Five Home Theater Trends for 2018

You want to get the nittiest grittiest views of your home team’s game. You want to feel your eyebrows singe during the movie’s peak explosion. You want sharp color, booming sound, and a full theater experience without the kid screaming in the front row. In other words, it’s time to consider creating a home theater in 2018. Here are the hottest 2018 home theater trends you need to know about before you give your local remodeling company a call.

1.      Home Theaters for Every Income Level

If you grew up on a diet of MTV’s Cribs or Housewives of Beverly Hills, you may assume that home theater systems are only allowed in the mansions of the rich and famous. Not anymore. First of all, you don’t have to re-create a ritzy movie theater in your home. Home theaters are what you want them to be. That could mean outfitting your family room to be your media empire or making alterations to that free bedroom after your kid goes to college.

Secondly, the technology and equipment you need for a movie theater quality experience continues to improve at a breakneck pace, while prices keep tumbling. For example, you can get a gorgeous, 85” 4k ultra-high definition screen for under $4,000. Some of the biggest names in projectors, like Epson and Mitsubishi have slashed prices in half from just a couple of years ago. Finally, some companies are offering full front-projection theater systems with universal remotes for between $5,000 and $10,000.

You don’t need to be a billionaire to be worthy of a home theater.

2.      Hybrid Home Theater Spaces

Many homeowners, especially here in San Diego where square footage is at a premium, can’t dedicate a room just to watching movies. This space-conscious reality has led to the rise of the hybrid home theater room, which can serve multiple purposes. For example, it can function as a home theater and a game room.

3.      The Smarter Home Theater

The way Americans consume media has evolved greatly over the past years. Passively watching a movie may not always cut it, especially for the younger generation. Today’s smarter theaters may now incorporate smart TVs, Apple TV, or Roku that can stream Netflix, HBO, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Families might want to turn on Spotify in their theater, watch YouTube clips, or even throw up a dual screen so they can monitor tweet streams during the big game. Some home theater owners want to be able to seamlessly switch to video game mode or host a video conference on Google Hangout. Home theaters in 2018 need to be a place that lets every family member consume and even create media the way they want.

4.      Soundbars

The beauty and quality of sound is half the power of any movie, TV show, or video game. In the past, home theater owners delighted in installing huge standing speakers or shelf speakers. More recently, the trend was to unobtrusively install speakers into walls or ceilings.

With the downsizing of home theaters into everyday homes, we’ve seen a surprising trend in sound that is likely to pick up speed in 2018. The rise of soundbars. It wasn’t so long ago that the lowly soundbar was considered a speaker option of last resort. The quality usually was only a little better than the TV’s built-in speakers. However, soundbars have come a long way in the last couple of years.

These days, a good soundbar can give you nearly the same quality as big, eyesore standing speakers, while being much more cost efficient than external speakers. They are also small and elegant, usually sitting right below the screen. This makes them an ideal home theater option for smaller townhomes and even apartments.

The major drawback of soundbars is that they can’t handle deeper, lower sounds. However, most come with a mini-sub-woofer that can be placed somewhere else in the room.

5.      Ultimate Remotes

Even the thought of trying to control every aspect of your home theater with separate remotes is bound to cause a migraine. This challenge is what led to the creation of the universal remote, which could combine all your remotes in one. In 2018, however, the universal remote has been surpassed by the Ultimate Remote. This baby not only takes over the responsibilities of all your other remotes, but it can also perform multiple tasks at once. By programming the ultimate remote, you can, for instance instruct it to turn down your lights, set your speakers, and switch your screen into movie mode, just by pressing one button.

Not ultimate enough for you? The top industry remotes can basically act like a smartphone, controlling room temp, putting your drapes down, and even setting your security alarm, assuming you are using compatible smart devices.

If you’ve ever wondered if you could afford a home theater, the answer is probably yes. 2018 is the year where the everyman and everywoman can enjoy the theater experience right at home without taking out a second mortgage. If you live in San Diego and are interested in remodeling your home to incorporate a home theater, we would love to compete for your business! We believe in giving you the absolute best results and a competitive price. Contact us to schedule a consultation.