Ultra HD, 4K…the quality of today’s content is nothing short of spectacular! Not only is sound and imagery seemingly limitless, but so are the myriad ways in which we can access it! The question becomes, is your home theater or media room designed and outfitted to make the most of that high definition audio and video? With summer blockbusters ready to stream on demand, and with the holidays just around the corner (Really? Yes, really.), there’s no better time to add the home theater you’ve dreamed of or to upgrade your existing theater so that you may enjoy the very best digital entertainment experience!
Are you a movie aficionado? Maybe a die-hard gamer or avid sports fan? A dedicated home theater provides an exceptional space for your home entertainment. And with technologies like Dolby Atmos and 4K, enjoying the mind-blowing sights and sounds in a room specifically designed for hi-performance audio and video is mind-blowing!
A Media Room or Custom, Dedicated Home Theater?
Your home media room offers a great space for enjoying some family-time movie-watching and for hosting your friends on game day. It can boast a stunning 4K laser projector or a surreal OLED display along with Smart TV streaming and savvy social media features. A well-designed and outfitted media room can also take advantage of exceptional audio through a surround sound or Dolby Atmos system. However, one potential disadvantage is its central location; today’s open floor plans often place the media room adjacent to the kitchen, the busiest hub in the home. While this is great for engaging conversation, it is not ideal for either sound or picture quality as the room is open to the back (uncontrolled sound) and likely flooded with natural light, which may be distracting.
A dedicated home theater includes technologies specifically designed to perform in a controlled space. Acoustic anomalies have been addressed to allow for optimal sound and noise-control to and from adjoining spaces. Custom seating is ideally positioned for viewing and comfort rather working around window placement or to aid in conversation. Speaker systems, like Definitive Technology’s Home Cinema Series, can be meticulously positioned and calibrated in the defined space as designed. And in this purpose-built environment, it won’t take long to understand why they adopted the tagline “Obsess Over Every Nuance of Sound!”
This isolated cinema rarely features windows, so images are true and free from glare. If there are any windows, they will have been treated with black-out shades to maintain the perfect environment. So, enjoy a distraction-free afternoon of football or blissfully binge-watch your favorite streamed series.
Another advantage is that, in a purpose-built space, décor doesn’t depend on the rest of the house, so the sky is the limit (actually, it’s not; you can add a custom fiber-optic galaxy mural on the ceiling!). A home theater is also a place that reflects your personality and style– from a replica mine-shaft to the Starship Enterprise or a custom tribute to your alma mater or favorite super hero!
The video displays can be a single or multi-screen set-up, or a hybrid of multiple screens ideal for watching sports but with a large projection screen that rolls down for serious movie watching. Integrated controls allow the user to choose from a variety of content. The content may be exclusive to the theater or shared across the home’s systems from a movie server that houses your entire collection such as Fusion Research.
Aside from incredible imagery and sound, what’s trending in custom theaters now?
- A robust network to enable and support seamless connectivity
- Connecting in real-time through Social Media integration
- Experiencing virtual & augmented reality through wearable technology that transforms your movie-watching experience.
- Integrated control throughout the home, with access to content sources, control of security features, whole-house lighting, HVAC and more
- Voice Control – Limitless searching, command and control of the theater and smart home’s multiple features including the ability to order your showtime pizza via a voice control interface such as Amazon’s Alexa!
Where will you be hosting Thanksgiving Day game-watching and cozy mid-winter movie nights? Give us a call and let’s get started planning the best seat in the house! Oh yeah, Josh, please draw back the curtains and start the movie!