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What to Consider When Designing Your Home Theater

WHAT TO CONSIDER D) when designing (C YOUR HOME THEATER ROOM SHAPE Square rooms tend to produce distorted sounds The room's shape can affect how your theater looks and sounds Rectangular rooms are better at projecting sound in a clear, even manner If you are designing a room from scratch, the best room shape will be rectangular with dimensions that aren't divisible by a common denominator Ex: Rather than 24'x16'x8', choose a room with dimensions like 23'x13'x7' This will help minimize standing waves (areas where there's too much bass and vice versa) If your only option is a square room, your home theater specialist can use electronic calibration and other tools to adjust the speakers for the best possible sound WINDOWS Windows can cause sound distortion as well as glare on your screen Drapes and curtains help, but can be unwieldy to close every time Remote-controlled shades from Lutron Diamond or Control4 are convenient and aesthetically pleasing WALLS Resist hanging art framed with glass, which will reflect sound and light Drywall works better than concrete when broken up with furniture or curtains Consider using acoustic wall panels made just for home theaters FLOORING Tile, wood, and other hard surfaces contribute to poor sound quality Area rugs or wall to wall carpeting is ideal to absorb sound Carpets and rugs also make the theater more cozy and kid-friendly TYPE OF TV Flat-screen TVs are great for TV shows, video games, and sports Projectors are usually better for DVDS and Blu-ray discs Determine if movies or other forms of media entertainment are more important and consider how authentic you want the theater experience to be TV SIZE Screen size should be appropriate to the room size Rule of thumb: Distance from the screen to the seating area should be 1.5-3 times the size of the Ex: If there are 13' (156") between the screen and seating, your screen should be 52-104" screen This gives a good range of TV sizes to look at, but for optimal viewing, you will want to lean to the larger screen size ROOM LIGHTING It's important to have a small amount of dim light in the room to avoid eye fatigue and unwanted headaches You'll want to be able to turn off all lights in the room except some low power/dimmable wall lights that project light toward the ceiling If wall lights aren't possible, you can install dimmer switches much like they have in an actual theater for a lower cost Lighting systems from Control4 are ideal for light selection and dimming in home theater rooms SOURCES: Pages/Residential-Solutions/ShadingSolutions.aspx yond-the-gear-how-to-set-up-a-home-theater/ PROVIDED BY: TVTY TUNNEL VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. Control(4 Tunnel Visian Technalogy Inc 2013 www.CHICAGOCONTROL4INSTALLER.COM

What to Consider When Designing Your Home Theater

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Windows can cause sound distortion as well as glare on screens, which is why window treatments are so important in home theaters. Discover which window treatments are best by reading through this info...


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