Audio Advice Launches Interactive Home Theater Design Tool
A / V retailer and e-commerce website Audio Advice has launched Home Theater Designer, an interactive 3D design tool that enables consumers to model a virtual home theater system. Users simply enter the dimensions of their room and the tool helps them create a three-dimensional visualization of an optimized A / V room with speakers, TV or projector and seating. The Home Theater Designer is available for free on the Audio Advice website.
“People need resources to shape their entertainment configurations. The popularity of DIY home design software gives everyday people the opportunity to take on projects for themselves. The magic of this tool is that when you are comfortable with your report, you can take over your installation. If you need additional help, our service team can guide you through deeper solutions. If you’d like to drop it in for the full installation, we can do that too, ”said Scott Newnam, CEO of Audio Advice. “It’s a great way to connect with consumers, but it’s also a tool that other companies and manufacturers can use with their clients or interior designers with homeowners. We created this to save time and provide help. Because of this, after over a year of designing and building the tool, we decided to make it free, ”added Newnam. “In a year of shortage of gifts, this is our gift to anyone looking to discover a better home entertainment experience.”
When using Home Theater Designer, the tool asks questions about the desired seating configuration, the type of display (flat screen TV or projector), the speaker configuration (5.1, 7.1.4, etc.), the seat distance from the screen, and the aisle position and width. The results are displayed in real time, with the tool scaling the room dimensions, seating and screen size, and adding or removing speakers in response to user input. A powerful feature of the program is the guidance it provides when a selection is deemed inappropriate for a particular room. For example, Atmos ceiling speakers in a 7.14 configuration are too close to the back wall. Another feature, Audio Advice’s proprietary Immersion Level ™ calculation algorithm, helps users select an appropriate screen size to maximize the immersive viewing.
The tool’s 3D design capabilities allow users to get different views of their virtual home theater. You can visualize the space from different angles, upside down, or from a seated point of view that reflects how it is experienced in the real world. You can also choose lighted or dark room views, as well as a sound scattering view, which shows the immersive effects of a selected speaker configuration in a particular room. Once your perfect theater has been designed, you have the option to save the project and generate a specification report with exact speaker positions, screen size and room dimensions. This one offers an immersive level rating.
The Home Theater Designer is part of a suite of design and training tools that includes buying guides, galleries, and installation videos available at audioadvice.com.