Home Theater Experience
The true home theater experience can take you away to another place. You become so immersed in the film you feel like you are part of the movie. This is what happens when you create a real home theater room, dedicated to great surround sound and vibrant video!
The Film Experience
The goal is to create exactly what happens in a movie theater, with the image from a high quality projector reflecting to your eyes from a large film screen. Your screen size, its height off the floor, and how many rows of seats you have are factors to account for in your theater room design.
The key is getting the sight lines right. You want all viewers to enjoy the entire picture without having to look over or around someone’s head, and you don’t want viewers to have to stretch their necks to see the screen. Suess Electronics’ experts can help with this, laying out in CAD format almost all of our dedicated front projection home theatres. Line of sight is a tricky subject and can make or break a room where more than
a couple of people will enjoy the film experience.
In designing a dedicated home theater room, you should not 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 web sites can give you ideas for the architectural look of your theater. Suess Electronics also works with decorators and designers on theater projects. We cannot stress enough what a big difference the proper acoustics approach will make in the enjoyment of your theater.
Acoustics and Soundproofing
In designing a dedicated home theater, speaker placement is extremely important. By far, the most important track in a film is the dialogue. Dialogue
is reproduced through 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 single 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 with your design to optimize the center speaker position.
The subwoofer (the speaker providing deep bass effects) can usually be hidden somewhere. Again, we can help with design options. Remember the worst spot for a subwoofer is in the middle of your room, the best
is close to a corner. And multiple subs are better.
Surround Speakers Placements
Finally, surround speakers can be positioned on side walls and on the rear wall. You should have one or more pairs of side speakers, depending on the length of the room, and one pair of rear speakers on the back wall. Their placement will be related to how your seating is arranged. We can offer a great deal of advice on speaker placement.
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 radiate a great deal of heat. If you use an existing cabinet, passive ventilation by drilling holes is not sufficient to exhaust hot air. Suess Electronics typically installs
a ventilation fan in the cabinet to exhaust the hot air, and using a remote mounted thermostat controlled fan is even better.
Controlling It All
If no one knows how to turn the system on and select something to watch, that person will not enjoy the system. A well-planned and programmed remote control eliminates this scenario completely. Reliable system controls are available so you can conceal all of your components and still operate them. Suess Electronics offers a wide range of control options that are dependable and easy to use.
The Ultimate Home Theater
Imagine an area of your home decorated with a cinema theme, perhaps with a vintage popcorn machine
& concession area setting off the 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 touch to your personalized touch screen 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. Our design team can help design your ultimate theater. Stop in and see the two “Ultimate Theater” rooms in our showroom, complete with theater seating.