Dedicated Home Theater

The perfect theatrical ambience to match the perfect theatrical experience.

The Ultimate Dedicated Home Theater

Imagine an area of your home decorated with a cinema theme, perhaps with a vintage popcorn machine & concession area setting off the area outside the screening room. Your invited guests gather here for wine and conversation before the movie begins. At the scheduled time for your film, your lighting control system automatically dims your lights as programmed, signaling when you and your guests should move to your theater to enjoy this week’s latest Blu-ray movie release. When everyone is seated, a single touch to your personalized touch screen controller dims the lights to viewing level, activates your projector and starts the movie.

During the film, images have almost three-dimensional vividness, and you are enveloped in the music and effects of the soundtrack. When the movie ends, your friends comment that the experience is so much better than a movie theater, they can’t imagine why you would ever leave home! Is this your ultimate home theater dream? Whatever yours happens to be, our design team can help your dream become a reality. Treat yourself to a demonstration in our state-of-the-art home theater in our showroom today!

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Dedicated Home Theater Experience

The true home theater experience can transport you to another place. You become so immersed in the film you feel like you are part of the movie. This is what happens when you create a true home theater room, dedicated to superior, studio quality surround sound and video!

The Film Experience

The goal is to create exactly what happens in a movie theater, with the image from a high quality projector reflecting to your eyes from a large film screen. Your screen size, its height off the floor, its distance from your seating, and how many rows of seats you have are factors to consider in your theater room design.

The key is getting your line of site correct. You want all viewers to enjoy the entire picture without having to look over or around someone’s head, and you don’t want viewers to have to stretch their necks to see the screen. Domes’ experts can help with this. Line of sight is a tricky subject and can make or break the film experience.

Room Design

In designing a dedicated home theater room, you should not have to worry about anything other than making things perfect for sight and sound. (That’s why you made it a dedicated room!) We will assist you with screen layout, projector, speaker and component placement. Other important considerations are aesthetics and acoustics. Many magazines and web sites can give you ideas for the architectural look of your theater. Domes has a network of decorators and designers we work with on theater decor, lighting design, and custom cabinetry. We cannot stress enough how big a difference the proper acoustics approach will make in the enjoyment of your theater.

Acoustic walls Acoustics and Soundproofing

In designing a dedicated home theater, speaker placement is extremely important. By far, the most important track in a film is the dialogue track. This is produced through the center channel speaker.

If you cannot understand dialogue, the impact of the movie is greatly reduced. In theater rooms with multiple rows of seats, hearing dialogue clearly can be a challenge.

Not only should your family and guests be able to see the entire screen, they need to hear all of the speakers. No speaker is more important than the center channel. It’s fairly easy to get sound right when there is only one row of home theater seats, but with two or more rows, the location of the center channel becomes critical. Our experts will assist you with design options to optimize the center speaker position.

 

Subwoofer Placement

The subwoofer (the speaker providing deep bass effects) can usually be hidden under the screen. Again, we can help with design options. Remember, that the worst spot for a subwoofer is in the middle of your room, the best, close to a corner. And the more subs the better – four is ideal!

Surround Speakers Placements

Finally, surround speakers can be positioned to your sides and on the rear wall. You should have one or more pairs of side speakers, and one pair of rear speakers. Their placement will be related to how your seating is configured. We can offer a lot of advice here.

Ventilation

In most dedicated home theater rooms, equipment is housed outside the room to minimize noise. It is critical for the life expectancy of components that they have adequate ventilation. Your amplifier or receiver will put out some heat, but the cable box, satellite box, or video game radiate a great deal of heat. If you use an existing cabinet, passive ventilation by drilling holes is not sufficient to exhaust hot air. It is strongly suggested that you have your system ventilation professionally evaluated. Our clients can rest assured that no home theater equipment is installed without being evaluated by our trained engineering staff.

Controlling It All

So you finally have your dream home theater! If no one can figure out how to operate the system, it’s obvious the enjoyment factor will drop! A true cinema-like home theater is comprised of many individual components, and a well thought out remote control can make all of the difference. Domes streamlines and simplifies the operation of all the technology in your home. We can not only rid you of multiple remote controls, and hide your components, but can make your entire room operate with the touch of just a couple of buttons. Our design consultants excel at getting to know their clients and, therefore, are able to work closely with our engineers in designing control systems that operate the way you need them to, not the way you are told to.