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Do Acoustics Really Make a Difference in a Media Room or Home Theater?

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Do Acoustics Really Make a Difference  in a Media Room or Home Theater?

Ever wondered how your acoustics at home impact your media experience? Room acoustics indicate how sound waves interact within a room. Every room reacts differently to the variety of sound frequencies, primarily because of the objects in it, and every speaker sounds different when in a different room. When you partner with Spectrum Technology Integrators for a media room installation or home theater build anywhere in South Florida from Palm Beach to South Beach, acoustics are a vital component considered as we design and engineer your space…and for good reason.

The next time you sit down to watch a movie or listen to music, think about the ways – good and bad – that your room may be affecting the overall sound of your system. A basic understanding of room acoustics (and speaker placement) can help you maximize the performance of any audio or home theater playback.

Imagine your room empty, with tile floors and bare drywall. That’s going to have a lot of echoes, right? Now imagine the same room with carpets, thick drapes, plush seating and bookcases or a private concession counter. Suddenly the room has a quieter, more intimate feel. The fact is, these are the extremes of room acoustics, and the perfect-sounding media room or home theater exists somewhere between the extremes.

Every room a puzzle

What you hear in any room is a combination of direct sound and indirect (or reflected) sound. Direct sound travels from the speakers to your ears. Indirect sound bounces off the walls, floor, ceiling, and furniture before reaching you. Both are very important considerations. Reflected sounds make music and movie dialogue much fuller and louder. Just as playing speakers outdoors, with no walls or ceiling to add reflections, sounds thin and dull (with minimal bass), reflected sound adds a dimension to your audio experience. Then, also, reflected sound can distort the audio by making some notes louder and canceling out others. Because the reflections arrive at your ears at different times than the direct sound, the 3D sound becomes more vague and fuzzy.

The right formula for your build

Spectrum’s acoustic engineers have a variety of solutions to achieve better sound. We provide the experience to make recommendations regarding:

Seating positions: Where the audience is located plays a major role in how well the sound system is received

Sound absorbing treatments: Depending on your design, we’ll offer sound-absorbing suggestions for windows, doors, flooring, walls and more

Furnishings: Your optimal seating requirements and wish list for additional components (it might be a bar, or a display case, or a candy dispenser, etc.) all have a direct impact on the overall acoustics

Acoustic-friendly components: Spectrum works with a variety of manufacturers and products to help digitally correct any room issues regardless of layout or décor. Subwoofers with built-in bass equalization, home theater receivers with automatic speaker calibration, and more…

Tune your room like any instrument

Adjusting room acoustics is both an art and a science. Room tuning adjusts the acoustics using both physical and electronic means to produce optimal reproduction quality. We tackle the trouble spots, provide absorption tools, recommend diffusion treatments, and bring The Spectrum Experience in creating acoustics that rival any multiplex.

If you have any questions about acoustics, or any aspect of home theater designs, engineering or construction, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Spectrum Technology Integrators. And stop back here for more insight on taking charge of your technology.

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