Custom Home Theatres: Are You Getting All You Can Out of Them?

Is there more than just movies for your home theater?

It’s a Friday night and you plan to spend the evening watching movies with the family in your home theatre. Great! But did you ever think that movies aren’t the only things to watch In fact, you can customize your private theater to deliver the perfect viewing environment for any event, whether it’s to binge your favorite TV shows or to watch the Chiefs game this fall. Find out more — and how our team of installation and design experts can help.

SCS Home Entertainment has been building custom home theaters and media rooms in the Greater Springfield and Branson areas for more than 20 years. There is a reason why our designs are more affordable than you might think. Today’s equipment and technology can accommodate a wide range of media use and room types. Sure, you can still get the full home cinema experience with the movie décor, lounge chairs, soundproofing, and the best equipment, but you don’t need to go that route if that doesn’t fit your lifestyle.

Let’s explore some of the latest trends in custom theaters and media rooms.


Today’s home theaters are places in which the family can gather and enjoy entertainment. If you or your kids are into gaming, an Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro now have 4K UHD capabilities for both video entertainment and games. And they look fantastic on a larger screen.

Add the new virtual reality (VR) capabilities of these consoles, and the ability to play with others over the Internet, and you have much more than movies and TV to bring people together in a home cinema. The Xbox One also sports a 4K Blu-ray player, which is perfect for more relaxed time with a movie.


Love the game?  One hot trend in media rooms is the multi-screen setup. This setup might include a large flat panel of 85 inches on one wall flanked by a couple of 55-inch sets to one side or on both. You could keep track of multiple NFL games on a Sunday afternoon – the Chiefs on one screen, and the other games on another two.  You could invite family and friends for a watch party any weekend and not miss any of your favorite teams.

If you and your friends are more active, we could build your screens into a game room environment. You like to play ping pong, pool, or foosball while the games are on? No problem, the theater setup can be tailored to your style. The screens can be distributed around the room, with sound systems matched to each area.


Movies and Binge-Watching

Of course, home theaters are still great for relaxing with movies and shows. With today’s plethora of content choices, there is so much to choose from at any time. Part of having a customized experience is being able to control your system and electronics just the way you want. With the many devices you might have for media – an AV receiver, streaming player, gaming console, Blu-ray player, music streamer, and more – you want a simple way to control it all. A home technology integration system like Control4 can make that easy. SCS can help you tailor this to your needs.

When it’s time for that movie or to binge on the latest Netflix series, one button-press on a touchscreen or remote control can start the festivities. You could turn all the right devices on, lower the projector screen, switch to all the right inputs, set the correct surround audio mode, dim the lights, and even set the temperature on a smart thermostat – all with one touch. That’s part of what a customized experience is; one that works for you and what you want to do.

Better than just telling you, come see for yourself what a custom home theater experience looks like. Schedule a complimentary consultation in our Campbell Street showroom where we can design a theater that fits your budget.

What you need to know about Motorized Shades vs. Manual Shades

Smart home technology is designed to simplify day-to-day tasks, reduce costs while increasing safety, allowing you to add convenience to your lifestyle. One of the most evident examples is through how you can manage your home’s window treatments. Sure, you can control your shades manually, but a better option exists: motorized shades.

Window shades are an essential part of your home’s functionality and design. It can help regulate temperatures that come with the Ozarks four seasons and its often unpredictable weather. They can also protect against UV rays, reduce glare on TVs, and prevent the outside world from looking into your house when you want private time.

Manual shades can be a hassle to operate, and if they’re not lowered at the right time, they don’t offer any protection. Those problems are eliminated with motorized shades, which operate automatically depending on the settings you program into your home control system.

Read on to discover how motorized and manual shades compare in three different areas: ease of use, customization, and convenience

Ease of Use = time and money

Motorized Shades: Control your motorized window treatments with your smartphone or tablet, so you never have to get up to adjust them. They’ll move to the exact position you choose in the control system, and you can even program your system to move to different settings automatically, depending on the temperature and time of day. SCS Home Entertainment is trained on how to install these. Contact us today to learn more.

Manual Shades: When was the last time you struggled with the string on a set of blinds that would not click into place? How about pulling down retractable shades that refuse to go back up again? Manual shades can be very frustrating fixtures that often refuse to operate the way they are intended. And often times, they break, causing added expense.

Customization Means it’s Just for You

Motorized Shades: As mentioned earlier, Lutron motorized window treatments can be fully customized with different settings to suit your specific needs. Want your shades to drop as you prepare to watch a movie? Program a home theater scene in your control system.

Save money: Automated settings are even more valuable, and you can customize your shades to automatically change with the movement of the sun. Temperature fluctuations can also activate the shades, and you set the thresholds for when that occurs. This can keep the temperature in your home ambient, lowing electric bills.

Not home but you want it to look like you are? You can program your shades to raise and lower during day and night hours, making it look like the home is occupied.

Manual Shades: If you want your manual shades to adjust to the position of the sun, you have to do that all yourself. Nobody wants to get up every hour to make sure that that the blinds are in the optimal location, and even then, it’s a pain to make all your blind levels line up evenly.

Convenience When and How You Need Them

Motorized Shades: Some people choose not to put shades on their highest windows because they won’t be able to adjust them easily, but all it takes is the tap of a button to lower the shades in those hard-to-reach places. Like the rest of the shades in your house, these can also be activated automatically.

Manual Shades: Have fun grabbing a ladder so you can reach those high-up windows that are letting sunlight in all day long. This can also be dangerous, causing physical harm to you and damage to your home.

To learn more about how motorized shades can enhance your home, call one of our many highly-trained specialists today.