If yoursquore planning on setting up your media room, whether itrsquos a dedicated home theater, a combined gaming and TV room, or even a comfortable room to enjoy watching a game with your friends, yoursquoll need a good plan to get the best results. Here are our tips for planning your own media room.
TIP: Donrsquot Skimp on the Speakers
Consider how yoursquore going to use your media room. If yoursquore a cinema buff who wants a complete theater experience, then quality speakers are an important investment. The most inexpensive media players have output for surround sound ndash Blu-ray players typically have 7.1 output, i.e. seven surround speakers and one subwoofer ndash but donrsquot always include a complete set of speakers. If yoursquore worried about clutter, consider wireless speakers for home. Whatever you ultimately choose, make sure you test them for quality.
TIP: Minimize Sources of Distraction
Your media room doesnrsquot have to be fully soundproof, but it has to be at least distraction-free. Sound treatment may be needed if you can hear outside traffic or noise from other rooms in the house. This also works vice-versa. If you enjoy movies with loud scores or even louder explosions, you should be able to turn the volume up without distracting everyone else. Avoid placing your TV or projection system in a spot where there is high foot traffic. Prevent glare from sunlight by installing blackout curtains. If it seems too difficult to get this right, we can help.
TIP: Determine if You Should Get a Projector or a High-Resolution TV
Think about how you will use your media room. Are you more into watching TV shows and playing video games, or into watching films? If itrsquos the former, then a large-screen TV would be more appropriate. If itrsquos the latter, you should consider buying a projector, ideally one that is compatible with your media player. Note that not all projectors are the same (some are optimized for presentations rather than film viewing), so yoursquoll have to do some research on the kind of projector that you want. Projectors work best in dark rooms, so you will need a home lighting control installation accessible within the room.
TIP: Choose Comfortable Seats
Whatever kind of media room you ultimately end up with, you will need comfortable seats. Your existing couch should be comfortable enough, but you can always pick dedicated seating for your media room. Home theaters may require professional work, though, as seating should be angled and positioned to avoid bad viewing angles.
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