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How to Design a Media Room without Distracting Equipment

Hidden Technology Allows You to Create the Ultimate Media Room

How to Design a Media Room without Distracting Equipment

Are you considering a media room for your Manhasset, NY home? Unlike a designated home theater designed for the optimum movie night, a media room is much more. It's a space for social gatherings, games, and entertainment – a multi-use area for fun that is often designed with the interests and hobbies of the family members in mind.

One of the challenges with media room design is installing the equipment so that it doesn't detract from the room and the home’s décor or design. After all, some media rooms are family rooms or living rooms, transformed into entertainment central. 

Fortunately, there is a way to create a beautiful, unique space perfect for movie nights without large screens and speakers taking up space. The trick is hidden technology. 

SEE ALSO: What You Need to Know About Dedicated Home Theater Design

Hidden Screens

Imagine having family and friends over for movie night. They sit in overstuffed chairs in a room bright with lights and no screen or speakers to be seen and wonder if they'd misunderstood. Then, suddenly, the expansive mirror or framed fine art painting morphs into a 4K or 8K HDR TV.

Other options for concealing screens include motorized screens that hide in the ceiling, floor, cabinet, or other furniture pieces and come to life with one touch of a button. Wall panels that blend seamlessly with a home's design also provide beauty and elegance while keeping electronics at bay.

For those interested in viewing movies on a large screen, you won’t need to roll out a projector or have one hanging down from the ceiling. Today’s ultra-short-throw projectors can be positioned just inches from the wall and encased in cabinetry that hides the electronics. These projectors can easily fill a screen 100-inches and larger.

Hidden Speakers

While homeowners may choose floor-to-ceiling speakers in a designated home theater room, a media room usually requires a little more finesse. Fortunately, Meridian, a premier innovative designer, and manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, created DSP320 in-wall and in-ceiling audio speakers that deliver the same high-resolution audio that their world-renowned loudspeakers are known for. 

Whether listening to the nuances found in jazz or a finely tuned orchestra, or the sound that fills the air in every action scene, these speakers, unsurpassed in quality and craftsmanship, will take you there.

The unique design creates a wide dispersion, filling a room with smooth, integrated sound. In addition, their enhanced bass alignment technology brings in the deep tones and rhythm that brings movies and music to life. When combined with Meridian's DSW600 in-wall digital active subwoofer, you'll feel the music and movie soundtracks, as well as hear them. These flush-mounted speakers create an unrivaled three-dimensional soundstage. 

Controlled Lighting

You'll need a dark room to experience and see movie viewing at its best. Fortunately, this can be accomplished by using black-out shades that drop down with the touch of a button. When your media room is integrated with smart home automation, you can control every electronic device from a tablet, smartphone, or keypad. 

Our certified technicians can program one button for “Movie” night. This pre-set scene will dim the lights, lower the blinds, turn on the sound and image, and set the temperature for perfect movie viewing.

Home Theater of Long Island is a CEDIA award-winning company with decades of experience in smart home automation, home theater, and media room design. To learn more about the many options, or for a complimentary consultation, contact Home Theater of Long Island today.