Ask anybody and they’re likely to tell you that they’d love to have a home theater in their home. While you may not have a large finished basement, everyone seems to have a “junk room”, too small to really use for anything but storage… Or so you thought!
As long as your room is around 11ft x 13ft, you too can have an ultimate home theater! This room will make movies, sports, and music come to life in a way you never dreamed possible. We can help that spare room go from a space filled with boxes to a room you will use almost every day!
Step 1 – Contact Your Local Home Technology Expert
If you’re in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia, come by one of our showrooms to meet with your Audio Advice expert. We will help you get the ball rolling and make sure we get you the right gear for the room and professional install it.
If you’re not in within our service area, find a reputable home technology expert to help you out. Or better yet, move down to North Carolina! The weather here is beautiful. We promise you’ll love it!
Step 2 – Go Wide
Having a widescreen that extends from wall-to-wall creates an awesome, immersive effect that is really hard to replicate in larger rooms. Start by finding the short wall. Measure it’s width. A 2:35 screen will be perfect to create this effect. Specifically, look for either a woven weave screen from Screen Innovations or a Stewart Film Screen microperf.
Step 3 – Find a Spot for the Gear
You have a few options here. If the room has a closet, you’ve got a solution. If not, you can build out under the screen or perhaps find a spot for a small rack in the back corner of the room. For most theater’s we do these days, you’ll only need about 30” of vertical height and 22” of width.
Step 4 – Get a Big, Bright Picture.
In order to get a widescreen picture, there are two options. The first option is to find a projector that can produce a widescreen image natively. We have a great Epson laser projector starting as low as $6,000 which are a great option.
If you still want widescreen but are even more budget conscious, your second option would be to add a Panamorph lens to an entry level Sony or Epson projector.
Step 5 – Make it Rock!
We’ll help you out a lot here, but you’ll probably wind up with some B&W CT series in-wall speakers behind the screen for the left, center, and right; some in walls for sides and surrounds, and some in-ceiling models for full Dolby Atmos immersion.
Put in at least 2 subwoofers. Two subs work really well to smooth our room issues. If you have a closet for the gear, in-wall subs are the best bet for that clean look. Don’t worry about getting wires around as our experts will pick out the perfect speaker locations and magically get the speaker wires where they need to go. It’s likely you’ll wind up with one of the new Integra Atmos and DTS-X enabled receivers to run the whole show.
Step 6 – Pick your sources
We’d suggest getting a great Blu-ray player (Oppo is our favorite, especially with its built in Netflix and Vudu), and add either an Apple TV, Roku or both. For sports, you’ll need either a cable box or satellite receiver. If you get the Oppo, you’ll have most of your bases covered as we feel Vudu is by far the best movie service for streaming (with Atmos streaming coming soon)
Step 7 – Make it comfortable
You can either use a sectional couch or some real theater seats. In a small room, you can probably put 4-6 theater seats near the back wall.
Step 8 – Nail the acoustics
We can help you pick out and strategically place some decorative acoustic panels to keep reflections from messing up the sound from your great speakers. These can be individual panels or cover the entire wall.
Step 9 – Make it cool
Pick out some nice theater carpet, put some movie posters on the walls between the panels, and add a starfield ceiling. Add some sconces on the sides and put all the lighting on a small lighting control system for that super cool factor. If you have room on the sides of the screen, hang some stationary curtains for a great theater effect.
Step 10- Calibrate and Calibrate
This is probably the most critical step to getting things right. If you invest in a dedicated home theater, you want all of your equipment at peak performance. Today’s systems have lots of different features that a skilled technician can make use of to calibrate and optimize your system
You will be the envy of all your friends with your wall to wall screen and super bright and clear image. When the screen goes almost wall to wall, it’s a great effect that will totally wow you. With today’s processors and their ability to let us fine tune the audio to the room, you’ll be amazed at how immersive the sound can get.