Building a dedicated home theater room in a cost-effective manner can certainly be challenging. But with proper planning and little help from a professional Home Theater Installer, you can achieve excellent results. This article is about the same, to guide you in maximizing your Audio-Visual experiences while keeping your Home Theater Room Costing in check.
Room: If you have the option of choosing a room for your home theater, select those which are neat cuboids. By neat cuboids, I mean simple, symmetric, geometric rooms defined by 4 closing walls rather than non-symmetric or haphazard rooms which reduce our utilizing space. An ideal room is of rectangular ones with a minimum size of 15’L x 11’W. Always remember, larger the room, higher the required costing for a Home Theater Room. Also, a well-proportioned room (Best Possible Home Theater room sizes) will help you cut down on your expenditure for acoustics.
DIY Acoustics: Execution can happen in two ways, either you hand over everything to a contractor or you supervise over the materials and have workers for on-site construction. If you yourself choose to buy the required materials, you will be able to sufficiently save some money, but yes, you will be equally investing your time and patience to it.
Irrespective of the execution, every home theater room needs a customized acoustic treatment. You can either consult a professional acoustic designer or work it around yourself if you know the basic requirements for a comfortable experience. The below points shall help you analyze the same.
|Fabric Wrapped Panel
|30% of The Surface Area
|Velvet Type Curtain
|Thicker the Better
|Window size + Additional 3” on Sides
Sound System: Every Speaker in a Home Theater room has a specific Job at Hand. We have front speakers, surrounds, ceiling atmos and subwoofers. Number of each of these depends on your room size which in turn decides the Audio video configuration.
To begin with, opt for a minimum of 5.1.2 configuration Dolby Atmos Speaker system, i.e 5 wall speakers, 1 subwoofer and 2 ceiling speaker. For example, you can pair the Polk Audio T-Series with an inexpensive Denon AVR to give you an effectively impressive surround sound without breaking the bank. A professional audio video consultant will be the best to suggest the required configuration for best performance.
Projector: If you are having a dedicated cinema room other than your living room, having a projection system makes more sense and provides greater visual experience than that of a TV. A Good Quality HD or Pixel Shifting 4K Projector from Optoma or BenQ will serve the purpose.
Screen: Projection can be of two types, either you cast it directly on a smooth, plain wall, or choose a screen to experience clearer detailed image. However, having a permanently installed Home Theater Screen brings a premium look onto your Home Theater. If you do not want a fixed screen, you can even select a motorized screen which allows you to enjoy movies without having a fixed frame on the wall.
Seating: Right seating is of utmost importance as it defines your comfort and allows you to get drowned in the movie without any inconvenience. You can choose to have sofas or recliners based on the available space that are affordable yet comfortable. You wouldn’t want to watch a 3 Hour long Indian movie on an uneasy Plastic Chair.
Lighting: Good ambient lighting is that one feature which can turn your ordinary space into extraordinary. Be it to create a cool atmosphere when you are socializing to dimming them for a dramatic movie night, properly placed lights not only add on to the visual appeal but also prevent eye strain. LED Light Strips of color of your choice is an excellent way to get subtle ambient lighting. These are available as 5 meter each rope lights which can even be controlled by smart lighting solutions and automations.
Window Covering: Home theater rooms can have windows, against the classic myth that it shouldn’t. In that case however, it is necessary to take required steps to stop the entry of external light and sound from disturbing your movie watching time. A Single thick blackout curtain or accompanied with sheer curtain for aesthetics will suffice to improve the overall ambience and acoustics of the room. Externally, it is always better if you can have a double sandwiched UPVC glass window, sliding or as hinged.
Streaming Devices and Subscription: Gone are the days of physical mediums such as DVD and Blu Ray Discs. The current times have budget friendly options such as Amazon FireTV Stick. So when opting for a media player, go for these FireTV Stick or AppleTV. This greatly saves money whilst giving you access to a wide range of OTT Platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Also, these can be plugged onto any device anywhere in your house as per your requirement and ease.
Though budget does play a major role in building a good home theater, it also helps you to choose and organize things wisely. You can always enjoy simplicity, prioritize essentials and explore cost-effective alternatives without compromising on your cinema experience.