Picture this… A huge, wall-sized screen with rows of fully reclining, theater-style seating. The bigger-than-life sound comes from a state-of-the-art surround sound system that puts you right in the action. It’s your own home theater. A great way to bring friends and family together is a night at the movies. When we do your installation, we start with a totally customized design that reflects your personality and decor. Next, we select from the finest audio and video components, cabinetry, acoustical treatments, lighting, control systems, and accessories. Then we meticulously install everything to perfection.
The best home theater experience can take you far away to another place and time. The movie can seem so real, you feel like you are part of it. This is what happens when you create a real dedicated home theater. With the right planning, investing in a home theater can be one of the best enhancements to your home and lifestyle.
Designing Your Space
In designing your home theater, we focus on making things perfect for sight and sound. We can assist you with screen size and projector, speaker and component placement. Other important considerations may be considered how the room can be treated for acoustics. 360 Home Cinema cannot stress enough how big a difference the proper acoustics approach will make in the enjoyment of your theater.
Viewing Distance and Screen Size
The next step is to decide both the location and size for your video display. Both the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and THX Ltd. (a developer of quality standards founded by Lucasfilm) have recommendations on this subject. This step is very important to get right, and is probably the most difficult one to fix if you get it wrong.
Soundproofing and Acoustical Room Treatments
It’s important to have a great picture, but a movie without good sound is a less than pleasant experience, no matter how good it looks. Remember, you can close your eyes, but you cant close your ears! That said, great sound immerses you in a film’s sound effects. All things being equal, acoustic treatments have a larger impact on the sound than almost any single audio component. In planning a home theater, speaker placement becomes critical to get the best sound for the entire space. The most important track in a film is the dialogue track. You hear it from the center channel speaker. If you cannot hear the words or understand what is being said, the the movies impact is greatly reduced. In theater rooms with multiple rows of seats, hearing dialogue clearly can be a challenge. Not only should your family and guests be able to see the entire screen, they need to hear all of the speakers. That makes the center channel the most important. It’s fairly easy to get sound right when there is only one row of home theater seating, but with two or more rows, the location of the center channel becomes critical. Our experts will help you optimize the center speaker position. For the best separation of the left and right speakers, we suggest starting them at about a 45 to 60 degree angle with the main seating position. Use a 45 degree position if the main use of the room is movies; spread the speakers further apart if you want the feel of a large concert setting for performance videos or audio. Depending on your suround sound system, be it 5.1 or 7.1, we can find the best position for each speaker. The subwoofer (the deep bass speaker) can usually be out of sight. We can help with speaker placement. Bear in mind, the worst spot for a subwoofer is in the middle of your room. Better to have your subs close to corners. The more subs, the better. Finally, surround speakers can be positioned to your sides and on the rear wall. You should have one or more pairs of side speakers and one pair of rear speakers. Their placement will be related to how your seating arrangement works out. Let our experienced techs help you with your speaker placements.
How to Choose the Right Gear
This can be perplexing for most folks. Big improvements in video technology can give you a great picture for a fraction of what it used to cost only 10 years ago. That said, you could budget more for the best sound possible. Unlike video, audio pricing has held very steady in its cost to performance ratio. Recent improvements in home theater speakers will make your surround sound experience even more exciting. Making sure all your equipment plays well together is where 360 Home Cinema experts and our experience will be a big help.