Setting Up Your Home Theatre: Everything That You Should Know

Setting Up Your Home Theatre: Everything That You Should Know

In this day and age, one of the most popular additions people have in their house is a home theatre. Thanks to Covid, going out to see a movie has become a thing of the past, but you don’t have to miss out on the experience if you have a Home Cinema of your own. Cosy up with your family, grab some snacks, wear our most comfortable pyjamas, and the best part? You’re never going to miss the start of the movie.

Why Get a Home Theatre? 

Sometimes, you just don’t feel like going out to the cinema to watch a movie. It can be expensive, crowded, and noisy. There’s nothing worse than having someone next to you who just talks through the movie and distracts you from the story. These days, people just want to stay in and forget about the world and a Home Theatre is a perfect way to do that. 

Still need convincing? Here are some more reasons for you might like a Home Theatre: 

1. Space for the Family  

Spending time with your family is very important. And one activity that brings the family together is watching a movie. If you have a theatre system at home, you have more chances of spending your downtime with your loved ones. You can make family nights more fun at home if you have a cinema room.  

2. Property Value  

A Home Theatre (if done correctly) can be a major selling point for your home. There aren’t many people that would walk into an open home, see a functional home theatre, and not be impressed. It may only be one room of the house, but it’s a room that provides fun and excitement while bringing the whole family together. 

3. Space for Gathering  

Aside from your family, a Home Theatre is a great place to hang out with your mates. Whether it’s for movie night or watching the Footy, your home Theatre will be the perfect place to entertain. 

4. Comfort and Convenience  

The experience of going to a movie theatre is something that everyone enjoys. But don’t you hate when the movie worker comes along and tells you to take your feet off the seats? Well not at your place, you can put your feet wherever you like.  

A home theatre in Sydney offers comfort and convenience that you won’t get at the cinema. At home, you can pause what you are watching for a bathroom break or rewind to parts you didn’t quite understand, and on top of that you can watch whatever you want. Watching the Game of Thrones season finale on your Home Theatre would surely have made it better….a little….maybe? 

How to Set Up a Home Theatre  

To experience the comfort and convenience of a home cinema, it needs to be done correctly. It’s not just a matter of slapping everything together and off you go. There is an art to it. 

Some things to consider before starting your home theatre journey:  

1. Area  

The first step is finding the right room. You want it big enough to comfortably fit your whole family, and maybe some friends as well. The less windows the better, we want the room as dark as possible so you aren’t limited to just using your Home Theatre at night. It should be open for business 24/7. 

2. Video 

Next you will need to decide on whether you want a Projector, or a large TV Screen. There are pro’s an con’s to both but generally speaking, in a dedicated home theatre the aim would be to have a projector. Projectors will give you a much bigger picture and make it feel more like a commercial cinema. Again, this will all come down to what the size of your room will allow. 

3. Audio 

The next step is to decide on your Audio configuration, and again, this will be largely affected by the size of your room. A starting point for a home theatre is a simple 5.1 configuration. This means you will have 5 speakers (3 in front, 2 rears) and 1 sub-woofer. But it doesn’t stop there. Commercial Cinema formats like Dolby Atmos are now readily available for use in your home and can be scaled to suit your room, starting from as little as 7 speakers. 

5. Wiring 

Wiring is very important. Without the correct wires being installed in the correct locations, your Home Theatre just will not work. Amplifiers these days have a lot of room correction tools built into them, but they are not miracle workers. It is important to get the wires in the right place from the get go. It’s not just speaker wiring either, you need the right spec HDMI cables, Power in the correct locations, Data cable too. If these fundamentals aren’t laid correctly your Home Theatre could fall apart before it even gets off the ground 

6. Inputs/Outputs 

What are you going to be watching on your home Theatre? Is it going to be mostly movies? Sports? Gaming? All these factors come into play when designing your home theatre. They can influence screen size, screen shape, refresh rates etc. You want the display to match the sources. You wouldn’t believe the amount of people I come across paying for a 4K Netflix subscription but watching on a 1080P TV. 

7. Controls  

How are you going to control your Home Theatre? Are you comfortable with using multiple remotes or do you want something a little more user friendly? Universal remote controls bring all your devices together onto one easy to use controller, and can even let you control your Home Theatre from your Smart Phone.

8. Lighting and Sound Proofing  

Depending on the location of your Home Theatre, Sound proofing can be very important. If you have your kid’s bedroom in the very next room, heavy soundproofing is going to be critical if you want to use the Home Theatre at night when the kids have gone to bed. Alternatively, if you Home Theatre is in a different dwelling on your property-sound proofing probably won’t be too hight on your priorities list. 

Acoustic treatment, different to sound proofing, may also be important for your room. You want the sound to be as accurate as possible with no echo’s or sound bouncing around where it isnt wanted. 

Lighting can really set off a home theatre. Whether it be lighting on your steps to help stop people tripping over in the dark room, or Coloured LED Strips around the perimeter of a coffered ceiling, lighting done right can really make your Home Theatre stand out from the crowd. 

9. Seating  

Of course, everyone wants to be comfortable when watching their favourite show. To do that, you need to get the best home theatre chairs. Some people choose to get big sofas that can fit a lot of people, while others get chairs similar to those at a real cinema. You can pick whatever, just make sure you keep everyone’s comfort in mind. Always consider the screen and the home theatre sound system when arranging your seats.  

Get a Home Theatre Now!  

When it comes to home theatres, the one you should trust is Sydney City Audio Visual. We are experts when it comes to getting you the entertainment centre you want. For more information about who we are and what we do, you can call us on 0402 845 393.

Universal Remote Control: The Gateway to enjoying your Home Entertainment.. easily!

Universal Remote Control: The Gateway to enjoying your Home Entertainment.. easily!

When you have a complete entertainment system, having too many remote controls will be inevitable. Then comes the dreaded instructions list, written with a pen that doesn’t work, and in handwriting worse than your doctors. – Step 1. with the Samsung remote, press the power button. Step 2 – Pick up the Denon Remote and press power, but first make sure the Samsung TV is on HDMI 1. Step 3 – Throw the remotes across the table, scrunch up the instructions, and maybe let out some profanities. Sound familiar? It doesn’t have to be so difficult. With the right Universal remote control, your troubles will be over.

One thing everyone wants is ease and efficiency. With the increase in the use of smart devices in AV (and throughout the rest of your home for that matter) Things should be easier to use right? Well not really, a “smart” remote control, is still just another control. What happens when you put 10 Smart controls next to each other…Terminator 6, that’s what. Arnie will burst through your door telling you to come with him if you want to live, Sarah Conner yelling “hurry up” from behind the wheel of the stolen car she’s parked in your driveway, all because you wanted to utilize every button from every “smart remote you have. Ok, so that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you see what we’re getting at here. One Universal remote good = Good, multiple remote controls = Bad. 

What Your Universal Remote Can Do  

Not all universal remotes are the same. There are some off the shelf products that will take you through a wizard-based setup that you may have mixed results with. If your system is very simple, and only using major brands, then you may have some success. Generally though, when we visit people’s home’s, me will often find these in the drawer with all the other remotes. Then there’s the next step up. Most good AV installers will have a universal remote control that they like and will recommend. While these will be a bit more expensive than off the shelf products, they will be fully customizable so you can be sure they will always do what they are supposed to do. The two major Universal Remote control brands we supply and program are RTI and URC These are just what we like, fairly priced, and reliable, but there are plenty of other brands to look at too like ELAN, Crestron and AMX to name a few.  

Create Routines  

A universal remote control can also, with the right processor and programmer, create routines for your home.  Want the blinds to rise and the music t start at 6am every day? No problem. Little Timmy has been staying up past his bedtime so he can play Fortnight? Set a schedule so at 7pm every night, his X-box mysteriously turns off. Ooohhhh spooky. 

Control Your Smart Home  

Besides IR controls, there are universal remotes that can be connected to the Wi-Fi. This gives them the ability to work with your Smart Home Assistants, like Alexa and Google Home. Now you don’t even have to pick up the remote, you can control your AV with your voice. 

Benefits of Having a Universal Remote Control 

By now I’ve made it pretty clear just how much a universal remote control can do for you, but let’s just go over the main benefits one more time; 

No More Clutter  

A lot of devices mean a lot of remotes. Let’s be real, it’s already frustrating enough looking for the right remote for whatever device you want to use, it’s even more frustrating seeing all of them making a mess on your coffee table. You can have them all placed neatly in a container of some sort, but we all know that’s not going to last long. Sooner or later they will all be sprawled across the table again, or stuck between the cushions, or buried in the backyard, and you’re back to square one. With a universal remote, you can hide away all your other remotes for good. No more mess, no more stress.  


As discussed, the main benefit of getting a universal remote is simplifying your life. When sitting down to watch TV after a long day of work and even that seems too difficult, you know you have a problem. Remember, what you have is an “Entertainment” system. If it creates more frustration than entertainment, then it’s not doing its job and your money has been wasted. Bite the bullet, get a Universal Remote Control system, stop being frustrated, and start being entertained again. 

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Is Your Home Ready for a Full Home Automation System?

Is Your Home Ready for a Full Home Automation System? 

As technology continues to improve, more and more homeowners are integrating full home automation systems to their homes. Automation systems allow home owners to integrate all (or some) of their home services and have them work easily, and without thinking AUTOMATIcally – AUTOMATIon…see what I did there? 

The term ‘home automation’ describes homes in which nearly everything is hooked up to a remotely controllable network, including Lights, Audio Visual equipment, electrical outlets, air conditioning, Pool Filters, Security, even Sprinkler/irrigation systems. 

Let’s See if You are Ready to Live in a Smart-Ready Home 

Having a home automation system obviously comes with many benefits. It can save you time, save money on electricity, increase satisfaction in your moments of rest, and increase the value of your property. Those are obvious, but how else could you benefit? 

1. Do you want to improve home security? 

When you have a fully integrated home automation system, you will have greater control over who has access to your home. You can see who is coming and going, see logs of who has been and at what time they were there. By setting up a simple lighting schedule, you can make sure the exterior of your home well-lit in the evenings and early mornings, meaning you aren’t walking around any dark corners after a long day at work. 

2. Do you want to know who is knocking on your door? 

Intercom Systems are a great way to see who is at your door or gate, and make sure nobody is getting in unless you give the OK. A welcome guest? Press the button and the electronic lock will open, letting your guests come inside without you needing to run and grab a set of keys. Speaking of keys, who needs them? Fingerprint scanners or pin code entry’s ensure you will never lock yourself out again. 

3. Do you want to enable lights to behave as if there is someone at home? 

Going on a holiday? Set-up the lighting system so the lights turn on/off while you are away giving the impression that people are home and in the house. Nothing turns away a burglar quite like a person in the house.  

4. Do you want to reduce your household’s energy consumption? 

Managing your household’s energy is no easy task. You need to find solutions to help you monitor, analyse, and correct your energy usage habits. With a home automation system, you can ensure your home is operating in the most efficient way possible. 

5. Do you want to experience audio and video on a different level? 

Gone are the days of searching through the drawers, or down the side of the couch, looking for the right “clicker” (that’s the remote control for you younger folk). All your devices can be controlled by a single universal remote – wait, even better, they can be controlled by your smart device, whether you’re an Apple or Android person doesn’t matter, they’re both pretty smart – Hang on, better again, why pickup anything at all? Why not just control everything with your voice? Easy. 

If Your Answer Is Yes, It’s Time to get Started 

Call in the experts. Sydney City Audio Visual is your trusted solutions provider of full home automation in Sydney. Whether you want to start with one room at a time, or go the whole hog and kit out your whole home, have a chat with us and let’s start your Home Automation Journey. 

Talk to our friendly staff for a consultation, and we will tailor an effective solution to suit your needs and requirements. Call 0402 845 393 today! 

How to Find a Good AV Supplier in Sydney

How to Find a Good AV Supplier in Sydney

Ever dreamt of having your own home cinema? With a good AV supplier, the sky’s the limit! But how exactly can you find a good one? In this article, we are going to provide some tips and insights on how to find a the right AV supplier in Sydney for you.  

Know What You Want 

Have an idea in your head about what you want to accomplish from your AV System. You don’t need to be too specific, but have some ideas. A good AV Supplier should be able to fill in the blanks, make some suggestions and come up with a solution that will work for you. You should be able to bounce some ideas back and forth, and remember that “AV” covers a wide area so if your supplier is making a lot of suggestions, they aren’t necessarily trying to get you with an “up-sell” they are just giving you suggestions so you can make an educated decision on what it is that you want.  

Do you want a custom-designed home theatre room? Do you want to automate your home? Are you interested in trying out a multi-room home audio set-up? There are many options to explore when it comes to audio-visual systems and most of the time there are multiple ways to go about it, so be open to ideas, but at the same time make sure your specific needs/wants are being addressed. 

Check Their Specialisations  

Once you have a fair idea of what you want, you can look for suppliers whose specialisations match your needs. Some suppliers may be limited to home theatre installation, or perhaps multi-room home audio set-ups and may not have the capacity yet for home automation services. Be sure to look around and find a match that works for you. 

Review Their Previous Works 

Looking for a good AV Supplier in Sydney is a lot like searching for the perfect home. There are so many options out there, but which one is the right fit for you? Everybody is going to tell you they are the best, and so they should. If they didn’t believe they are the best they wouldn’t have started their own business. But it’s not always about being the best, sometimes there can be a clash of styles, and what one business offers might not necessarily fit in with your lifestyle. This is why you should always check the company’s website and have a look at the Gallery of previous work. I’d even say to go one step further and check if the business has a Facebook or Instagram page. The Gallery on the website will generally be well-refined photos from a professional photographer, so they are always going to look good. But what you want to look for is the “everyday photos” on the social media pages. Just raw, un-adulterated photos, taken on the installers iPhone and uploaded for the world to see. These are the photos that tell the real story.  

Listen to What Other People Say About Them  

Check their website for testimonials. See what past customers have had to say. Yes, I know what you’re saying, the business owner can pick and choose what testimonials they want to post, or even make up their own to make themselves look good. This is where Reviews come in to play. Most businesses will have reviews left on them, which is completely out of the business owners hands. A high star rating is important, but also spend the time to have a read through the reviews. Reading past reviews is the best way to get some honest feedback on a business. 

Professional Communication and Service 

After you have finished gathering enough information and have come up with at least three candidates, you can now move on to the next stage – make contact.  There is no better way to know than to experience their initial services for yourself.  

The moment you get in touch, observe the way they interact with you, their customer. Are they rude? Pushy about new products? Are they willing to listen to your ideas? Or are they coming up with their own? These are some of the questions you should bear in mind when communicating with your prospected AV suppliers.  

Important Questions to Ask: 

When you begin with your initial consultation, asking the following questions can help you further gauge their services.  

Can you afford their rates?  

Have a budget in mind from the get go, and make sure it’s realistic. Don’t come in expecting a Custom Dolby Atmos Home Theatre with a $1000 budget. “tell him he’s dreaming”, it’s just not going to happen. Having a realistic budget in mind from the start is good for you, and the installer. Because there are so many ways of doing things within the world of AV, we can generally customise a solution to fit inside your budget.  

If you’re budget is a bit low, your installer should communicate with you that “yes we can do this for you, but in order to fit in with your budget you will lose this feature, or that feature” On the flip side, we can do everything you have asked for and we have come in under your budget, do you want to save some money, or would you like to use the leftover money to upgrade your speakers? There is always another option. 

Can they provide custom solutions?  

Different people will need AV suppliers for different reasons. In our many years in the industry, we have come to realize that no two clients will have the same exact requests. AV suppliers that truly care about the best interests of their customers will provide solutions that are tailor-made for each client.  

See, not all AV systems are the same. They might run on the same principles, but certain nuances need to be factored in. These are things like the layout of the system design, colour schemes, products and models used, and so on. Can they truly provide solutions based on your unique specifications or are they just selling you a package off the shelf? 

If you are looking for a good AV supplier in Sydney, then look no further than Sydney City Audio Visual.  

We hope that these tips will be useful in your journey to finding the right AV suppliers in Sydney. But if you are stuck in a rut as to who to use, don’t be scared to give us a go. We’d love the opportunity to help. 

We have been operating for many years as a reputable AV supplier in Sydney. We have built a name of quality and dedication to servicing homes that need AV solutions. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.  

Everything You Need to Know About Audio-Visual Automation

Everything You Need to Know About Audio-Visual Automation 

Gone are the days when a home’s audio visual system simply consists of a television. Nowadays, audio-visual systems in the house are more than capable of doing things beyond displaying entertainment shows for the family. With the constant stream of innovations in today’s world, audio-visual devices that we have at home can be converted into something more powerful. Such is the wonder of audio visual automation.  

Have you been thinking about joining the trend and getting your home AV systems automated? If you are planning to automate your home’s AV systems, here are some things you should know about audio visual automation.  

What are Audio Visual Systems? 

An audio visual system is an electronic media composed of both sound and visual components. These components can be anything from film and television programs to corporate conferencing and presentations. Devices like television and mobile phones are essential in conveying these audio-visual components to the audiences’ homes or offices.  

Our homes are ridden with smart devices full of features, but the question is, are you making the most of these features? Over the last few years, home automation has become extremely popular. What used to be just something you would expect to see on Start Trek is now readily available in your own home. AI devices, Smart Lighting, all integrating with your TV and speakers, it really is a brave new world we are living in.  

Why is automation important? 

Many companies have been throwing the word “automation” around, but what is it exactly?  Automation is all about bringing multiple components and controlling them, without controlling them, if that makes sense. A finely tuned Automated home should do almost everything you need it to do, without raising a finger. 

Add a futuristic touch to your Home Theatre Systems.  

We all need a little piece of entertainment after coming home from work. So why not amp up the fun with an automated home theatre system? Rather than fumble around with 5 different remote controls, imagine walking into your home theatre, telling it to play your favourite movie, and like magic your Projector and amplifier turn on, and the lights start to dim over the next 20 seconds giving you just the right amount of time to sink into your favourite seat and truly relax. 

Whether you want a system that blends with your interior decor or a dedicated personal theatre that puts the local cinema to shame, the possibilities are endless! Automated home theatre systems are designed with the users’ needs in mind. Voice control isn’t for everyone, so how about a universal remote that can control the entire system with just a click. No more tinkering about when you’re trying to get ready for a relaxing movie night.  

Make your Digital Music Systems pop a little more! 

Wouldn’t it be great to have your favourite music on without having to pick up your phone? With the right equipment, your system can detect who’s car just pulled in the driveway and start your favorite music playing before you reach the front door 

Transform your house with an Automation System. 

Aside from levelling up your entertainment experience, Automation can also be used to control and monitor your Air Conditioning, Lighting, Irrigation, Alarm and house security cameras . The possibilities are endless. Through an application or interface, you can manage and control all these services with just a touch. Or if you’re the kind of person who forgets to water the garden for example, set up a schedule and you will never have to worry about it again. Even if you are across town or on the other side of the world, you can keep track of what is happening at home through the magic of a fully integrated Smart Home. 

Organise your Data Wiring and Wi-Fi Networks 

Most Audio visual automation technologies rely on a strategic network wiring infrastructure and high-quality Wi-Fi systems to work properly. When you set up your home for a complete audio visual automation system, good providers will be keen to check your existing data wiring and Wi-Fi networks. Are they up to speed to the latest industry standards?  

Your Ethernet and/or WiFi network is absolutely Critical  for maximum reliability with the majority of today’s smart technologies, so it really does pay to make sure it’s done right. 

Learn more about Audio Visual Automation today. 

Sydney City Audio Visual has been servicing homes in the Sydney area and beyond with quality audio visual automation systems as they have been becoming available. Our audio visual technicians in Sydney are committed to giving each client the home AV automation experience they deserve. Years of experience have shown us that these technologies, when used properly, can truly benefit and bring in more ease and convenience to the lives of our clients. Why not experience it for yourself?  

Discover endless possibilities with the right AV automation provider. If you wish to learn more about audio visual automation, jump over to the Contact Us page and give us a yell. 

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How Can an Audio Visual Technician in Sydney Help You?

How Can an Audio Visual Technician in Sydney Help You?

Good AV technicians are hard to find. The tricky part is in finding a qualified audio visual technician in Sydney who can tend to all your AV needs. But you might find yourself wondering, why do I need a professional installer? Can’t I just follow the instructions and do it myself? 

The short answer is sure, you can probably follow the instructions and get your system up and running, but will it be functioning at full capacity? There are so many adjustments that can be made to make your System sound or look better, and without an experienced AV installer, you would just never know. A speaker sitting just 100mm out of place can make a massive difference to the final product. There are so many reasons to hire a professional rather than try DIY.  

They can fix issues before they turn into major problems.

By definition, AV technicians are professionals who help individuals and/or organizations operate and maintain their audio and visual technologies. Their responsibilities range from installing the system, to integrating multiple devices into the system to perform optimally together. This might sound simple enough, but there are actually many components that make up even the simplest AV system.  

Not all devices are necessarily compatible. You might buy a new TV with an ARC input, but your AV Receiver only has an optical input. You might spend big money on a new 4K HDMI Cable, but you’re running Foxtel IQ2 which doesn’t have a 4K output. A Professional Audio Visual Technician can make sure all your equipment is compatible, and maybe even save you some money in the process. 

They provide custom-built solutions.

Technicians are not just there to install and perform maintenance, they are also there to listen to your needs and deliver custom solutions. Good Installers are highly trained to always provide solutions that can address the problems that customers are experiencing and bring to life their dream home theatre room design. In the world of AV, customers will always have different issues, no system is ever exactly the same. From room size to Construction materials, every system is different in some way, which is why a good installer will always come and do a site visit, before designing your AV System. 

They can teach you a thing or two

If you are the type of customer who wants to stay on top of your hired services, then you can learn a thing or two from your technician. For instance, they can advise on how to take care of your system. They can also provide you with detailed after-care instructions on what to do in case emergencies happen. Of course, they cannot teach you the full course on how to be an audio-visual technician, but these little bits of insight will go a long way.  

They can present multiple options to choose from.  

Any good Custom audio-visual technicians will design a system specific for the customers needs after completing a site visit, and having a conversation with the customer about what they want  from their AV System. They find options that are suitable for the customer’s needs instead of just pushing product out the door. A good audio-visual technician will source multiple solutions and present them to the customer, giving them the freedom to decide which is best for them. In the end, the customers should feel comfortable the system will deliver everything they need from it, and if you as a customer have any questions, be sure to ask. The last thing you want to do is spend thousands of dollars on a system that doesn’t do what you thought it did.  

They can install updates whenever the need arises. 

Audio-visual technology is changing all the time. Innovations which can change the way your AV works come up every now and then. Getting constant updates from reliable providers is, therefore, very important, if you want to keep up with the ever-changing waves of AV technology.   

Hire audio-visual technicians in Sydney who are updated with the latest AV innovations. Chances are, when you work with technicians who are well-versed in the latest AV technologies, they can also help keep you updated on any new features that may become available. 

They can offer long-term technical support.  

Perhaps one of the main benefits of working with a professional AV technician is that they offer maintenance and support long after your installation is complete. Once you find an AV technician who meets your standards, it is easy to connect with him/her and use them for further technical support.  

Long-term technical support is vital to ensure that your AV systems are working properly. Their longevity will depend not only on how well you take care of them, but also on how well they are repaired and maintained.  

They have the knowledge and experience. 

The road to becoming a full-fledged practicing AV technician is not an easy one. Because the technology moves so fast, they will be regularly required to attend courses and keep up with the latest practices. Any technician not willing to update the way they work could be left behind in a matter of months. 

AV technicians are a vital source in today’s society. Not just in homes, but in Business too. Especially in these current times with more people working from home, the AV industry has never been more important. If you have a home theatre system that needs looking into, they can troubleshoot and provide solutions right away. But the speedy problem-solving skills did not come overnight. They had to pour in hundreds of hours studying how everything works.  

If you need help with your Audio Visual Systems, turn to a trusted audio-visual technician in Sydney. 

Do not compromise your audio-visual systems just to save a few bucks. Investing in professional AV installer in Sydney help can save you more money and time in the long run. Do your research, ask your questions, and make an educated decision on who you want to use, and on that note, we’d love it to be us.  

Sydney City Audio Visual is a company that specializes in Home Theatre Installation in Sydney, but can help with all of your Audio Visual needs. We can help transform your home into an Audio Visual sanctuary that the whole family can feel confident in using, even Nan. We love a good challenge too, so the more complicated your problem, or the more quirky your idea, the happier we are.  

Our business is founded by an AV technician who is passionate about bringing quality services to the homes of families based in Sydney and beyond. Want to learn more? Head over to our Contact Us page to get the ball rolling.  

10 Amazing Home Theatre Room Design Ideas

10 Amazing Home Theatre Room Design Ideas

The possibilities are endless when it comes to home theatre room design. This is one area of your home that you can customise to create the viewing experience that best suits your style. Going into your home theatre is supposed to be a transformative experience; it is a place to lay down your working gears and just relax. This is why we highly encourage going all out when it comes to your home cinema room.  

Turn your home into a sanctuary that you will fall in love with over and over again with these amazing home theatre room design ideas.  

Make It Modern 

If you want a clean and sleek design, going for the modern look is the perfect choice. The world we live in today is full of technology, the problem is, sometimes we don’t want to see that technology. In a lot of modern home theatre designs you might see big flat screens on clean walls, and not much else. Due to technologies like Acoustically Transparent Screens, we are able to place Speakers behind the screen keeping the walls and floor-space clean. With Clever use of wall-panels, or some creative Cabinetry, the components can also be hidden, leaving you with a room of Big picture, Big sound, but no clutter, just like if you were at the movies.  

Show Your Love for Sports 

Are you a huge sports lover? Why not bring in some of your most prized sports memorabilia and display them on the wall. Have a little bar set-up in the back of the room so the beers are never too far out of reach. With the right lighting and seating systems, this home theatre setup can be the perfect place to unwind with some mates, kick back, and watch the footy. 

All Tickets on Deck! 

Is your backyard deck feeling stale? Spruce up your backyard deck with a little Outdoor Theatre. Your deck can be transformed into a fully functional retro outdoor home theatre by simply adding some cosy seating and a dedicated popcorn booth for the audience (aka your family and friends). Have a professional home theatre technician set up a projector and screen that are safe for outdoor viewing, maybe even a portable system that you can dismantle easily for those colder months. Now, you can enjoy those warm weekend nights outdoors without having to leave home.  

Revamp Your Spare Rooms 

Kids all grown up and moved out? Chances are their old room is just sitting collecting dust from years of not being used. Why not make the most of it? Make that room serve a purpose of happiness again and turn it into your own Entertainment Sanctuary. Go on, treat yourself, your kids won’t mind. 

Live Out Your Sci-Fi Dreams 

Big Sci-Fi fan? Your Home Theatre should be the one room in the house where you can let your imagination run wild. Futuristic looking home theatres are all the rage and with things like LED Lighting, decorative Acoustic Panels, twinkling stars on the ceiling, it’s never been easier to accomplish. Now sit back and relax as your Home Theatre transports you to a Galaxy far, far away.  

Relax in the Pool While You Watch 

If you are craving for yet another outdoor adventure, why not combine pool and movies together? If you have got a pool in your home already, converting it into a home theatre should be pretty easy. You can watch while floating around the pool, or you can watch while lounging in daybeds around the pool area. A large and portable screen and projector can be installed at any place around the pool, so nobody misses a thing.  

Got a Micro-Apartment? No Problem! 

Even if you’ve got a micro-apartment, you can still set up a complete home theatre system. With the help of a professional home theatre technician, you can add a moving wall panel that can divide sections in your apartment. Now, you can enjoy a dedicated section for relaxing with a loved one.  

Amp Up Your Gaming Experience Too! 

For all the gamers out there, we’ve got you covered. With the right Speaker Setup you can be completely immersed in your game of choice. Feel like you’re in the stadium as slot in the winning goal to win the World Cup. Hear where every shot comes from in Fortnite. Never be snuck up on again in Call of Duty. With Sound modes like Dolby Atmos available in most current Amplifiers, 3 Dimensional sound might give you that edge you’ve been looking for to bring home the win.  

Make It Hidden 

Want a Home Theatre but don’t have a spare room to dedicate entirely to a home cinema? Why not create a dual space. Screens and Projectors can be mounted and hidden in ceiling spaces. One minute your room is a casual living area, and the next, with a simple press of a button the lights are off, the Blinds are down and it’s Movie Time. 

Deluxe Experience for the Home Executives 

We understand that work might be the last thing on your mind when you think of having a home theatre. But for all the business-minded homeowners out there, you might fancy the idea of an executive design for your home cinema room. This combines the formalities of a business setting with leather chairs and antique design accents.  

Home Cinema Room Design & Installation Projects

For some inspiration, take a look at some of our home cinema room design & installation projects in Sydney.

Take Your Pick! Explore More Home Theatre Room Design Ideas with Sydney City Audio Visual  

Sydney City Audio Visual is your one-stop-shop for all things related to home theatre and audio visual technology solutions. We love nothing more than helping clients turn their custom home theatre room design ideas into a reality. For home theatre installation in Sydney, work with us today and live out your home theatre dreams as well. 

Why You Need a Professional for Home Theatre Installation

Why You Need a Professional for Home Theatre Installation

You might have tried your hand at Do-It-Yourself (DIY) hacks and came out with pretty good results. Now, you are thinking about taking on bigger projects like setting up your home cinema system. Although you can indeed get away with DIY on the most basic setup, if you wish to have a more advanced and reliable system, you need to call in the big guns – find a professional home theatre installer. But do you really need professionals for home theatre installation?  

The more complex your home cinema system setup is, the more you need help from people who do home theatre setups for a living. Even with basic setups, one simple mishap can spell trouble (and we mean costly damages if you are not careful). Having a professional is essential if you want a more stable setup that won’t lead to costly repairs down the track.  

But the benefits don’t end there. Here are more reasons why you need a professional home theatre installer.  

Mind the Screen Size! 

Bigger is better! Or is it? In the world of home theatre installation, many factors can determine the screen size that is appropriate for you. The size of the room, the allocated budget, the size of the family, and the level of tolerance you have, will all be factored in before choosing a screen.  

Just because the screen covers wall to wall, does not mean it is the best option for you. Maybe the Resolution is wrong, maybe the refresh rate is too low, maybe the brightness isn’t right. One little mistake here could ruin your whole experience. Save your eyes from the nightmare and hire professionals who can advise you on the best possible screens. Professionals are well-versed with the latest deals in the market and will be able to recommend a screen that suits you and your family’s needs perfectly.

Save Time on Research

The thing with DIY home cinema system setup is that it needs a lot of time, research, and a whole lot of patience. If neither one of these is your forte, then call your local professional home theatre providers and enquire. You will save yourself a lot of time pouring over tutorials, manuals and home theatre room designs that may or may not even work for you. Research is great, but nothing beats experience, and unless you’ve had experience in it before, it will most likely feel like taking your very first steps…a little wobbly. For a professional, the process of home theatre installation is just like a walk in the park.  

Skip the Frustration and Stress  

Imagine coming home from a busy day at work only to be welcomed by a hodgepodge of unfinished wiring, cables, and boxes all over what’s supposed to be your entertainment area! You already have a lot on your plate, why add the extra hassle? Home theatres are supposed to take the stress away from us, not add more to it. Aside from saving time, you can also save yourself from all the frustration and stress with a professional installer.  

Professionals Know Things That You (Probably) Don’t 

Sure, you can learn a thing or two by watching online tutorials and other guide posts on the internet. But can you easily translate what you have learned into practical application? Chances are, no. Professionals have these principles down to the tee. Take the following for example:  

They know the principles of design and layout.

A home cinema system is made up of multiple components that complement each other. These components must be arranged in a way that maximises the audience’s viewing experience. All of this boils down to having the right design and layout. Professionals will expertly consider things like placement of windows, room insulation and acoustics, seating space, placement, along with many other factors.  

They can make sure that the sound quality is on-point.

Sound quality is one of the key things that can make or break the audience’s immersion with the movie they are watching. This is a factor that a professional installer would pay close attention to. A professional home theatre technician will recommend devices that can improve your sound based on factors like room size, acoustics, and so on.  

They can handle the cords and wires so you don’t have to.  

Finally, we go to the subject of cords and wires, the bane of DIY’s existence. Some people find a knack at figuring out the wiring and cabling system. But if you are not one of those people who find this side of home theatre installation particularly fun, then turn to professionals for help.  

Calling professionals for a home cinema system setup is not merely because wiring and cables are out of your depth, but it is also a matter of safety and security. Wires that are attached poorly, or wrongly, can be potentially hazardous. In extreme cases, they might even lead to house fires. To be safe, make sure you are getting help only from accredited Home Theatre Installers. Now is the time to do your research. Check their website to see past jobs. Check their social media where the photo’s are raw and un-edited. Professional Audio Visual technicians will love showing off their previous accomplishments. 

Get Continuous Maintenance and Support 

Another plus when working with a professional is you will have continued maintenance and support services after the initial installation. Feel like you need an update? Is your movie watching experience affected by a new glitch? Whenever you hit a bump in the road, which let’s be honest, it will happen from time to time, you will always have someone to lean on for support and get the problem ironed out as quickly as possible. That is if you work with the right provider. This brings us to the next point.  

If you’re too busy for DIY, then give a professional home theatre installer a try.  

With our help, you never have to worry about getting the wiring wrong, or purchasing the wrong  television/projector. If you are ready to ramp up your home movie watching experience, then turn to expert advice from professionals in the industry. Choose professionals who have serviced countless people in their home theatre installation journey, like Sydney City Audio Visual.  

Call the professionals at Sydney City Audio Visual today for quality Home Theatre Installation in Sydney.