Things to Consider When Planning Your Home Theater System

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Everyone loves the cinema experience. The rich audio and video help people immerse themselves deeply into whatever they are watching in the theater. Cinema is the cornerstone of modern entertainment. Thanks to the ever-advancing growth of technology, home theater systems started gaining popularity in the late ‘nineties and early ‘noughties. This meant you no longer had to tune in to the Paramount Network on Spectrum when you wanted to watch a movie at home. The rest is history.

Things to Consider – Making the Perfect Home Theater System

Home theater systems are one of the best options for home entertainment. Especially when it comes to the immersive listening and viewing experience. A home theatre system does not necessarily have to be a giant 72-inch screen and top-of-the-line speakers. You could easily make a decent home theater system with a 32-inch LED TV and a midrange sound bar. It all depends on the specifics. To get started, here are some points to consider when planning to create your private entertainment space:

  1. Space
  2. The Screen
  3. The Components
  4. The Controls
  5. The Furniture  

Let’s take a closer look at these points and see how they can help you plan better for your home entertainment system.

Space

The first thing you need to consider is the space where you intend to place your home theatre systems. There are a number of concerns here. The major ones are listed below:

  • Ambient light: Too much ambient light in the room can cause glare or washout on the screen.
  • Carpeting: Carpeted floors are better than wooden floors which reflect sound.
  • Walls: Drywalls are better for acoustics than wood-paneled walls.
  • Space: Depending on your room, you need to decide if your home theatre will be in an enclosed or free space.
  • Speaker placement: Depending on the configuration of your room, you need to decide whether to place the loudspeakers on the floor, wall or ceiling.
  • Seating: You need to consider how far you need to sit away from the screen to get the optimum visual experience.

The Screen

So you’ve considered the aspects above about the space for your home theatre system. Now it’s time to consider what type of screen you should get. There are two major types of screens to choose from:

  • LED/LCD/OLED TVs that can support 720p, 1080p or 4K UHD. 720p or 1080p screens are usually below 40 inches. Larger TVs tend to come with 4K UHD screens.
  • Video projectors that can deliver 720p, 20180p, or 4K UHD resolution. Certain projectors are optimized for use in large or small rooms. If you’re going for a projector, you need to make sure you can control the light in the space.  

The Components

Once you have decided on the screen, it’s time to consider the other components of your home theater system. In case you aren’t familiar with home theater systems, and this is your first time, here are the components you need:

  • Home Theater Receiver: This is a crucial component of the system because it offers all the inputs and outputs you need to connect your home theater system. It becomes the central hub of your setup.
  • Loudspeakers: You need to perform listening tests on different types of speakers to choose the best ones for your entertainment space.
  • Subwoofer: This is a specialized type of loudspeaker that only emits the low-frequency sounds in movies, like bass. Your subwoofer should be compatible with your speakers, preferably in a 5.1 or 7.1 configuration.
  • The Source: This component is what you will use to play movies on your home theater system. They can be a DVD Player, Blu-ray Disc Player, UHD Blu-Ray Disc Player, cable, satellite, or even the internet.
  • Surge Protector: Surge protectors offer protection to your home theater systems against sudden power surges or brownouts.
  • Cables: You need to make sure you get cables of the correct gauge and length. Color-coded cables help you connect your components together easily and quickly.

The Controls

There is one very obvious problem with so many different components making up one home theater system. Can you guess it? That’s right, too many remote controls. Depending on your system, you can end up with 6 or more remotes, which makes for a lot of inconveniences.

A good idea is to get an easy-to-use but efficient universal remote control. This will allow you to control all the components with the same remote. However, smartphones offer a good alternative to universal remote controls. Plenty of apps on Android and Apple allow you to control electronics. They may work with several brands or may belong to the same brand as your components.

The Furniture  

The final touches to your home theater system come with the furniture. You have a great assortment of electronics, awaiting your viewing pleasure. It’s a simple matter to find furniture that matches. Don’t skimp on the last consideration.  

You need racks for your DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. You may need a cabinet to put your router for easy access to your Spectrum bundles. You may also need separate racks for your home theater components. And finally, you need a good recliner for comfortable seating. Enjoy your new home theater system!