5 Small Details that Could Make a Big Difference in Your Theater
Expert Advice to Improve Your Movie Watching Experience
Enhancing your home theater system is all about paying attention to the little things. While investing in the right equipment is paramount, how you use those products is just as important. As you read this blog, you'll be able to see how the right placement, calibration, and accessories can make all the difference. The experts at Acoustic Designs can analyze your theater preferences and location to fine-tune your system so you can enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows like never before in your Scottsdale, AZ home.
- Find the Perfect Spot for Your Screen
The focal point of your theater will be your screen or flat-panel TV. For that reason, it's important that you install it properly. This has to do as much with your seating arrangement as it does your display. For one, you need be able to sit far enough from your screen to view it comfortably without pixelation. Your AV installer also needs to make sure that you’re within your screen’s viewing cone, so no one is left with a distorted image from viewing the screen from the side.
- Make Sure Speakers are Properly Installed
A simple way to upgrade your surround sound system is to adjust your speakers. Even if you don't want to invest in new ones, you need to check that the ones you have are all at the right listening angle. A successful surround sound setup goes beyond a few speakers in front and a few in the back. A good place to start is to look through the Dolby Atmos installation guidelines, but your AV installer will have additional tools to expertly align and calibrate your speakers to offer immersive sound in your home theater.
- Don’t Rely on Stereo Audio Cables
When using Dolby Digital Surround Sound, it’s best to connect your Blu-ray player or media library with an HDMI cable rather than traditional coaxial cables. HDMI cables will let you carry larger bandwidths to get additional detail in both your audio and video signals. If you plan on using your home theater system to play music, you may still need audio cables to connect CD players or turntables.
- Play Around With Your Subwoofer
While your speakers have strict locations within your surround sound layout, your subwoofer allows for a little more creativity. As part of your installation, feel free to play around with your placement. This may depend on individual preferences. For example, the closer your subwoofer is to the walls, the stronger bass you will get. But if you push this too far, you may end up with distorted sound, so it's all about striking a balance. You can also adjust the subwoofer settings themselves for optimal bass output.
- Find the Right Lighting Balance
When designing a home theater system, you also want to take lighting into account. Your projector should be the only light source hitting your screen directly. To accomplish this, you need to have full control of the artificial and natural light in the room through a lighting control system. You also don't want to put the theater in total darkness as this will cause you to strain your eyes. Take advantage of a lighting control solution that lets you dim the lights enough to optimize viewing without sacrificing comfort.
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