Home Theatre Installations
Frequently Asked Questions
Take your family movie nights to the next level with your own home theatre. A home theatre installation can take many different forms, from a professionally mounted TV & soundbar in the living room that hides all the wires, to a full multichannel surround sound system with an automated projector screen including in-wall, and in-ceiling speakers. To help you decide what type of system will be right for you, we’ve listed some of our most common questions below.
Should I Use A TV Or Projector?
Both Televisions and Projectors have their pros and cons when used in a home theatre system. There are several questions that will help determine which is the right choice for your space. What is the size of the room, and how many people will be watching? How much ambient light is in the space? A dedicated theatre room that can be easily darkened will favor a projector, whereas a living room with lots of ambient light, and wanting to use the system in the daytime will lean more towards a TV.
How Many Speakers Does My Home Theatre Need?
The main factor to consider when determining how many speakers to have in your home theatre system is the size of the room, and generally, the larger the room, the more speakers you can accommodate. That being said, when working within a budget, most audio enthusiasts would agree that the quality of your equipment takes precedence over having a large number of lower quality surround speakers.
Another important factor to consider is the source of the videos you are watching, and what surround sound capabilities are supported. Netflix for example, supports up to 5.1 channel surround sound, as well as Dolby Atmos. A 7.1 channel system would not be utilized to its full potential in this case. The app you are using to browse a streaming service can also impact its audio compatibility. Amazon Prime Video launched from a Samsung Smart TV will support 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos, however if Prime Video is launched from a connected Xbox One or Playstation, Dolby Atmos will no longer be supported.
What Is Dolby Atmos?
Dolby Atmos takes your traditional surround sound system, and adds a height channel to create a three dimensional audio experience. In a traditional system, for example a 5.1, you are surrounded by speakers in a two dimensional plane. With Dolby Atmos, in-ceiling or upfiring speakers add the height dimension to the sound. The difference is a far more realistic audio experience. In a scene with a helicopter for example, instead of hearing the helicopter go around you from the front to back speakers, you can actually hear it go directly over your head!
How Much Should I Budget?
After decades of home theatre installations across British Columbia, our trained & certified installers have seen it all. We can help you determine what type of home theatre system will work for you, and we can provide you with a budget range to help assist your planning. Click the button below to get started.