Home Theatre Acoustics


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Home Theatre Acoustics the quality of the audio system in a home theater is as much dependent on the design of the room as it is on the equipment. The equipment is, of course, paramount. Without a properly engineered system of components and the selection and placement of speakers, the audio system cannot provide the optimum reproduction of a recorded or received audio signal. These items are identified as ‘active’ systems, in acoustic terminology.


If speakers and component systems are categorized as the ‘active systems’, the room design is the ‘passive’ element of the audio design mix. Controlling the reverberation (“echoyness”) of the room will eliminate distortion that can compromise the performance of even the best engineered components. Since this part of the design is often the least understood, it is either frequently overlooked or managed improperly when considered at all. The proper placement of absorbent and reflective materials and the understanding of the performance properties of these materials are essential to achieving a desired end result. That goal is to provide a true and clean reproduction of the original sound.

Often the volume of home theater audio will be such that it will be annoying or intrusive to those in other parts of the home. The isolation of the home theater from the rest of the house is a very important design consideration of the space. Isolating the home theater requires great deal of attention in the design and construction stages of a project. It can be very disruptive and expensive problem to address after the fact. Sooner or later, you’ll want to relax in another part of your home while an epic motion picture or a live concert DVD is being played at full volume in the home theater.

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