Home Theater Layout To Home Theater Room Design

When it comes to home theater layout, the secret is location, location, location. When you’re planning your home theater, we will position your speakers, screen, and subwoofers for optimum performance

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The Generic Approach

Failing to consider seat, speaker, screen, and sub placement can lead to real problems and ruin the performance of your home theater:

  • Neck ache from a screen placed too high
  • Lack of immersiveness from a screen that’s too small
  • Poor surround sound experience due to speakers in the wrong places
  • Different bass levels in every seat, some with too much, others not enough
  • Varying high frequencies across the seating area, because of speakers with narrow dispersion
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Professional Home Theater Layout Consulting

Acoustic Frontiers’ Home Theater room design service optimizes the placement of the speakers, seats, and screen.

The process starts with a thorough evaluation of how you plan to use the

room. We take your requirements and overlay them with industry best practices from CEDIA, Dolby, THX, and our years of experience to design the perfect theater for you. Our approach incorporates analysis across all aspects of theater layout:

  • Room dimensions
  • Seat placement
  • Sight line and riser
  • Speaker placement and coverage
  • Lateral and horizontal viewing angle
  • Entry and access requirements

For best results, we recommend combining the layout service with our other offerings: Audio Design, Video Design, Low Frequency Optimization, and Acoustic Treatment Design. Layout is best done in conjunction with Low Frequency Optimization, since this service incorporates analysis of seat and subwoofer placement to produce consistent seat-to-seat bass under 100Hz.

If you want more than schematic layouts, we’re happy to help. We can provide construction level documentation, while some enthusiasts ask us to design their baffle/screen walls and risers.

Home Theater System Design Deliverables

  • Annotated, dimensioned plan and elevation CAD drawings covering:
  • Speaker placement
  • Seat placement

Home Theater Layout Service Benefits

  • You know exactly where to put the speakers, seats and screen in your home theater
  • Screen size and placement yields comfortable and immersive vertical and lateral viewing angles that meet industry standards, yet are tailored to personal preferences
  • All seats have unobstructed views
  • Perfect combination of seating styles (theater, couch, bar) for your room and needs
  • Speaker layout meets industry standards
  • Speakers provide consistent high frequency coverage across all seats

Case Studies and Articles

  • Home theater seating layout: 5 key design and placement tips

    The first task that should be done in any home theater design is choosing the number and type of seats. That’s probably surprising to most enthusiasts as they think that equipment is the first thing that should be selected! In fact seating choices end up dictating a lot of other things including room dimensions, acoustic [...]

  • Home theater speaker layout – 5.1 and 7.1 recommendations from Dolby, THX and ITU

    Where do I put all these speakers in my 5.1 or 7.1 channel home theater? That’s the question we tackle in this article. There are three main organizations that provide guidance on speaker placement. They are THX, Dolby and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). THX and Dolby guidance is directed principally for movie production and [...]

  • Home theater viewing angles, distances and sightlines

    Horizontal Viewing Angles The horizontal viewing angle is the angle subtended by a straight line from each side of the screen to the seating position. The main two standards in the commercial world are the SMPTE and THX specifications as summarized in the diagram below: New cinemas built to THX specifications have a minimum viewing [...]

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