Building Your Dream
Home Theater


Dedicated home theaters are great for relaxing, entertaining, and bringing the whole family together. With the right planning, investing in a home theater is a decision you will enjoy for years to come.

When it comes to designing a custom theater, it’s important to remember that the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts. Audio Advice has near four decades of experience bringing our customers home theater dreams to life.

We have received countless awards, including the Excellence in Retailing award as Best Specialty AV Dealer in the US from TWICE magazine and winning best theater installation in America in 2013! 

Our Process

In order to help you create the perfect home theater for your family, our expert designers will walk you through our simple, 3-D Process.

Home Theater Consultation


Our first step is to learn about you, your family, and your vision for the theater. Once we have an idea of what you may like, we’ll walk you through one of our world-class showrooms so that you can experience some of the finer details of our custom home theaters for yourself.

Home design plans


In this stage, we’ll work together to develop a plan and timeline for your project. This includes choosing the ideal screen size for the room, equipment, acoustics and soundproofing, architectural detail, and furniture.

Home theater installation


Our project manager will work with our expert installers, as well as interior designers and any other contractors necessary to build, install, and calibrate your dream theater.

Screen Size and Viewing Distance

The next steps are deciding both the location and size for your video display. Both the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and THX Ltd. (a developer of quality standards founded by Lucasfilm) have recommendations on this subject. This step is very important to get right, and is probably the most difficult one to fix if you get it wrong.
Choosing the right size screen >

Choosing the Right Equipment

This is the fun part for most people. Significant improvements in video technology can give you a great picture for a fraction of the cost only 10 years ago. This allows more room in your budget for great sound. Unlike video, audio pricing has held very steady in its cost to performance ratio. Recent improvements in home theater speakers will make your surround sound experience even more fun. Matching all your equipment up is where Audio Advice experts and our experience will be a big help.

Acoustics and Soundproofing

It’s important to have a great picture, but a movie without good sound is a terrible experience. You must be able to clearly understand dialogue. Great sound immerses you in a film’s sound effects. All things being equal, acoustic treatments (these can be carefully done, normal room furnishings) have a larger impact on the sound than almost any component. Another thing to consider is soundproofing. Will late night viewing disturb others? Should you do something about it?

Check out our Acoustics blog to learn more: Home Theater Acoustics

Home Theater Magic

In many cases, spending a few extra dollars on a great remote control, lighting control, or a popcorn machine can add wow to your creation. We’ve got lots of suggestions and advice about how to create your own personal magic.

More to Think About

Other areas to consider are expert audio and video calibration; electrical and power needs; ventilation and HVAC planning; and integrating video gaming.

When your installation is complete, we will instruct you in the best ways to get the most fun from your new installation. You can also rest easy knowing if you have a system emergency we offer on-call technicians and an in-house service department.

Need help getting it all figured out? Contact us today, or visit our Raleigh or Charlotte showroom! We can walk you through all of the different options to find the best home theater system to meet your needs.

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