March 3, 2024

How To Create The Ultimate Home Theater

You’ve made up your mind to create your dream smart home theater — that’s fantastic! Now that you’ve got your Savant smart home system integrated with your entire home, you can start adding in anything you’d like. It’s an exhilarating moment, and you must be thrilled to start setting up your new entertainment area. However, before purchasing equipment and moving furniture, it’s essential to consider some crucial aspects of this dream theater.

Room Dimensions and Layout

Firstly, you must select the perfect space within your house. Although transforming your living room or bedroom may seem appealing and cost efficient, it’s essential to remember that having a separate, designated area will give you the best experience. Opt for a rectangular room, as this will enable you to properly arrange the speakers, seats, and screens. Think of one of those old style movie theaters for design, as those will resemble your new smart home theater experience the most.

After selecting the ideal room, spend some time measuring and planning the arrangement of the space as precisely as you can. The dimensions of the room might require alterations to your initial plans. For instance, a home theater projector from a brand such as ScreenInnovations may not be suitable for a room with a low ceiling — in that case, go for a big flat-screen TV, such as the Sony OLED 82". The ultimate objective is establishing a cozy and engaging environment, so carefully consider how each element will complement the rest of your space.

In some cases, a TV makes more sense for your home theater space.

Audio System

Regarding home theater audio systems, various choices, such as sound bars, bookshelf speakers, and floor-standing speakers, are available. However, to achieve the most captivating experience, a surround sound system is the best choice. Ideally, you should aim for a Dolby Atmos 5.1 or 7.1 system consisting of five or seven speakers and a subwoofer. These speakers can usually be from a mix and match of brands. For example, Sonos gives users the ability to plug and play an entire home theater system, consisting of their ARC soundbar, SUB Subwoofer, Play:5 auxillary speakers, and many more. A more professional speaker option would be from brands such as Dynaudio with their Bookshelf speakers in unique situations, or MartinLogan for the ultimate in hi-defintion audio home theater experience.

Furthermore, think about the location of your speakers. To achieve the optimal surround sound experience, place your speakers at the same height as your ears and direct them towards the sitting area. For a Dolby Atmos full 9.2.1 speaker setup, the placement of speakers should look like the following consisting of in-ceiling speakers from brands such as the Sonance VP66R.

Video Display

When choosing a video display for your home theater, there are two main options: a projector or a flat-screen television. Each option has pros and cons, so consider your room’s size, lighting, and budget. Projectors can provide a larger screen size and a more cinematic experience. However, they often require a dark room for optimal viewing, and the cost of replacement bulbs can add up over time. Some great projector brands such as the Sony VPLX series or the Epson Home Cinema series.

On the other hand, flat-screen televisions have come a long way in recent years, offering stunning picture quality and several smart features. While they may not provide the largest screen size, they are more versatile and require less maintenance than projectors. Samsung and Sony create great OLED backlit TV screen home theater options as well, giving you sizes up to 100" in your home theater space.

Projectors can work in small spaces, like this ScreenInnovations projector that recesses into the ceiling when not in use

Seating and Comfort

A home theater ought to be a cozy space for unwinding and watching your beloved films and series, making it crucial to have comfortable seats. Consider the room’s dimensions and the usual number of occupants when choosing seating options. You may choose separate reclining chairs or a sizable L-shaped couch, depending on your requirements. Cineak seating creates wonderful cloth options and seating arrangements for your home theater. Remember to consider other elements of coziness in your home theater, such as appropriate lighting that can be set to your daily rhythm from brands such as Ketra lighting by Lutron, temperature regulation by your Savant smart thermostats, and noise insulation. For instance, purchase blackout curtains or blinds to eliminate natural light from the Lutron Palladiom shading and QS shading blackout or sheer shades. Also, consider installing acoustic panels to enhance sound quality and minimize noise transmission to other areas of your house.

Connectivity and Control

Finally, consider how all of your devices will connect and how you’ll control your home theater system. With various sources, such as streaming devices, gaming consoles, and Blu-ray players, it’s essential to have a central smart home control system to put everything in your home theater into a nice and sleek interface. Savant and Control4 have excellent connectivity with most home theater systems and you can easily integrate all of their components together and use them with the touch of your Savant smart home app.

Additionally, think about how you’ll control your system. While many devices come with remote controls, having a universal remote or a smart home system can make managing your home theater much more straightforward and convenient. The Savant smart remote works wonderfully, as do URC MX890i remotes or the Logitech Harmony Elite Pro remotes. Designing the perfect home theater system involves careful consideration of various factors such as room size, seating, audio and visual components, acoustics, and connectivity.

By planning and researching each aspect, you can create a truly immersive and enjoyable entertainment experience tailored to your preferences. Remember to invest in quality equipment, prioritize comfort, and ensure seamless connectivity and control for the ultimate home theater setup. Regent5 can ensure harmony across each aspect of life. In this fast-paced world, you need a trusted brand to bring peace into your home. We offer personalized control that comes with automation and provides convenience, security, and comfort in cities such as Hillsborough, Atherton, Palo Alto, Burlingame, Sonoma, and Carmel-By-The-Sea.