create the ultimate home theater

How to Create the Ultimate Home Theater Experience

The best way to beat the long lines and expensive concession stands of a theater is to create your own custom home theater. Customize it with all the essential elements and create your own movie-going experience.

Here is the best way to design your own ultimate home theater.

Planning Your Theater

Before you start selecting items, you need to determine what you want out of your theater.

During this process, first decide what you plan to use the theater for, such as gaming or for watching movies with the family. Then, consider a layout suitable to the usage of the space. Determine where you want to place your seats, your TV, everything that will be incorporated in the room. That will make the assembly of each piece easier and provide the right efficiency.

Lastly, settle on a theme. For example, do you want to make it look like a movie theater? Put some movie posters, current or nostalgic, on the walls, for a cinema vibe. There are endless possibilities. Be creative and enjoy coming up with a space that is both inviting and functional.

Lighting

Give yourself a little mood lighting but avoid overdoing it so much that you strain your eyes while watching movies. Make sure to keep all your lights on dimmers.

Wall panel inset or LED floor lighting can add a nice touch as well. You can make it where these lights are out of sight until it gets dark.

Lighting is a fun item to play with to really give your space that movie theater look.

Insulation

Although not the most glamorous part of your planning, the right insulation is critical to the overall process. Focus on installing adequate flooring, ceiling, and interior and exterior walls that will provide enough of a sound barrier. You’ll be thankful you did once you’re enjoying that high-action movie, lively concert or dynamic game.

Electronics

Next, focus on the electronics, an important part of your entire system. Refer to the items below as a checklist for your pre-wire needs.

AC Receiver

This is the powerhouse of your ultimate home theater. It has to handle the bulk of your entertainment needs.

The Yamaha RX-V485, for instance, is a great choice. It provides great 5.1-channel surround sound. It can send sound to two speakers in your Zone B and is enabled with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Speakers

Your main speakers are made to let you catch the smallest sound in your favorite movies.

The purpose of the center channel speakers is to boost dialogue and leave the background noise to the other speakers.

A subwoofer is a great add-on to any home theater. This allows you to hear all the low-end action like explosions. They add all the tight base sounds to your content.

Accessories

Like any stylish outfit, make sure to leave room for accessories in your home theater. Examples of this are HDMI cables, speaker wires, and stands. These are all key things to consider including.

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The Ultimate Home Theater Experience

Once you have all of these components wired together and are good to go, kick back with your favorite beverage and snacks and enjoy your ultimate home theater experience. If you’ve taken all the necessary steps that outlined and spent time on all the pre-wiring requirements, you won’t be disappointed.

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Element Integration is an electronic and automation installation company serving both residential and commercial clients around North Carolina. As an experienced specifier and educator to architects and building designers, we offer training and specifications for projects from concept to completion.