Installing a custom home theater can be a rewarding experience for the whole family. Your system can include as much or as little audio-video technology as you want, from Dolby Atmos to projectors to 98-inch TVs. An audio-video installer can assist in creating a unique entertainment space tailored to your personal preferences and needs. With the proper planning and execution, homeowners can create an immersive and enjoyable viewing experience for the whole family. Whether you love to binge-watch the latest shows on Netflix, stream current sporting events or want to see your video games on a bigger screen, a custom home theater provides a fun and immersive experience that brings your favorite entertainment to life. Here are the latest technologies in home theater systems and what homeowners need to know before they begin.


Questions To Ask Before Having Your Home Theater Installed

While in the planning phase of your home theater, there is much to consider. Planning and designing your home theater requires choosing the equipment, setup, sound, seating, and even decor that best fits your style and budget. When working with an audio-video professional, be ready with your questions before work begins. Your questions should include the following:

  • What type of seating will you need, and where should it go?
  • What kind of screen do they suggest, and how big does it need to be?
  • Where will the equipment live?
  • What type of speaker configuration best suits the layout for optimal sound quality? For example, in-ceiling or in-wall versus floor-standing speakers.


Budgeting For Your Home Theater

An essential first step is determining your budget based on your room size. Once you have a budget and a room size, you can start researching and planning what type of AV system you want to build. There are many home theater AV systems options, so consider what features you may wish to have. On average, Audio Video Charlotte’s home theaters will run between $6,000-10,000. Once audio-video technicians are on-site, they determine a more accurate project investment while considering the budget. Whatever you want to include, they will give you the best course of action to get everything you want out of the system.


Wiring For A Home Theater

Wiring for the home theater will take some planning and troubleshooting. The overall goal should be that there is no exposed wiring. If the house is currently in the building phase or the renovation process, pre-wiring will be essential to ensure the system is installed correctly. Pre-wiring will also save you time and allow you to future-proof the home for additions to your home technology.


Suppose the project is going into a pre-existing space. In that case, audio-video professionals are at the mercy of what is behind the walls, which only sometimes allows the installation to go perfectly to plan. Studs, wiring, access points, and electrical outlets can all be problematic. Your installer should update you with the installation process and inform you of any wiring plan changes.


The Technology Needed For a Home Theater System

There are endless components used in a home theater system. A basic system would include a screen which could be a projector screen or a TV, a receiver, a subwoofer, speakers for surround sound, a streaming device, and a universal remote control to operate the equipment. You can add more devices to integrate technology based on your preferences and setup.


Selecting the screen size is based on your viewing preference. Projectors or extensive TV setups simultaneously displaying multiple screens are popular media room choices. Moderately sized TVs are also excellent for smaller, more intimate home theatre setups.


Sound and quality of that sound are so crucial for your home theater as it gives you the theater experience. Surround sound in-ceiling speakers are among our clients’ most popular requests. We love integrating systems for your home theater and your whole house. (Read more about whole-house music).


Products We Recommend For Your Home Theater Setup

Sonos Arc: The Sonos Arc is a high-end soundbar with excellent sound quality and immersive 3D audio. It supports voice commands and can be integrated with other Sonos products. We install and recommend SONOS products because of their versatility and quality to enjoy music all over your home.


Marantz Cinema – The Marantz Cinema series receivers are an excellent choice for a high-quality home theater experience. These receivers offer exceptional audio and video performance, with features like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, HDMI 2.0a connectivity, and 4K Ultra HD upscaling. With its superior sound quality, powerful amplification, and advanced video capabilities, Marantz says their Cinema series “sounds better than the theater.”


Denon AVR-X2800H: This Denon 8K AV receiver delivers an ultimate 3D audio home theater/gaming experience. It has immersive 3D audio technology with HEOS® Built-in, including Dolby Atmos®, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, and more. Fill rooms with refined sound from a 7.2 or 5.2.2 setup with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.


Apple TV 4K: Apple TV 4K is locked and loaded with all the features for the best available streaming. We use Apple TV 4K in most of our installations because it is faster than any Smart TV and surpasses the functionality of other streaming devices.



TVs: There are so many TVs on the market it takes a lot of work to pick one. Here are a few options: LG 77″ Class C2 OLED and the Samsung Q190 QLED 4K 85″.


Epson Projectors – Epson projectors are known for their high-quality HD to 4K image display, excellent color accuracy, user-friendly design, and long-lasting performance. Epson projectors offer a range of features, including 3LCD technology, which delivers superior color brightness and color gamut compared to traditional projectors. Additionally, Epson projectors come equipped with various connectivity options, such as HDMI, USB, and wireless connectivity, allowing users to connect their devices easily.


Dragonfly Projectors Screens – A popular brand for home theater projectors, Dragonfly are known for their exceptional image quality and versatility. Dragonfly projectors use DLP technology to produce bright, vivid images with high contrast and color accuracy. They offer various resolutions, including 1080p and 4K, and a range of brightness levels, ensuring users can choose a projector that meets their needs. Dragonfly projectors also offer various connectivity options, including HDMI, VGA, and wireless connectivity.


Shop With Audio Video Charlotte Before You Buy AV Technology Elsewhere


Whether looking to upgrade your home with the latest technology or your business to keep up with the ever-changing landscape, Audio Video Charlotte has a solution. At Audio Video Charlotte, we not only understand your needs, but we deliver on them quickly. We offer:


  1. Long-term support: Our technicians are experts in selecting what works best for your spaces, creating simple solutions, and integrating the latest and greatest technology, all while offering continuing support. Let us help you figure out the home theater system you’ve always dreamed about. Our knowledgeable team will access your space and offer the best solutions. What are you waiting for; schedule a consultation today!


  1. Price-match on home entertainment systems: Home and business owners are always looking to cut costs but still have the most powerful technology at their fingertips. We provide our customers with the latest and greatest technology like LG, Samsung, Sony Video, Marantz Audio, URC Remote Control, Definitive Technology Speakers, Denon Audio, SVS sounds, Sonos, and more.


  1. Our services come to you: We go to you to complete your project from start to finish with our seamless full-service installation. We will walk through your property, designing and providing a detailed scope of work for what we recommend.


A significant benefit of shopping with us is that you are shopping locally. Choosing Audio Video Charlotte is choosing to support small Charlotte businesses. We’re known for our excellent installation capabilities (see our Google reviews ) and AV expertise regarding all your home and office needs. Our skilled technicians have years of experience, making us stand apart from any competition. Give us a call at, 704-287-3334