Custom Home Screening Rooms
The performance goal of a home screening room is very simple. It should emulate the sound and picture of a Hollywood film dubbing stage where the movies you will be watching were mixed. (See Home Screening Room Design Protocol in Library).
Carl Tatz Design Screening Rooms fall into two categories. One is the dedicated room in which picture and sound parameters can be carefully controlled to maximize performance and the convertible room that changes into a screening room such as a living room or den. Although the dedicated room may be the ideal, many of the same performance guidelines we use in the dedicated room are shared by the convertible room and are often just as dramatic due to the hidden metamorphic effect.
There are two main criteria to be concerned with in designing a home screening room. One is performance and the other is appearance, both of which are 100% equally important. In a dedicated room the décor choices are endless and are solely dependent on the clients taste. Some people prefer classic while others prefer modern and yet others will want to use some sort of motif or make it blend with the style of the rest of the home.
How a room looks has a huge impact on the way it sounds. This is an awful thing for an acoustic designer to say but is absolutely true. The down side of this is of course that too many rooms allow interior design to take precedent, treating performance as the ugly stepchild, even though a great deal of money has been spent unnecessarily on expensive equipment. The client may be pleased at first but after the novelty wears off he may start to question the sound and picture quality. Is the screen too small? Is the sound boomy or lacking impact? Is it hard to understand the dialogue and does it seem disassociated from the picture? In short, am I getting a true cinematic experience? If then he should experience one of our rooms he will suddenly realize that what he has is a "sweet soda pop home theater" and what he wants is a "home screening room". When there is a gestalt of performance and decor, we create the "wow". All CTD Screening Rooms include the "wow" as its main component.
We can offer a complete turn-key solution calling on an amazing team of contractors, installers and artisans who have worked with us on other projects across the country and have proven their abilities in this specialized field. Although we work directly with the client, we are also comfortable offering our resources to their architect and interior designer.