Whether you’re a movie-lover who enjoys nothing more than watching the faves in the perfect environment or you want to create a family movie night tradition or even if you want to plan the perfect date night in, a home theater can make for a truly excellent movie-watching experience. But what makes for the ultimate home theater?
The visuals are number one
Cinema is a visual experience. For that reason, you shouldn’t be worrying about anything else until you are sure that you have the right visual quality for the space that you’re in. Whether you’re opting for a high-fidelity screen or you want the old-school screening experience with the help of a home projector, you need to make sure that you’re choosing the right size of screening for the space you’re in and the distance you have from the screen. If the viewers have to crane their heads up to see, you need to readjust it.
Getting the best sound
Similarly, positioning is one of the most important things when it comes to the sonic experience of the movies that you’re watching, as well. Providing that you’re using high-quality speakers to create a surround sound experience, you have to make sure that the speakers truly do surround the viewers. Creating the sound triangle is the best way to do this, with one speaker to each side, slightly behind the viewers, as well as one speaker directly ahead of them, with as few obstructions as possible to create a truly 3D sound experience.
Creating the right environment
Once you’re sure that you have the absolute best experience in seeing and hearing the movie, then you want to make sure that the surroundings allow for the best, too. This means, for one, soundproofing if necessary, to make sure that external noises can make it into the theater. The right level of lighting, just enough to be able to see your popcorn and drink easily, but not bright enough to interrupt the image, is vital and automated lighting control can help. It can gently dim or brighten the lighting in the room based on the lighting within the movie, as well.
Comfort is essential
Naturally, you shouldn’t call it a real home theater unless you have seating that you can just sink into. You have to consider how much space you have to play with, but you can even get realistic cinema seats if you’re not able to fit in too many plush chairs. If you’re hosting guests over on a routine basis, you want to avoid making your seats feel unequal, as some people are going to have their experience dramatically lessened if they’re jealous of where others get to sit, for instance. For that reason, you need to consider the spacing as well as the size of the seats.
Comfort, atmosphere, and the quality of the viewing experience itself are going to trump everything else when it comes to creating your perfect movie night. Hopefully, the tips above help you create the home theater of your dreams. It’s definitely worth the investment.