Rob Fanjoy from HGTV.com focuses on the equipment necessary for a well-stocked media room in the linked article. While we take a few issues with Rob’s suggestions, namely his “bigger is better” attitude towards equipment, afterall a very satisfying home theater experience can be had with a 42” plasma TV, high quality source equipment such as a Sony Playstation which can do double duty as a gaming system and quite high quality DVD player, and a good quality 5.1 surround sound receiver, we do agree that if you have the budget, then you can transform a den, extra room or even your living room, into a transformative media experience that allows you to escape your daily routine and be taken to new worlds either through music, movies or television.
On the other hand, Rob correctly notes “that ten-foot screens are about the maximum, as you would have to sit about 15 feet from the screen for optimal viewing.” Seating distance from the screen is one of the most important factors to determine the optimal viewing experience. While 1080p resolution has become pretty much the standard for most screens these days, did you know that if don’t sit the proper distance from your screen, you probably won’t be able to tell the difference between 720p and 1080p? We’ll measure your space and recommend the optimal distance for seating and your screen, and present you multiple equipment options to meet your budget and your quality standards.
Wiring is another area that Rob mentions as important. There are plenty of snake oil salesmen out there who would have you spend thousands on equipment interconnects, while ingnoring the most important interconnects for a satisfying surround sound experience, the cables that run between your receiver or amplifier(s) and your speakers.
And Rob also mentions the importance of optimizing the acoustics of the room. You can have the most impressive big screen display available on the market, but if you can’t hear the dialog of the movie you’re viewing, or are distracted by the floor resonating when a particular bass note, or explosion excites a frequency in your room thus taking you “out of the film”, or lighting focuses your attention on the room instead of the screen, you aren’t getting all you could get from your home theater.
MyResolution will help you get the maximum return on your media room investment by measuring your room and determining the optimum distance for screens, speakers and projection equipment or video displays, suggest technology that will complement your media room goals and objectives and most important, provide you with the maximum performance within your budget. Afterall, anyone can design the perfect media room when budget is no option, it takes real professionals to design a media room that achieves your goals and objectives while staying within a reasonable budget.