Hidden Technology Lets You Blend the Tech with the Décor
For some people, a home theater is a space that is a smaller replica of a commercial theater, only more luxurious. For some, it might be a tech showcase with visible components, and homeowners may want to show off the state-of-the-art amplifiers, speakers, projectors, and other elements that provide the superb video and audio.
Some people may not necessarily want a dedicated space for a home theater; they prefer a living area that serves other purposes as well. Can you have both in your Edwards, CO home? Absolutely, as there are a variety of ways to hide the technology without compromising performance in your home theater design.
Read on to learn clever ways to hide your home theater technology in style – and have it ready to go when it’s showtime.
Hiding Projectors and Screens
A large screen is a critical feature of any home cinema. The choice of a large flat-panel versus a projector will be based on many factors that include room size, ambient light, the type of content you watch most, and more. However, we can say with confidence that both flat-panels and projectors can provide the home cinema experience when they are carefully chosen and installed.
But what if you don’t like to see these devices in your living area when they’re not in use. You have options. Projector screens can roll up via quiet motors into the ceiling, out of sight. Similarly, a projector can also descend from a motorized tray in the ceiling. Projectors can also be hidden in the cavity of a back wall, or a custom soffit.
With a smart home control system like Crestron, you have the choice of AV remote control and touchscreens to automate and control your home theater. One touch can reveal the projector and screen, start the audio system, and set all inputs and levels to the right settings, as well as dim the lights with your lighting control system. All you have to do is choose what to watch and hit play. When the show is over, another touch can hide it all again.
Sound You Hear but Don’t See
Audio is another vital piece of the home theater puzzle. The right audio system will immerse you in the action, the game, or the latest Netflix Original series. With today’s Dolby Atmos 3D audio setups, many speakers are involved, including one or more subwoofers. For a minimalist appearance, you can build all those speakers into the walls and ceilings.
In the past, built-in architectural speakers may have involved some compromise in performance, but no more. Most hi-fi speaker manufacturers now make high-quality designs for built-in use, including subwoofers. Most models have discreet grills that are paintable to blend with walls, and there are “invisible” models that go a step further, incorporating grill facades that can be finished with the same materials used for the walls. So, if you don’t want to see speakers or speaker wire in your home theater, you won’t.
If you want a home theater that doesn’t look like one, or one that hides the technology, Cloud 9 Integrated Systems can help. We are your local home theater experts serving the Vail Valley and Steamboat Springs, and back up our work with the best post-sale support in the Colorado Rockies. Get started on your dream home theater by reaching out to our expert design team today or chat below to connect with us quickly. We look forward to working with you!