Home Theater Considerations

There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a good movie over the weekend. With the advent of home theater systems people prefer to watch their favorite movies within the comforts of their home.

The development of DVD player technology and Dolby digital surround sound systems has enabled movie aficionados to recreate the magic of watching movies in a theater in their own home. Installing a home theater system however is an activity which requires in-depth planning.

A theater in your home for your Home Theater

A Home Theater Installation is needed to enhance the experience of watching a movie with great sound effects and superior picture quality. The first thing to look out for is the location. A separate room to house your home theater system would be the best option. You could convert a spare room into your home theater or if not possible create space for the system in the living room itself.

Plan for best quality sound effects and image

The main aspect while installing a home theater system is the correct positioning of the flat screen TV and speakers. For a mid sized room, the TV screen can be installed on the wall facing away from windows. For best sound effects, prefer surround sound installation with the main speakers can be placed adjacent to the screen while the auxiliary speakers can be placed along the walls adjacent to the viewers.

The wires and cables can be concealed by running them through the walls or behind wall furnishing. Wireless surround sound speakers are quite popular as you can mount them anywhere in the room without having to bother about wires trailing along the walls or not being long enough.

Create the ambiance for your Home Theater

A point to be noted, the best home theater systems would look and sound mediocre if not installed in harmony with the surroundings. An overly lit room or one with a number of windows is not conducive for picture clarity. Lights that can be dimmed and windows with dark curtains would ensure that a theatre like ambiance is created.

Some aspects to be considered are

  • • Sound effects
  • • Audience location
  • • Height, distance and angle of viewing
  • • Design of the room

A home theater setup includes a flat screen TV, up to 8 speakers and other audio and video components that can take up a large amount of space. Wall units, mobile cabinets or racks are ideal to house the various components. Wall mounts look neat though would involve activities like drilling, taking measurements and concealing the cables in moldings or conduits.

Power arrangements for your Home Theater

The home theater system would need adequate power outlets with a dedicated power line to sustain the increased load. If it’s not possible to run a separate line from the circuit breaker a power strip and surge protectors would suffice to shield the system from power outages and fluctuations.

A separate socket with backup for components like the cable box and DVR would ensure that the system does not get switched off in case of a power outage. The feature is especially important if you like to record your favorite TV show or sports events. Also remember to mark each cable with the component name to which it is to be connected to avoid confusion.

Viewing distance for your Home Theater

The optimum viewing distance would depend on the size of the TV screen. For most flat screen TVs for home theater with a diagonal screen size of about 27 inches, the seating arrangement should be at a distance of 10 feet (about 3.1 meters) from the screen. You can select from a variety of Plasma, LCD or LED TV screens for your home theater. The image quality is similar for most flat screen TVs though the prices would vary according to the brand chosen and extra features availed.

Katie Browns writes for Nextday Techs, an on-site technical service firm offering expert technical solutions for home and office use. For more information about home theater installation services visit our website at http://www.nextdaytechs.com

Playing the Field with Home Theater Systems

If you are in the market for a home theater system chances are you are experiencing some degree of shell shock at all the options that are available in today’s market. The fact that there are so many options is both wonderful and horrible at the same time. The sheer amount of competition is working well to drive prices down for consumers. With that in mind, there are still levels of pricing according to the quality of home theater system you are selecting. On the other hand, a vast quantity of selection for many makes narrowing down the proper choice for specific needs difficult at best.

There are some things to keep in mind when purchasing a home theater system and the first of those things is to settle on a budget and stick with it. The very process of establishing a budget narrows down your options and you just may be surprised at the quality you can find within various budgets. Even more surprising to many consumers is the fact that you do not have to go with names that you know in order to get excellent quality of sound, picture, and value from your home theater system. [Read more…]

Media Center Driven Home Theaters

Today’s personal computers are being called upon to do more diverse tasks than at any other point in history. In fact, the use of personal computers as an integral part of a home theater is becoming more and more commonplace as technology progresses. There are even operating systems designed upon the idea of a personal computer being used as an all around media center rather than merely functioning as a personal computer.

As a result, I see the growth in this treatment and use of computers growing in popularity as well as possibility in the future. With more and more people incorporating their computer use into various aspects of work and play it only makes sense that we now bring them one step further in their entertainment functions and capabilities. The technology however isn’t entirely new, what is new is the growing number of people putting this technology to use on a regular, if not daily basis. [Read more…]

Identifying your Home Theater Needs

If you are in the market for a home theater system, chances are that you have a pretty good idea of the individual components you will need in order to make your system complete. Most people find questions when it comes to specific information about the individual pieces and parts of the system. However, in an effort to educate all about home theater systems, this will be a brief break down of components that one might expect to purchase during the course of building a premium home theater system. Keep in mind that everyone will have their own specific needs and preferences and you may have some perfectly acceptable components already. This of course, will save you money on the overall purchase if you choose to keep the pieces you currently own.

First of all, there are all kinds of ‘home theater in a box’ kits on the market today. These kits are already put together in order to help you get the home theater you desire in one fell swoop. While you can get perfectly good home theater systems in this manner, I honestly believe you will get better value for your money by building your own system one component at a time. If you are impatient in a hurry or simply do not wish to spend the time researching your options then the home theater systems that are sold on the market may be a good idea for you. [Read more…]

Selecting the Proper Television for your Home Theater

While there are many components that make up the average home theater system most people often overlook the importance of their televisions to the overall video and movie watching experience. As with all things in life, bigger, when it comes to televisions for your home theater, is not always better. There are many things that must be considered when selecting the best possible television for your home theater and size is only one of many.

Mass retailers show televisions in a manner that suits their purpose, which is a sale. This doesn’t mean that their methods for displaying their televisions paints those sets in a proper light for your home viewing experience. Not so long ago, a 20-inch viewing window for your television was considered huge. It was a luxury saved for those who were extremely wealthy. The truth of the matter is that if you do not sit a proper distance from your television the quality of the picture will look horrible if your set is too large. [Read more…]

Building a Home Theater on a Budget

budget home theaterAmericans tend to spend a lot of time in front of our television sets so a budget home theater is a great thing to have. Whether we are movie junkies with multiple memberships to Internet movie rental companies or are serious addicts to all things reality on television we are addicted to our entertainment. Since we spend so much time watching our televisions it makes sense that we make a sizeable investment in our home theater in order to get the best possible quality picture and sound from our systems.

We do not, however live in a one size fits all world, which has lead to a good deal of healthy competition within the entertainment industry as well as the electronics industry. This is excellent news for consumers that must live within the constraints of their budget home theater. As competition emerges along with newer technologies we see a downward trend in the prices of existing technology. The real trick however is to be content with last year’s technology today and you could actually save thousands on your home theater. [Read more…]

Buying a Home Theater Within your Means

When planning and purchasing a home theater you may find that in addition to a wide range of choices you are also faced with an extreme and vast array of pricing options for your home theater needs. Whether you are seeking a system that is simply a good means of watching your favorite sporting event on any given Sunday or you are hoping to find a home theater system that will be the envy of the neighborhood there are many systems available within many budget ranges that will accomplish both of those goals if you carefully plan the system you will ultimately purchase.

You should establish a budget before going shopping for your home theater system and buy a system that suits both the requirements you wish to have filled and your means with which to pay. The good news is that there are some home theater packages that will suit most budgets; even the tightest and you can always find the one system you like and watch closely to see if it goes on sale.

What kind of Home Theater Quality Do You Need?

The point is that there really are all kinds of home theater systems on the market and they vary greatly in price, quality, and scope. Be sure you know exactly what you are getting when your purchase a home theater system, especially if you are buying one of the many home theater in a box kits that are on the market today. You may not be getting everything you believe you are getting and it pays to know what you need in regards to what you currently have.

Common components you will find in a home theater system kit include the following: a receiver, speakers, and a DVD or DVR. Most kits currently on the market do not include televisions and some kits being advertised as home theater kits are merely boxes of speakers. This is why you need to make sure that you read carefully and know exactly what is included in the ‘kit’ you are paying for.

What Kind of Television Do You Need?

televisionsIf you need a new television in order for your home theater to be worth anything to you that might be the starting point for your home theater system upon which you can build later. If you have a decent television that is HD ready then you are prepared to start searching for an excellent HD home theater. If your television isn’t HD ready, it would be a waste of money to make the investment in HD equipment at today’s inflated prices that will not be of immediate use to you. If HD is important, then you should really begin by purchasing an HD television and not build your home theater until you have that key component in place.

On the other hand, if HD isn’t important to you at the moment or you would prefer to wait until lower prices prevail, it is a sound decision to go ahead and purchase a home theater that has the best technology you are capable of utilizing at the moment. You can actually get pretty good deals on what is considered yesterday’s technology (which can be just that recent in today’s electronics market) and for many that is definitely the way to go when buying a home theater system. You can get the best of yesterday’s technology for a fraction of the cost of many lower quality items that are on the market today.

The biggest thing to remember when comparing features is to know what is important to you in a home theater system and buy with that knowledge. It doesn’t make sense to make this sort of investment if you are going to find that you cannot live with the limitations of your technology 6 months from now. For this reason, only you can decide what is and isn’t an acceptable price for you to pay for your home theater system as well as what level of technology for which you are willing to settle.

Home Theater Speaker Basics

One of the most essential components of a good home theater is its speakers. You simply cannot achieve that theater atmosphere if you do not have good speakers from which to enjoy the sound that is such a vital part of a good ‘movie going’ experience. The problem is that most people are easily confused as to which speakers they really need for their home entertainment systems as well as the proper placement of those speakers in order to create a true surround sound.

The following are the basic speakers that are required to complete a good home theater: front left and right speakers, a center channel speaker, surround sound speakers, and subwoofers. Center channel speakers are overlooked and left out of many home theaters. I recommend against doing so as these speakers supply a good portion of the soundtrack in many movies as well as add fullness and depth to the dialogue. [Read more…]

Proper Lighting Makes Home Theater Systems

home theater lightingThe best possible location for the average home theater would be a basement room that allows very little or no natural sunlight to sneak into the room and home theater lighting is a critical consideration.

There are so many things you can do in a basement that simply intensify the home theater lighting of your average home theater. From actual stadium or theater seating to rope lights that line the side of the walls (where it meets the floor) for low ambient home theater lighting that will not distract from the screen or cause any unnecessary glare. Out of the many things you can choose to enhance your home theater, home theater lighting might actually be one of the most important as well as the most often overlooked.

If you are fortunate enough to have a basement, this is an ideal location for a home theater but don’t despair if you live in a climate that isn’t exactly conducive to home basements. Even in the sunshine basement there are steps you can take in order to prevent too much light from affecting your home theater lighting experience. Some good ideas with which to start would be to purchase black out curtains that prevent sunlight from creeping into your room. This looks much better than the old fashioned quick fix of placing aluminum foil over your windows for sure. [Read more…]

Proper Seating Key to Home Theater Enjoyment

There are a lot of things that go into creating the perfect home theater that many people may never consider when purchasing individual components, pieces, and parts. A good home theater is much more than a place to go and watch television at night; it is a movie and television viewing experience. You need to make sure that you are creating a room that is not merely comfortable for one or two people but for everyone that will be enjoying the opportunity to view movies, films, or television in this room.

One way to ensure that everyone will be comfortable and easily able to view the screen and consequently enjoy the experience you will also want to pay close attention to the seating you choose for your home theater. There are many different seating options for the average home theater system. Some of the most popular at the moment is what is considered the ‘theater recliner’. In fact, many home theater lovers prefer watching movies at home for the comfort of the seating alone. I do however recommend including options for people to put their feet up (my number one complaint when it comes to going to actual theaters). Most theater recliners allow this option. [Read more…]