A media room, or home theater as it is sometimes referred to, is a space designed to reproduce the audio/video characteristics of a movie theater and can be constructed in the 40206 area code. A well designed and installed media system can often provide enjoyment far greater than the actual movie theater. These generally include large flat screen televisions or projection screens, ample seating and soft lighting. Some media rooms are dedicated enclosed spaces built for a single purpose, while others are multi-purpose rooms that provide the cinema experience with a less restrictive environment.
Considerations when designing a media room:
- Where will components be installed? Often, “out of sight” makes for the cleanest appearance, leaving your screen to star by itself without competing electronics
- Where will the speakers be installed? Proper speaker placement is critical to having the enveloping sound stage that is desired. Overall cosmetics are always a consideration as well so that the finished room is visually appealing as much as audibly.
- Where will everyone be sitting? Great seating can make or break a media room. The key is making sure everyone has an equally good view of the screen. Custom home theater seats or even a sectional often accomplish this while providing ample space. Electronic recliners and wedge-shaped sectionals mean every seat is the best seat in the house. Many recliners require ‘zero wall clearance,’ meaning they recline forward into the room, instead of back against the wall, which makes them a perfect choice in a tight space.
- What about acoustics? 80% of the sound in most rooms is reflected sound. Only 20% comes from the speakers themselves. Controlling these reflected sounds can be critical for proper sound and voice intelligibility. Consider all the hard and soft surfaces you want in your media room and how they will affect the quality of the sound. Carpeting and furniture will help absorb reflected sounds. A well-designed acoustic panel treatment will provide additional sound control.
We are dedicated to providing you the best value in custom surround sound systems for your Louisville home theater. We design and install media rooms to meet almost any budget and exceed expectations. We can set up a dedicated home theater room for the full theater experience in your home. We also can design media rooms for general entertaining that open up to a larger area of the home. In our continuing efforts to provide the highest level of installation expertise, our installers are trained by CEDIA, the Custom Electronics design and Installation Association. In fact, we have the only two CEDIA Certified System Designers on staff that service the 40206 area.