Smart Home Theater
Home cinema, also called home theatre , refers to home entertainment audio-visual systems that seek to reproduce a movie theatre experience and mood using consumer electronics-grade video and audio equipment that is set up in a room. Some home cinema enthusiasts build a dedicated room in their home for the theatre. These more advanced installations often include sophisticated acoustic design elements, including "room-in-a-room" construction that isolates sound and provides an improved listening environment and a large screen, often using a high definition projector.
Home theatre seating consists of chairs or sofas specifically engineered and designed for viewing movies in a home theatre. Some home theatre seats have a cup holder built into the chairs' armrests and a shared armrest between each seat. Some seating has movie-theatre-style chairs like those seen in a movie cinema, which feature a flip-up seat cushion. A properly designed home theatre space, whether it's a multipurpose family/media room with a nice HDTV and AV setup or a dedicated theatre room with a grand screen and top-notch sound system, can greatly enhance the enjoyment of movies and TV shows. A poorly designed space can lessen that enjoyment in a number of ways.
Here are five common pitfalls and what you can do to avoid them.
1. UNBALANCED SOUND
Hard-to-hear dialogue and overly loud rear surround speakers are common problems with home theatre sound, which comes from five or more speakers spread around the room.
Any audio setup can almost always benefit from professional calibration if you want to really "dial in" the sound.
2. UNREALISTIC PICTURE
If you buy a new TV and set it up without making any adjustments to the picture, the image will likely be overly bright and the color imbalanced — too red, too green, etc.
If you want to squeeze every last drop of performance from your TV, you can have it professionally calibrated by an ISF- or THX-certified technician who uses special equipment to ensure its picture is as accurate (realistic) as possible.
3. SEATING THAT COMPROMISES THE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE
Comfort and proper neck support are paramount, but if the seat back is too high and/or cushiony, you'll miss out on the ambient environment sound engineers work hard to create when they mix a soundtrack. Whether it's chirping crickets or ricocheting bullets, the goal is to pull viewers into the story.
Look for comfortable seating that supports your neck without obstructing sound. Also pay attention to seating height, especially with extra squishy couches — the kind you sink into. The centre of the screen should be more or less in line with your eyes.
4. A SCREEN THAT IS TOO HIGH
Mounting TVs above fireplaces may look cool, but the screen is often too high for comfortable viewing. As noted above, if you have to look up to see the screen, don't be surprised if after watching a two-hour movie you have a crick in your neck.
5. AV GEAR THAT IS BURIED
All too often, receivers, Blu-ray players, and other AV components are stuffed haphazardly into a cabinet. Consider a rack or cabinet from one of the many companies specializing in AV furniture. Components will be easier to get to and you'll have built-in wire management and ventilation.