So you have decided you put together a home theatre for yourself. Whether you are putting together something moderate in a condo, or if you have dedicated an entire room to the project with an unlimited budget, there are a few things to consider.

What will the general usage of the area include? Will it be strictly for movies, or will it include general TV watching or also incorporate digital music channels? With either circumstance the best way to approach the design of the area is to start by listing what you want the setup to accomplish; then work backwards from there sourcing products that will satisfy those needs. The biggest mistake we see clients make is when they purchase audio and video equipment then call us afterwards for the install. Our hands are always tied down because we are limited in design to what the specs of the equipment can accomplish. You end up with a lot of “I wish we did this” at the end.

Living Room

If your setup is for a smaller multi-function system in a smaller space, keep it simple. Quality products are a good investment. If you haven’t heard of the brand name of the product, or it seems to be one of the cheaper products……it is. Be prepared for those products to fail shortly after the manufactures warranty period. Go to an actual audio and video store to research quality products. For video, seek hi-resolution products that are compatible with your television and route video through your receiver for simplified control of your video and audio sources. For audio systems, bigger may be better, but can overwhelm your entertainment experience. Try out different systems in stores to understand the size of equipment you want for sound levels. Include an RF (radio frequency) remote control system if the budget allows. Especially if you have a projector or equipment that is in multiple locations, but keeping equipment in one area is the best design if possible.

Now if you are really pushing for a great system and you plan on spending a fair amount of money, have the system professionally designed. Not only will this ensure ease of use, compatibility between products, but it will also keep the system designed to last years and years. You may also want to provision for training and use of the system. The last thing you want is a theatre room that you are hesitant to use because you don’t understand every single use possible with it.

Theatre

Now if you are really pushing for a great system and you plan on spending a fair amount of money, have the system professionally designed. Not only will this ensure ease of use and compatibility between products, but it will also keep the system designed to last years and years. You may also want to provision for training and use of the system. The last thing you want is a theatre room that you are hesitant to use because you don’t understand every single use possible with it.

Multi-Room Audio

Imagine a simple radio station being played in your home for some background ambience. Play some crisp new vinyl records and enjoy listening to it in your dining room or outside on your patio. You can even combine the use of multi-room audio with lighting to create “scenes” as the designers we work with would call it. You can literally create a world of different moods in different rooms at the touch of a button with a properly designed or implemented system.

If you haven’t enjoyed a proper audio or video system in your home, consider these tips, do your research or consult with a local audio & video professional for the best end result. All the best, and enjoy your upcoming movie nights or listening parties in style!