How to Design Amazing Sound in Your Dedicated Home Theater


High-end audio takes your movie-watching experience from good to unbeatable

There is no great movie-watching experience without great sound. A quality soundscape accounts for at least half of the enjoyment, excitement, and emotional pull we feel while watching movies, TV shows and other types of media. If you’re investing the time, money, and effort into building a dedicated home theater in your Morris County, NJ, home, then high-end audio is essential to get the most value out of your entertainment.

There are a few components every home theater design needs for unparalleled sound. Keep reading to learn what they are.


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1. Surround Sound

A surround sound setup provides the most immersive and captivating listening experience in your home theater. We recommend a CT700 or CT800 Custom Theatre system from Bowers & Wilkins. B&W are revered for their high-end audio products, and a Custom Theatre system places you directly in the heart of your favorite shows and movies. Every deep roll of thunder, creaking staircase, and jungle cat purr feels and sounds life-like with B&W audio.

Consider adding 3D audio formats like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X to your surround sound design. A Dolby Atmos or DTS:X setup adds overhead speakers to the mix to create an even more immersive and dynamic sound experience. 3D formats send sound signals to the areas where they would naturally occur in space. For example, if a car screeches across your screen from right to left, the accompanying audio would move seamlessly across the room in the same direction.

You can add immersive 3D sound to traditional 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound setups that support Atmos or DTS:X technology.   


2. Acoustic Treatments and Soundproofing

Your theater room should be acoustically treated to eliminate uncontrolled reflected sounds that cause distortions and choppy audio in your theater room. Absorption and diffusion treatments help control reflections, reduce echo, and prevent reverberation to deliver balanced sound no matter what you’re watching.

Consider soundproofing your theater room as well to prevent noise from escaping outward into the rest of the house. In a soundproofed theater, you can listen to movies and TV shows at the volume you desire without worrying about disturbing anyone else in your household.


3. Calibration

Your audio system isn’t ready to perform optimally right out of the box. The system needs to be calibrated to compensate for setting variations in the equipment — otherwise, your audio will sound less smooth and balanced. Calibration involves tweaking your speaker placement and equipment settings to achieve accurate frequency responses, synchronized timing, and robust bass across all listening positions in your theater.  

Sound a little overwhelming? We recommend hiring a pro like Electronic Concepts to calibrate your theater system professionally. Our techs have the experience, tools, and ear to ensure your audio performs at peak levels.


Are you ready to start your home theater design project? Contact the AV experts at Electronic Concepts by calling or filling out our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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