So, What Exactly Is a Media Room?
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On these pages, we have several blogs about different aspects of media rooms. We have covered topics like surround sound, types of screens, projectors, TVs, and how media rooms and home theaters differ.
However, we'd like to take a step back this month and go back to basics – what exactly is a media room? Using the word "exactly" may not be the best choice, as there is no definitive answer that’s perfect for every homeowner. But we can break down all the essential elements that can make up a proper media room, versus a space in your home that just has a TV in it.
We will cover the major aspects to consider in any media room design. Some of them may be very familiar to you, and some less so, but it doesn't lessen their importance. If you're considering a fresh media room installation in your Somerset County, NJ home, an upgrade, or perhaps turning your family, living, or game room into a top-notch media space, then you’ll want to continue reading below.
The Answers Will Lead to Your Perfect Media Room
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If you’re embarking on a media room setup in Mendham, NJ, you have a lot of things to think about. Before you get bogged down in equipment choices and various other details, Bravo AV believes a structured approach to thinking about your media space will ultimately yield the room that is right for you.
We think these are the “big picture” questions to answer about your media room setup and in this blog, we’ll dive deeper. The questions deal with the kind of sound quality you want, the image quality you prefer, and how important the design and aesthetics of your space are to you. Some people place a priority on all three, while some have clear priorities on what matters most to them. Once you start down this path, the choices for your media room become clearer.
Without further ado, let’s discuss these critical questions in more detail.
Don't Worry - There's a Screen for That!
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When you are looking to install or upgrade a media room screen in your Warren, NJ home, your tendency is likely to “go big.” While flat-panel TVs have gotten ever-larger, at a point beyond 90 inches or so, a projector and screen will provide the largest and most cost-effective image.
Some people may not initially want a projector because of aesthetics or perceived complexity. The reality is that a projector setup done correctly is just as easy to use and looks as great as any other display. A more significant reason someone might not want a projector is because of windows in the room that let in a large amount of light. If your media room serves a purpose beyond films in the dark, you might desire more light in the room, especially on a Sunday afternoon while watching a Giants football game.
Does that mean a projector is out of the question? Far from it. First, you can control light with smart, automated features like motorized shades. But that doesn't mean you need a fully darkened room to watch football either. The latest projectors from top brands like Sony, coupled with ambient light-absorbing screens, make it easy for your media room not to have to be a cave.
Read on to learn more about one such versatile screen, the Black Diamond from Screen Innovations.
Get to Know Your Options for Surround Audio
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Surround sound is how movie and TV soundtracks are reproduced in your media room or home theater. The surround sound concept dates all the way back to 1940 and was used in the Walt Disney classic film Fantasia. In theaters, surround sound became popular in the late 1970s in such films as Superman and Apocalypse Now through technology pioneered by Dolby Labs, the company that leads in the space. Surround sound is a term used to describe a type of audio output in which the sound appears to "surround the listener" by 360 degrees.
For a media room setup in Mendham, NJ, a high-quality surround system makes a significant difference in your entertainment experience. Why? Because surround sound is everywhere now. All broadcast TV is in Dolby Digital format, and many shows take advantage of it. More importantly, virtually all movies are distributed with surround sound. The best action films and thrillers genuinely take advantage of multiple channels of sound to immerse you in the story. Increasingly, high-quality original shows on popular streaming services like Netflix are using 7.1 audio, and the best shows make you feel like you’re at the movies.
So no matter what you watch, surround sound is virtually all around you – pardon the pun. Read on to see how you can make the most of an upgraded media room setup.