HOME THEATER DESIGN – AccuCal is here to help you make the best decisions on audio/video purchases and design decisions. Because of our engineering, ISF video calibration and THX audio calibration work in many homes, post production facilities and commercial venues we are exposed to a wide range of equipment and know what really delivers value.
AccuCal’s service will focus your budget in areas you may not have considered or save you considerable expense by purchasing equipment that is less marketing hype and more performance oriented. We sell no product which makes our advice unbiased by equipment sales.
This service is customized to your needs and budget and can include any of the following:
Considerations include room size, room lighting, room function, seating requirements, viewing preference (sports, movies, games…), budget, listening preferences (music, TV, movies), flexibility, automation needs, sound listening levels, equipment reliability and aesthetics. Benefits include:
- Getting the right equipment for your situation
- Better performing equipment for lower or similar cost
- Avoiding equipment with durability problems
- Avoiding equipment with severe software bugs
For example if you are not careful you may have a projector that is too dim or too bright for your application. Screen selection along with projector choice are significant factors in determining if the a theater is going to function well. Here is a document of mine that provides guidance on selecting a projection screen as an example of the quality of these services.
This service is billed on an hourly basis. The cost will vary depending on how prepared you are and the complexity of your situation. Payment is typically made with PayPal. The cost ranges from as low as $25 to about $150.
Your room acoustics design will be based on your budget and use of the room. The tools that can be used are either simple calculation methods, 3D computer modeling and/or on site measurements before and after installation. All designs will have specified performance characteristics that can be measured. The design acoustical parameters will be based on desirable room sound performance characteristics from Dolby and personal experience. Without this you may be installing too much, too little or the wrong type of sound treatment in your room.
The following is an example of our design capabilities. The first image shows 63Hz room bass response in an AccuCal room design without any bass traps and a single speaker with no subwoofer. The smoother the response the closer to green the color is. Orange and red indicate areas where the bass levels are very high.