Top 3 Questions When Designing A Home Theatre

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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!


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