How to Maximize a Media Room

Filed in Design, Technology by on October 31, 2018 0 Comments

Dedicated home cinemas offer a prime location for modern technology and building techniques to be on full display: soundproofed rooms, brilliant images and engulfing acoustics that can rival — or even surpass— the quality of many commercial theaters.

California’s Audio Images completely transformed an aging media room by using modern design and technology solutions.

They can also be quite expensive. But there are an infinite number of options between the “reference quality” cinema and the $400 flat screen hung over the fireplace.

“Media rooms” — multi-purpose spaces that can include projectors and screens or flat-panel TVs with carefully calibrated sound systems — can become true entertainment centers in the home.

The crew at California’s Audio Images was recently confronted with a dark, underused basement space that included an aging screen-and-projector setup. The residential technology integrators tasked with re-shaping the space quickly got to work. Along with giving it a significant technology upgrade, they creatively concealed speakers and modified the HVAC system to reduce unwanted noise.  

The room now features everything from a wet bar to a 7.1 sound array. And according to the Audio Images folks, the redesigned system “presents an image large enough to fully express the capabilities of today’s 4K UHD video.”

Being confined to a pre-determined footprint presented some challenges, but the hard work all paid off. “The clients are getting way more enjoyment and quality than what they expected in a family-oriented media room,” the Audio Images team said. “They’ve since told us that they use the room almost daily, which is music to our ears!”

Larger budgets offer seemingly limitless possibilities for high-end media rooms.

Some home owners are creating media rooms that can adapt to changing environments. California firm DSI Luxury Technology found a way to turn a light-filled living space with a million-dollar view into a true media room.

“We needed to create a video solution for daytime viewing when the room was flooded with light,” DSI reps said. “We also needed a projection solution that offered a big screen experience when the view was not paramount and that could also be enjoyed by the adjacent game room.”

The daytime solution: a Sony 85-inch 4K TV handles the image. For watching movies or sports on a bigger format, a 135-inch screen rises from beneath the floor. Both screens are complemented by hidden speakers and a subwoofer hidden beneath a staircase.

This guest post is from Ed Wenck, content marketing manager for CEDIA, the industry association representing those professionals who manufacture, design and integrate goods and services for the connected home.


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