Professional media rooms often have thick, concrete walls to prevent loud sounds from escaping the environment and entering neighboring rooms. A media room's walls usually lack windows and often have sound-absorbing panels mounted to hold in sound. If a media room does have windows, curtains are often used to block out unwanted light. Floors are covered with thick carpeting and doors may be lined with weatherstripping for blocking sound transfer.
A media room can have multiple functions, depending on its location and purpose. For example, a school media room may have several computers, scanners, copiers and audio-visual equipment. For home use, the media room -- sometimes referred to as a home cinema or den -- is a place for visual and audible entertainment.
Digital Media Center
Media rooms often have a digital media center to store and organize all types of media. A digital media center can be either a singular device with an internal hard drive that categorizes the owner's prearranged media files or an accumulation of digital media devices, such as DVD players, gaming systems and television receivers. Although some digital media centers can connect to a user's computer for transferring media files, most devices are controlled from the viewers' seats via remote(s). Digital media centers are often concealed behind a wall or in a cabinet and connected to the room's screen and sound system.
Media rooms often have a large screen for viewing movies, TV shows and other visual entertainment. Most conventional media rooms have one or more high-definition, flat-panel televisions mounted on a wall or supported on a television stand. Advanced media rooms may even have a large projection screen for use with a digital projector. Media rooms often use large televisions or such projection screens as the focus of the space, with the seats facing the display(s).
High Quality Sound System
Media rooms use some arrangement of high quality speakers for enjoying music and the audible parts of the film experience. The most common arrangement involves five speakers and one subwoofer -- all connected to a surround-sound system. By placing the speakers at different points around the seating environment, the surround-sound system literally amplifies the viewing experience. Speakers can be mounted on walls, the ceiling or on stands.
Depending on the space's purpose, the media room often has chairs, couches or desk chairs arranged around the television or projection screen. Home theater rooms often have cushioned, leather couches and recliners for relaxing while watching movies and programs.
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