You Don’t Need a Ton of Space to Enjoy Your Favorite Entertainment
Unused rooms in your home offer a world of potential. Recent retirees may have an office they no longer need, or empty nesters may want new ways to transform their kids’ rooms. Fitness rooms, library rooms, and libraries are some of the more popular choices. Recently, we’ve also seen a lot of clients reach out to see if these spare rooms in their Vinings-area homes are big enough for a successful media room design.
Entertainment spaces used to require a lot of equipment that could easily overwhelm a small room. Over the past few years, however, technology advances have made it so you can create the ideal viewing and listening environment almost anywhere. From motorized shades that reduce glare to speakers that stay hidden from view, we outline some of our favorite features below.
Optimize the Audio in Your Home Theater Installation Without Sacrificing Style
It’s rare to have the perfect acoustic environment during a home theater installation. Every installation will have a few acoustic issues to address, whether it has to do with the shape of the room or the wall material. Two primary things will affect the sonic performance in your home: speaker placement and acoustic treatments.
Here, we’ll focus primarily on the latter and how acoustic treatments help to create a more immersive viewing experience in your Metro Atlanta home theater, whether you live in Dunwoody or beyond. Eliminating acoustic issues shouldn’t come at the expense of your theater aesthetics, though. Which is why we partner with Acoustic Innovations. Their WallScapes come in various shapes, sizes, and colors to fit your unique interior design preferences.
How Acoustics and Room Layout Affect Your Audio Quality
If you’re making an investment in a home theater or media room, whether it’s a replica of the Strand or a more modest multi-purpose room, you want great sound to go along with a great picture on a big screen. While it’s a fact that better quality speakers and components will deliver better audio quality, sometimes other factors affect the sound adversely no matter how good the equipment is.
The inherent acoustics of your Atlanta media room or home theater layout might have more effect on the sound than you think. For example, too many hard surfaces might make some sound frequencies overly harsh. Things like windows along one wall and other room features can affect the sound, creating the impression that you might not be able to achieve the enveloping sound you want that rivals the local multiplex.
Don’t worry though; there are solutions. Home theater is in our name, so we know a thing or two about home theater sound. Read on to learn more.
Immersive Sound Will Transform Your Home Theater
Multi-channel soundtracks for film have come a long, long way in the past 25 years.
In the 1980s, Dolby Laboratories developed the Dolby Surround sound format, and it began by taking stereo soundtracks and “matrixing” sound for dialog and effects to the center channel and surround speakers by some clever processing. It was followed by Dolby Pro Logic, which took that technology a step further, allowing the stereo left and right channels to have additional audio information that with the proper equipment could direct those specific sounds to center and rear speakers.
Dolby Pro Logic was good for its time, and because most movies were still on VHS videotape, tape could only handle a certain amount of audio bandwidth. Dolby Digital 5.1, also called AC-3, was the first digital surround format and birthed the modern era of digital audio in video soundtracks. First used on Laserdiscs, a predecessor to the DVD that never quite went mainstream, Dolby Digital became the standard for DVD and also for high definition broadcast TV.
Today, the original Dolby Digital has been thoroughly reworked and enhanced over time. Each successive version – like Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD – has brought increases in audio quality and the precision of placing sounds in a sound field for more realistic and immersive entertainment. The culmination of this development is Dolby Atmos.
So at this point, you may have heard of Dolby Atmos (or not) and wonder what all the fuss is about. You may be wondering why you’d want it for your home cinema in the Alpharetta area and what changes it might mean to your home theater layout.
We thought the best way to do this would be to do a little FAQ (frequently asked questions). Read on as we cover the basics of Dolby Atmos and to see if it’s right for your home theater.