These (Unexpected) Elements Will Affect Your Theater’s Sound Quality
Many homeowners assume that speaker selection is the only element that will affect the sound quality in their home theater. The idea of just selecting the right speakers and trusting them to produce ideal results is appealing.
While there are many high-end speakers on the market that certainly deliver quality sound, providing the optimal environment is key in allowing your system to reach its fullest potential. The design stage is the best time to set up your San Carlos home theater for success.
In this blog, we will look at how certain design elements can affect the sound navigation in your home theater. Just keep reading to see what those elements are.
Room Shape and Size
The room’s layout plays a huge role in determining how your audio will sound. Is your room narrow, long, wide, on the smaller side, spacious? Consider how much room you are working with and the shape of the space so that your design – including layout, speaker type selection and placement — can be catered to those specifications.
Furniture & Décor
Your theater wouldn’t be complete without the proper seating and furniture. However, this essential element can drastically affect the audio quality. Large furniture, like rows of seating, may interfere with the sound distribution if the speakers are not placed strategically in relation to the rest of the objects in the room.
Of course, the right speaker selection can help you avoid issues, but the key is knowing in advance what furniture and objects your room will feature. Then, you can decide on a speaker and its placement accordingly within your theater design.
For example, if your décor is sparse and you have a very open space, then you have a bit more freedom in speaker placement and selection. However, if you have a lot of bulky items like large seating, décor, or a bar for entertaining, for example, you may want to consider something like hidden speakers which can be built into the wall or ceiling to sit flush with the surrounding material. This saves you space and ensures that the sound is evenly distributed.
The sound quality in your home theater is guaranteed to be affected by the material of your floors. Are your floors covered in carpet, or do your feet meet a hard material like concrete, tile or wood? Carpet will absorb ambient sound and reduce any echoes that distort the audio experience in your theater. As such, it’s best to avoid concrete or tile flooring as sound can bounce off these surfaces and cause echoes that reverberate throughout the space.
Even from simply a comfort-perspective, carpeting creates the perfect setting for the kids to lay on the floor for family movie nights, and overall provides a cozier feel in the room.
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