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In order to achieve the results you envision, we worked closely with skilled professionals. Depending on the project, these can include your architect, interior designer, and audio-visual company. Our expertise is in all the elements related to your home theater – room acoustics, spacial and tectonic optimums and sound control, lighting, projection, seating, etc. We provide specifications and requirements and coordinate work done by your team.
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AbiNader has built nearly 100 luxury home theaters and over-the-top home cinemas around the world. Each project begins with a consultation during which we review the space you have dedicated to a home theater and the thematic idea you want to express.
We work with retrofitting of existing rooms and new construction. A basement is ideal for a home theater in many homes simply because it fulfills a theater’s need for darkness. If you are building a home, consult with us now so that ceiling heights, ductwork, structural columns, and wiring placement do not pose a problem later.
Dedicated environment for movies, hi-def TV, and gaming
Can adapt existing room or new construction
May include concert or live performance stage
Starts at $50,000
Retrofit of existing space or new construction
Professional level acoustics and soundproofing
Performance, recording and mixing stations
Separate listening booths
Dedicated corporate media room for conference and board rooms
Audio-visual lounge for clubs, restaurants, and bars
Audio-visual dedicated spaces for learning environments
Custom medical consultation areas
From Start To Finish
We handle every aspect of the production of your home theater. From initial concepts and sketches to complex acoustical and sound control diagrams, we manage the entire show.
frequently asked questions
A home theater is a dedicated environment that has been created solely to maximize the cinema experience. The room is engineered to provide the optimum sound and viewing pleasure. Home theaters usually include a projector and giant screen to create a full Hollywood-style cinema effect. Further, home theaters are created with specific carpeting, paint, wall coverings and other elements to dampen sound and control light levels.
Media rooms are usually created in a family room or other non-dedicated living space. Although media rooms usually include a surround sound system, the room itself is not engineered to provide an optimal sound experience. Theater seating is rarely used in a media room; comfortable love seats and chairs are used instead because the room has alternate purposes.
The cost of a home theater depends upon the room size and shape, the elaborateness of the theme, and the type of equipment you want to have installed, among other things. Since every home theater we install is unique and addressed to a specific client’s wants and needs, it is almost impossible to set a standard. Budget will be discussed openly and established based on many factors, including room size, seating capacity, theme, client’s level of expectation, etc… the sky is the limit!
Commercial cinemas relies on the immense (usually pixelated) picture and the sound blast to a maximum. Home theaters offer a totally different experience, with great comfort level, better sound and “crisp” picture quality, and a controlled environment. There is nothing to compare, especially when it comes to the commercial theaters’ sticky carpet, gum on the back of the seats, and popcorn strewn all over the dirty floors.
A home theater can be installed in almost any room, such as a spare bedroom. The size and shape have a profound impact on sound quality. In general, it is best to avoid building your theater in a square-shaped room because the sound will bounce off the walls and create an echo effect. Further, tiered theater-style seating requires more space than single level seating. The idea ratio for a home theater room is the room width should be 1.6 times the height and the length should be 2.6 times the height. Very few existing rooms in a home will match this ratio, so AbiNader home theaters will configure the room with sound baffling systems to improve the listening experience. We have successfully installed many luxury home theaters in square-shaped rooms as small as 13’x13′.
Most high-end home theaters have sound systems with a minimum of 5.1 channels. Many have 7 (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1) or even 9 channels (Dolby Pro Logic IIz). These configurations add additional front and side channels that add depth to the sound. Typically, an extra subwoofer is added to yield better bass. When you add extra channels, you place more demand upon the receiver, so a superior sound system requires an excellent receiver. Often, this means separating the box into a pre-amp and an amplifier. The room should also be configured with acoustical panels to assist in producing lifelike sound. Because most clients enjoy playing movies or games at high decibel levels, soundproofing and isolation are an important aspect of configuring a room for sound.
A home theater represents a substantial investment. Technology is always evolving and improving. So future-proofing is an important aspect of planning any home theater. Most often, it is a matter of ensuring that wiring is in place to upgrade equipment and speakers. Choosing the right components is also important. A projector and screen will provide the best theater experience, but your home theater must also meet the needs of your entire family. That means it might integrate high-def television for sports broadcasts and PC-driven gaming in addition to a projection screen. Currently, Blu-Ray players are headed for extinction as they are replaced by streaming video and media servers. Running extra wires and cables before the walls are closed in will help you take advantage of new technologies. And, when upgrading the wiring for your home theater, also install a whole-home surge protector to safeguard your equipment.
One of the most exciting developments in home theater is PRIMA Cinema. This system allows you to have access to movies that are still in the theater. It functions very much like your Apple TV or Roku, except that it streams current titles and has elaborate security controls, including a thumbprint scanner. It requires a substantial amount of space in your equipment area and runs approximately $35,000, with movies costing about $500 apiece. The upside is that you enjoy new movies in privacy, without worrying about someone two rows down talking on his or her cellphone.
Architects, interior designers, and contractors rarely have the specialized knowledge it takes to create a high-performance home theater. A theater consultant works for the owner to make sure the owner’s vision is translated accurately to other industry professionals. A theater consultant also acts as a liaison with technology consultants who select and install audio-visual equipment. Your theater company should be able to create a home cinema environment from scratch, yet also be able to interface with other members of your theater project team. Hiring a theater consultant helps makes sure room configuration, equipment specifications, seating and stage placement, lighting, and artistic details such as drawer pulls come together seamlessly to fulfill your vision within your budget. A home theater consultant will make sure the full potential of your dedicated space is achieved and that the complete package provides the experience you wish for.
Abinader Home Theaters comes from an architectural background and lengthy experience (16+ years) in the home theater industry. We have accomplished dozens of successful projects. Most architects, designers and contractors have not encountered a home theater project in their entire careers. Installers have expertise in one or two aspects. We invest our broad knowledge in acoustics, layout, equipment, flooring, carpeting, millwork & cabinetry, acoustical paneling, lighting, etc…to make it happen flawlessly and we guarantee maximum results and customer satisfaction.
Abinader Home Theaters is capable of taking your project from beginning to end with little or no involvement from your part. You tell us what you want, how you want it, set the budget and we make it happen. We work closely with your team to make sure everything is covered and accounted for, and with you to make sure we deliver what we .promised you and more.