Sounding Out: Get Better Audio in Your Home Theater Installation
Make Your Montgomery County Movies Sound Better Than Ever
If you’ve been following our blog, you know there are two important aspects of your home theater installation: picture and sound. We’ve already covered much of the former, by letting you know about the 4K difference. In this blog, we’ll cover the latter – how to achieve the best sound quality in your home theater. Read on to learn more.
The two greatest factors that affect the sound from your audio system are absorption and reflection. Think of a completely empty room – when you speak, even at a normal volume, you can oftentimes hear an echo. That’s called reflection. When you put carpeting and furniture in the room, suddenly the echo seems to disappear. That’s because the sound waves are absorbed into the soft surfaces.
When you install a surround sound system, there’s a lot more sound in your room. That means a greater potential for echo. So you’ll want to mount some acoustical treatments to help manage it. Acoustical treatments are fabric-covered wall panels that help reduce sound reflection in the room.
What About Immersive Audio?
There’s a small caveat to installing acoustical treatments: immersive audio. Formats like Dolby Atmos make the whole sound issue a little more complex. You see, the way Atmos makes a small surround sound system sound like one you’d find in a commercial theater is by harnessing the power of audio reflections.
Sure, it seems counterintuitive, but in reality, it’s brilliant. For instance, their patented up-firing speakers are a great way to enjoy fully immersive audio without installing overhead speakers. But sound dampeners on the ceiling can harm the experience because the up-firing units shoot sound directly at the ceiling so that it can reflect back down toward the listener.
Another thing to watch out for when installing Dolby Atmos is a vaulted ceiling. If this is the case for your home theater, you’re much better off integrating overhead speakers into the space, otherwise, you won’t get the fully immersive effect.
What Else to Look Out For
No home theater is one-size-fits-all. In fact, half the fun of integrating one is customizing it to your liking. However, you want to be careful about a few aspects.
As mentioned above, hard, flat surfaces can severely affect your sound quality, so make sure you take precautions when installing picture frames, glass display cases or tables throughout the room.
Additionally, don’t pass up the chance to install comfortable, customized theater seating. They’re designed specifically to support your body without blocking the sound from reaching your ears. Plus, their plush makeup will help minimize sound reflections.
Are you ready to enjoy a better-sounding home theater installation? Contact us today.