How much does a Custom Home Theater Cost?

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First of All, What is a Custom Home Theater?

A custom home theater often refers to a high-end audiovisual setup in a dedicated room, usually in the basement of a house, designed & installed by a Professional AV Company for the purpose of watching movies, sports or playing games in immersive audio & visual as if you’re at a commercial movie theater.

Custom home theater setup goes far beyond standard living room AV setup and involves careful planning, design, and installation of audio, video, and acoustic treatment tailored to the homeowner’s preferences and requirements.

Custom Home Theater Cost

The cost of a custom home theater can vary significantly depending on various factors such as the size of the room, the level of customization desired, the quality of audio and video equipment, and additional features or amenities.

For quick answer, most common custom home theater setups in Toronto cost around $18,000 to $50,000 for pretty impressive systems. Now, this number can easily go up to hundred thousand dollars or more for ultra high-end, fully customized setups.

Here’s a breakdown of some key cost factors:

Room Preparation

This includes pre-wiring, acoustic treatment, lighting, electrical work and any necessary construction or remodeling. Costs can range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands, depending on the complexity of the project.

Audio & Video Equipment

The cost of speakers, AV receiversprojectorsscreens, source components, and other equipment such as AV rack and all the necessary cables can vary widely based on brand, quality, and features. An entry level AV system worthy enough to be put in a custom theater start around $12,000, while higher-end systems can exceed $50,000 or more.

Acoustic Treatment

Proper acoustic treatment, such as absorbers, diffusers & bass traps, helps optimize sound quality in the room. The cost will depend on the size of the theater and the extent of treatment required, ranging from a few thousand to over ten thousand dollars.

Optionally, you could spend thousands more to add proper “soundproofing” to trap the noise from spreading to other areas of your home. And we’re not talking about just adding some “safe n’ sound” insulation inside wall cavities. We’re talking serious soundproofing techniques and materials designed & installed by engineers for appropriate treatment.

Home Theater Seating

The cost of theater seating, comfortable recliners, or custom-made furniture will depend on the number of seats and the level of luxury desired. Costs can range from a few hundred dollars per seat to several thousand dollars each.

Automation Control Systems

Adding automation and control systems for Audio Visual, lighting, blinds and temperature control can add to the overall cost. Costs will depend on the complexity of the automation and the selected control system.

Installation & Professional Services

Hiring professionals for design, installation & calibration is a MUST for proper setup & optimal performance. The cost will depend on the complexity of the project and the professionals’ fees.


It’s important to note that these figures are just rough estimates, and the actual cost can vary significantly based on your specific requirements, location, and other factors. It’s imperative to consult with a custom home theater specialist such as Custom AVI who can provide you best recommendations and options based on your specific needs.

Are you located in Toronto GTA?

If you live in Toronto GTA and looking for Custom Home Theater Installation Services, reach out to Custom AVI for FREE initial consultation & professional home cinema installation services.

Call 416-628-3212 or email to schedule consultation today!

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