When dreaming about designing their dream home, there are a few rooms that almost everyone wants to perfect: the kitchen, the master bedroom, the master bath and the home theater. In this post, we’ll be discussing the basics for designing your perfect home theater. You’ll learn about the best layout for your space, as well as the materials you need to get the most out of your home theater in terms of both picture quality and sound quality.
The most important thing to know is where to begin. The variables are numerous. How much do you want to spend? Are you looking for a true theater experience, or just something close? And then there are so many options for speakers and TVs or projectors that it can be difficult to sort through it all on your own. But let’s start with the very beginning.
Your Theater Room
You’re probably not looking to spend the extra tens of thousands of dollars needed to redesign the actual physical dimensions of your theater room—so let’s start there. The room’s size and shape, its number of windows and amount of natural light all have a tremendous effect on how you’ll go about designing your theater and getting the most out of surround sound installation in Chicago:
- Room size: For larger rooms, you’ll want more powerful speakers, and you’ll probably need to work on perfecting their orientation to your seating to make sure there’s no unintentional distortion to the sound.
- Room shape:Rectangular rooms are much better than square rooms, which create echoes and distortions in the sound, especially at higher volumes.
- Natural light:The darker the room, the clearer, sharper and more vibrant your picture will be. Generally, the fewer number of windows in your home theater room, the better. Not only does too much natural light make it impossible to have a perfect picture, but the windows also create weird audio distortions, so they have a negative impact on every part of your picture watching experience.
- Acoustics:Drywall actually isn’t so bad for proper acoustics.It isn’t especially prone to echoing or to distorting sound. You may want to attempt to break up long expanses of dry wall with a couch or with curtains, for prime sound, but don’t use mirrors or picture frames, as glass is highly prone to distorting sound. If you’re planning to build your theater in your basement, keep in mind that brick, concrete and cinder block have abysmal acoustic qualities. If you’ve got walls of these materials, you’ll probably want to put up drywall over them, or your sound will behighly muddled.
The world of home audio has become so competitive that as long as you buy a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system from a reputable company, you’re probably buying highly advanced, wonderfully accurate speakers. Just make sure you don’t purchase bipole or dipole speakers, which don’t allow the distribution of sound that allows you to hear a streaking fighter plane
moving from your right, behind you, on to your left, and then streaking away into the distance. Without this feature, every speaker’s playing the same sound, and you don’t get more realistic sound that way—just louder sound. If you’re going to splurge on one part of your sound system installation, upgrade your subwoofer. It’s the soul of every sound you’ll hear.
This is the simplest decision you’ll have to make for your home theater. We suggest you get an Ultra HDTV of at least 60 inches. Then you’ll want to set up your seating directly in front of your TV somewhere between 8 and 12 feet away. This will give you the ideal viewing angle. This means you’ll always be seeing the scene correctly from the perspective of the director behind the camera.
Learn More About Surround Sound Installation in Chicago
If you’re in the market for home theater and surround sound installation in Chicago, please give us a call here at Quintessence Audio LTD. We’ve been in business for 40 years, providing the pinnacle of sound technology and offering the most reliable surround sound installation in all of Chicago. We’re locally owned and operated, and have probably the most knowledgeable employees in the industry. Give us a call today, and let us take care of you.