Media Room – Synergy Integrated Systems Has All the Answers

media roomA media room offers homeowners numerous benefits; therefore, it is an increasingly popular home addition. It is the perfect space for family bonding, entertaining friends, or relaxing with your favorite movie.

You might have a few questions about media rooms. This blog answers many commonly asked questions about media rooms. From media room design ideas to the best equipment for media rooms, we have you covered!

Interested in learning more about media rooms or want to get a quote? Call us at 919-324-3592 to request a free consultation. We would be happy to answer any other questions you have on media rooms at your consultation.

Is There a Difference Between a Media Room and a Home Theater?

Most people think a media room and home theater are the same thing. However, that is not true! If you are wondering what the difference is between a home theater and a media room, then we can break that down for you.

A home theater’s sole purpose is for watching movies, sports games, or television shows. In contrast, media rooms often serve a dual or multiple purpose. These rooms are not just for enjoying movies, but also great spaces for playing music and dancing or playing video games. Now that you know the difference between a home theater and a media room, we want to elaborate on the many benefits a media room provides homeowners.

Are There Benefits to Adding a Media Room onto My House?

Yes! Here are the top benefits of adding on a media room:

  • Increases home value
  • Provides place for entertaining guests
  • Creates space for family bonding
  • Places emphasis on entertainment
  • Keeps video and audio clutter out of the living room

There are many other benefits to owning a house with a media room. We would be happy to discuss all those benefits in a free consultation. Simply, call us at 919-324-3592 to discuss all your dedicated media room needs in our free consultation.

Where Should I Put My Media Room?

A basement is a great and common setting for media rooms. But any room in your house has the potential to be converted into a media room. We have seen people convert guest rooms or home offices into media rooms. Another popular choice is turning an existing game room into a media room. A family room is another great room choice to convert into a media room. Finally, another option is if you have a second living room, then it is a potential choice for becoming a media room. Whether you decide to replace your living room with a media room or create one in your basement, once you choose a room the next step is deciding what will go in that room.

What Do Most People Put in a Media Room?

The sky is the limit on possibilities for media rooms. Below are some common furnishings or equipment we see in a media room.

These are only some of the many choices of furnishing or equipment available for media rooms. Speaking of furnishing, many people ask the next question regarding furniture. It is also a favorite part in the home theater design aspect.

Is There Furniture That Is Best Suited for a Media Room?

Comfortable seating can make or break a cinema experience whether at home or in a movie theater. That is why it is imperative to choose furniture that you, your family, and friends find comfortable. There are two main pieces of furniture to consider when designing your media room: seating and tables. While traditional movie theaters have only theater-style seating, the biggest advantage of an in-home movie theater or media room is creating your very own comfortable seating. Below are some of the top choices for seating:

  • Recliners
  • Couches
  • Love seats
  • Bar stools

Unlike the movie theater, you can also include end and coffee tables to make it easy for family and guests to place drinks or food. Bar tables are often fun to set up behind the main viewing area.

Are There Aspects I Should Consider When Selecting a Location for a Media Room?

That answer is another resounding yes! The interior design of the room you are considering plays an instrumental role in selecting the best room for a media room. Everything from wall placement to ceiling height is under consideration when trying to achieve the ultimate movie night experience.

Below are the top three factors to consider when selecting where to place your media room in your house.

  1. Acoustics
  2. Lighting
  3. Size

Sound plays a crucial role in enjoying a film or show. Therefore, it is an important factor to consider when choosing where to set up a media room. An amazing sound system is absolutely part of the equation on good sound. However, the room acoustics are important as well. These variables impact a room’s acoustics:

  • Size of room
  • Open floor plan
  • Wall protruding in room
  • Sound distribution
  • Echo present
  • Background noise
  • Seating location
  • Height of ceiling

Our experienced team at Synergy Integrated Systems can advise you on how well the room you are looking at will project sound. We can also provide alternatives to troubleshooting sound issues if any arise in the room you are considering. This could include everything from acoustic panels to knocking down a wall to let sound flow better.


Have you ever watched a movie or television show and a glare was present on the screen? Those instances mean you might have missed an important part in the film or show. It can easily take away from the viewing experience. Therefore, you want a media room that does not filter in a ton of sunlight creating those glares. Nor do you want lights installed or placed in areas that could also create such a glare. Even lights placed on the ceiling can create a glare.

Basements are popular choices for media rooms as they do not typically let in sunlight that would cast a glare on a screen. However, if you do not have a basement, do not worry. There are still plenty of options available to get better lighting. Window treatments are a popular choice. We offer a variety of shading solutions and would be happy to discuss those during your free consultation.


The last factor to consider when selecting a media room is the size of the room. Unlike a home theater, a media room needs more space to fit other entertainment features like a wet bar or arcade games. A low ceiling could hinder setting up theater-style seating or not allow for a high enough screen. The layout of the room and where each wall is located will impact the design as well. It is a key factor in determining seating in the room. Lastly, as mentioned above, size plays an important role in acoustics.

What Equipment Do You Need?

At Synergy, we recommend and install only the best equipment on the market for all your audio and visual needs. Even though a media room is not a theater room, it still needs the best home theater system equipment. This means it requires everything from a crystal picture to sharp audio. Below is a list of our preferred dedicated home theater and media room brands to achieve those capabilities.

Projector Brands
  • Sony
  • Epson
Projector Screen Brands
  • Screen Innovations
  • Stewart Filmscreen
  • Dragon Fly
Speaker Brands
Home Theater Seating Brands
  • Salamander
  • Octane
Home Theater Sound Treatments
  • Kinetics Noise Control
Lighting control
  • Lutron Radio Ra2
  • Crestron lighting control
  • ELAN
  • Crestron

How Important is a Reliable Home Network?

If you plan on streaming movies, virtually battling others in online games, or controlling your window shades remotely, then a stable home network is vital. You do not want to have a movie or game cut off in the middle of watching or playing. A stable home network optimizes the entire family’s enjoyment of a media room. Our experienced home networking team can assist in everything from advising on the best home networking equipment to the actual installation.

Why Should I Hire Synergy Integrated Systems?

Our focus at Synergy is providing every client the following:

  1. Excellent customer service
  2. Top-of-the-line equipment options
  3. Detail-oriented designs
  4. Creative and comprehensive solutions
  5. Meticulous installations
  6. Finished product they love

We have found providing these six elements of service to every client help us to stand apart from the rest. At Synergy, we will never compromise quality. That is why we only recommend and install the best brands. We feel a media room, home theater, or home automation services are meant to enhance our clients lives. Therefore, we strive to do our absolute best to create these spaces and provide these services to assist our clients on their journey for ultimate home luxury.

Additional Services Available with Synergy

In addition to media rooms, we also offer the following services:

Stellar Clients Reviews

We are proud of our numerous positive reviews from past clients. Below are a few glowing testimonials past clients have written about our company.

Highly recommend this talented company. They wired my entire home for security, audio, video and surveillance cameras. They are reasonably priced, and their customer service is amazing. I would give them 10 stars if I could!”

“It was time to upgrade our home theater room, our old HD projector died as soon as it heard us talking bad about it. I had heard about Synergy Integrated Systems and I contacted them to see if they could help. Well, did they ever! I was extremely impressed with them from a price point of view, a people point of view, and for technical skills. I would use them again.”

“They installed our whole house system while our home was being built. They are deeply knowledgeable and up to date on new products and technology. My husband is an electronics fanatic and he and Aaron were able to speak the same language. They have also been readily available for any issues or bugs that have popped up since the project was completed. We will continue to use them and recommend them.

Ready for Your Media Room? Call Synergy Today!

Why wait any longer to start your dream media room? Our experienced professionals at Synergy Integrated Systems are ready to assist you through the entire process – from idea to execution. Call us today at 919-324-3592 to schedule a free consultation. We cannot wait to help you design and create the media room of your dreams!