The chief aim of Home THX standards is to ensure the highest-quality re-creation of actual theatre sound.
A THX-certified home theatre system will cost you a good bit more than an ordinary home theatre because this sort of system is a luxury purchase. If you just want a superior entertainment system in your home, you don’t need to worry about THX systems.
To find out more about THX home theatre standards, check out the THX website, or give us a call!
Putting It All Together – Additional Home Theatre Info.
There are several factors to keep in mind when choosing and arranging your new home theatre room.
First of all, consider the architecture of the room. A home theatre should be something like a movie theatre. You want an enclosed, rectangular room, with a good amount of space, and not too much outside light. Curtained walls and carpeted floors can also provide a soft surface to cut down on disruptive echoes.
The projector should be easily visible, and it shouldn’t be in a place that gets a lot of glare from outside. As for the sound system, the three front speakers should be spaced evenly, all at about the same height. We will make sure they are near the level of the screen so that the sound seems to be coming from the action and actors you’re watching.
The rear speakers should be mounted at the same height, spaced an equal distance from the listener. Chances are you’ll have more than one listener, so the spacing won’t be equal for everybody. You can find the central listening position — such as the middle of the couch — and space everything according to that point, while still paying attention to other seats in the room.
The final speaker to consider is the subwoofer. The low frequencies aren’t directional like the higher frequencies emitted by the main speakers, so it is not as critical with respect to placement; however, for the best sound that is not boomy or thin, there are a number of “tricks of the trade” on where to place this all important speaker.
Once your television and speakers are in place, we will calibrate your system. We calibrate the audio and the video of all our theatres, which is the ultimate “finishing touch” to make sure they deliver the impact and experience we have been talking about throughout this article.
Another thing to consider in your home theatre is lighting. It’s important that you don’t have a lot of bright ambient light in the room, because this may cause glare on the screen or distract from the movie. But you also don’t want a completely dark room, because the high contrast of the light from the screen may strain your eyes. We have an answer here too, and a really cool one to boot. We use dimming lights and switches that work as a function of the home theater. When you press “Watch Movie” on your remote, the lights automatically dim down to proper viewing brightness. Pressing “Intermission” or “System Off” will return the lights to their normal brightness, albeit slowly, and not at full brightness, to allow your eyes to adjust again. Smart, huh?!