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Top 3 Questions When Designing A Home Theatre

We wanted to share the TOP 3 QUESTIONS we are asked when someone is considering a home theatre room for their home.

  1.  Is my room the right size?
  2. Should I get a Projector or Flat Screen TV?
  3. How much should I budget?

Is my room the right size?

It is true… size matters, but to what extent? What is perfect ideal space? While companies like THX, have all their specification about the perfect shaped room, the perfect layout of speakers, the perfect ratio of projector to the screen, it creates this idea that we have to have this perfect type of space. In most of our installations, this is rarely the case. Perfect doesn’t exist. However, there is an ideal if you have a specific outcome.  The reality is that we can make your space work irregardless if we know what is important to you. Whether you are renovating or building a home, have an enclosed dedicated space with little ambient light or an open media room, we can make things work.  The perfect space is the one you already have.  Working with an integrator we discuss outcomes, we might find the perfect space is where you just want to have a flat screen on the wall and surround sound speakers.  Or we might find a unique way to design a room to achieve a specific goals like a specific sound level. SO whatever it is that you want to do, and integrator will do the best we can do to optimize your space and maximize it.

Projector or Flat Screen TV?

We often get asked should I use a projector or a flat screen TV.  Although we see all sorts of different application executed successfully, there are two rules of thumb.  First, if you are in something like a multi-purpose open space, most of the time you are going to prefer a flat screen TV.  If you have something that is more of an enclosed dedicated theatre room you are usually going to enjoy the experience more if it is a projector screen.  Second, based on space, what is the biggest size screen you can use?  If the biggest screen that you can put on the wall is 80-90 inches, flat screen makes the most sense, maybe you could have a short throw projector, but more than likely a flat screen TV is going to make the most sense.  If you are in the application where you have the room to have a 120+ inch screen, then a projector screen is going to be the most enjoyable for you.  We often hear from clients, regarding the screen size how it changes the watching experience, how immersive it feels and how it draws you into the movie experience.  That is the idea and what we are after.  Rather than getting hung up on what is going to give you the best visual experience, we believe either a TV or projector can give you a great visual experience.  You just want to make sure it fits the room and the application.

How much should I Budget?

Now the golden questions. How much should I budget? While this is the most common question of all. Budget is outcome driven. We hear a lot of client say I want a good quality cinema room.  I don’t want to have the very best, but I don’t want to have cheap either. However, working off of buzz words like cheap and expensive are often difficult to quote, because there is no defined expectation and no outcome. Someone might be happy to drive an average car or someone a BMS or porche. We need to know where their base level expectation sits. This is why having a discussion with a qualified integrator is valuable.  It will give us the opportunity to learn about what level of quality your after so we can help provide you with advice so you can get the best value for your investment. While we have have rooms that are $50,000 -$250,000. We don’t want homeowners to fall into the trap and think that is what you would have to spend. We have a lot of rooms that start anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 that can be designed to fit the purpose you are trying to achieve. A lot of times clients will say to us, I would love a home theatre, I would love surround sound, but I don’t have the budget for it.  Wherever your budget lies, you can still have a phenomenal experience. Obviously, the more you have to put in the system the better. But any budget will allow you to have a great experience.

We love to speak to you and meet with to discuss your project whether it is surround sound, a media room, or a dedicated theatre room. Call us 1300 795 469 or email us at and we would be happy to help!


What Can McCormick Concepts Do For You?

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How to Prepare Your New Home for the Future

Are you in the process of building a new home? 

Well, we all know that the major components of a home include: slab, frame, electrical, water, sewer, walls, roof… the list goes on. 

One comment that we here over and over again is, “I wish I had prepped the infrastructure to support more technology,” or something along the lines of, “Why didn’t I at least pre-wire?” 

While retrofitting can be possible in some cases, if you’re going to invest all that time, energy and money into a new-construction, wouldn’t it make sense to go ahead and prepare the structure to be “smart” compatible before the walls go up?

This process, called prewiring, ensures that your house has the necessary infrastructure to support the essential components of smart home technology – from lighting control to whole-house audio/video and automation systems. With the proper framework in place to support future-ready automation system, we can then add your preferred home control systems when your new property is fully built.

You may not need to connect all the pre-wire networks in your home right now but may consider future installations like CCTV cameras and outdoor alfresco speaker. This allows room for future expansions with your pre-fixed technologies. Pre-wiring your new house while under construction gives you the freedom to choose where you want things to be which you may not have when it is complete.
McCormick Concepts understands that building a house can be extremely stressful and that it takes time to make all of decisions.  Let us guide you through the process.


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8K vs. 4K vs. HD

8k tv is here

What just happened!? 4K now 8K?
Check out the Video Above to see for yourself.

4K TVs may seem relatively new, but there’s another even higher-resolution display technology already here: 8K TV. Should you upgrade? We’ve got the answers to that question and more. 

Why? Why in the world do we need 8K when it feels like 4K just became a thing? Is this a “planned obsolescence” scenario for TV? An attempt to force an upgrade before its time? And what about content? Is there any hope for 8K when we can barely get 4K? Those are all fair questions, and we have the answers. Here’s everything you need to know about 8K vs. 4K vs. HD.

McCormick Concepts is a custom home theatre, home automation company delivering bespoke threatre, media rooms, and smart home systems for over the last 10 years.  We pride ourselves on all things Tech.  We love providing an all-in-one solution for our clients from design, supply, and installation.  

Contact us today to learn more on 1300 795 469 or email