Should You Build A Home Theater Or Media Room?

Should You Build A Home Theater Or Media Room?

What is a Home Theater?

A home theater system consists of audio-visual devices designed to help recreate the movie theater experience at home. For most homeowners in Santa Rosa, their home theaters typically include a video projector or large high-resolution HDTV, a Blu-ray player, a multi-channel power amplifier, a surround sound system, and a 5.1 channel amplifier.

Many home theater designers use at least one low-frequency subwoofer speaker cabinet to increase the strength of low-frequency sound effects. A home theater is designed with the user in mind. Everything from seating and lighting to acoustics is designed to help create the ultimate movie watching experience. A home theater can also take your gaming and live sports viewing experience to the next level.

Some things that set a well-designed home theater apart from a movie theater include stellar surround sound achieved using strategically placed surround sound speakers, suitable theater seating, appropriate room shape and layout, themed decor and perfect lighting levels. Ambient sounds can ruin the movie viewing experience. Hence, sound proofing and sound dampening materials can help reduce ambient noises.

What is a Media Room?

A media room is a multi-use space outfitted with audio visual devices such as a flat-screen television or projector, a 5.1 or 7.1 surround system-consisting of 5 to 7 speakers, a subwoofer, and acoustic panels. Your media room should have a fast and reliable internet connection so you can stream videos without buffering.

Your media room should have comfortable couches and recliner sofas with built-in cup holders. If you are an avid gamer, pick chairs featuring adjustable lumbar support, headrests, and armrests for your media room. Since media rooms are used more than just for watching movies, opt for lightweight furniture so furniture layout can be easily changed when you want to conduct a meeting after watching a movie.

Use black-out curtains to block out light and absorb noise. Given the fact that too many windows can bring in too much natural light, many media rooms are single window rooms.

Dangling wires and cords do not just look unsightly; they can also be trip hazards. The decor of your media room should allow you to hide ugly wires and cables. You can also use cable clips and light strips with integrated nails to hide wires.

Media Room or Home Theater?

To decide if you should build a home theater or media room, ask yourself the following questions

  • Is your sole purpose to recreate the movie theater experience at home?
  • Does your home have a room that can be solely dedicated to movie watching?
  • Do you already have a space where you and your loved ones gather to watch movies?

If you answered yes to these questions, build a home theater.

  • Do you plan to entertain while watching videos or listening to audio clips?
  • Do you intend to use your system for purposes other than watching movies?
  • Is flexibility important to you?

If you answered yes to these questions, a media room is a better fit for you.

Whether you want to build a home theater or media room, Sync Systems has got you covered. Our unparalleled ability to come up with innovative and fresh home theater and media room design ideas set us apart from other Santa Rosa low voltage contracting companies. To learn more, call (707) 799-9558.

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