Home Cinema is becoming more and more popular, but if you decide to install one, you have to think about the design of the home cinema carefully. What system you buy, what seating you decide on and how you arrange your speakers depends on many factors, such as the audience capacity you plan to have and the size of the room that will house your home theater.
The optimal setup for a home cinema design is to provide a dedicated room for it.
This allows you to position the seat, speakers, screen and equipment in the best position. Budget, however, will be your next consideration. You’ll need at least a DVD or VHS player, a widescreen television, an amplifier (surround sound preferably), and speakers. Be sure to leave room in your budget for wires and cables too.
You will also want to budget for interior design needs such as seating, lighting, and acoustics. You’ll want the best seat you can get for maximum comfort. Remember, you will be spending hours in your seat watching movies, so they should be ergonomically correct and comfortable, but not so easy to fall asleep in them. You also want the seats to be acoustically correct – they should have some sort of upholstery, without a lot of exposed wood or metal parts. The seats should also not have high backs, as this will affect the viewer’s experience of sound by blurring it.
Lighting is also important.
Too much light and you’ll be dealing with glare from the screen or a faded projection. Hang heavy black or dark curtains over any window, and install a folding door over any door. Make sure every lighting in your home theater design is controllable so it can be turned off and on when needed.
You should also consider the acoustics of your home theater design. Having thick rugs on the floor, hangings on the walls, and thick upholstery on the chairs will help. Using these things can really help the acoustics and can also eliminate the need for an acoustic diffuser. However, if they do now, you might want to consider applying acoustic foam where appearance isn’t a concern, or purchasing a diffuser to use around surround sound speakers to create a more natural sound.
Finally, your seating position and equipment will have a huge impact on your home theater design. The seat should be centered in the back of your home theater, facing the center of the screen – the exact setting will depend on the size and shape of the room. The front speakers should be placed in a straight line in front of the seat and centered above it. Surround speakers should be placed next to and behind the wall seating, a few feet above where the audience’s heads are.
With proper planning and careful thought, you can achieve a great home theater design, and get the best movie viewing experience for your money.
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