Introduction to Home Theater Design and Planning

Building your dream home theater is one of the best things that you can do to your house and your life. They are a great way to relax and spend fun time with family and friends.

While planning the home theater often people begin by looking for the equipment, but there is something far more important – the design of the room.

Starpower offers design services for all of our clients. We can bring your room to life with our room planner, and we can consult with your in-store or online. 



Home Theater Design: Important Factors to Consider 

Room Design

While designing a dedicated home theater room the goal should be to have the best visual and audio experience. Several technical aspects should be taken into account in this process. The look and feel that best suits your personality is an also important point. We have expert designers and decorators who will ensure you get exactly what you want in the best way out there.

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Screen Size

The aim here is that the image from a top-quality projector should reflect to your eyes from a big movie screen, precisely similar to what happens in a movie theater. It’s very important to select the perfect screen size according to your room. Several factors like size of the screen, its height off the floor, and the number of seats you have are needed to be considered for your home theater design.


Go Widescreen

About 80% of the blockbuster movies are being shot in the ultra-widescreen aspect ratio 2:35. The amazing news is that now you can have the same widescreen experience in your home theater.


Line of Sight

You don’t want people having to look over or around someone’s head, or stretch their necks to see the screen. This will surely spoil the theater experience. Sight Lines are a tricky thing to handle and it can make or break your home theater room. Starpower experts will make sure that all your guest see all the picture and enjoy the high quality video.


Acoustics and Soundproofing

Yes, your family and guests should be able to see all the screen, but it’s no fun if you can’t hear all the audio. Speaker placement is a critical factor to be considered in designing a dedicated home theater.

The center channel speaker produces the most important audio track – the dialogue track. You can barely enjoy the movie if you can’t hear the dialogues clearly.  This makes the center channel speaker the most important one. When you have only one row of seats, it’s easy to get the sound right. But as the number of rows increase, planning the speaker placement starts getting complex. Our experts can optimize the center speaker position for you and make sure things go smoothly in this department.

When it comes to separation of left-right speakers, there is a good rule to follow. They should be at about 45 to 60 degree angle with the main seating. If the primary use of the theater is movies, use the 45 degree position. If you want to enjoy concert audio or video, you should spread them further apart. We can plot this out for you.

Movie theaters always had speakers behind the screen, so that dialogues come from the middle of the screen rather than form above or below the screen. Until now, this was not a good idea for home as you could see artifacts due to perforation pattern. Now you can have perforation pattern that has no artifacts. You cannot go back after listening to the audio using this technology. We can help you incorporate this in your home theater.

Subwoofer Placement

Subwoofer placement is critical for your home theater. The subwoofer can usually be hidden beneath the screen, however the middle of a home theater is the worst placement for the subwoofer; for optimal sound, we recommend placing suborders near a corner. When it comes to subs, the more, the better. The ideal number of subs you should have is 4.

Surround Speakers Placement

The surround speakers can be placed on the side walls or the rear wall. There should be one or more sets of side speakers and one pair of rear speakers. The exact placement will depend on the seating arrangement. Our experts can advise you on the perfect placements.


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The latest technology in surround sound industry is Dolby Atmos. The movie studios are already creating movies supporting Dolby Atmos. We can help you to get all of its benefits and experience the greatest surround sound technology.

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Equipment is placed outside the room in most of the dedicated home theaters to minimize the noise. To ensure good life expectancy for the components they need adequate ventilation. Cable box, satellite box and video games radiate a great deal of heat. Passive ventilation by drilling holes is not sufficient to exhaust the hot air. Our experts will make it a point that your equipment stay in good working condition for a long time while minimizing the noise.


Controlling It All – Automation

Imagine you or your family and guests are trying to turn on the system but you can’t. We don’t want that to happen. A well thought out remote can make all of the difference. Now you can hide all your equipment and still reliably send the signal and control them. A dedicate remote will get the job done far better than using smart phone or tablet for the control. We offer wide range of dedicated remotes which will improve your home theater experience.

For details on how to control your home visit our Guide to Smart Homes.


Visit our showroom in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Phoenix or Scottsdale and allow us to consult with you on your next or upcoming home theater project or Request a Quote today.

Our design team will make sure you get the dedicated home theater of your dreams. Everything will be customized and designed by carefully considering your needs and wishes. We strive to provide you with the best cinema experience you can get at your home.