Does your home theater setup underwhelm you? Try these five tips to bring a movie theater quality experience home.
1. Blackout Curtains
Natural light and glare can ruin any movie viewing experience. There’s a reason why theaters do not have any windows. Buying blackout curtains hold back unwanted light and can keep your room cooler at the same time. Keeping light out of the room is a necessity for the best viewing experience, especially if you have a highly reflective television screen or are using digital projectors.
You might also wish to paint the room to a darker color for better contrast. This can be an easy DIY project to undertake, just consider following our interior painting tips, as you don’t want to damage anything or get set back in your home theatre improvement process.
2. Calibrate Your Audio System
Every room is different. To hear the sound how it was intended, you have to make sure your system knows the location of each speaker in your room and has them set to the right volume. Many receivers come with automatic calibration features and special microphones that will take care of this for you in minutes. You can even do this right from your smartphone.
Do you have a pre-movie setup ritual? You have to turn off all the unwanted lights and make sure all of your equipment is set to the correct input. Use smart devices that will transform your everyday living space into a quality theater experience in no time. You can use automation to turn down your lights, set your A/C to the right temperature, and ensure that equipment like an audio receiver, or digital projectors are ready to go.
4. Improve the Quality of Your View
Think projectors are just for the cinema? Bring that premium experience home with a digital projector. Home projectors offer the same high definition experience you would expect from a top of the line panel. The size of your image is only limited by the size of your screen – which can even be your wall. However, you should make sure that you match your screen to your projector. Equipped with the latest technology, 4K projector screens enhance all aspects of your viewing experience for the best possible movie night.
Soundproofing your home theater room by putting up acoustic absorbent can keep the right sound in and the wrong sounds out. You can get rid of unwanted home noises like A/C kicking on. Once you’ve made your room soundproof, you can set your audio receiver to the widest sound range possible. This will allow you to get rid of the compression used to make quiet sounds audible in noisy rooms.
6. Remember Safety
When you’re done with your home theatre, you probably will have a lot of wires going to various places. You’ll most likely have your TV or projector set up, which then needs to be set up with whatever you’re using to watch movies, plus a sound system and any other devices you might want in there. Wires that conduct electricity can cause fires or shocks when frayed or nicked. Remember to keep them separated and organized, maybe even color coding your wires if you have time. It will be for the best, especially if you might have kids or teens who will be using the room.
In the end, a good movie viewing experience is all about how you like it. Experiment with sound and video settings to find the best setup that works for you.