Home theater systems are the new family entertainment center for the 21st century much like the family room was in the 70s. Making it as comfortable and fun for the entire family is the most important element of setting up your system. Consider these must-haves for any home theater for the ultimate experience:
Best Viewing Perimeters
There are actual optimal viewing coordinates to consider when you set up your system including how far away the actual screen should be from the projecting system. Movie producers have set an actual measurement for the best luminance to view movies. According to Projector Screen, “Foot-lamberts (ftL) are the unit of measure used by the motion picture industry to specify how much light should be reflected off the movie screen in a 1-foot x 1-foot area.” A 100-inch home screen is capable of this measured luminosity and needs to be set up this way.
Nothing gives the ultimate movie experience from a home theater than the actual stadium-type seating you can enjoy in a movie theater. If you are going to have more than two rows of these seats, it is a good idea to also have LED lights installed on the steps for safety as well as to add more movie theater ambiance.
The full movie theater experience would have to include a projection screen that is motorized to drop down on its own right as the movie begins. It adds an element of drama to the home theater experience that harkens back to old movie theaters when the curtains would open as the movie began and the lights would dim. You can also have automated dimming lights as well.
Food and Soda Bar
How great would it be to have all the convenience of the movie theater food and refreshment counter right next to your seats? You can add these fun and convenient accessories with a vintage-styled popcorn machine set up in the corner with a DIY soda bar system that will give your family three or four choices of sodas at their fingertips throughout the movie experience.
Surround Sound System
A movie just wouldn’t feel like you were immersed inside the action without the addition of a surround-sound system. Most home theater systems are set up with surround sound, but the ultimate sound begins with a 7.1 sound system with at least eight individual speakers that will give you sound that will encircle the moviegoer in the action.
No matter what you decide to do, remember that you want to be able to enjoy your home theater. If you don’t like something, don’t do it. If you really want something specific, go for it, no matter what people say. This is your home and you should love it.