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Recently I was scouring the internet for information to help you design and build your home theater. Many magazines and industry publications in the A/V industry have published a huge archive of data to help you. I ran across this article from, Home Theater review.com and found this to be helpful. Here is a short excerpt from the article, but click on the blue text there and read the entire article.

Home Theater Rooms, Acoustics and Design

The idea is simple enough: A home theater provides a theater-like experience in your home. But what exactly does that entail? The quick answer is, there’s no quick answer. A home theater can be as simple as a few AV devices in your living room or as complex as a completely renovated basement designed to look like Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater. At its core, a home theater system should provide a high-quality video experience and an immersive audio experience that breathe life into your favorite movies, but a number of roads can lead to that destination. This primer offers a general overview of the basic home theater ingredients–from the AV equipment to the seating to the other room elements that can shape your perfect home theater…

Okay, the basic video and audio elements are in place. Now it’s time to accessorize. Again, if you’re adding a home theater system to an existing room, you may not have the flexibility to incorporate new seating, lighting, or other HT elements; at the least, you might consider a new equipment rack, TV stand, or TV mount from a manufacturer like Omnimount, Sanus Systems, Bell’O, Premier Mounts, or BDI.

For those who are lucky enough to be creating a dedicated home theater space, the possibilities are endless. Seating will have a huge influence on the overall comfort and appeal of your home theater, so choose wisely. There’s certainly no shortage of options, both in traditional theater seating and unique designs, from companies like Fortress Seating or PremiereHTS.

What’s more theater-like than a lighting system that automatically dims when you press your controller’s Watch Movie command. With products from Lutron, Leviton, or Vantage, you can create a dedicated home theater lighting system or include HT lights as part of a whole-house lighting system.

To bring out the very best in your audio system, consider the use of acoustic treatment to help tame reflections and correct any other anomalies that your room design might create. Many professional installers offer advanced acoustic calibration, in which they measure the system’s audio characteristics and place acoustic products (diffusers, absorbers, bass traps) exactly where they’re needed in the room. Visit the Auralex Acoustics website to see some examples of acoustic treatment products.