Beyond the entry-level home theater setups – a flat-screen TV and basic audio system, whether it’s a simple soundbar or something more robust – there are abundant options for dedicated home theaters. Advances in sound and image delivery technology can make your home cinema an even better experience than going to a commercial theater.
A qualified CEDIA member home technology professional can work with you to design and install the ideal home theater system to fit your specific entertainment needs. When consulting with a CEDIA professional, it is important to have an idea how your home theater room will be used. Will it be an exclusive place for viewing movies? Will it be a multi-media room with cable or satellite connection, a gaming console and high-end audio components? A customized home theater system has numerous possibilities.
Another concern: What’s around the theater? Most homeowners want sound isolation in their home cinemas, so that outside sounds stay out, and the Hollywood sound effects don’t bother others in the home.
A dedicated home theater has three fundamental components: a display unit, speakers, and source components. There are also a few structural issues that need addressing when it comes to a home theater.
Simply put, this is what you watch. Options range from a simple flat-screen TV (and many of the 4K OLED screens available provide stunning images) to a projector/screen setup similar to those you’d find in a commercial theater. Digital laser projectors and acoustically-transparent screens (which allow center-channel “dialog” speakers to be place behind them without any loss of audio quality) can match or surpass what you’d see at a cineplex. Projectors can generate their own noise with fans and so one, but a CEDIA pro can isolate these devices properly.
Speakers can both enhance and blend in with the room's décor. Optimal placement and calibration of your speakers will ensure clarity of dialogue and powerful yet balanced sound, transporting you into the on-screen action. Current audio formats range from what’s now a fairly common “5.1” surround setup to 3D, immersive audio that includes overhead speakers that provide sound from nearly every direction.
Audio receivers, Blu-ray players, streaming devices, and other components deliver the picture and sound to the speakers and display. These components need to be carefully chosen, cabled, installed, and cooled properly for optimal performance and long life.
Your CEDIA pro knows how to design a home theater properly, from creating proper sight lines to adjusting the lens and projector perfectly to speaker placement and calibration that ensures that every seat in the theater provides the same experience. Speakers can disappear behind acoustically-transparent wall treatments. Lighting will be designed so that the image isn’t diminished – but you can still find your popcorn. And CEDIA cinema designers know the latest construction techniques that will create a room that’s truly “sound isolated.”