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Investing in Excellence: The Value of Working with Professionals for Your Home Theater

by Nyal Mellor March 30, 2024

Investing in Excellence: The Value of Working with Professionals for Your Home Theater


In this blog, we share a compelling story that underscores the significant benefits of consulting with a professional for your home theater project. Our client, Clint, is an avid DIYer and home theater enthusiast from Ohio. Initially, our client Clint began planning his home theater in an attempt to save money. However, as his planning progressed, the complexities of the project became more daunting. Clint decided to seek the expertise of Acoustic Frontiers.

Through collaboration with Acoustic Frontiers, Clint not only ensured a superior outcome but also discovered that consulting with a professional ultimately saved him money in the long run. The expertise and insights provided by Acoustic Frontiers enabled Clint to avoid costly mistakes and optimize every aspect of his home theater setup, from acoustics to audiovisual equipment.


To support Clint’s Home Theater Project, Acoustic Frontiers provided a customized version of our Complete Home Theater Design Package, which included:

The projector was mounted outside the room firing through port glass to reduce fan noise and enhance the enjoyment of quiet movie scenes. Our acoustic treatment design incorporated Acoustics First Quadrapyramid and Acoustic Frontiers POLY materials.

The equipment supplied included Arcam AVR20, MadVR Envy Pro, custom series racks by Strong with Middle Atlantic components, Parasound ZoneMaster 2, Triad InCeiling and InWall speakers, Seymour AV Proscenium masking screen, and Sony VPL-VW885ES 4K home theater laser projector.





Consulting with a professional like Acoustic Frontiers didn't just result in cost savings for Clint—it also elevated his overall home theater experience. By leveraging Acoustic Frontiers' expertise, Clint was able to create a truly immersive environment that surpassed his expectations. From sound quality to seating arrangement, every detail was meticulously tailored to maximize enjoyment and immersion.

This story serves as a powerful reminder of the value of consulting with professionals like Acoustic Frontiers when taking on complex projects like home theater construction. While it may seem tempting to cut costs by going DIY, the long-term benefits of seeking expert guidance far outweigh any initial savings. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a novice homeowner, consulting with a professional like Acoustic Frontiers can make all the difference in achieving the home theater of your dreams.

To learn more about this project, check out the project build video.


“When my wife and I first got serious about designing a home theater, I began doing all the research I could. The more I read, the tougher each and every decision seemed to get. One piece of advice I came across most often was to hire a professional. I was a little hesitant at first, thinking that with enough time and effort I could just figure everything out on my own and save some money in the budget - but after countless hours of research, I just found myself going in circles and didn't want to invest in something I'd later regret. I reached out to Nyal Mellor of Acoustic Frontiers and couldn't be happier that I did. In our initial phone call, Nyal answered every question and concern I had. I was overjoyed when I received the first design document, completely nailing what I was going for in a layout that I'd never have come to on my own. My confidence in choosing Acoustic Frontiers as my designer only grew with each step of the process and I cannot stress enough how big of a burden he took off of me - from equipment selections to screen sizes and material, seating placement, projector mounting/placement - you name it, Acoustic Frontiers thought it through for me. My hopes and excitement only continued to grow throughout the design and construction process. I was overjoyed the first time I booted up the system, seeing and knowing that the assurances Nyal gave me back in the beginning were realized. I'll never forget when he told me that many of his clients end up with theaters that rival or even beat commercial cinemas - in my opinion Acoustic Frontiers designed me a theater that does just that, and I couldn't be happier. I am so glad I decided to hire Acoustic Frontiers, and that he agreed to work with me - had I decided to do it alone, I would probably still be looking at an unfinished basement.” – Clint, OH, USA


Nyal Mellor
Nyal Mellor


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