A case could be made the custom installation industry was built on the back of the home theater designers creating one-off solutions for the rare 1% of the U.S. homeowner population. Over the years as the custom market has grown it has diversified far beyond home theater and home control, but dedicated home theaters and theater designers remain in high demand.
Home theater designers can benefit from relationships with integrators, so they can address questions about technologies that include 4K, HDR, immersive audio, Dolby Atmos, projection, microLED, and content delivery, as well as how these technologies fit into modern interior environments.
In stark contrast to many of the dedicated theaters from 10 or 20 years ago, the AV spaces produced by these elite designers now offer much higher levels of performance. Putting the differences in technologies aside, these rooms incorporate much more audio and video calibration, acoustical treatments, as well as more standard design strategies such as speaker and seating placement. Best of all for homeowners, these goals are being met while delivering levels of style that past generations of AV systems cannot touch.
Read on through the following pages to hear perspectives from some of the highest-profile home theater designers in the industry. Or click on the names of each to skip right to the associated profile: Theo Kalomirakis of TK Theaters; Richard Charschan of AcousticSmart; Sheba Kwan of Red Theory; Dennis Erskine of Erskine Group; Anthony Grimani of Grimani Systems; Keith Yates of Keith Yates Design; Lisa Slayman of Slayman Designs; and Sam Cavitt of Paradise Theaters.
Hopefully they will provide some inspiration, and maybe a call to team up, for your next home theater project. We’ll start with the man considered to be the pioneer of modern home theater.
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