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? Either way can be fantastic. A dedicated home theater is designed specifically for entertainment: enjoying movies, sports, TV, and video gaming. Attics, bonus rooms, or spare rooms are great as dedicated home theater spaces. A media room is more for entertaining as well as movie/TV/music enjoyment. A family room or bonus room usually doubles as a media room.
The goal of a home theater is to recreate exactly what happens in a movie theater. It is a dedicated space devoted to the best possible reproduction of picture and sound. It’s an acoustically sound room where the door can be closed to “seal off” the rest of the home; It’s a room where you can enjoy images from a high quality projector reflecting off a huge screen, relax in some comfy reclining seats and take your home theater experience to another place. With a touch of a button you can remotely lower your shades, turn down the lights and let the movie begin.
A Media Room is usually a much more casual entertaining space that not only serves as a place to watch movies/TV and listen to music, but also may be the Living Room, Family Room, etc. The audio video performance in these rooms can often approach the no-compromise performance of a dedicated high-end home theater, but due to the dual-purpose nature of the room there can be some compromises but when done right, the audio and video performance in such a room is simply stunning In our high-performance media rooms: we use high-quality in-ceiling and in-wall speakers that are nearly invisible when installed and paintmatched correctly. You can hide a large flat screen behind motorized artwork and/or have a large retractable projection screen come from seemingly out of nowhere, the options are limitless.
When designed right, either a dedicated home theater or a well thought out media room will most likely become one of the favorite rooms in your house.