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3 Home Theater Designer Tricks of the Trade

What Professionals Include for a Superior Home Cinema Experience

3 Home Theater Designer Tricks of the Trade

Can you design and install your own home theater? Sure, some people do. But if you want a custom home cinema that looks like something where every detail is thought out, from equipment to decor, you should hire a professional home theater designer. We’re not going to cover all the details involved in creating a custom theater in your Alpharetta, GA, home because it would make this blog very long. However, we can cover three areas you might want to think about that can make a significant difference in your theater. 

The three areas involve both sound and visuals, which are two essential elements of the viewing experience. Please keep reading for more!

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Place Speakers Behind the Screen

You never see speakers in the front when you go to a commercial theater. Most theaters are all screen in the front, which makes for an immersive experience. The front speaker stage – left, center, and right channels – are hidden behind the screen. Does the screen affect the sound? No, not if you use one of the many acoustically transparent screen types. The main advantage of this type of design is to make the sound part of the visuals, tricking the viewer into not thinking about where the sound is emanating from. If you have the right room and can accommodate the right size screen and space behind the screen, this is a great way to make the experience more immersive.

Use Separate Amplifiers

Today’s home theater receivers are excellent, and at the high end, have powerful amplification for the volume and clarity to handle all the highs and lows of movie soundtracks. However, especially in larger rooms, separate amplifiers are highly recommended. Even if you're not using the most power-hungry speakers, a good speaker benefits from more powerful, cleaner amplification. A separate amp packs the power supplies and capacity to handle the most extreme parts of soundtracks smoothly and can also deliver clearer midrange clarity for the all-important vocals, so you can follow the plot while you enjoy the bombastic action. 

Get a Projector That Handles Everything

What do we mean by everything? Different types of viewing demand different performance characteristics. If you like sports and action movies, you'll want a projector that can deal with motion fluidly. The best ones, like those from Sony, have the processing acumen to do that. If you like movies with dark scenes, excellent black-level performance is a must. You need a projector that can do that, and that demands excellent HDR support and a high-end light source, like a laser light engine. Finally, if you like movies and regular shows, you need a projector that can quickly shift from regular 16:9 to anamorphic widescreen formats for theatrical films. 


It’s these details and so many more that differentiate a good home theater from a great one. GHT is your local home theater design expert in the Metro Atlanta area with decades of experience. Reach out to us here to get started on yours, or click the chat box below to connect with us right away. We would love to help you!