What is home theater?
There are many choices…
The home cinema or screening room is usually a dedicated room with the sole purpose of watching movies and films with a superior experience. From the best video and 3D to heart stopping sound that perfectly recreates each whisper and explosion without asking, “What did they say?” or “Please turn it down!” Home cinemas are usually acoustically treated for both sound isolation so as not to bother the rest other family members or guests. Acoustic treatments are applied to maximize the listening envelope for the whole family and your guests.
The media room is the now the most popular version of the modern home theater. These rooms are designed for multiple purposes: entertaining for the big game, playing video games with family and friends, watching your favorite movies, or just relaxing with your favorite TV show. They are typically not a separate room. Instead they are integrated seamlessly into your living space so everyone in the area can enjoy it. There are trade-offs with a media room. The movie and general sound experience will not be as grand as a dedicated room, and the video quality may have to make tradeoffs as well, since multi-purpose rooms do not have as much control over lighting conditions.
Although this is a pretty generic term, surround systems are most often related to main floor television rooms. Maybe this is the only space in the home where you can have a home theater. Maybe it is a secondary room in addition to your main home cinema or media room. Often the term is used for any space where the performance of the room just isn’t that important. Generally, this is the least expensive type of home theater, but it will also be the least performing, too.