Home Theater Experience
The true home theater experience can take you away to another place. You become so immersed in the film, you feel like you are a part of the movie. In the movie industry, they call this “the suspension of disbelief.” This is what happens when you create a genuine home theater room; dedicated to surround sound and dynamic video! Many people start out with a wish list of equipment in which to start their theater with. But far more important, is the acoustical design of the room.
The Film Experience
The goal is to bring the movie theater to your home. This is re-created with a large cinema screen, an audio/video system that evokes your senses to the point of becoming an interactive experience. Stadium designed seating, in plush configurations, from a sofa, to a sectional, or a recliner, with a personal drink holder, and even a food tray. The custom details and personal elements of printed carpet, fluted wall sconces, fiberoptic lighting, concession cart, and a life size butler statue to take your guests tickets as they enter, all aid in enhance your entertainment adventure. You will never want to leave home!
The key is getting the sight lines right. You want all viewers to enjoy the entire picture without having to look over or around someone’s head, and you don’t want viewers to have to stretch their necks to see the screen. Our Elite design experts resolve this, we have full CAD design services so you know exactly what your Home Theater will look like when completed. Line of sight is a tricky subject and can make or break a room where you have more than one row of seats.
In designing a dedicated home theater room, you should not have to worry about anything other than making things perfect pertaining to sight and sound. (That’s why you made it a dedicated room!) Our Elite team can help you with screen layout, projector options, speaker and component placement. Other important considerations are the esthetics and how the room can be treated for acoustics. Many magazines and web sites can give you ideas for the architectural look of your theater. Elite A/V also has associate interior decorators and designers to assist our clients during theater appointments. We cannot stress enough the importance of a proper acoustics approach, relating to the enjoyment of your theater.
Home Theater Acoustics
Ben Hur was one of the first movies to be viewed in wide screen, and it’s been non-stop since then. Today about 80% of the blockbuster movies are being produced in the wider aspect ratio of 2:35. The great news is that you can now enjoy this in your home theater. Recent technology changes have made it possible to have the same ultra wide screen in your home as found in a movie theater. Today, over 75% of our dedicated home theater rooms being installed have the 2:35 option.
Acoustics and Soundproofing
In designing a dedicated home theater, speaker placement is extremely important. By far, the most important track in a film is the dialogue track. This is produced through the center channel speaker.
If you cannot understand dialogue, the impact of the movie 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 all of the screen, they need to hear all of the speakers. No speaker is more important than the center channel. 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 with your design to optimize the center speaker position.
There is a good rule to follow for the best separation of the left and right speakers. We like to see 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 to watch movies, and spread the speakers further apart if you will also be enjoying concert videos or audio. Our staff can help you plot this out.
The subwoofer (the speaker providing deep bass effects) can usually be hidden under the screen. Again, we can help with design options. Remember that the worst spot for a subwoofer is in the middle of your room, the best, close to a corner. And the more subs the better to accurately cover the entire room with optimal bass.
Surround Speakers Placements
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. Elite A/V will offer detailed advice with this as well.
In most dedicated home theater rooms, equipment is housed outside the room to minimize noise. It is critical for the life expectancy of components that they have adequate ventilation. Your amplifier, receiver, cable box, satellite box, and video game system radiate a great deal of heat. If you use an existing cabinet, passive ventilation by drilling holes is not sufficient to exhaust hot air. Elite Custom Audio Video Inc. typically installs a ventilation fan in the cabinet to exhaust the hot air. Additionally, utilizing a remote mounted thermostat controlled fan is an excellent choice. We can mount one of these in a crawl space so that you never have to hear the fan noise.
Controlling It All
If no one can figure out how to turn the system on and make selections, its obvious the enjoyment factor will drop! A well thought out remote control can make all of the difference! Reliable options now exist so you can hide all your components out of sight, yet still be able to control your entire system. We offer a variety of remote options.
The Ultimate Home Theater
Imagine an area of your home decorated with a cinema theme, perhaps with a vintage popcorn machine & concession area setting off the area outside the screening room. Your invited guests gather here for wine and conversation before the movie begins. You invite them all into your theater room and with one button push of a button, you start a video script that includes a personalized movie intro with your name, just like at the movies! The lights then dim and the movie begins with no previews at all. And, you can choose if you want to silence your cell phone or allow guests to text!
During the film, images have almost three-dimensional vividness, and you are enveloped in the music and effects of the soundtrack, clearly understanding everything that is said. When the movie ends, your friends comment that the experience is much better than a public movie theater, and they can’t imagine why you would ever leave home! Only problem is that you may have those that want to move in! Is this your ultimate home theater dream? Whatever yours happens to be, our team at Elite Custom Audio Video, Inc. can make your dream come true.
Looking for home theater information? We’ve got it! With the right planning,design, and construction team, investing in a home theater can be one of the best enhancements to your home. Home theaters are great for relaxing, entertaining with friends, and bringing the whole family together. One important thing to remember in considering your many home theater options is that the sum of the parts is usually greater than the whole.Elite Custom Audio Video, Inc. handles everything in house so you don’t have to try and find all of the different trades yourself. Our highly experienced and professional team will complete the job from start to finish.
Media Room or Home Theater?
The first step is to plan your space. Will you have a dedicated home theater room or will your system be in a multi-purpose media room? Either way can be fantastic. A dedicated home theater is designed specifically for entertainment: enjoying movies, sports, TV, and video gaming. Basements, attics, bonus rooms, or spare rooms are great as dedicated home theater spaces. A media room serves for more than entertaining. A family room or bonus room usually doubles as a media room as well.
Screen Size and Viewing Distance
The next steps are deciding 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. Our “Elite” team will recommend the correct screen size and options that will fit your space the best.
Acoustics and Soundproofing
It’s important to have a great picture, but a movie without good sound is a terrible experience. You must be able to clearly understand dialogue. Great sound immerses you in a film’s sound effects. All things being equal, acoustic treatments (these can be carefully done, normal room furnishings) have a larger impact on the sound than almost any component. Another thing to consider is soundproofing. Will late night viewing disturb others? Should you do something about it?
Choosing the Right Equipment
This is the fun part for most people. Significant improvements in video and audio technology can give you a great picture and sound that’s better than going into the movie theaters. Recent improvements in both audio and video have come a long way in the past 10 years giving you the “Ultimate” experience. Matching all your equipment up is where Elite A/V experts and our many years of experience will be a tremendous help, and far surpass the big box chain stores. Elite Audio Video specialists have over 25 years experience and have dealt with many brands of equipment, so they can provide you with the best possible package for your budget and needs.
Home Theater Magic
In many cases, spending a few extra dollars on a great remote control, lighting control, or a popcorn machine can add “wow” to your creation. We have limitless suggestions and advice about how to create your own personal magic. Elite Custom Audio Video Inc. “Brings The Theater To Your Home”
More to Think About
Other areas to consider are expert audio and video calibration, our staff is ISF (image of science foundation) and HAA certified; electrical and power needs; ventilation and HVAC planning; and integrating video gaming.
When your installation is complete, we will instruct you on how to use your system, so you can quickly and seamlessly begin your theater enjoyment. You can also rest easy knowing if you have a system emergency we offer on-call technicians and an in-house service department.
We look forward to working with you and take pride on the fact that you and your family will create many special memories, share laughter, and be captivated by your new movie experience in your future home theatre or media room!