Hidden Home Theater
It wasn’t too long ago that having a home theater meant you needed to have a dedicated room. That’s because, home theater gear was bulky, projectors were huge, screens were stationary, and the equipment itself, well it just needed a ton of space. Back then, aesthetics were not as high a priority because projectors required a near blackout setting, making design elements secondary. But today, that has all changed. Advancements in video and sound technology have removed the bulky projector, changing the look and feel of the home theater space. Streamlined technology that takes up far less space allows for the design of multi-use spaces. Home theaters today are being designed as an extension of the home rather than a focal point. Gone are the days when home theaters needed their own room, today adding a hidden home theater is possible in just about every room of your home.
Designing A Hidden Home Theater
Making technology disappear from view when not in use is the name of the game today. Like an 8-by-12-foot, screen that drops down in front of your bookshelves when needed. But more importantly, the screen can be hidden from view when you want to do a little more chilling with the family, then movie watching. Designing a hidden home theater system that will allow you watch movies the way the director intended can be achieved with the right gear. For those looking for an immersive entertainment experience within a formal living area or any other area of their home, we offer some insight.
Hidden Projector & Screen
There are numerous ways to accomplish this, including a drop-down electric screen that hides in the ceiling coupled with a projector that descends from the ceiling or sits in a soffit with a motorized door panel. Ceiling recessed motorized screens are installed recessed in a ceiling so that the screen is concealed and hidden away. They key here is to have beautifully detailed images, whatever the projector or conditions. Keep in mind that projectors generate quite a bit of heat when they’re operating. So, it is important that the soffit is well ventilated. Also, keep in mind that the soffit should be built with a trap door so that the machine can be easily serviced. With this in mind, Screen Innovations make high-quality, electric, projection screens. They even have models that can be viewed in normal room light or during the day.
Screen Innovations – Zero-G
Say goodbye to the black mask above the viewing surface with Zero-G®, an all-new take on motorized projection screens. Think Rollable Television®. When watching the game or your favorite movie, Zero-G drops out of the case and expands at a preset location giving you a “levitating” image, suspended by cables. You paid for your view. Don’t re-arrange your room just so you can see the flat panel television. With Zero-G® you can drop your screen in front of a bay of windows, or art-deco wall where you never could have placed a flat-panel television. Your orientation is now dictated by your room, not your TV.
Screen Innovations – Solo Pro
Solo’s big brother, but totally made to order. Solo Pro defines a new era of total customization in motorized projection screens. Solo Pro is the first motorized screen available with two motor options; Lithium Rechargeable or Low-Voltage (24v). The in-house powder coating facilities Screen Innovations offers enables a wide variety of color options for Solo Pro’s cassette. Match your wall color or make it stand out, the choice is yours!
Screen Innovations – 5 Series Motorized
The workhorse of motorized. The 5 Series Motorized screen from SI was built from the ground up to include the features people requested most often. For the best motorized big screen experience, the 5 Series Motorized workhorse is available in flush (in ceiling) or external (wall) mount options, giving you the flexibility to install your system in a wide variety of locations.
Screen Innovations – 3 Series Motorized
Even SI’s value oriented products are built in house, entirely by hand and that includes 3 Series Motorized. SI ensures that every step of the way, from production through logistics, their quality meets only the highest standards. They wanted to give everyone the “hidden home theater” experience by offering not only an external mount case in their 3 Series Motorized product, but also a flush mount case. Multiple case configuration options in their value oriented screen series is just another way SI is bringing the big screen experience to a much larger market. Instead of skimping on the level of connectivity in their value oriented products, they wanted to ensure that you would receive the same standard of connectivity in each product they sell. This means that 3 Motorized comes with low voltage trigger, IR remote, and wall switch all standard. RS232/485 are optional.
Professional Home Theater Installation & Consultation
As a custom audio/video installer, Shultz Audio Video can design and build a home theater tailored to your unique needs and budget. Whether you want a living room home theater filled with the latest technologies and surround sound with chest-rattling bass or just a nice flat screen TV mounted in your living room, our aim is to elevate your movie viewing experience to an entirely different level. Whichever set up you choose, you will be amazed by how much more exciting movies and TV shows become in a larger format.
Installing a projector system is often more complex than many people expect. To help, we will come to you with a Free In-Home Consultation. We will walk through your home to help you determine the setup that is best for you, discuss potential problems, and guide you in how to proceed. Once we have designed a home entertainment system that is right for you, our team of AV professionals will install your new system to get you up and running quick and easy. Call our office to schedule your appointment today (760) 505-7461.