Home cinemas are the latest trend. There's nothing like having the luxury of a dedicated cinema in your home with a big screen, where you can unwind, and get your frequent dose of cinematic pleasure with family, friends, or just alone.
Whether a 5-seater home cinema room, or a 50-seater, unless you do a proper, professional audio visual installation, it will be money thrown down the drain.
Designing and creating a home cinema that has both the style, acoustic and other technical elements you want, is no easy task. If you are going for a complete home cinema installation, to get all the elements in the way you want in – it's best to tear apart the whole room and start from scratch!
Home Cinema Installation – What You Need to Anticipate:
There will be a lot of wiring requirements for your audio video installation !: No one likes wires to show in their home cinema room. And, there will be a lot of wires. These can be reflected in the wall or in elegant wooden paneling behind your screen and elsewhere. Remember – you'll want to go with "neat and tidy", where there will be wiring.
Structural components will be needed to support heavy equipment: Your huge TV screen, for example, will need to be supported well. Make sure you choose your equipment first, before you go ahead with the interiors.
Special audio-visual Furniture: Whether you are going in for cinema chairs or sofas, you will need special professional audio-visual furniture, so sound is absorbed and not bounced off wrongly.
Choosing surface materials for correct audio video installation: Remember that everything in your room will affect the quality of sound. So, do select all your surface materials prudently. Hardwood or concrete floors, for example, will reflect sound too much. If you must go with such reflective surface materials, you will need to compensate with thick carpeting, drapes, cushion sofas, etc. Even the walls, ideally, should be built or treated for optimal acoustics.
Color of interiors: Going with bright colors on your walls is a big 'no'! Bright colors reflect onto the projector or TV screen and affect image quality. Before you go ahead with your home cinema installation, please do look into this important element.
Planning the right lighting during audio video installation: Beyond sound, the right lighting will also tremendously affect your entertainment comfort and experience. If your room has too much sunlight, for example, consider blackout shades or curtains, an anti-glare TV, etc. You might want to go in for aisle lighting, if you are planning a relatively larger home cinema installation. Fans should also be planned in conjunction with lights or they could throw flashes of light onto your screen!
Getting the acoustics right: Hiring an acoustics expert is the best way to get the acoustics right in your home cinema installation process, in terms of placement of your speakers, ideal settings on your equipment in relation with your room, etc. Most total home theater providers will have a few acoustics expert on staff, so do take advantage of their services.
If you are going in for a complete home cinema, do commit to as much renovation of your designated room as possible – Going the whole hog will enhance your entertainment experience tremendously.