Basic Home Theater: An Introduction
When building your home theater or media room and setting up everything for an optimal experience, there are a few things that you should consider:
Equipment is the most obvious element of your home theater that will affect your experience. The basic home theater equipment list might look something like this, amplifier or receiver, source such as Blu-Ray player, monitor and speakers. Each of these components affects the overall experience of your home theater. You should take care in choosing each making sure that it is suitable for your performance expectation and your budget.
As a general rule of thumb, its often a good idea to buy a bit more than you can afford. A note of caution, don’t overspend on your monitor (flat panel TV or projection system) and undermine your speakers and power source. It is widely believed by home theater professionals that sound is 80% of the experience. Buy the best speakers you can and make sure you power them properly.
Speaker placement and calibration is the next element of your home theater that you should understand. When the sound track of the latest blockbuster was mixed, the sound engineerer mixed the audio in a specific way to empress upon that audience a specific ambiance and impact. Fortunately, the sound engineerer mixed to a specific standard that you can recreate in your room. In a 5.1 surround sound system, the speakers are expected to be in a particular place to serve a particular function. Modern receivers have come a long way with built in tools to help you calibrate your speakers. Optimally, you would have a professional technician who understands speaker placement configure your room and calibrate each speaker.
Acoustics or sound absorption is the most misunderstood aspect of a home theater, but can be achieved easily with some effort. It is a well-known fact that sound waves bounce around any given room. You can control a lot of this refracting sound and improve the overall experience with strategically placed sound absorbing materials.
One of the easiest control methods is to install thick and/or dense carpet or carpet tile products on the floor. Additionally, you can use large and well cushioned furniture, hang thick drapes over windows, hang tapestries or acoustic panels on the walls or even install a bookshelf with a lot of books.
These points are very basic and should serve as an introduction for getting the most out of your home theater or media room. To learn more about these basic principles and how they might affect your room, please contact the experienced technicians at AV Simplified Solutions.