Are Dedicated Home Theater Rooms Dead?

A recent report on New Home sales indicates that fewer and fewer homes are being built today with dedicated Home Theater’s in them.  This trend shouldn’t come as a big surprise as home sizes have become smaller in the wake of the economic downturn.

So is Home Theater Dead?  Not likely, in fact ultra large size flat panel TV sales such as Sharp’s new 70” LCD screen are flying off  dealer shelves.  The most popular TV size today is the 46”-50” category up from the 37”-42” flat panel size only a year ago.  Projector sales and motorized screens are also up as prices continue to fall and picture quality and features improve.

So what does this all mean?   Well,  people may not be building larger homes with dedicated home theater’s in them any more, but they are not willing to give up their Big Screen TV just yet and in fact consumers want Bigger and Bigger Flat Panel TVs.


Home theater is not dead at all –  it’s just moved out of  the dedicated room in the basement and into the Living Room or Family Room on the main floor and has been re-branded as the Media Room.

Media Room ?  This isn’t new, people have been putting big screen TVs into their living rooms and family rooms for years what’s so special about that?

What’s different or has changed is the caliber of equipment that people are putting into their living rooms and family rooms.  A flat panel TV hanging on the wall in the family room is no longer good enough, today’s high tech homeowner want’s more.  Ultra Large  flat panel TVs, 60 to 70” inches in size or maybe even a 8-10’ foot ceiling projection TV with motorized screen are now the norm in these new Media Room concepts but wait there’s more  …  5.1 or even 7.1 surround sound systems with built in speakers are also becoming standard along with a networked PVR cable or satellite TV box, blu-ray player, game console and in some cases even a dedicated media server computer and Oh Yeah …. don’t forget the over-sized, comfy sectional couch.


These new High Tech Family Rooms are true Media Rooms in every sense of the word.  Media Rooms can deliver the Home Theater experience just like  a dedicated home theater room with the added benefit of being able to use the Media Room every day as the primary living space for the family.  Media Rooms are popping all over the place and can be found in homes of every size and price range.

If you are building a new home or renovating an existing home and would like a truly outstanding, affordable Media Room give the experts at DJ’s Sound City a call at 780-489-5522 or email  for a Free No Cost Consultation.


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1 Response to Are Dedicated Home Theater Rooms Dead?

  1. phillip says:

    Very good point. They are not dead at all, and are actually becoming more popular, just in the main living areas as you pointed out here.

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