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Professional and Creative Home Theater Installation

Over the past few months, many of us have truly realized how much our home is our sanctuary. A place of peace, rest and escape when the outside world seems a bit chaotic. Even if things beyond our doorways are beginning to reach some semblance of normalcy, our home is likely always where our heart remains. While we all strive to make it a safe and comfortable place, it’s also wise to make it a fun and entertaining space. Home theater installation is a fantastic way to achieve that goal.

Our team at Synergy Integrated Systems has been, and continues to be, ready to help you achieve that directive. Along with full-home automation, we also offer complete home theater setup. From start to finish, we provide high-quality audio and video equipment throughout your home. We carry only top-quality equipment and accessories, as described here. Our installation services include innovative design, detailed planning and expert custom home theater installation.

Theater Setup and Design

Now, more than ever, many of our clients desire an entertaining space to relax with their family. Since every family and their space is unique, it’s important to choose theater setup and design that fits your style and space the best. Whether you are remodeling an existing area or planning a room from scratch, professional home theater design from the beginning is critical.

With that in mind, consider some broad key elements of theater systems. We’ll break down each system in more detail in a bit.

  • Space. The actual area that you have to work with helps to determine overall design. The shape and size of your theater room affects acoustics, equipment location and cable connections.
  • Seating. Think about how many people you will typically entertain. Plus, determine what type of seating will help you relax the most.
  • Sound. Much of the goal of a home theater involves audio that will surround you. Sound from every corner immerses you in the entire experience.
  • Video. Obviously, video is a key element in your experience. TV mounting or screen installation is a focal point, literally and figuratively, of the entire process.
  • Lighting. Often, clients don’t initially think about lighting when considering their home theater installation. We do. It’s imperative to get it right from the start so that you don’t have to think it about it when you are relaxing in the delight of your cinematic experience.
  • Automation. This is another aspect that you shouldn’t have to think about as you sit back to relax. Remote control should be within easy reach and should control all systems seamlessly.
  • Theme. Crucial to your cinematic experience, your theme is intrinsic to the design of your theatre. Choosing a theme helps all the other design elements fall into place.
  • Ambiance. A home theater is so much more than just a media room. All of the factors above go into your overall ambiance, which solidifies the feel of your customized room.

Since all of these elements each have plentiful options, let’s break them down individually.

Making the Most of Your Room Space

As each home is unique, so is every room in it. Many clients ask about the best size for a home theater room. Ultimately, the dimensions should blend with existing areas in your home. Plus, you need proper spacing for the projector and screen you wish to use. Then, it’s important to consider seating and distance from the viewing area. Ultimately, overall size doesn’t matter as much as creating suitable acoustics. For instance, the shape of your room affects sound waves. Additionally, the space available determines how much seating would be appropriate.

Selecting Theater Seating

Once you’ve decided how much space you wish to use, you get to a really fun part. Choosing where you will lounge and immerse yourself in your theatre experience is almost as thrilling as sitting there. The variety of theater seating on the market is astounding, innovative and diverse.

Just a few fabulous options include:

  • Heated seats
  • Reclining chairs
  • Cup holders
  • Trays
  • Power headrests
  • USB ports
  • Curved rows
  • Italian leather
  • LED lighting
  • Massage mechanisms
  • Swivels
  • Storage Compartments

As you can see, theater seating is nearly an art in itself. Let your imagination run wild and we will help you find the best options to accommodate your desires.

Immerse Yourself in Surround Sound

One of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in surround sound is with expertly installed speakers and acoustic treatments. Ceiling speakers, surround sound speakers and perfectly placed audio put you in the center of your cinematic experience. The placement of speakers should be a high priority when designing your room. At Synergy Integrated Systems, we use the latest technology and offer a room analysis to determine exactly where we should place each speaker for optimal audio. Likewise, we pay close attention to every speaker wire so that you don’t have to. Our goal is to embed your sound as seamlessly as possible.

Acoustic treatments are also a critical aspect to enhance sound quality. Mounted on walls and the ceiling, these sound dampening panels help absorb all that sound bouncing about. At Synergy Integrated Systems, we are authorized dealers of Kinetic noise control products. We address every aspect of your room’s acoustics and help you to boost acoustical performance economically.

Projection Systems are a Priority

Likely, the video display in your theater will be the biggest display in your home. Typically, we use a projector and projector screen. This 2-piece design allows you to have a display from 120” to 140” or even bigger if your area accommodates it.

Since this display is so large, you need a projection system with the highest resolution possible. In the past, this meant opting for 1080P resolution. Currently, ultra-high definition or 4K resolution is top-of-line. Ultra-high def has 4 times the resolution of a 1080P projector.

Satisfying Screens

Types of screens abound as well. While you can still opt for a fixed frame screen with a 3” wide felt trim, you have other choices. For instance, newer screens can have almost zero edge. Similarly, many screens have an LED backlight. This shines on the wall which creates the illusion of the picture floating on the wall. While this concept may seem distracting, the low-level ambient light creates a greater contrast to the picture. Images look deeper than they would without the light. This ambient light also prevents eye fatigue.

Another fun choice is a retractable screen. With the touch of a button, control these motorized screens to open and close at will. You can even set a piece of art to display when you recess your screen.

Let There Be Lighting!

As mentioned, ambient light prevents eye fatigue. Lighting also goes a long way in setting the perfect ambiance for your in-home movie screening. Therefore, we pay close attention to lighting for home theater installation. Use options to make areas glow. Automate lighting to brighten or dim at appropriate moments. Ensure you can see what you need to see when you need to see it. We help you do it all!

The Awe of Automation

Just as you can automate your home, you can also use automation in your home theater. Once you sit down to relax, the last thing you want to do is hop up to dim the lights, adjust the sound or open the screen. Our systems offer options to control all aspects with one panel. We can embed these panels in the wall, among the seating or you can use a portable touch screen. Voice control is an automation option as well. Whichever device you choose, we will ensure the best performance possible.

Thrilling Themes and Ambiance

Finally, your theater is more than just a room. To make it even more enjoyable, it’s nice to add a little character to it. There are nearly limitless ideas for custom home theater theme options. Here are just a few to get you headed in a direction for yours.

  • Drive-In – Make your theater appear outdoors in the comfort of indoors. LED starlight in the ceiling and classic drive-in décor makes this theme a fun option for all families.
  • Classic Theater – Old-fashioned popcorn machines, curtains drawn back, red carpets and deep wood colors bring the past right into your present.
  • Cave – Create your viewing area as a scene from a movie itself. Perhaps, it would be cool as Batman’s cave. Or, a cave from the Temple of Doom. Either way, it’s really neat to watch a movie in a comfy in-home cave!
  • Sports Stadium – Pick a sport and design your theater room as if it’s a stadium for it. A concession-style bar in the back of the room, seating with cupholders and sports-themed wall décor puts you right in the middle of your favorite game.
  • Think Starship Enterprise with a control panel and seating to emulate being at the helm of the ship.
  • Creepy Concept – This is a great one for horror movie buffs. Select your favorite thriller and decorate your space accordingly.

We could write a blog just on these themes alone! If you still need a few ideas, check out some of our installation work in our gallery of projects.

Home Theater Installation Process

While we understand that much of this seems fun, it can also be a lot to process. Don’t worry, that’s why we’re here. We take on as little or as much of the planning details as you wish. We prefer for you to get to enjoy the fun, creative parts. Conversely, we don’t want you to fret over the technical parts of the installation process. Unless, you wish to.

At this point, you’re probably wonderingWhat does home theater installation include? At Synergy Integrated Systems, it includes basically what you want it to include. First, we begin with a free consultation. During this meeting, we determine what you want and how we can make that happen. We also develop a plan and provide you with upfront pricing so that you have a clear idea of cost and project scope.

Once we determine the perfect solution for your requirements and space, we sign contracts and begin our professional installation. Our expert team is fully-bonded, insured and covered under workers’ compensation. We are also a member of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA).

We don’t stop there. After our professional installation, we are still here for you. Our local, family-owned company is BBB-accredited and we pride ourselves on making our customers happy no matter what it takes. Providing both over-the-phone and in-person troubleshooting no matter the time of day, is part of how we do that. Furthermore, we provide open source access. Once a project is complete, we give each customer the non-compiled code of any system programming. Therefore, you can feel confident that you have options in the future for enhancements. Of course, we hope you’ll choose us!

Speaking of cost, our clients also wonder: Does a home theater add value? Making your home unique for potential buyers increases interest and makes it stand out. Plus, it gives your home value for YOU. That’s the kind of value we like! Enjoy it now with your family and, if you decide to sell at some point, you have increased your return on investment.

Keep in mind, we also have a showroom in North Raleigh. Visits are by appointment only so give us a call at 919-324-3592. Or, fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.

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.

How Smart Home Automation Frees You

First, let’s focus on the freedom part. Your home is often your castle. Rightly so, you’ve built or selected it so that you can enjoy living within its walls. As any homeowner knows, tasks abound as you peacefully go about your daily life in your castle.

Here are just a few of the systems in your home that you must question yourself about, or attend to, daily:

  • Lights. Did you leave one on? Do you want one turned off?
  • Blinds and Curtains. Do they allow lighting in when you need it? Are they wasting energy when they shouldn’t be? Open in the morning and close them at night!
  • Appliances. Most, simply sit there and do their job. However, are they optimizing energy use? Are they working as they should?
  • Sound. Can you hear what you wish to as you go from room to room? Do you want it louder or quieter?
  • Video. Are your video sources synched so that entertainment remains uninterrupted? Would you like to simplify what each family member views?
  • Environment. Is the thermostat at the right level? Want to cool off or warm up certain rooms in your home at various times during the day and night?
  • Landscaping. Did you remember to turn on your sprinkler system? Is your outdoor lighting appropriate for the time of day?
  • Security. Are all sensors properly on? Is your security system armed?
  • Safety. Do smoke detectors need a battery change? Are sprinkler systems prepared to function if needed?
  • Fun. Is the hot tub the right temperature? Did you close the cover? Is the pool pump working?

Sound exhausting? It doesn’t have to be.

What if your smart home could answer all of these questions? Perhaps, it could even tackle these chores and possibly even more than you imagined? Instead of you taking care of it, your smart home could actually take care of you. Right there. That. That, is freedom. That’s the root of autonomy in our idea of home automation.

How Your Smart Home Cares for You

You’re now probably wondering, “How does an automated home work?” At Synergy Integrated Systems, we have that answer. Plus, we put this new way to think about autonomy right into your home. Smart home automation is trending across the globe and we can bring it directly to your doorstep. We put you in control of governing your smart home rather than the endless tasks at hand ruling you. All you need is any device – connected to the internet, no matter where in the world you are – and you are in control. Using today’s technology to control your home’s systems from anywhere. A major benefit of all this technology is the decrease in energy consumption. You will save money and help save our environment at the same time.

Since we’re focusing on freedom, let’s explore how ELAN products give you precisely that. ELAN Systems put the answer to all those questions right at your fingertips with smart phone apps, remote access and brilliant smart home technology. To fully explain, let’s revisit the exhausting list of tasks that we can help you automate.


Lighting is something we don’t really think about…until we’re thinking about it. How many times have you cuddled up on the couch to relax and realized that you’ve left a light on in the kitchen? Or, you’re simply not digging the ambiance? With smart lighting, you can alleviate these issues with the touch of a button. Moreover, you can actually schedule lighting with current smart home technology.

Blinds and Curtains

Energy efficiency is critical to our customers. Ultimately, it’s crucial to the world.  Automation systems work in tandem with your thermostat. If the temperature of your home needs adjusting, proper shading is implemented immediately.

Plus, these home automation systems give you remote control of your smart home technology. It’s kind of cool to be able to control blinds, curtains and shades with a mobile device. Especially, this is convenient for shading that’s difficult to reach. Simply, touch a button on an automation app and open or close blinds and curtains at will.


Correlating to energy efficiency, appliances that work for you rather than against your energy bill are key to a fully-automated home. Wonder how much energy smart home refrigerators in your house are using? Check your readout on your mobile device. You can even compare months to see how the output ranges.

Furthermore, many appliances on the market are fabulous smart home gadgets in themselves. We now have access to smart refrigerators that let you know what tasty tidbits you’re running low on. Then, you can download a list and hit the grocery store. Or, simply order online with voice control.


Sometimes, we prefer the sound of pure silence. Other moments, we wish to hear our favorite song as we stroll from room to room. This is another great instance where voice control comes into play. Multi-room audio ensures that you hear what you wish to hear when you desire to hear it.

Similarly, you can set play lists to fit your mood at the moment. Cooking in the kitchen? How about a little classical to motivate your culinary art? Entertaining guests? Use your voice control to demand a new list to fit the vibe. An automated world makes for a great party!


More now than ever, we live a world of imagery. Surrounding yourself in it as you stroll through your castle is delightful. So that you don’t lose that delight, implement streaming with automated video feeds. Therefore, you don’t have to miss that buzzer-beating shot if you pass into another room. With smart control, you can turn video on or off wherever you go.

Additionally, manage what video feeds reach your family. Control access of material so that what each family members sees is age appropriate. This is a whole new level of security.


Keep your cool while keeping cool. Once you sit on the couch to relax, you want to do exactly that. If your internal thermostat is feeling a little too toasty, it’s annoying to have to get up and adjust the temp. Voice control or smart devices allow you automated options to change the environment while you chill at will.

Likewise, your smart home actually gets to know you and your habits. If you like it warm when you rise from slumber, these automated systems anticipate what fits your lifestyle best.


Often, this is another task that we don’t really think about…until we’re thinking about it. Smart home products can also implement an automation solution for your landscaping. While you go about your day, rest assured that your smart home technology is watering your lawn. Simply, create a schedule and it does the rest. Outdoor lighting operates in the same way. Sensors recognize time of day and turn on accordingly.

Security Systems

Of utmost importance is security. At all times, it is imperative to know that all systems are working as they should. Keeping up with security cameras, motion sensors and all the devices involved is a chore in itself.

Smart home automation for security allows you to check all concerns whenever you wish. View surveillance cameras, double-check that you lowered the garage door or ensure that door locks are secure with the touch of a button.


In tandem with security, the safety of our family is key as well. We can tie in smoke detectors and sprinkling systems into your entire home. Ensure that all devices are working correctly with remote access from anywhere in the world that has internet access.


Finally, freedom equals fun. Beyond video and audio control, we often have other smart home gadgets that control the more exquisite luxuries in our home. Want the hot tub to start heating while you’re sitting through a meeting hoping to get home and hop in? Use your mobile device to make it toasty and ready for you!

Choosing the Premium Automated Solution and Installer

We get it, all of this fanfare sounds terribly exciting. Now, you’re likely wondering which systems are the best and who can properly install them. First, we’d like to recognize ELAN. Their systems do basically all of the above and even more than you imagined. Their automation solutions are versatile and customizable.

Second, you need an experienced team to install your home automation systems. As a provider of ELAN, we have the expertise that you need. We’re familiar with their products and have years of experience installing them. We offer a free consultation to review what you need and to help you determine what works best for you, your home and your family.

Not only do we sit down with you for a free consultation, we answer your questions. For instance, our clients ask: do home automation products work with your smartphone and Apple watch? Depending on our set-up and products that you choose, we will find a way to make it most convenient for you.

Also, our customers wonder how long their system will last. After all, full home automation is an investment that should serve you for many years to come. With that in mind, the relationship that Synergy Integrated Systems has with ELAN helps ensure that. Not only does our expert installation provide cutting-edge quality, we offer open source access. In other words, we give all of our customers the non-compiled code of system programming. Thus, if you ever need updates or changes, you have options for repairs or enhancements. Of course, we hope you will choose us when that time comes, but we don’t lock you in by holding onto your system’s programming codes.

Kind Words from Our Clients

Finally, don’t rely simply on us to tell you why we’re the best. Our customers tell the story too.

I can’t express how happy I am with the work that Synergy did for me. They were very professional, very efficient, and the finished job is very clean with ethernet jack plates where needed. They relocated my router and strengthened my Wi-Fi signal throughout our house. Plus, they were able to retrofit my 3-story house for ethernet wire so I could connect my TVs and computers directly to my router, all hidden wires, exactly as I wanted.”  Mike D

They deserve Five Stars with their expertise and professionalism. They showed patience in solving problems that confronted them They were very prompt and were upfront in ideas to benefit their client. I will definitely be recommending them and utilizing their expertise again.”  Michael Marhelko

Be sure to also check out our gallery of projects. They may spark ideas to help your home be your castle and show the quality of our work. Ultimately, we are committed to you, your needs and full enjoyment of your smart home!

If you’d like a free consultation, you may schedule it online. Or, give us a call at 919-324-3592. We look forward to hearing from you!