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Home Theater or Media Room: Which One Is Right for You?

Dedicated home theaters and multipurpose media rooms can both provide an engaging entertainment experience

Home Theater or Media Room: Which One Is Right for You?

You’ve finally decided to upgrade the entertainment system in your Pasadena, CA, home. Excellent! But now you have a decision to make: do you want to upgrade to a private home theater or a multi-purpose media room?

At ZHiFi Home Automation, we’re here to help you make that choice. We’re also here to help guide you through the home theater design or media room design process. Keep reading for a comparison between theaters and media rooms to decide which setup is right for you.

SEE ALSO: Install Dolby Atmos for a Superior Home Theater Design


Dedicated Home Theater

A home theater is the right choice if you want a dedicated entertainment space in your house. For home theater design, the focus is on creating an acoustically isolated environment where you can immerse yourself in the cinema experience. If you want to watch movies and TV shows on a large projector screen and sit in comfy movie-theater style seating, then a dedicated theater is where you want to be.

Because a home theater is physically and acoustically isolated from the rest of your home, you have complete control over the environment and experience. By integrating home automation using a control system like Control4, you can access and control lighting, shading, climate, audio/video and more from a smartphone app or universal remote. In your Control4 platform, create a custom automated “Start Movie” scene that lowers motorized shades, slowly dims the overhead lights, rolls down the projector screen and starts playing your movie. During the film, adjust the volume and temperature from your smartphone without leaving your seat. 

Multi-purpose Media Room

A media room is the right choice if you want a centralized entertainment space that can be used for other purposes. Transform living rooms, family rooms, dens and basements into entertainment hotspots with the right smart technology.

With help from hidden AV equipment, media rooms are a fantastic choice if you enjoy hosting small get-togethers or having family movie and game nights. Future Automation and Nexus 21 are leaders in the field of hidden AV solutions.

They both offer an exclusive line of motorized TV lifts, wall mounts and ceiling dropdown mounts so that you can purchase a top-of-the-line large-screen TV and conceal it to create a less cluttered aesthetic in your living or family room. You can also conceal speakers inside walls, ceilings or bookshelves for a streamlined appearance. That way, you can keep the focus on your home décor, but still have high-end entertainment at your fingertips.

Like with a dedicated home theater, home automation can help you get the most out of your media room. Effortlessly move from chitchat on the couch to movie night by creating a custom “Movie Night” scene using your Control4 app. Tap one button and your TV will descend from the ceiling, the speaker system will turn on and the lights will turn off as the movie starts.

Whether you’re looking for a home theater or multi-purpose media room, ZHiFi Home Automation is here to help. Our team of experts will work with you to design and install the entertainment system that best fits your lifestyle in Pasadena, CA. Contact us today by filling out our online form or giving us a call.