Smart Homes

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…)

Discover Home Audio Systems That Serve the Best Sound

home audio systemsIf you’re looking for home audio systems to add some satisfying sound to your world, we’d like to take you a step back in time for a moment.

A little less than a century ago, our country pulled itself together in a common goal each evening. In groups, citizens gathered by a little box in their home. Expectantly, they sat beside it. Patiently, they waited for a voice to emit from a little speaker in that little box. Crackling through the airwaves, that voice soothed their hearts and brought them comfort and news. The man reaching through that speaker system with his powerful voice was none other than Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Every night, he brought hope to America in his fireside chats. (more…)

Having a Home Network Keeps Your Signal Strong and Secure

home networkTo say that times have changed over the last few months is the understatement of the century. Across the globe, many of us will have a before and after line of demarcation. Not only has the world changed quite a bit, so have our needs and desires. As we attempt to find a new sense of normalcy, many of us question what goals were previously important and try to make them fit into our new strategies as we move forward. Considering a home network during this transition period is a wise step. If installing a wireless network and utilizing a home router is part of your “after,” Synergy Integrated Systems can help. Offering RukusLuxul, and Araknis Networks, we work to ensure your satisfaction and exceed your expectations. (more…)

Free Your World with Smart Home Automation Installation

home automation Wilmington NCAutonomy. That’s a big, broad and beautiful word. If you take it literally, it represents the idea of self-rule. Freedom. The right to govern yourself, etc. and et al. One may wonder. What on earth does this weighty word have to do with your desire for smart home automation in general? Perhaps, more than you think.

At Synergy Integrated Systems, we think that a fully-automated home gives you freedom and autonomy. Therefore, we work with leading home automation providers to do exactly that. Our technicians and support team serve the greater Raleigh area all the way out to the NC coast. (more…)

Start with a Pro to Avoid the Maze of Home Network Setup

home networkA search for the best home network on the internet can feel a bit like falling into a rabbit hole. The internet in itself can become a maze of information. Every search leads to the access point of another. Those access points of information seemingly become endless. A never-ending labyrinth of knowledge. In fact, a few key lines from Alice in Wonderland come to mind.

The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.”

Rabbits have diligent purpose as they create their maze of tunnels. Knowing which trail to follow requires expertise. If you choose the wrong tunnel, you may go deeper than expected as Alice did. Down she fell. After all, she wasn’t a rabbit. She didn’t have the expertise. (more…)

Certified Smart Home Technology Expertise for Triangle Homeowners

smart home technologyAs smart home technology increases in popularity, it’s easier than ever to find an installer. But ironically, as the technology’s sophistication increases, it’s harder to find one who’s truly qualified. In fact, that’s why the Home Technology Association offers its seal of approval to a select few. More importantly, they are the leading industry trade group. Thus, their approval makes it easy to find the best installers in your area.

Synergy Integrated Systems, the Research Triangle’s leading smart home installer, is proud to have earned HTA certification. We value our clients’ satisfaction above all, because no marketing is as powerful as a job well done. Moreover, that’s why we work with the HTA to give our clients the maximum assurance that they’re in good hands.

What Does it Take to Become HTA-Certified?

The process to become HTA-certified includes a stringent list of requirements. Here, we are listing just a few of many:

  • A sterling record of technical expertise and customer service
  • Endorsements from notable industry professionals, including manufacturers and designers
  • 3+ years of successful performance by the ownership and management team
  • Systems built using clean and transparent code that is available to the client
  • Exceptional community reputation

The HTA’s own mission statement sums it up thus: “We are dedicated to sharing data and expertise with homeowners and design/build professionals so that they can partner with a great company for their project.” Therefore, for homeowners, there’s nothing more comforting and valuable than knowing their technology installers are the best in the business.

The Triangle’s Smart Home Technology Experts

Adding smart home technology means you’ll want the latest options and the most accomplished installers. Synergy Integrated Systems offers both — and more!

  • An industry-leading selection of home entertainment brands with options for the latest Ultra HD and Dolby Surround technology.
  • Complete end-to-end home theater and automation services, from design to installation to maintenance.
  • Integration with home security and surveillance systems for your family’s protection.
  • Outdoor living options to make sure the outside of your home is just as perfect as the inside.
  • Completely in-house design, programming, and building, with no outsourcing to contractors. And, we do all our own work so that we can stand behind it without hesitation.

Today, begin designing your custom smart home automation system. Call Synergy at 919-324-3592 or contact us online. A home with smarter, more integrated systems benefits everyone. As a result, the family spends more time together enjoying the entertainment, ease of changing the climate, lighting and sound all while feeling safe.