The Difference Between a Home Theater and Media Room by Keith Brown

Have you heard the terms Home Theater and Media Room and wondered, “What is the difference?”  The differences between a media room and a home theater are determined by the needs of the family and the ultimate desired use of the space.

A home theater is an entire room dedicated to giving you that Hollywood style movie experience.  It is designed and created as a unique space to allow for complete control of lighting, sound and comfort of the viewer.  A projector, giant screen and sound system are the key components of the room.  However, all aspects of the room, including the ceiling, paint, fixtures and carpet, are designed to assist with sound dampening and controlling the light levels.  Theater style seating is usually arranged in permanent, tiered rows that face the screen.  The room can be customized with a theme to express a personal flare and provide a unique cinema experience.  Since a home theater is a dedicated room, it may not be the right choice for every house or budget.

A media room on the other hand is a multi-use type area where a comfortable sitting arrangement is more conducive to family and social interaction.  Since there is not as much control over ambient light, a window shading solution may be required to prevent glare and create an optimal viewing experience.  A large flat panel TV, digital surround sound system and well placed speakers will provide the ideal experience for watching sports or movies, playing games or just listening to music.  A media room allows for a more flexible use of space and may require a smaller budget.

Whether you choose a home theater or media room, either choice is a great addition to any home.  You need to ask, “Which room fits the needs of your family and your house better”.  Our staff can help guide you through the choices and answer your questions to help determine which choice is the best option for you.  If you are considering adding a new room, or remodel an existing one, call Audio Video Innovations today to start designing the perfect room for your house.

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