AUDIO ADVICE CUSTOM HOME THEATER AND CINEMA DESIGN
Home Theaters the Perform as Good as they Look
Home Theaters and Home Cinema from Audio Advice are designed as a gathering place where friends and family get together and spend time. A place to share an experience that not only takes you to far away lands and amazing adventures but a place that brings you closer to each other as a whole.
From the Emotion of the First Kiss…
the Thrill of Front Row Seats…
to the Rush of a Final Touchdown…
Imagine an area of your home decorated with a cinema theme, perhaps with a vintage popcorn machine and concession area outside the screening room. Your invited guests gather here for wine and conversation before the movie begins. At the scheduled time for your film, your lighting control system automatically dims your lights as programmed, signaling when you and your guests should move to your theater to enjoy this week’s latest Blu-ray movie release. When everyone is seated, a single button press on your personalized touchscreen controller dims the lights to viewing level, activates your projector and starts the movie. During the film, images have almost three-dimensional vividness, and you are enveloped in the music and effects of the soundtrack, clearly understanding everything that is said. When the movie ends, your friends comment that the experience is so much better than a movie theater, they can’t imagine why you would ever leave home! Is this your ultimate home theater dream? Whatever yours happens to be, our design team can help your dream.
Audio Advice can deliver this to you and your family in a Home Cinema that looks as good with the Lights On, as it performs with the Lights Off! We design and build a custom audio and visual experience that is unique to your particular area, taste, and budget with only the finest in Audio Video Equipment and our time-tested Installation techniques.
Home Theater or Cinema Room
Your home theater systems most unique and important feature is going to be the room you install it in. This is why our first step is always coming out and doing a Free In-home consultation. This allows us to see your room and talk to you about how you plan to use the system, who will be using it, and to here the current acoustics of the room.
Things we will look for in your home theater room:
In designing a dedicated home theater, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything other than making things perfect for sight and sound. (That’s why you made it a dedicated room!) We can help you with screen layout, plus projector, speaker and component placement. Other important considerations are how it will look and how the room can be treated for acoustics. Many magazines and websites can give you ideas for the architectural look of your theater. We cannot stress enough how big a difference the proper acoustics approach will make in the enjoyment of your theater.
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 is where Integrated Audio Solutions experts and our experience will be a big help.
Screen Size and Viewing Distance
The next step is to decide both the location and size of 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.
Controlling It All
If no one can figure out how to turn the system on and make selections, the enjoyment factor will drop! A well thought out control system can make all the difference. Reliable options now exist so you can hide all your components and get signals to them perfectly. We offer you a wide range of options from programmable universal remote controls to complete home automation systems.
In most dedicated home theater rooms, equipment is housed outside the room to minimize noise. It is critical for the life expectancy of components that they have adequate ventilation. Your amplifier or receiver will put out some heat, but the cable box, satellite box, or video game system radiate a great deal of heat. If you use an existing cabinet, passive ventilation by drilling holes is not sufficient to exhaust hot air. Integrated Audio Solutions typically installs a ventilation fan in the cabinet to exhaust the hot air.
Acoustics and Soundproofing
It’s important to have a great picture, but a movie without good sound is a terrible experience. Great sound immerses you in a film’s sound effects. All things being equal, acoustic treatments have a larger impact on the sound than almost any component.
In designing a dedicated home theater, speaker placement is extremely important. By far, the most important track in a film is the dialogue track. This is produced by the center channel speaker. If you cannot understand the dialogue, the impact of the movie is greatly reduced. In theater rooms with multiple rows of seats, hearing dialogue clearly can be a challenge. Not only should your family and guests be able to see the entire screen, they need to hear all of the speakers. No speaker is more important than the center channel. It’s fairly easy to get sound right when there is only one row of home theater seating, but with two or more rows, the location of the center channel becomes critical. Our experts will help you optimize the center speaker position.
There is a good rule to follow for the best separation of the left and right speakers. We like to see them at about a 45 to 60-degree angle with the main seating position. Use a 45-degree position if the main use of the room is movies; spread the speakers further apart if you will also be enjoying concert videos or audio. Our staff can help you plot this out.
The subwoofer (the speaker providing deep bass effects) can usually be hidden. Again, we can help with design options. Remember that the worst spot for a subwoofer is in the middle of your room, the best, close to a corner. And the more subs the better!
Finally, surround speakers can be positioned to your sides and on the rear wall. You should have one or more pairs of side speakers and one pair of rear speakers. Their placement will be related to how your seating arrangement works out. We can offer lots of advice here.
We will guide you through the process of making the right choices based on your budget and imagination.
Contact Us for Questions or a Free Consultation
To discuss Audio and Visual Equipment or Simply Schedule to experience our products first hand. Contact us today!
Audio Advice Tulsa
3164 South Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74146
All it takes is an email or a phone call! We can schedule a time with one of our experts to listen to your ideas. We can provide you feedback and make a plan to get you what you want!