Audio Advice, a specialty consumer electronics retailer and e-commerce site, has developed a free interactive 3D design tool that models an acoustically correct home theater system, including speakers, TV or projector, and seating, for an optimal listening and viewing experience in the home. Built using complex algebraic algorithms, the patent-pending tool enables users to set their room dimensions and then answer key questions to create a full three-dimensional rendering of their room in real-time, and at a fraction of the time and cost of the traditional planning experience.
The Audio Advice Home Theater Designer guides users through the often-challenging experience of designing their entertainment space for both acoustics and watching, whether that is a traditional home theater or living room, family media room, or man cave. The Home Theater Designer tool enables users to set their room dimensions and then answers questions regarding number of seats, television versus projector system, desired screen size, number of speakers, and more. As the user inputs answers, the system runs the complex math in the background to render the room in real-time.
This is an example of real time feedback where the customer has chosen a 7.1.4-channel layout, but the rear wall speakers and ceiling speakers are too close to the back wall. By simply dragging the seats forward until the speakers all turn black again, the customer can find the ideal setup given their room and number of channels, replacing an otherwise long and arduous process with real-time interaction and design adjustments.
If the user modifies their system during the process, the program adjusts to give guidance as to whether the changes can work for that space. The tool also uses the Audio Advice proprietary Immersion Level calculation algorithm, which helps consumers determine which screen size is appropriate for their room to maximize immersive viewing. Users can then opt to see the system from the viewpoint of their seating to visualize the experience to simulate real life. When the user is done and has saved their project, they receive a full specifications report with exact speaker locations, screen size, dimensions, and more.
Audio Advice is launching the Home Theater Designer in conjunction with an entire suite of home theater design and education tools, including an extensive set of home theater buyer guides, an inspiration gallery, videos of home theater installs, and more.
“People need resources when it comes to designing their entertainment set ups,” says Audio Advice CEO Scott Newnam. “The popularity of DIY home design software gives everyday people the power to take on projects on their own. The magic of this tool is that if you feel good with your report, you can take on your install; if you need additional help, our service team can guide you through deeper solutions; or if you want to hand it off for full installation, we can do that too/
“It’s a great way to connect with consumers, but it is also a tool other firms and manufacturers can use with their customers, or interior designers can use with homeowners. We created this for the greater good of saving time and providing help. That is why, after over a year of designing and building the tool, we decided to make it free. In a year that is falling short on gifts, this is our gift to anyone who wants to explore a better at-home entertainment experience.”
The Audio Advice Home Theater Designer tool is live today and completely free to use.
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