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Home Theater

A home theater brings the ultimate entertainment experience into your home. Now you can watch movies and TV from the safety and comfort of your living room or dedicated theater room. No lines at the snack counter. No crowded lobbies. No sticky floors. Your home theater can be a simple design with a TV and surround sound system or as elaborate as you can dream with a commercial quality sound system and projection screen.

Every system we design is tailored to each client individually, customizing it to be as easy as possible to operate and, keeping it both sonically and visually appealing. Often times our designed systems look and sound better than commercial cinemas!

Media Rooms

What is a Media Room and how does it differ than a Theater Room? A theater room is designed mainly for watching movies. The room typically is set up for that purpose. Seating is arranged for ideal viewing, lighting is easily controlled as it is typically dark, the sound system is arranged for multi-row tiered seating, and often acoustical treatments are used.

A Media Room is essentially a multi-purpose room where audio and video are a part of it. Often times this room is one’s living room, family room, den, or other space not dedicated to just watching movies. Like a theater room the sound system is designed for movie and music playback and the video screen is usually a large screen, whether a TV or projection system. More often than not the electronics are hidden out of sight in a cabinet or another room altogether.

Some Media Rooms have multiple video screens for viewing more than one source such as sporting events or watching TV on one screen while viewing security cameras on another.

Many of our clients want the technology hidden in their Media Room. There are many ways to accomplish this with in-wall speakers, electric screens that disappear into the ceiling, and equipment racks built into cabinets. We can design the appropriate layout and measurements for your builder or cabinet maker to hide just about anything.

A real world scenario…

A family located in Sudbury, Ma spoke with McMahon Media about a project they were planning for their new residence currently in the process of being built. They had already hired another A/V company to come in and fix a problem with their current home theater system. Not resolving the issue they threw their hands up and said let’s start fresh and do it right with the next house. Again they hired the other A/V company to start the design process for their new home.

After a couple meetings with the client McMahon Media was invited to see the plans for the new system and asked what we thought. During a meeting at their home we took a peek at the home theater room they currently had. They expressed to us that it had not worked correctly for the 3 years they lived there. McMahon Media was able to find the problem before we left the meeting and was contracted on the spot to design and build all the A/V systems, lighting control, and theater room for the new home.

The design included Genelec speakers in the theater, known for their use in recording studios to reproduce highly accurate sound. A Stewart Filmscreen and Digital Projection DLP projector were chosen for their accurate image quality. The homeowner told us “I need some quality gear as I often have clients over the house for meetings and stuff.” Crestron controlled all the systems throughout the house and it had 17 zones of distributed audio and a surround sound system in the living room.

McMahon Media suggested using the room adjacent to the originally planned theater room as we felt it provided for a better seating arrangement and better acoustical properties. We provided to the homeowner soundproofing specs, seating design, and equipment engineering.

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