Home Theater or Media Room: What Do You Really Need?

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Learn the differences, pros and features in home entertainment when choosing a home theater over a media room.

When looking to start a home theater design project, many questions often arise. The design is a critical element since this process is where you decide the direction of the project and the specifications for all that it entails. Although the market offers an endless number of options for a home theater or media room, it is up to you to decide what you and your family really need. Read on to learn more about a home theater for your Tampa, FL home and how it differs from a media room.

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The Keys to a Successful Home Theater Design

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How Deliberate Planning Results in the Ultimate Viewing Experience

Now that there’s more content than ever available to watch at home, it’s no surprise home theaters are a hot commodity. Designing a home theater, though, isn’t as simple as buying the most popular 4K TV or soundbar on the market. Home theater design should be more purposeful than that, with a solution geared specifically to your viewing preferences.

Enjoy an engaging, comfortable theater with a design-first approach that starts with a one-on-one consultation and ends with a detailed walk-through of your system. Surround sound solutions, displays and even control options will vary depending on if you want to primarily watch movies, play games, or watch sports in your theater. Or what if you're going to do all of the above?

As you read this blog, you’ll see how personal preferences will affect every aspect of your theater in your Tampa, FL, home.

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What Makes for a Great Home Theater Screen?

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Screen Innovations Gets You the Best Picture Quality Possible

Home theater designs often focus on the high-end electronics in the room. Usually, people spend big money on their displays, projectors, speakers and AV receivers and skimp on the rest. Naturally, they care about the television they put in the room or what type of projector they use. Those that choose projectors, though, sometimes think they can skimp on the screen.

Do screens even matter if you have a top tier projector? Yes. Relying on entry-level screens, or in some extreme cases the wall itself, will negate all the benefits you're getting from that high-performance 4K projector. Each design will be different, but we outline some of the things you need to consider when searching for the perfect screen for your Lafayette, LA home. 

SEE MORE: How to Get the Perfect Audio in Your Home Theater

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4 Ways to Make Your Home Theater Unique

Add some personality to your home theater while streamlining controls and more with these home theater design tips for Baton Rouge residents

 At Acadian Home Theater & Automation, we believe the smart technology in your home should reflect your lifestyle and needs. Nobody’s home is the same as anyone else’s, and your home automation system should be just as unique.

That principle extends to your home theater as well. Everyone has their favorite movies and genres, so your home theater should be just as personal. Coming up with ways to make your home theater stand out can be difficult, so we put together this list of tips to help Baton Rouge, LA, residents differentiate their home theater design from that of their neighbors.

SEE ALSO: Must-Have Upgrades for a Superior Home TheaterHIDDEN SPEAKERS AND TVSpeaker and home theater display technology has evolved rapidly in recent years, making it simpler to get higher performance from more smaller devices. In terms of home theater design, using smaller devices lets you take your speakers and display off the floor, freeing up floor space and removing elements that could detract from your aesthetic.

In-wall or in-ceiling speakers are popular options, which helps create a 3-D soundscape while giving you a cleaner look for your theater. As for your display, you can mount flat-screen TVs behind a retractable wall panel or install specially made furniture that hides your TV until you’re ready to watch something. Another option is to install a projector and screen, which gives you more of a theater feel as well as letting you hide your display by rolling up the screen when it’s not in use.

LIGHTING CONTROLLighting control makes your home theater easier to manage as well as providing design benefits. Lighting control systems utilize dimmers instead of on/off switches, giving you much more control over the ambiance in your home theater. Complete darkness can enhance the tension while you watch your favorite slasher movie. Alternatively, you can make things a bit brighter if you’re watching a children’s movie with your family. Lastly, lighting control lets you save time by creating and saving presets.

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5 Essential Things to Consider in Your Home Theater Design

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Ensure the Best Viewing Experience with a Design Addressing Your Unique Needs

Not everything in your home theater comes down to the quality of your speakers and display. Your overall home theater design is just as vital. A clear plan when it comes to screen size, sources, and speaker layout will result in better quality from each of your components.

But what makes for a good home theater design? Even though there are some standards all installers follow, it will ultimately come down to your unique needs and limitations.  If you’re looking to upgrade your theater or start a new one from scratch in your Lafayette, LA home, you want to address each of the questions below when getting started.

SEE ALSO: Introduction to Home Theaters: What You Need to Know  

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