So you've been bitten by the home theater bug, huh? Want to design your own home theater, but do not know how to do it? Here are some quick tips on how to design your own home theater. First of all, you have to answer a few basic questions.
1) With how much space do you work, or, alternatively, if you build a room from scratch, how many people would you like to install in your home theater? If you are using an existing room, what is its shape? Is it a closed room or is it open to the rest of the house? Where is the door compared to the rest of the room? Would you like real theater seats or are you going to use sofas and loveseats?
2) Will it be a multipurpose room or a dedicated theater? If you use the room for many purposes, you will have to pay more attention to hiding the components to integrate the theater with the rest of the room. The layout will become extremely important so that you can maximize the use of available space.
3) What is the budget of your home theater? – If you are relatively new in the game, you may not have a good idea of a realistic budget, so do some research on the costs of equipment and equipment.
4) What kind of scenery are you trying to reach? Do you want an art deco theater straight out of the 1930s? How about something a little more contemporary? Do you have a design theme in your home that you are trying to match? Have you seen pictures of home theaters that you liked? Do you work with an interior architect in the rest of your home, or have you used the services of an interior architect to achieve the decor that you have across your home?
5) What is your favorite program type? Do you mainly watch movies on DVD or will you use your home theater mainly to watch sports? Are you going to watch a lot of regular TV or HDTV in your theater? Do you even have a good HDTV stream in your home theater? Would you really like to watch concert DVDs or music videos? If this cinema is mainly used to watch movies, what is your favorite type or type of movie? Large scale production, action movies have a different set of demands on your home theater system than love movies, for example.
6) Do you have audio / video equipment that you would like to incorporate into your new theater? Should you? Some of your existing equipment may work very well or maybe you need to replace a room or two. Maybe you build everything from the beginning and need all the new equipment.
7) Will you do the installation yourself or contract with a professional installer? What is your level of expertise in the building trades? Are you a fast learner?
8) Will this theater be used primarily by you, or will family and friends use this room even if you are not there? If many people will use the cinema, consider investing in a very good remote control, and programming so that everything is really easy to use. You'll thank yourself later, just like everyone else. It's very nice when the remote is so simple that you can watch what you want by pressing a button or an intuitively labeled icon that makes everything happen. With touch screen remotes, the screen will change depending on the source or the appropriate task, so you'll only need the buttons you need, not a clutter buttons to control all the imaginable functions of your cinema.
9) What are your performance requirements? Do you have any? Is it important that the legs of your pants fall in the breeze created by your subwoofers (use at least two)? Would it really be nice to understand every word of dialogue? And the video? Are you extremely picky about image quality? Are you a qualified viewer who knows about video anomalies? Do you want the largest video image possible?
10) Will your movie theater be integrated into your home music system if you have one or will have one or will it be completely independent?
If you can answer these questions, you must begin the process of designing your home theater. It is important to know the answers in order to configure your design targets. A well-designed home theater will bring countless hours of fun to you, your family and your friends. The more information you have, the more satisfied you will be with the finished product.