Q&A: We Answer Your Most Common Home Theater Questions

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Creating your perfect home theater can be a thrilling yet daunting task. Like any home renovation project, the process starts by asking the right questions. If you’re in Weber County or the surrounding Utah area and are planning a home theater installation, let our team at AVWORX be your guide.

Below, we’ve answered three of the most popular questions we get asked by clients interested in a home theater installation. Just keep reading to see our answers!

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1. TV or Projector?

Contrary to a couple of decades ago, TVs and projectors are now close competitors when it comes to performance, display, and even price. But there are still some differences worth knowing when choosing one for your home theater.

A home theater is specifically dedicated to the viewing experience. That means, the bigger the display, the more immersive of a viewing experience you will enjoy. You can find 4K TV panels that measure near 100” diagonally, but there are 4K projectors that can deliver a much more expansive image – and at a competitive price point. Sony’s brand-new VPL-VW295ES projector, for example, offers native 4K resolution at just $4,999.

Although bigger in size, projector screens are still more susceptible to light than TVs. But in a home theater, where you have complete control of your lighting, you won’t have to worry about natural light flooding in and washing out your picture. In fact, projectors give off a softer light than TVs, which can be much more pleasing to the eye when in a cinema setting.

Although a typical home theater environment is dark, you can still enjoy a high-quality projector display with your theater lights on if you choose a bright 4K projector and the right projection screen. Need help choosing a projection screen? We answer that below.


2. Gray or White Projection Screen?

Similar to choosing between a TV and projector, the type of projection screen that is right for you will depend on your home theater environment.

Because projectors are not able to produce the color black, any black displayed on your projection screen is simply the absence of light from your projector. So, if you plan to design a home theater with complete blackout capability, such as installing dark fabric on the walls and using dark ceilings and floors, we recommend you use a white screen. A white screen will help make bright colors brighter and whites whiter, and the blackout room will keep your dark colors dark. In short, a white screen is better for overall contrast when your home theater is entirely blacked out.

If you decide not to design a home theater with blackout capability, then we recommend you choose a gray screen. Gray screens help keep dark colors dark whereas a white screen in a room with ambient light will wash out dark colors and lessen the contrast of your display. Of course, if you want the optimal home theater experience, the darker you can get the room, the better. And in that case, your best bet would be a white projector screen.


3. Box or In-Wall Speakers?

We’ve talked about display, so now let’s move to sound. You can achieve outstanding surround sound with box or in-wall speakers, but there are still a few differences worth considering depending on your style and flexibility.

It goes without saying that box speakers are more intrusive than in-wall speakers. In-wall speakers are virtually invisible, as you can cover them with fabric or paint to blend in with your walls or even put them behind a layer of drywall. In contrast, box speakers stand on the floor or are wall-mounted; meaning they are noticeably visible. So, if your main concern is to hide your loudspeakers, we recommend you go with in-wall speakers.

However, if you don’t mind visible speakers, choosing box speakers means potentially less reconstruction and installation work. Box speakers are also much easier to move around as you please, whereas in-wall speakers are permanently set.


Although we hope this helps get you started, we know there are a lot more questions that go into creating the perfect home theater for you. As a professional home theater installation company in the Weber County, Utah area, we can assist you in every step of the way, from planning and design to installation and ongoing maintenance.

Just fill out our contact form or start a chat with us below to talk with our team at AVWORX right now!

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