Home entertainment has reached its pinnacle today! With so many advanced and state of the art products in the market creating a cinematic experience at home has become easy. But building a killer home theatre doesn’t mean just spending a big wad of money on the latest electronics. It requires planning, finesse and scientific acoustic manipulation.
One way to create #AClassApart home theatre experience is to fill your room with products from Harman House. But you still need to employ a set of design strategies to ensure the products perform to its peak capabilities. Here are a few factors that can enhance your home theatre experience.
The perfect seating
The seating structure is very important when it comes to setting up your home theatre system. What you sit on is as important as where you are sitting. Follow these tips while you are choosing the furniture for your home theatre.
- Keep chairs clear. Seats that have high backs can block audio coming from your system. This can greatly affect your experience. Make sure you keep you furniture clear of the speakers.
- Make sure the seats are comfortable as this can be a major distraction. Find furniture that can support your spine because If you’re back is stiff and your coccyx is numb, you’re not going to feel that bass rattling your can.
- Don’t keep your seating near the wall. This interrupts the path sound travels in and kills the experience.
Give it room
Before you begin setting up your home theatre room with equipment and furniture, stop and take a look at the room. The acoustics of the room is responsible for the quality of sound and presentation, so plan the layout carefully.
- Maintain silence. Cut out any distracting noises that will hinder your home theatre experience.
- Control the light. Relocate distracting lights or reflections. Placing the TV opposite a window that faces the sun will cause a glare. Use lights that can be dimmed for the best viewing. Close the shades. The room doesn’t need to be completely dark, just dim.
- Cut out any visual distractions. This is extremely important with a 3D TV. This is because visual distractions pull you out of what’s supposed to be an immersive experience.
- Stay centered. Make sure that your room allows the centre channel to be placed in the heart of the system. This is because it is used as the source of most of the film dialogues.
- Too much of anything is not good. Too much dampening of sound can affect the experience immensely. Most living spaces with bookshelves, pictures, furniture, and drapes absorb and reflect sound in a way that’s fine for most people. Don’t plan on a completely empty room, as it can act as an echo chamber.
The perfect picture
The right TV plays an important role in your home theatre system. You don’t want a too big screen.
- There’s an actual formula that will help you pick the right size TV. Measure the distance of the screen to the main seat, in inches. Multiply that by .84 and you’ll get a diagonal screen size (Distance x 0.84 = Screen Size). This is the maximum screen size recommendation. For example: If your seat is 72 inches from the screen, the formula would look like this: 72 x .84 = 60.4. So the maximum recommended screen is 60 inches. Of course, you can go larger. It’s really personal choice. Just be sure that you don’t have to move your head back and forth to keep up with the action on screen.
- Find the best TV deal. Technology keeps on changing, so it’s a little difficult to say what will be the best HDTV to purchase.
For the perfect home theatre you don’t need a system that delivers good sound, you need a system the delivers great sound! Here are a few points you need to take note of when it comes to great sound.
- Seek uniform delivery. You want a sound coverage pattern, known as off-axis performance, which equally envelops everyone in the room.
- The center channel is the biggest challenge to a sound system and the most important speaker in the room. Low quality speakers are prone to lobbing, a degradation of sound caused when speakers of the same size and shape are placed too close together. That is why it is important for you to test the placement. The test will help you make adjustments so that the sound to all the seats is the same. There are loads of smartphone apps that will help you test signals.
- The center channel is fine below the screen. It’s better above the screen. It’s at its best when it’s behind or within the screen—that works if you’re using a projection system with a screen that allows sounds to pass through without muffling them.
- Surround sound speakers should be to the side, above, and maybe a bit behind the audience. Do not aim the speakers right at the listeners’ ears. The surround sound speakers should have a left and right spread of 45 to 60 degrees. If possible, get high dispersion speakers, which spread the sound as it comes out of the speakers.
- Forward left and right speakers should be 5/8 of the way up the TV screen. This aligns the speakers with the actors’ heads on the screen, creating the feeling that the sound is coming from their mouths.
- Crank up the bass. The goal with the subwoofer is to have it play all the sounds at frequencies of 80Hz and lower. (Check your particular hardware’s instructions for setup procedures.) Keep the subwoofer away from walls. The quality of the bass will increase and your neighbors will thank you.
The Electronic connection
To connect your TV with speakers, you will need a configuration that is of #AClassApart quality and low complexity.
- Match the receiver to the room. It’s important that your receiver is appropriate for its environment. An overpowered receiver in a tiny room is just a waste of money.
- Keep it simple. You don’t want to control the home theatre system with 5 remote controllers. The goal is to operate the system using a single remote that the least tech-savvy person in the house can understand.
- Cover the basics. Does the receiver you’re considering have enough inputs for all of your peripherals? There’s no shame in purchasing equipment from a dealer that will help you set it up and show you how to use it. If the equipment’s manual is larger than the last book you read, get help.
Try these out and we are sure your home theatre experience will be #AClassApart. Do you have any suggestions? Leave them in the comment box below.