Home theaters have become more popular as the pandemic has shuttered most commercial theaters. If you plan on bringing the magic of the cinema into your home, you must work with an expert theater designer to create the perfect plan for your space. But what should you discuss before moving to the installation phase? Read on to learn important considerations for you and your home theater designer to discuss before you select a display for your custom home theater.
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Screen size is the first thing that most people consider when selecting a display. The big-screen experience is why most people choose to install a custom home theater in their space. However, to get that captivating and immersive feeling, you need to make sure that your screen isn't too big for your space. If your display is too large, you will have to crane your neck to see the whole screen, just like when you sit in the front row of a commercial theater. If the screen is too small, you will miss critical details of your film.
A home theater designer will measure out your space and determine what size is perfect for your project. Then, they will work with you to decide whether you want a television or projector screen. Most people select projectors as they are the best way to recreate a theater-like experience in your home.
Trusted brands such as Sony projectors and JVC projectors bring you crystal-clear images that rival your commercial cinema. These projectors can throw immersive 4K picture that measures 200 inches and beyond. If your space requires a smaller display but you still crave the projector experience, opt for a short-throw projector that casts 100+ inch picture at shorter distances from the wall. Large-screen televisions are becoming more popular as well, with newer models measuring 85 inches and higher.
Brightness is another factor to consider, especially if you decide to install a projector. Ambient light can make it difficult to see an image on a projector screen and ruins the finer details of your picture if your projector isn’t bright enough or your screen can’t reject ambient light. However, projectors with higher lumen counts and light-rejecting screens can be more costly. Instead of modifying your display, it may be better to adapt the room to be more conducive to a home theater. Block out ambient light with motorized blackout shades and use smart lighting control to ensure that your image is flawless. Blackout shades will completely prevent any light from leaking through, creating the perfect environment for watching movies.
Other things to consider are resolution, color range, and contrast that impact the quality of your image. A high-resolution display, such as native 4K or 8K resolution, ensures a crisp and detailed picture. A high-end 4K projector also delivers excellent color, contrast, and detail. However, you can take high-resolution content even further in performance when you opt for a TV or projector with HDR compatibility. HDR, or high dynamic range, expands picture brightness and color to deliver even deeper contrast, color intensity, and detail than traditional video.
The home theater designers at Applause Custom Sight & Sound can help you select the perfect display for your space! We can even work with you to install high-end speakers from leading manufacturers such as JBL Synthesis for a complete cinematic experience. For a free consultation, please contact us at (913) 498-1183, use the live chat box below, or fill out our contact form. We would love to hear from you!
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