Updated: Jun 13
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WHAT IS A HOME THEATER?
A home cinema room is a dedicated room in your Austin home that eliminates distractions while providing an immersive experience for you and your family. Imagine a room that allows you to disappear from the world for a little while and immerses you in a movie, concert, video game or just a great Netflix binge. when you really understand the effect of a these escape rooms you will be wondering why you have not made the investment sooner. Simple AV believes in the value of family time or just a room to escape into and reset yourself. We have some extremely budget minded packages starting at $7999, complete with seating. Check out why you may consider a home cinema here
DO YOU HAVE DESIGNER GENES?
The first step for you and your home theater installation is to choose a theme or design that is unique and inspiring. When complete this room will allow you to disappear and reset so spending some time on the design is critical. Simple AV has professional interior designers or we can work with your interior designer to make sure the room is exactly what you want. You can start deciding on a design through the images below or discussing with us your favorite movie, sports team or other theme based ideas.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
A home cinema can really be installed anywhere in your house. The main requirements are that the space is dark, dedicated (no other activities happening in the room), and has good sound isolation. Simple AV has completed home cinemas for families that remodeled an old home office, unused bed room, attic space, and even in a barn. We do offer sound deadening and building the theater into a "floating room" or "suspended room" to help with noise isolation if needed. Give us a call today and we can help you figure out the best place to put your new theater!
If you're looking for the perfect spot to install your new home theater, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. First, the space should be dark, dedicated, and have good sound isolation. Simple AV has completed home cinemas for families that remodeled an old home office, unused bedroom, attic space, and even in a barn. We offer sound deadening and building the theater into a "floating room" or "suspended room" to help with noise isolation if needed.
IS BIGGER BETTER? One of the best room sizes for a home theater installation is 8ft high x 10ft wide x 12ft deep. This size room is optimal because of the way sound waves behave. Unfortunately, you would probably be limited to four seats. A medium sized theater will usually have 6-10 seats, enough for the family and a few guests. To optimize this size room, we could make it a trapagon. A trapagon is designed with a narrower and lower height in the front of the theater that gets wider and higher toward the back of the room. This is popular for audiophile listening rooms as well. You will also need space for your home theater system, the electronics and control system will be stored here.
THE DOOR: BREAK ON THROUGH AND ESCAPE!
The door of your Austin home theater should be located in the back. This reduces any light or distractions coming into the theater while guests are immersed in an experience. It can also be something fun like a hidden bookshelf entry or bank vault door. Outside the cinema is where the anticipation starts so you may want to consider the design leading into the theater as well.
Some other factors to consider when choosing a door for your home theater include:
- Soundproofing: You'll want to make sure that any door you choose doesn't allow outside noise to enter the theater and disrupt the experience. There are special doors available that are designed for soundproofing, or you can seal any gaps around the door with weather stripping.
- Size: The door should be large enough to accommodate any equipment you have in the theater, as well as any guests who may need to move around.
- Style: The door should complement the overall style of the theater. If you have a traditional theater, for example, you might want a classic wooden door. If your theater has a more modern look, you could choose a glass or metal door.
AS ABOVE - SO BELOW
There is no definitive answer to this question as it largely depends on the specific goals and preferences of the individual homeowners. However, we can offer some general guidelines that may help you make a decision.
If you are simply looking for a functional ceiling that will provide good acoustics and light control, then a traditional starry ceiling design may be a good option. However, if you are looking for something more unique and personal, then consider designing a complete home cinema with an opulent ceiling that reflects your interests and taste. Whichever route you choose, be sure to consult with a professional to ensure that your new ceiling meets all of your needs.
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WHEN WALLS DO TALK-
There are a few things to consider when designing your home theater walls. First, you'll need to decide what kind of speakers you want to use. In-wall speakers are a popular choice, as they're less obtrusive than floor-standing or bookshelf speakers. You'll also need to think about soundproofing and acoustic treatment. Soundproofing will help keep outside noise from interfering with your movie experience, while acoustic treatment will ensure that the sound in your theater is optimized for the best possible experience.
When choosing materials for your home theater walls, you'll want to consider both aesthetics and function. For example, if you want a more traditional look, you might opt for wood paneling. But if you're looking for something that will help with soundproofing, you might choose a thicker material like drywall. Whatever material you choose, make sure it's something that you're happy with, as you'll be looking at it for years to come!
THEY DON'T SPEAK, THEY SURROUND SOUND When choosing a home theater surround sound system, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you'll need to decide on the number of speakers you want. More speakers means more expense, but also typically results in better sound quality. speaker placement is another important consideration. You'll want to make sure the speakers are placed in strategic locations around the room in order to get the best sound possible. Finally, consider your budget when making your decision. The more speakers you have, the more expensive the system will be. But if you're looking for top-notch sound quality, it's worth it to invest in a good surround sound system.
The main ingredient for your home cinema is the projector. Projectors have become extremely inexpensive with amazing 4k technology. The projector should be equivalent to the rest of the gear in your home theater. In other words when you decide on a budget the projector and screen should not be astronomical compared to the rest of the theater components. We can help you with these decisions and discuss with you which projectors are the best value.
You can read more about choosing the best projector here.
GET READY TO SCREEN!
After you have decided on the best home theater projector for your budget we will choose the right projection screen. The size, color, gain and other specifications are included in the science based decision process. Screens can also be fixed or motorized to disappear into the ceiling.
DIMMING YOU SOFTLY
Your home theater is a special place where you can enjoy movies, TV shows, and other entertainment in your own private space. To get the most out of your home theater experience, it's important to choose the right lighting. The main lights in a home theater are typically hi-hats, which are used when entering and exiting the theater. Track lighting is used between the seats to provide illumination for the aisles and stairs. Sconces and LED lighting can be used to create an ambient atmosphere.
When choosing lighting for your home theater, it's important to consider the size of the room, the type of entertainment you'll be watching, and your personal preferences. You should also take into account the color temperature of the lightbulbs you select. If you want your home theater to have a warm and inviting atmosphere, choose lightbulbs with a color temperature of 2700K or 3000K. If you prefer a more energetic atmosphere, select lightbulbs with a color temperature of 4000K or higher.
When it comes to choosing the right lighting for your home theater, there are many options available. Take some time to explore all of your options and we can help you find the lighting that best suits your needs.
YOUR IN CONTROL Your home theater is a complex space, and having a simple control interface can make all the difference. With just one button, you can turn everything on or off, and easily select your content. Plus, tying it all into your home automation system lets you control the lighting and room temperature for the perfect movie-watching experience. Learn more about Savant Systems, Control4 and other Home Automation here. Your home theater is a special place where you can enjoy movies, TV shows, and other entertainment in your own private space.
RACKING YOUR BRAINS
There are a few things to consider when choosing an equipment rack for your home theater. How many components will you need to store? Do you need room for expansion? What is the weight capacity of the rack? And what type of finish do you want?
Aesthetics is important when choosing an equipment rack. You want something that will complement your decor and not be an eyesore. There are many different styles and finishes available so take your time in choosing one.
Functionality is also important. Make sure the rack you choose has enough space for all of your components and leave room for expansion. Choose a rack with a weight capacity that exceeds the combined weight of all your components. And make sure it has proper ventilation to keep your components cool.
Racks come in many different sizes, so make sure you measure the space you have available before making a purchase. And don't forget to factor in the height of your ceiling if you plan on stacking components. When it comes to choosing an equipment rack for your home theater, there are many things to consider. But with our help, you'll be able to find the perfect one for your needs.
We hope this article has helped you when it comes to considering all the different aspects of home theater design. It can be overwhelming and that is why we are here to help you design, install and enjoy your very own home theater experience, right in the comfort of your Travis County and Williamson County Home.