In many homes, the family room serves as the media room. The focal point in many family rooms is a fireplace in the room. Placing a flat screen TV over the fireplace mantle is a very popular design option these days. Elite Custom audio video will assist you and give ideas as to where the best location is for your flat panel in the room. Our expert staff has many years experience has been in some of the most prominent homes throughout the country, so they have seen multiple different applications that may assist you in your decision in regards to screen placement.
If you plan to enjoy your media room during the day then consider how sunlight streaming through windows may shine on your TV. Sunlight glare can wash out a picture. It’s very easy to fix this problem with motorized curtains, window treatments, or some impressively quiet and elegant motorized shades. We carry a wide variety of options for this aspect of your home.
Speaker Placement Options
If you get one thing right, make sure to get the best center channel speaker you can afford and position it properly. All the dialogue in a movie comes out of the center channel speaker and if you can’t understand dialogue, you can’t follow the plot! Ideally, your center channel should be located directly above or below the TV. If you decide to place your TV above a mantle, you can put the center channel speaker over it to get the screen a bit lower. Some center channels can be customized to match the width of your TV to create a complementary look. Elite Custom audio video has a wide selection of center channel speakers for every design consideration. Each room is different and our trained staff can help you plot the best speaker option for you.
Subwoofers: (the speaker providing deep bass effects) can sometimes be hidden in a cabinet, behind a couch or end table or inwall/ inceiling or built into an entertainment center. With every room being acoustically different it is important to seek expert advise, we can help you with placement options.
Surround speakers can be positioned on side walls, the rear wall and or in ceiling. In media rooms, location usually depends on architectural elements of the room such as windows and doorways. Sketch out your room for us and we can advise you on your best surround speaker options. Speaker possibilities may be dipole, bipole, or directional depending on your room and your seating.
If you are creating a media room from scratch or have easy ceiling access, there are many ceiling mount speakers that can be angled toward the listening position. If properly planned, these can be very inconspicuous while not sacrificing audio quality.
In many rooms, existing cabinets can be adapted to house components by using pull out rack systems or a closet can be used to house a entire house system of equipment installed into a rack to free up the clutter. . It’s critical for your components’life expectancy that they have adequate ventilation. The amplifier, receiver cable box, satellite box, or game system will radiate huge amounts of heat. Drilling holes for passive ventilation is usually not enough, so Elite typically installs ventilation fans in the cabinet to bring cold air into the cabinet and exhaust hot air. We can mount one of these fans outside of the room, so you never hear the fan noise and the fans speed up or slow down/off based on the amount of heat being generated so they are not on full time.
A typical family room usually has adequate acoustic properties. Window treatments, furniture, rugs, bookcases full of books, wall hangings, or anything else that breaks up reflected sound. An example of a challenging room is one with very high ceilings and lots of sheetrock walls that reflect sound quite a bit, making it very difficult to understand movie dialogue tracks. When Elite Custom Audio Video Inc. calibrates a room like this, we make adjustments to provide the best possible dialogue/sound reproduction, so you can experience the movie or music the way it was intended to be experienced. If you deal with this kind of room, consider adding enough furniture and fabric to absorb sound reflections and keeping the center channel height close to your seated ear level. There are also different types of room acoustics used within a single room. below are some of the materials used behind Fabric to gain the best possible sound within a room.
Acoustical foam is well-suited to alleviate slap and flutter echo, the two most common problems that are often associated with inaccurate room acoustics.
Diffusion keeps sound waves from grouping, so there are no hot spots or nulls in a room. Diffusion widens the “sweet spot”and lends a strong, 3D sense of openness to a room.
Controlling low frequency sound is harder than controlling mid or high frequency sound and generally requires more effort. Bass Traps from Auralex can help!
Two ways to stop sound from being transmitted from one space to another are dead air and mass. Sound construction products will help you cover all the bases.
Nobody else ever did it for you, so we took the guesswork out of acoustics and made it EASY AND AFFORDABLE to improve your sound with complete acoustic sound control systems from Auralex!
The world’s best acoustic foam adhesives, guaranteed to keep your foam up for as long as you want it there. Auralex acoustic foam adhesives do not “eat”your Studiofoam.
Controlling Your Electronics
This is where issues will arise! Having to use 8 different remotes to turn on your system can be very Confusing A well-planned and programmed remote control makes all of the difference in an A/V system. Reliable system controls are available so you can conceal all your components into a closet or basement and perfectly transmit signals to them. Elite Custom Audio Video Inc. offers a wide range of control options that are very dependable and easy to use. Our on site staff programmers will make sure they tailor your remote to best suit your needs and wants to make your experience that much more enjoyable.
The Ultimate Media Room
Imagine a room with (6) 55″flat panels that all join together to make one Large movie picture or watch six different sports programs at one time or watch a 110″movie picture and (2) other channels at the same time..With this in place ambient light and or sunlight is not an issue in your room. Elite can also transform your media room that is needed to be utilized as an entertainment room by day into a “Theater Experience”by night with a stealth screen and projector that can transform into a complete motion picture experience Theater experience by night. The Elite Custom Audio Video design team can help you create this ultimate media room experience in your home and help make your other home entertainment dreams come true!