8 Common Mistakes When Designing Your Indoor Home Theater System

January 11, 2023 | Home Automation|Sound System|Wireless Intercom System

An indoor home theater system is a big investment for most homeowners. However, for homeowners in Connecticut, this may be a worthwhile venture if you have a bonus space, such as a basement as it will transform this space, making it more usable to entertain family and friends.

As with any investment, we advise taking your time to make the right design decisions, find the right mix of equipment, and create the best possible home theater experience that you can enjoy for many years to come. 

A home theater might seem like an extravagance, but the truth is, it’s one of the top luxury features to add to any home. When the New England weather is cold and roads are icy, you can still enjoy a cinema-style evening of entertainment without going anywhere. That will not only make your family happy, but it’ll also make your home an entertainment hub for friends of all ages too!

Over the years, we’ve gained invaluable expertise in designing home theater systems. Continue reading to discover our list of the more common mistakes people make when designing their indoor home theater system, so you can avoid them and make the right decisions. 

1. Not Concealing Your Speakers

Of course, the sound you get from your indoor home theater system matters, but it should not affect the look and style of your home. Speakers can and should be tucked out of sight, and speakers that are designed for indoor home theater systems are usually designed to do just that. They might be tucked behind a bulkhead or recessed into a wall or ceiling. 

2. Ignoring Lighting Design

Indoor lighting probably isn’t the first thing you think of when you’re designing a home theater system, but it really can make or break the space. You will want to choose lighting that is bright enough when you need to see what you are doing but that can be dimmed as necessary to prevent glare on your screen or other annoying light-related problems. 

3. The Wrong Screen Size and Positioning

If you’re not in the home theater business, you might not realize that there’s quite a lot of geometry to be done to build a proper home theater room. Positioning elements like speakers is part of the process, but the biggest factor is the size and position of the screen. If you get this right, everyone in the room will have an amazing watching experience. If not, your home theater might not live up to expectations. 

4. The Wrong Screen Type

TVs have got a lot bigger over the years, but they’re still only available in limited sizes. Modern projection options solve this problem and give you a true theater experience in your own home. While large TVs might still work for smaller spaces, you really should let the room decide the right equipment for your home theater. 

5. Skipping Soundproofing

If you’ve got the ultimate home theater, fantastic sound and all the bells and whistles you could possibly want in the space, the last thing you want to do is turn down the volume! 

A truly immersive home theater experience requires cinema-style sound, and the only way to have that in your home is to soundproof the space properly. That way, everyone in your home theater will have the sound they deserve, and everyone outside will still have peace and quiet! 

6. Not Testing and Calibrating Properly

When it comes to modern, high-tech home theater equipment, there are so many settings that have to be just right to get the optimal experience and performance. It can take some time to set up your system after it’s installed, and it might take a few tries before you get the perfect picture, sound and everything else. 

7. Not Hiring a Professional

Sure. You can buy home theater equipment from a big box store and try the DIY-approach. You can put some recliners in the room, and you can hang curtains on the wall. However, some of the equipment and technologies that professional home theater designers and installers have access to are just not available to the public. Not to mention that to get truly professional results, you need to have trained and qualified technicians completing your home theater installation. 

8. Trying to Cut Corners

The last item on this list is possibly the biggest problem for many home theater systems. Trying to cut corners on critical equipment and parts of the system and hoping for the best results. 

High-quality, professional-grade home theater equipment costs a little more, but it will give you a much longer and better service life. Professional system design and installation will ensure that everything is perfectly placed and correctly installed. 

So, if you’re hoping to create the ultimate home theater experience in your home, wait until you have the budget for the project, and get reputable equipment, advice and service. Every time you enjoy a movie in your amazing home theater system, you’ll be very glad you did!

Our process is simple: we listen and learn from you. Based on your lifestyle, goals for a room and desired aesthetic, we go through the design phase and create a detailed, custom plan for your home. Whether you’d like to start off with a projection screen or upgrade to a smart home theater, Lifetronic Systems has the experience and expertise to deliver. Request a free quote today. 

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