4 Ways to Upgrade Your Home Theater Experience

by | Mar 17, 2023 | Audio-Video, Home Theater

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Home theaters have been around for almost four decades, but it’s only been since the 1980s that high-quality cinema sight and sound equipment has been available for home environments. Although many homes already have a home theater, the evolution of digital audio and video formats and the internet has drastically transformed the home cinema experience.

That said, if your home cinema equipment is five to seven years old, you might not be enjoying the ultimate immersive watching experience, and it’s time to consider some upgrades to your home theater.

As a leading home theater company in South Florida, Onpoint Tech Systems recommends four ways to upgrade your home theater space to enjoy immersive movies, TV shows, and more with the latest high-performance components possible.

Upgrade to 4K or 8K Projectors

While flat-panel TVs evolved rapidly, higher-resolution projectors took some time to catch up. A high-end projector that is only seven years old might only offer HD resolution, whereas now, 4K has become the standard, with higher-end 8K models also available.

Modern projectors are a great upgrade to your home theater experience as they offer better image processing from faster chips, HDR compatibility, and superior brightness from laser lamps, delivering sharper and more vivid pictures than ever before. If you’re still running HD, upgrading to a projector is necessary to elevate your home cinema experience.

Experience Dolby Atmos Immersive Audio

Dolby Atmos introduced surround sound for homes in the late 1980s, but it took a giant leap forward in 2015 by adding another dimension to surround sound. Audio engineers can mix up to 128 sound sources into a film soundtrack for 360-degree immersive sound experiences.

Upgrading to one or more sets of ceiling speakers and 11, 13, or 16 channels of surround sound can deliver next-level audio for today’s soundtracks. With almost every home theater audio processor supporting Dolby Atmos and an ever-increasing amount of movies and streaming content supporting it, you can enjoy enveloping, three-dimensional audio soundtracks like never before.

Better lighting is a must when upgrading your home theater.

Creating a home theater is all about achieving the ultimate viewing experience, and that includes reducing distractions as much as possible. One way to do this is by selecting ambient lighting that will not reflect on the screen or cause uneven lighting on a projected image. This means that hanging or suspended fixtures and lamp lights should be avoided.

Instead, consider lighting options such as recessed lighting, wall sconces, ambient lighting, LED or fiber optic lighting strips in the floor or baseboards, or task lamps next to seating.

Ensuring that any mounted fixtures can be dimmed and remote-controlled is important. Table lamps should have opaque shades and easy-to-find pull chains or switches. Lighting in a home theater should be subtle and contribute to the theater atmosphere while still being capable of fully illuminating the room for cleaning and other activities.

Remember that any electrical installations should be done by a professional and meet all building and safety codes. In-floor lighting should always be LED and should not generate any heat. You can create a home theater that provides the perfect ambiance for enjoying movies, TV shows, and more by selecting the right lighting options.

Revamp Seating and Acoustics

Higher resolution screens and immersive audio require rethinking seating and acoustic treatment. The ideal seating distance changes with higher resolution screens and more speakers for audio information require thinking about seating to ensure every seat enjoys the same visual and aural performance.

Consider upgrading to formal theater lounge seating or a mix of casual and formal seating. For ultimate audio performance, different seating and speaker configurations will likely require revisiting the room’s acoustic treatments as well.

Onpoint Tech Systems – Your South Florida Home Theater Expert

Ready to transform your home cinema into an immersive entertainment hub? As one of the leading home theater companies in the South Florida area, Onpoint Tech Systems is your local expert. If you’re ready to Upgrade Your Home Theater Experience, contact us online or by calling (954) 278-9000 in Broward County or (561) 300-7405 for Palm Beach County to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

We look forward to working with you and helping you upgrade your home theater.