How to Create an Awesome Media Room for Your Orlando Home
Baby boomers were often raised in homes that featured a rec room, where family members could play a game of pool or ping-pong, watch TV and listen to the stereo. Those items are still prevalent now. But today’s homes more commonly include media rooms to showcase our love of entertainment, complete with flat screen HDTVs, game consoles and advanced sound equipment.
One thing you can be sure of when it comes to technology, is that it’s always changing and evolving. Here are some ideas on how you can create an awesome media room for your Orlando home.
Analyze Your Environment – Before you start installing an HDTV or stereo equipment in your media room, take a look at the space itself. Carpeting is the preferred flooring, since tile and hardwood floors make the sound bounce around the room. If you don’t want to install carpeting, rugs, pillows and acoustic treatments can help you out.
You’ll also have to pay attention to how much light is in the room. Natural and artificial lights can create a glare on the screen. Use window treatments and lighting controls to manage the brightness in your room.
Plan Your Display – The size of the television you use will depend on the size of your room. Experts recommend setting the distance of your seating area at 1.5 times the diagonal size of the screen display. For instance, if you have a 60” inch screen, the viewing distance for a 1080p HDTV should be between 7.5-12.5 feet.
Many people choose to mount their TV on the wall to keep it away from curious children and pets, and to make better use of the living space. If your family will be sitting on a couch to view the TV, the optimum center of the screen should be about 42 inches above the floor. Any higher, and you could be straining your neck to watch your favorite show!
Consider Your Audio Needs – What’s a good media room without good sound? A sound bar speaker system is an easy solution to amp up the volume for your TV. Surround sound systems are another option. These usually feature five or seven speakers plus a subwoofer to provide the most immersive experience. You may also need a receiver to power your speakers and handle switching between various sources, such as a Blu-ray player and a DirecTV receiver.
Store the Cords – The downside of all this technology is figuring out what to do with the cords and wires! One way to avoid dangling power cords is to run them through the wall to an accessible outlet. But if you don’t have that option, there are mounting products that can attach anything, such as a video game system or Roku flush to the wall behind the television, and hide the cords at the same time. Another idea is to have a floating cabinet underneath he television which can disguise the electrical cords, and house other games, cords and accessories.
Wireless Capability – The last component of your media room should be a solid wireless network. That’s assuming you plan to stream audio and video to an Internet-capable device in your system, and download movies from devices like AppleTV, Roku, Slingbox and Google TV-enabled devices. A strong internet connection will make it easier to take advantage of services like Netflix and Pandora radio, since these are often available on home entertainment devices like a Blu-ray player or gaming console. And of course, many people are buying “Smart” TVs, which also allow you to access Netflix as well as YouTube, Amazon Instant Video and more.
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