Media Rooms

The 'Ultimate Media Room'

Some may imagine a room with a medium sized flat panel TV for casual daytime viewing. But can you imagine when movie time starts. Wouldn't you like one simple button push on your remote control or keypad that automates motorized shades to eliminates any outside distractions or how about dimming the lights without getting off the couch? Maybe even, trigger your theater screen and projector to lower from their hidden ceiling mounts at the same time. While the screen is filled with bright, crystal clear images you would also feel the experience about to begin from the flood of great sound coming from all directions with surround sound. The KMS design team can help you create this ultimate media room experience in your home and/or help make your other home entertainment dreams come true!

Screen Placement

In many homes, the family room is the media room. Sometimes, the focal point in many family rooms is a fireplace in the middle so placing a flat screen TV over the mantle has become a very popular design option. This can be great, if (and this is a big if) you can position seats far enough away so you don’t feel like you’re looking at the ceiling to see the TV. Many new mounting designs are available so ask our members which best would suit your need.

When you select your desired screen size, we suggest cutting a cardboard or poster board pattern to match the dimensions and placing it at the proposed location. Sit back in your chair and look at it for a few minutes. Does your viewing position feel comfortable? If it does, that’s great. If not, consider placing your TV lower maybe even to one side of the fireplace or possibly on another wall.

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Speaker Placement Options

If you get one thing right, make sure to get the best center channel speaker you can afford and position it properly. All the dialogue in a movie comes out of the center channel speaker and if you can’t understand dialogue, you can’t follow the plot! Ideally, your center channel should be located directly above or below the TV. If you decide to place your TV above a mantle, you can put the center channel speaker over it to get the screen a bit lower. Some center channels can be customized to match the width of your TV to create a complementary look. KMS has a wide selection of center channel speakers for every design consideration.

Follow this general rule for the best placement of your left and right speakers: create a 45 to 60 degree angle between the speakers and your main seating position. Each room is different, of course, and our trained staff can help you plot the best angle for you.

Subwoofer

Your subwoofer (the speaker providing deep bass effects) can sometimes be hidden in a cabinet. Two things you should remember are: the worst spot for a subwoofer is in the middle of your room, and the best place is close to a corner. Again, we can help you with placement options.

Surround Speakers

Surround speakers can be positioned on side walls or the rear wall. In media rooms, location usually depends on architectural elements of the room such as windows and doorways. In an existing home, wiring for wall-mounted speakers is typically much less time consuming and invasive than for ceiling speakers. Sketch out your room for us and we can advise you on your best surround speaker options. Speaker possibilities may be dipole, bipole, or directional depending on your room and your seating.

If you are creating a media room from scratch or have easy ceiling access, there are many ceiling mount speakers that can be angled toward the listening position. If properly planned, these can be very inconspicuous while not sacrificing audio quality.

In situations where you absolutely have no room for a speaker anywhere other than at the TV, something you may consider is a speaker bar, with multiple speakers in one compact cabinet.

Acoustics

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Surround speakers can be positioned on side walls or the rear wall. In media rooms, location usually depends on architectural elements of the room such as windows and doorways. In an existing home, wiring for wall-mounted speakers is typically much less time consuming and invasive than for ceiling speakers. Sketch out your room for us and we can advise you on your best surround speaker options. Speaker possibilities may be dipole, bipole, or directional depending on your room and your seating.

If you are creating a media room from scratch or have easy ceiling access, there are many ceiling mount speakers that can be angled toward the listening position. If properly planned, these can be very inconspicuous while not sacrificing audio quality.

In situations where you absolutely have no room for a speaker anywhere other than at the TV, something you may consider is a speaker bar, with multiple speakers in one compact cabinet.

Ventilation

In many rooms, existing cabinets can be adapted to house components. However, it’s critical for your components’ life expectancy that they have adequate ventilation. Your amplifier or receiver will generate heat. The cable box, satellite box, or video game system will also radiate huge amounts of heat. Drilling holes for passive ventilation is usually not enough, so KMS typically installs a ventilation fan in the cabinet to exhaust hot air. A remote mounted, thermostat controlled fan is even better. We can mount one of these fans in your crawl space so you never hear the fan noise!

Sunlight Effect

If you plan to enjoy your media room during the day for more than casual viewing, then consider how sunlight streaming through windows may shine on your TV. Sunlight glare can wash out a picture. It’s very easy to fix this problem with curtains, window treatments, or some impressively quiet and elegant motorized shades.

Controlling Everything

If no one knows how to turn the system on and select his or her options, it’s obvious that enjoyment will drop! A well-planned and programmed remote control makes all of the difference. Reliable system controls are available so you can conceal all your components and perfectly transmit signals to them. KMS offers a wide range of control options that are dependable and easy to use.