Should I Get A Home Theater System Or Media Room?


Discover the benefits of both and decide which is a better fit for your home

Bring stellar entertainment into your home with a Dedicated Cinema or a versatile Media Room. You might be wondering which is a better fit for your family and lifestyle. There is no right or wrong answer, as the right solution is the one that works best for you. This blog will break down the differences between the two and why you might prefer one over the other. Read on to learn whether a Media Room or Home Theater System is a better fit for your Camano Island, WA home.


What Is The Difference?

Both Home Theaters and Media Rooms offer a world-class viewing experience. However, the main difference between the two is the way they are designed. Dedicated Cinemas are built solely to optimize the viewing experience, while Media Rooms are hybrid spaces that serve multiple purposes. For example, Home Theaters are often built in an isolated room that is acoustically treated for maximum surround sound quality and uses lighting control to provide the clearest of pictures. Media Rooms, in contrast, might double as a living room or playroom.

Media Rooms

The main benefit of a Media Room is that it is versatile. Dedicated Home Theaters are only built to watch movies, TV shows, and other forms of media in a controlled environment. Casual Home Theaters are not as versatile as a Media Room, but not as immersive as a Dedicated Home Theater. If you want to host a video game tournament, the seating layout might make it difficult to communicate with the other players. Or maybe you want to have a game day party where everyone can cheer for their favorite team. It isn't easy to chat and pass the snacks with a large group in a home cinema, so a media room might be ideal for a family who wants a more social experience. Media Rooms may have multiple viewing screens as well.

They can also be used for more than just watching a screen. Pull out your favorite board games and play on the coffee table, chat with friends over a bottle of wine, or play poker in the same space that you watch your favorite media. A Dedicated Home Theater also requires a separate room, which you might not have in your home. If you are tight on space, a Media Room might be a better fit.

Casual Home Theaters

Casual Home Theaters are just that — theater spaces designed for casual viewing and listening. Usually these are in the family room, living room, or maybe a bedroom. Generally, they have a flat screen TV and a modest 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system, or maybe a 2.1 or 3.1 sound system. Since the lights are usually on in these rooms, plus they are adjacent to other rooms with people and activity, there are going to be more distractions. They don’t have the immersive qualities of a Dedicated Home Theater or the versatility of a Media Room.

Dedicated Home Theaters

The Willing Suspension of Disbelief. This is why stage and commercial movie theaters are still popular. When you are in a controlled environment and the room is dark, without external distractions, and the space is highly calibrated with an exceptional audio video system, your mind is allowed to suspend the belief that the movie you are watching isn’t real, creating a more immersive experience. This is true Home Cinema.

Dedicated Home Theaters offer the ambiance of a commercial cinema within the comfort of your own home. Everything is built to provide a stellar viewing experience. Smart lighting makes it easy to dim the lights once the movie starts, motorized blackout shades prevent ambient light from causing a glare on the screen or washing out the picture, and the projector and screen are carefully placed so that every seat is the best in the house. The walls, flooring, and overall space are acoustically treated to prevent lower, mid, and higher frequencies from reflecting and muddying the sound.

A Home Theater expert will craft the perfect speaker design for the unique needs of your space without having to account for other furniture that might interfere with the best layout. Finally, the seating is ergonomically designed to support long periods of use. After all, why install a Dedicated Home Theater if hours of binge-watching or a 3-hour blockbuster movie makes you uncomfortable? Nor do you want seating that is too cushy and you wind up falling asleep.

Whether you decide that a Media Room, Casual Theater, or Dedicated Home Theater is a better fit for your family, Fusion 9 Design is here to bring you the best in home entertainment. We will work with you to choose the best equipment so that you don’t have to compromise on quality. Our experts will create a customized design for your space, complete with lighting control solutions, motorized shades, best-in-class displays, and immersive surround sound. So call us or fill out our online form to get started on your project today! We would love to hear from you.

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