Media Room

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The Ultimate Media Room

Imagine a room with a medium sized flat panel TV for casual daytime viewing. Now imagine transforming that daytime TV room into your private screening room for movies. One simple button push on your remote control causes sleek, motorized blackout shades to descend; your lights slowly dim as the theater screen quietly lowers from its ceiling hiding place at the same time. The screen is filled with bright, crystal clear images from your hidden projector, as music from the soundtrack flows in and envelops you, creating a complete motion picture experience. The Domes design team can help you create this ultimate media room experience in your home. Stop by our showroom for ideas on getting your dream room started!

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Screen Placement
In many homes, the family room serves as the media room. The focal point in many family rooms is a fireplace in the middle of a wall with either blank wall space or cabinets flanking the fireplace. Placing a flat screen TV over the fireplace mantle is a very popular design option. This can be great, if (and this is a Big If) you can position seats far enough away so you don’t feel like you’re looking at the ceiling to see the TV.

When you select your desired screen size, we suggest cutting a cardboard or poster board pattern to match the dimensions and placing it at the proposed location. Sit back in your chair and look at it for a few minutes. Does your viewing position feel comfortable? If it does, that’s great. If not, consider placing your TV lower: either to one side of the fireplace or even on another wall. There are many mounting options, and beautiful ways to conceal flat screens; such as behind customized artwork or mirrors. Just ask our design consultants for suggestions to enhance your space.

Speaker Placement Options
If you get one thing right, make sure to get the best center channel speaker you can afford and position it properly. All the dialogue in a movie comes out of the center channel speaker and if you can’t understand dialogue, you can’t follow the plot! Ideally, your center channel should be located directly above or below the TV. If you decide to place your TV above a mantle, you can put the center channel speaker over it to get the screen a bit lower. Some center channels can be customized to match the width of your TV to create a complementary look. Domes has a wide selection of center channel speakers for every design consideration. Follow this general rule for the best placement of your left and right speakers: create a 45 to 60 degree angle between the speakers and your main seating position. Each room is different, of course, and our trained staff can help you plot the best angle for you.

Subwoofer Placement
Your subwoofer (the speaker providing deep bass effects) can sometimes be hidden in a cabinet. Two things you should remember are: the worst spot for a subwoofer is in the middle of your room, and the best place is close to a corner. Again, we can assist you with placement options.

Speaker system

Surround Speakers
Surround speakers can be positioned on side walls or the rear wall. In media rooms, location usually depends on architectural elements of the room such as windows and doorways. In an existing home, wiring for wall-mounted speakers is typically much less time consuming and invasive than for ceiling speakers.

Sketch out your room for us and we can advise you on your best surround speaker options. Speaker possibilities may be dipole, bipole, or directional depending on your room and your seating.

If you are creating a media room from scratch or have easy ceiling access, there are many in-wall and ceiling mount speakers that can be angled toward the listening position. If properly planned, these can be very inconspicuous and will not sacrifice audio quality. Many are able to be painted to match your room décor. A tour of our Virginia Beach design center will assist you in discovering many design capabilities. In situations where you absolutely have no room for a speaker anywhere other than at the TV, something you may consider is a speaker bar, with multiple speakers in one compact cabinet.

Acoustics

A typical family room usually has adequate acoustic properties. Window treatments are a plus, as are plants, furniture, rugs, bookcases full of books, wall hangings, or anything else that breaks up reflected sound. An example of a challenging room is one with very high ceilings and a lot of bare sheetrock walls that reflect sound, making it very difficult to understand movie dialogue. When Domes calibrates a room like this, we make adjustments to provide the best possible dialogue reproduction. If you are designing in this kind of room, consider adding enough furniture and fabric to absorb sound reflections and keeping the center channel height close to your seated ear level. Samples of acoustical wall treatment are available at our showroom, if you are interested in this option.

Ventilation
In many rooms, existing cabinets can be adapted to house components. However, it’s critical for your components’ life expectancy that they have adequate ventilation. Your amplifier or receiver will generate heat. The cable box, satellite box, or video game system will also radiate significant amounts of heat. Drilling holes for passive ventilation is usually not enough, so Domes typically installs a ventilation fan in the cabinet to exhaust hot air. A remote mounted, thermostat controlled fan is even better. We can mount one of these fans in your crawl space so you never hear the fan noise! Our clients can be assured that our design consultants will work closely with our engineers to insure that all systems we install have optimal ventilation capability.

Sunlight Effect
If you plan to enjoy your media room during the day for more than casual viewing, then consider how sunlight streaming through windows may shine on your TV. Sunlight glare can wash out a picture. It’s very easy to fix this problem with curtains, window treatments, or some impressively quiet and elegant motorized, energy efficient window treatments.

Controlling Everything
If no one knows how to turn the system on and select his or her options, owning an entertainment system will not be an enjoyable experience. Today’s systems are comprised of so many intricate components that a well-planned and programmed remote control makes all of the difference. Reliable system controls are available so you can eliminate multiple remote controls, conceal all your components and perfectly transmit signals to them. Domes offers a wide range of control options that are dependable and easy to use. Our design consultants take the time to get to know you and your family to insure your system operates the way you want it to, not the way a “programmer” tells you to!