Design Basics for a Custom Home Theater Installation

custom home theater installationA home theater is an exciting addition to your entertainment options. It creates a gathering space where you can host your family and friends to watch sporting events or immerse yourselves in the latest movie experience. Those wanting to create a theater experience specific to your home and your requirements should consider a custom home theater installation. When planning your home theater design, there are some important considerations to create the best atmosphere.


Do you want to accommodate a large gathering or host intimate groups of family and friends? The answer will determine the room size needed. A space such as an unfinished basement would be ideal for a large theater design. If you are looking for something smaller, a living room or other room in the house can be used.


Visibility is a factor determined not only by screen size but by your seating design. Sitting too close may cause eyestrain while sitting too far away loses the detail of higher resolution screens. To determine the minimum seating distance from the screen, multiply the horizontal screen length by two. Multiplying this same screen length by five will give you the maximum seating distance. Each theater seat should have a view of the entire screen that is within a 30-degree field of view. The easiest way to accomplish this is to place your seating in an arc rather than straight rows. This ensures that everyone gets a great view of the screen.


Lighting plays a large part in setting the ambiance for your custom home theater installation. There should be an even level. If lighting is too bright, it can create glare on screen displays and washed out images on projection based systems. Front-projection-based systems have the best image quality in total darkness, which reduces reflection on the screen. Blinds and draperies can help control natural light while dimmers and dark wall paint can help control the room’s ambient light.

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You can watch plasma and LCD/LED TVs with the lights on, but the screen should be positioned to avoid glare. Smaller HDTVs should have a dim light behind the screen to reduce eye fatigue from watching a bright small picture. A dimly lit room can also work for a big screen rear projection television. For ultimate control of light levels, use dimmers with your home theater system.

Synergy Integrated Systems specializes in custom home theater installations. With brands like JVC, Epson, Vivitek, Screen Innovations, Stewart Filmscreen and Dragon Fly, you have a variety of quality projection and screen systems to choose from. For a true movie theater experience, Synergy Integrated Systems also offers a variety of home audio and surround sound systems. The speaker lines include Crestron, Episode, JBL, Leon, Origin Acoustics, Revel, Triad, and James Loudspeaker.

For custom home theater installations, Synergy Integrated Systems is the source for your home theater components. Utilize our design services to find the perfect combination of technology for your dedicated home theater. A room analysis is included in our personalized design services to determine speaker placement, lighting design, seating layout, and acoustic treatments for the ideal experience. Contact us today for a free consultation.