As you might imagine, we get called in all the timeto look at home, theaters that people feel likethey installed or someone installed for them, andthey’re, just not what they expected and because ofthat we’ve put together our top seven home theatermistakes to help make sure when you’re buildingyour Theater you avoid these. The number one hometheater mistake we see is the wrong screen sizemost of the time it’s because the screen istoo small for the room and the seating positionsometimes. Although a lot less often it’s toobig and the seating position is too closeand. People can get vertigo because it’sjust done wrong. If you want to nail thescreen size or you’re, trying to figure out goover to audioadvice.
om, we actually have a freehome theater design tool that will allow you toput, where your seats are going to be the sizeyour room, and it will help you figure out. Exactlywhat the right screen size is for your situation. Number two home theater mistake: wrong paint colorwe go into a room, there’s a great projector agreat screen and you’ve got basically white orlight-colored walls that are bouncing all thelight around the room and it just doesn’t lookgood make sure. When you’re planning out thecolor of your room, ideally you want darker colorsthere’s a reason when you go into a movie theaterthat, it’s dark. The picture looks a lot betterwhen.
You don’t have white walls bouncingeverything around also when you’re choosingthe paint color think you want a matte or flatcolor, so we’re not getting gloss reflectionsor. Anything else like that around the roomalso think about furniture. That’S aroundit, sometimes we’ll walk into a roomand. We’Ll see this great television andwe’ve got great sound, but there might be thisfurniture right below the screen. That’S glossand, reflecting light straight back onto it.
Number three is bad sight lines sight, linesare the lines when you’re sitting in yourchair and you’re looking at the screen. Itselfyou can mess this up in a couple of ways: oneis, if you don’t have high enough risers and you’rebasically looking into the back of someone’s headso, you really need to think about thedesign of the room if you’ve got onetwo, maybe three rows of seats. How high thescreen should be how high the riser should beif you go over to audioadvice.com, ourfree, home theater design tool, willactually, make sure all of your sight, linesare perfect, and you don’t have an issue. Number four – is spending too much money on videowhen.
You think about your budget. What happensis people will go in and say? Okay, i want thebiggest screen, i can get or the best projectorand the sound is anemic and what you’llfind, when you go into a theater and it justimmerses you in the emotion it’s becausethey found that balance of great videoand great sound. When you cut the sound out. Andyou put everything into video and the cablesaren’t good and the components aren’t good andthe speakers are tiny.
You just don’t get thatgreat experience, you’re, looking for, if you’retrying, to figure out how much money to spend inthe various portions of the home, theater you’redesigning one now go over to audioadvice.com. Weactually have a great video and whole article onhow. We recommend people allocate budget, betweencables and video and audio and everythingelse to get that right. Optimal, theater number five is not enough power.
So what happensis you go to design your theater room? Maybe you’rejust grabbing off of an electrical outlet, that’sbeing used for a bunch of other things in the roomand, your amplifiers just either one you know blowa circuit or they actually blow their own fuses. Oryou, just can’t get that deep bass, because youdon’t have enough amps for what you’re runningin the room. So in some cases you need to actuallypull a dedicated circuit for the room itself, itgives you that power to get the punch and thevideo and the audio and everything you want. Number six is not calibrating the system.
Againsometimes we’ll be brought into a home and they’reready to upgrade to theater they’ve, heard aboutaudio advice or they’re calling us for adviceand. We realize whoever installed the system theyjust plugged, all the components up, but they reallywere not audio and video experts. Consequentlythey, never calibrated the system. Pretty much everydecent, receiver or processor today has some autocalibration on it, and you can run that calibrationyourself whoever’s installing it if they’re audioexperts or theater experts they can guide you onrunning it and actually tweaking it really gettingit right, in fact, for all the top processorsand receivers, audio Advice sends our tips andtricks guides on how to do these calibrationsto our customers. Obviously, if we’re doing itourselves, we do it if someone’s buying from us andthey’re do-it-yourselfer, we will send it to themand, really make sure you get the calibration rightand.
I’M telling you from an audio perspectivewhen, you hear a system, that’s been calibratedand, it’s really taken out all the modes andnodes in the bass and everything else. It justsounds totally different and the experienceis so much better. This is also true in videoyou’ll, see on our site. We’Ve got a couplevideos and reviews and buyer’s guides on how to dothese kinds of calibrations on video in particularwe’ll find that people know how to calibrate it toget it matched up, for instance, a projector onto ascreen, but they’re not going back and doing panelalignment in the colors And all the things youneed to do to really get that great pop anotherpart of calibration is making sure that you’regetting the best sound that you can sometimeswe’ll go in and we’ll actually see the surroundsound settings set to not get the best soundwhat. We typically advise people.
Is you eitherwant to set to bit stream or in most receiversand processors it gives you the ability to choosewhat? The default decoding is for multi-channel andalso for 2-channel, for most people, setting todolby atmos for your multi-channel and actuallysetting to dolby for 2-channel is the best outcomenow. Let’S talk about the two channel just for asecond, because the multi-channel most peopleget it. I want to get that great dolby, atmossound or dts if it comes in, but in two channelmost people enjoy where it’s taking the dialogueand, putting it into the center channel and itcan. Take a stereo feed, whether it’s listening, tomusic or watching a television show and actuallymake it really quite impressive in the theatersome audiophiles prefer to set the twochannel to just stereo, which is fine as well number seven of the top mistakes that we seeis not getting.
The acoustics right in the roomand, what i mean by this is not the settings andcalibration that we just talked about, but theactual acoustics of the room itself. Sowhen you’re designing a room if you’ve cuta lot of hard flat walls or it’s cube-like. Youdon’T have carpet you’re going to have a veryharsh sounding room. There’S some easy things: youcan do to make that room sound, better, using carpetsoft textures, maybe bookshelves in the back ofa room or if it’s a true theater room, you knowthe kind of furniture that you use in it. But doingacoustic panels is one of the easiest things to doit’s, not that expensive and can really softenup a room to make it sound great if you’ve gotquestions on how to do that, we actually have anarticle on how to think about the acoustics andset up the acoustics.
In a room at audioadvice.comi hope these seven mistakes will keep you frommaking the same mistake when you build your dreamtheater. If you’ve got questions about anythinghome, theater related or audio related jump, overto, audioadvice,
Com you’ll find we’ve got peopleon chat and on the phone that are happy to helpyou out plus we have a full home theater designtool there that will help you figure out. Whereyour seats should go how big your screen should beand, avoiding a lot of these mistakes, plus a wholelist of buyer’s guides that go into details. Onavoiding all these mistakes and the thingsyou should do to get your home theater rightif.
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