using a projector. You should install lighting fixtures in such a way that they don’t cause reflections and shadows on the screen. It is best to have soft, comfortable lighting. Make sure the lighting is sufficient to find your way to the door without tripping on other people and chairs or sofas.
Keep these 4 crucial tips in mind when planning your home theater, and you should end up with a home theater room that is perfect for watching your favorite actor’s histrionics.