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Major Factors for Creating Perfect Home Theater Rooms

theater roomsBetween skyrocketing theater ticket prices and currently unsafe mass gathering environments, more people are transitioning to watching movies at home. They are taking advantage of various On Demand and streaming services. Home theater rooms allow people to enjoy the big screen experience in the comfort and safety of their own house.

Adding a home theater is not only an investment financially but provides an emotional investment as well since it is a great place to bond as a family. If you are considering adding a custom home theater room to your house, then you first need to learn about the factors that create a great home theater.

At Synergy Integrated Systems, we work closely with our clients from design to completion to ensure they are completely satisfied with their project. Our services include creating a dream home theater, media room, home automation system, and much more. Call us today at 919-324-3592 for a free estimate. After all, you are spending more time at home now, so why not make it as comfortable and enjoyable as possible?

Is a home theater an investment?

There are many advantages to home theater installation. A few of these advantages include:

  • Saving money normally spent at a movie theater
  • Avoiding currently unsafe mass gatherings
  • Convenience
  • Availability 24 hours a day
  • No waiting in line, driving, parking or buying expensive snacks
  • Designed to your specifications and comfort level
  • Increases value of your home

If you add a home theater in your basement, then it will give potential buyers a clearly-defined bonus room. Future buyers will love the fact they do not have to spend the time to design and construct the room themselves.

There is no doubt that a home theater will increase your home resale value. In fact, a professionally-designed and completed home theater addition often provides anywhere from a 65 to 72 percent return on investment.

An often-overlooked investment is one that is not financial, but emotional. Movies are a great way to bond as a family, whether with the kids or as a couple. They create laughter and tears among family and friends while they enjoy the moving story lines together. When we can gather together again in larger groups, your home theater will provide another entertainment space for kids’ movies or for sporting events.

What makes a great home theater?

Several factors go into making the perfect home theater. The biggest elements to consider for a home theater system are:


The first step is designing your dream theater room. From where to put the seats and screen to deciding if you will include a bar, the sky is the limit for your home theater design with Synergy. Here are some fun additions to add into your home theater design:

Of course, the size and shape of the room plays a crucial role in designing the space. The acoustics are important for a home theater room as well. Therefore, wall placement is important to consider as it impacts how sound travels in a space. For example, angled walls can reflect sound away from the seating area.

If you are adding on a home theater room versus constructing an addition to your house, then a basement is the top choice. Basements usually do not have windows, meaning no natural light interferes with the ability to see the screen. Plus, installation involving wiring of equipment is easier in a basement setting.

Ceiling height is also something to consider when designing a home theater. Rooms that have a higher ceiling allow for a projection placement that does not obstruct views. However, a lower ceiling usually means better sound.


No matter where you watch a movie, at home or in a movie theater, clear and quality sound makes it more enjoyable. Speaker placement and the quality of the sound system are critical in creating the best sound in your new home theater.

We conduct room analysis for all theater rooms we construct. This allows us to know where to place speakers for optimal sound.

At Synergy, we offer a large range of the best indoor and outdoor surround speakers in the industry. Here are the speaker brands we are proud to carry:

A home theater room usually requires several speakers for the ultimate experience. The best sound systems include: a center speaker, right and left forward speakers, right and left rear speakers, along with optional special effect speakers for Dolby Atmos, and a subwoofer.

Speaker channels and the many names often seem a bit complicated. After all, if you do not know anything about speakers you will have no idea what 7.1, 11.2, or 5.1.2 means. Our experienced team is here to help you select speakers you will love. First, we want to break down what the numbers mean. The first number indicates how many speakers are in the system. Five and seven are the most common. Next, the second number stands for subwoofers. For instance, the classic system is 2.0 which means two speakers and zero subwoofers. In contrast, the 7.1 system signifies seven speakers and one subwoofer. Lastly, if there is a third digit, such as the 5.1.2, it means Dolby Atmos are part of the system. This latest home audio technology places speakers in the ceiling for next level 3D sound.

After selecting your speakers, next step is deciding on the right receiver. Its job is to receive, interpret, and transmit the data to your TV monitor and speakers. We are authorized dealers of Integra, Denon and Marantz receivers. Therefore, we offer a wide array of receiver options.

Lighting & Shading

As mentioned earlier, theater rooms without windows provide the best lighting. However, if a windowless room is not an option you can utilize light-blocking shades. Have you ever watched a movie and were not able to see the screen due to sunlight or a lamp reflecting on the TV? The one thing you do not want is lights on the screen, as it creates a washed-out picture. You will need some lighting in the room though to avoid pitch-black darkness. Wall sconces are a popular choice for most home theaters.

A final lighting feature to consider adding is ambient light. This is lighting from behind the screen. It provides contrast for dark scenes and helps prevent eye fatigue.


A perfect theater seat is a must when designing a home theater. There are three major types of home theater seating to consider:

  1. Recliner Seat
  2. Sofa
  3. Bar Stool
  4. Theater seat

Some people opt for recliners due to the comfort level, but those seats take up more space when reclined. This option is also best if you have multiple levels of home theater seating. Not to mention recliners usually have a cup holder, which is perfect for enjoying a cool beverage during the movie-viewing experience. A wrap-around sofa is another popular choice. Lastly, some people utilize bar stools if they want more of a sit-down dining and drinking experience while watching movies or sporting events. Comfortable chairs are another option and usually can increase the seating capacity in the room.

At Synergy, we are an authorized dealer of Salamander and Octane theater furniture. Salamander Designs focuses on comfort, customization, and quality construction. They offer multiple home theater seating configuration possibilities. Octane Seating is known for its luxurious designs at affordable rates. They even sell cinema-style chairs in a variety of colors.

Screen & Projection Systems

Last, but certainly not least, is selecting the right screen and projection system for your at-home movie theater. Screen size is always important when designing a dedicated home theater. Technology has come a long way since the standard 1080P resolution. Today’s screens and projectors usually come in ultra-high definition, UDH, or 4K resolution. Wondering what the difference is between the two options? UDH is a step above full HD and offers a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 versus the 1,920 by 1,080 normal HD offers. 4K is the professional motion pictures standard and is set at 4,096 by 2,160 pixels.

Projectors are often the popular choice in home theaters as they accommodate larger screens and create more of a Hollywood-style movie viewing experience. We offer top brands in video projector options, including JVC, Epson, and Vivitek.

Looking for a more unique home theater?

For those looking for something beyond a basic home theater, our team can recommend some very creative ideas. While not as common, there is a growing trend for outdoor home theaters. This is perfect for under decks or completely covered areas. North Carolina’s warm spring and cool fall nights are an ideal for enjoying a film or game on a larger screen. Adding extra luxuries is also another way to create a more robust at-home theater. If you choose outdoors, it also means you could add a hot tub and enjoy the movie in bubbles! Creating an outdoor kitchen and dining space can add another dimension to the viewing experience.

Another option is to create a media room instead of a traditional home theater. In this instance, you combine the media room with a game room. These media rooms serve dual or multiple purposes and are not just for enjoying movies. A basement is a great setting if you choose to go this route.

How Much Do Home Theater Rooms Cost?

If you are looking into investing in a home theater room, then you are likely trying to determine the cost. There is no one exact price for theater rooms, since it varies depending on the scope of the project. Here are some factors that impact the cost of this home improvement project:

  • Size of room
  • Theater seat options
  • Surround sound system
  • Lighting
  • AV installation
  • Projection screen

At Synergy, we tailor all projects to our clients’ needs and budgets. We also provide free consultations and estimates to help our clients make the most informed decision.

Why choose Synergy Integrated Systems?

Unlike other large home automation and audio/visual systems companies, Synergy has a small team of dedicated workers who are committed to our clients’ complete satisfaction. Our clients can rest assured they will work with the same core team throughout their entire project.

As a local business serving the greater Raleigh and eastern North Carolina areas, we value our customers and want them to return to us for additional services in the years to come. At Synergy, our focus is always on making our clients happy. We provide in-person and phone troubleshooting sessions at any time. Below is one of the many reviews expressing our top-notch customer service.

“I can’t express how happy I am with the work Synergy did for me. They were very professional, very efficient, and the finished job is clean with Ethernet jack plates where needed. Throughout our house, they strengthened my WiFi signal and they relocated my router. They were able to retrofit my three-story house for ethernet wire so I could connect my TVs and computers directly to my router, all hidden wires, exactly as I wanted. AT&T did such a sloppy job when installing our fiber service and router and Synergy cleaned it all up. Synergy does fantastic work. I am recommending them to all of my family and friends!”

Ready to plan your home theater and future family movie nights?

Are you ready to find out what theater rooms are a perfect fit for your house and family? Begin today by giving us a call at 919-324-3592. We will partner with you from designing your dream home theater to professionally installing all wiring. Our goal is to get you, your family, and friends enjoying an amazing movie night in the comfort and safety of your home.

Get Safety and Convenience with Home Automation Lights

Installing home automation lights, audio, and other systems are some of the easiest ways to upgrade your home. A smart home doesn’t just look cool; it is also safe, convenient and energy-efficient. Here at Synergy Integrated Systems, we can install home automation that makes sense for your specific needs. Lighting control is a simple way to start. (more…)

​Crestron Lighting Controls for the Cutting Edge Home

Crestron lightingWas there ever a time in your life when you heard a parent or spouse ask why every light has to be on in the house? Are you a parent who walks from room to room turning light switches off? Do you return home in the evening and realize you left the kitchen light on all day long? Or did you forget to turn on the porch light when you left the house? Now you can’t find your keys, or you stumble in the dark because of it!

Resolve these typical, but frustrating, facts of life with one simple fix–Crestron lighting control products. Synergy Integrated Systems is a trusted resource for this practical option to manage utility usage in your home.

Crestron lighting Control Offers 5 benefits:

  • Energy saving
  • Improved safety and security
  • Convenience
  • Enhance ambience and aesthetic
  • Increased property value

According to the American Lighting Association, lighting accounts for up to 15% of a household’s utility bill. Crestron Lighting control offers automated systems that provide year-round savings on utility costs. Programming lights or adding motion detectors not only increases savings but are also security features. Interior and exterior motion detectors are available to deter intruders. And to surprise your kids sneaking home after curfew!

Additionally, you can program Crestron lighting systems from a single source. Wireless technology enables control from a touch screen, remote, wall panel, or an app. Turn lights on and off from anywhere in the house. Program lights to wake you up, go dim for movie nights, or turn off at bedtime. A “Good Night” feature will even lock doors if integrated with the right third-party hardware.

Enhance the ambience and aesthetic in your home with Crestron lighting systems. Eliminate clunky light switch plates. Replace them with sleek in-wall keypads designed to blend in with your home’s decor and architecture. Control the lighting in every room to suit your mood. Whether you’re reading or enjoying a romantic dinner, you can set the lighting to enhance every moment.

Modernize Your Home

During your consultation with a Synergy Integrated Systems specialist, you’ll discuss the results you want to achieve with a new lighting system. Whatever you desire, Synergy Integrated Systems specialists will explain every detail of your new technology. Crestron offers home control systems beyond lighting. Ask about shading, locks, thermostat controls, sound systems, and more. Integrate one or more of these systems with your lighting control and manage your home comfort from a single source.

Crestron’s innovative technology allows homeowners to control lighting in their living space, and so much more. Customize your entire environment with sleek, unobtrusive technology from Crestron, installed by professionals who provide unmatched service. Augment your lifestyle and achieve the perfect atmosphere in your home. Install Crestron lighting controls from Synergy Integrated Systems.

​Crestron Pyng® Is High-Tech Home Control

CrestronCrestron Pyng® Is Your Automated Home’s New Brain

Crestron is the leading innovator in home automation and controls. Engineers develop and test every new product to ensure that it will improve your quality of life. Their customer service is world class. There is only one goal at this company–complete customer satisfaction.

Pyng® puts intelligent home control literally in the palm of your hand. With a tap on a touch screen you can manipulate your environment to enhance every mundane, romantic or family moment. This technology allows you to enjoy a truly luxurious lifestyle. Using this powerful cloud-based app, you can control every facet of your home’s technology.

In the world’s most prestigious homes, science fiction has become science fact. Synergy Integrated Systems can install this cutting-edge technology in your home today. Their specialists will talk to you about your desired results. This expertise, combined with the uncanny Pyng® interface, will turn your home automation into a spectacular experience.

Some Amazing Home Automation Benefits from the Pyng® App

  • Makes your smart home smarter. It learns how you use technology and enables adjustments to save money on utility bills.
  • Blends into your routine. The technology in your home works together with the app to enhance your comfort and daily habits.
  • Allows you to personalize home automation with ‘scenes’. Coordinate features like shades, lighting and audio, and other devices with the touch of a button.

If you already have home automation systems in use, Pyng® can unify that technology. You and your family can use the app on your iPod, iPhone, or other touch-screen device to:

  • Access your music
  • Control lights individually or customize settings
  • Raise and lower shades and blinds or groups of them
  • Set temperature and schedules for the thermostat
  • Lock or unlock doors
  • Arm the security system

Crestron control technology has been the choice of celebrities, executives, business owners and more for 40 years. And Pyng® technology supports hundreds of their world-class products. Contact Synergy Integrated Systems today for your free estimate. Install the future in your home now! Elevate your lifestyle with prestigious and elegant home automation technology. Change your world with a simple tap of your finger the latest in the industry…Pyng® technology.

Illuminating Options from Crestron Lighting

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If you want to know what Crestron Lighting can do for your home, picture this: as soon as your alarm goes off in the morning, your lights become gently and gradually brighter, giving you just enough light to get you up and moving without blinding you. As you walk out the door, you turn off your lights and close your blinds with the touch of a button on your phone. During the day, you regulate your blinds depending upon the season. When you’re back home at night, about to settle in to watch your favorite movie, another quick swipe on your phone dims the lights to just the level you prefer and brings your blinds sliding down as you settle in with your bowl of popcorn. Dinner party? You’ve got a setting to put a subtle accent on that killer piece of art you just picked up, and your friends and family love the warm glow that bathes your dining room.

Crestron Lighting, in partnership with Synergy Integrated Systems, has all the tools to give Raleigh area homeowners just the right looks for all the things they enjoy most in life. Who wants to spend time fiddling with huge panels of finicky, unsightly switches and dimmers when you could control all of your lighting from your smartphone or wall panel? By consolidating, integrating, and innovating, Crestron Lighting and Synergy have come together to show homeowners how to bring their lighting systems into the 21st century.

The Better Tech that Sets Crestron Lighting Apart

Crestron’s InfiNET EX network technology is one of their crown jewels that puts them ahead of the competition. Rather than hogging bandwidth and creating security vulnerabilities on your home Wi-Fi network, as many wireless lighting systems do, InfiNET EX is a proprietary technology that runs through Crestron’s own network and bypasses your Wi-Fi entirely. Most homeowners know that Wi-Fi can still be a spotty and temperamental technology, so InfiNET EX is designed to put your mind at ease with a completely separate parallel wireless network that actually becomes stronger when more devices are connected to it.

Best of all, their simple and elegant technology means that a team from Synergy Integrated Systems can install Crestron wireless systems seamlessly into your home without expensive and time-consuming remodeling. Synergy is an industry leader in home automation because we pride ourselves on quality work that our clients can understand. All of our programming is done in-house and has its basic source code made available to clients. Our representatives stand by to take troubleshooting calls, even late into the night and on weekends.

The Most Options for Your Home

If you’re already remodeling or having a new home built, Crestron Lighting also offers wired systems that provide maximum reliability, replacing huge, ugly batteries of dimmers and switches with sleek and elegant control panels that can easily be hidden in an out-of-the-way equipment closet. Whatever your needs, Synergy relies on the quality of Crestron products to create a custom lighting solution that’s perfect for your home. For a sampling of Crestron’s breadth of custom lighting options, visit their lighting gallery.

Crestron Lighting and Synergy Integrated Systems have more to offer your home than just lighting. Crestron systems can be modified to include smart TVs, sub-floor heating, stereo and surround sound systems, and much more. Synergy is an industry leader in home theater technology, and coupled with a Crestron lighting system, you might even start preferring your living room to the multiplex. For some of our proudest moments in home theater design, check out our home theater gallery.

If you’re ready to consolidate and integrate the systems in your home so you can spend more time on the things that are most important to you and less time looking for twenty different remote controls, call Synergy Integrated Systems at 919-324-3592 and ask how a Crestron Lighting System can give your home the beautiful look and ambiance it deserves.

Benefits of Lighting Control in Home Automation

lighting control Lighting is a standard feature in homes that most people don’t think about very much. However, there’s no denying just how important lights are to the functionality of a household. This is why a well-designed lighting control system plays such a significant role in home automation. While whole-home security, temperature, and entertainment systems tend to get the most attention, it’s lighting that offers homeowners impressive benefits when it comes to convenience, energy efficiency, and safety.

Lighting control opens up the possibilities for a smart home by connecting all of the lighting fixtures on a property so they can be managed from one central location. Systems can easily be customized to meet the individual needs of any household. There are several ways automated lighting adds value to a living environment.

Advantages of Installing a Lighting Control System

To get the most out of a home automation system, it must include lighting control. This is the platform from which many other smart home features operate. Here are some of the biggest advantages of installing automated lighting:

  • Convenience: Having full control over a home’s lighting means it’s not necessary to be in the same room to turn a light switch on or off. With remote access, commands can be given from anywhere inside the home or even from another location through a mobile device.
  • Energy Savings: Energy savings are considerable with a lighting control system. They can be programmed to turn lights off automatically when a room is no longer occupied to ensure electricity isn’t being wasted. In addition, they can be integrated with automated window shades for even more efficient energy usage. The result is a smaller carbon footprint and reduction in energy expenses.
  • More Security: There are a number of ways lighting can be utilized to increase a home’s safety and security. Motion sensors can be installed inside and outside to prevent trip and falls as well as deter crime. There are also vacation settings that allow homeowners to make their property look occupied even when they’re thousands of miles away.
  • Instant Ambience: Dimming capabilities also give homeowners the power to create the perfect ambience in a room or throughout the whole house. This goes a long way in enhancing the comfort of a living space and setting the tone for a social gathering or a relaxing evening in.

Synergy Integrated Systems Offers Lighting Solutions From Top Industry-Rated Brands

Synergy Integrated Solutions is the number one source for lighting control in the Raleigh area and beyond. The company has partnered with four of the industry’s leading brands, including Vantage, Crestron, URC Vivido, and Lutron Radio RA2, to offer homeowners top-of-the-line lighting systems. Each of these are reputable names in home automation and have a wide range of products to fit any design preference, lifestyle, and budget. Synergy Integrated Systems’ smart home experts work closely with clients to determine which lighting solutions are best suited to their household’s specific requirements. They take care of the whole process from concept to completion to provide a reliable and meticulously precise installation that will last for years to come.