When planning a home cinema, be prepared to find a team of professionals you can trust from integrating your plans and ideas with the available technology to guaranteeing the finished product. Home automation requires a unique blend of skills—including elements of construction, hardware, software, IT, audio visual, interior decoration, and artistry. Following are some points to consider when choosing a home cinema design professional.
The reputation of a home cinema design team is nothing more than the cumulative opinions of previous clients, so it pays to listen to reviews. Ask if there is a portfolio of previous work or an online gallery you can view to form an idea of their capabilities.
Although any home automation specialist should possess appropriate training, knowledge and certifications, there is no substitute for experience. The best home cinema designers will marry knowledge of cutting edge gear and techniques with years of experience with audio visual equipment installation. Because of the high level of computerized automation involved, at least one member of the team should be a competent IT specialist who can trouble shoot and address any issues that arise and make all the components work in harmony.
A reputable company will stand by their work. Always be sure your home cinema design specialists are licensed, bonded, and insured. It helps if they belong to a professional association such as the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA). Read your service contract carefully before any agreements are made to see that the prices are clear and fair, and the products and services are warrantied for a reasonable period of time.
Once you have settled on a high-quality home automation specialist for your home cinema, dream big, enjoy the process, then revel in the best of the theater experience with none of the annoyances in the comfort and convenience of your own home.