Home theaters are great for relaxing, entertaining and bringing the whole family together. One important thing to remember in considering your many home theater options is that the sum of the parts is usually greater than the whole.
The first step is to plan your space. Will you have a dedicated home theater room or will your system be in a multi-purpose media room? A dedicated home theater is designed specifically for entertainment: enjoying movies, sports, TV, and video gaming. Basements, attics, bonus rooms, or spare rooms are great as dedicated home theater spaces.
The next steps are deciding both the location and size for your video display. The guys at Barney Biller’s have received training from both the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and THX Ltd. (a developer of quality standards founded by Lucasfilm) on how to best view your movies and shows. This step is very important to get right, and is probably the most difficult one to fix if you get it wrong.
It’s important to have a great picture, but a movie without good sound is a terrible experience. Great sound immerses you in a film’s sound effects. All things being equal, acoustic treatments (these can be discreetly installed around normal room furnishings) have a larger impact on the sound than almost any component. Another thing to consider is soundproofing. Will late night viewing disturb others?
This is the fun part. Significant improvements in video technology can give you a great picture for a fraction of the cost of what the market as recently as 5 years ago. This allows more room in your budget for great sound. Unlike video, audio pricing has held very steady in its cost to performance ratio. Recent improvements in home theater speakers will make your surround sound experience even more fun. Choosing the right equipment for maximum performance is where Barney’s experience will be a big help.
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