Nothing compares to watching a great movie, a playoff game, or TV show in a cozy home theater with family or friends. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to set up a home theater that will knock your socks off. A spare bedroom, basement, or even an empty garage will do just fine. In this guide, we have compiled a list of appliances that you would need when setting up your home theater.
Everybody loves watching a good movie on a big screen and bass punching sound system. When it comes to audio, your speaker choice will determine the kind of receiver you have to go with. This is why it makes perfect sense to choose the speakers first. Little speakers will require less powering while big power is needed for big speakers. If you decide to have several speakers, your receiver choice must have several channels to accommodate the speakers. The conventional home theater set up includes a set of 5 speakers: a subwoofer, a center speaker, two rear right and left speakers, and a right and left speaker.
Home Theater Projector
Unlike televisions, a projector can be used on any surface. Although not strictly necessary, you can opt to use a white painted wall or specially made screens to ensure the quality of the picture being projected. Another beauty of using a quality projector for your home theater is that you are not limited to the screen size. You can customize the screen size to fit your preference without worrying about the picture quality. This can come in handy if you need to change the set up later on since you can just adjust the screen size rather than buy the hardware all over again.
The AV receiver carries the biggest workload in a home theater. It serves as both the processor and amplifier for your home theater. A whole lot of video and audio inputs are routed through the AV receiver and either channeled to the speakers or up to the projector. This is why you have to select a receiver that can accommodate all the input sources you want to have. Some of the input sources you can anticipate include a game console, Blu-ray player, and media stream. Other things that you should consider when selecting your AV receiver are whether the model has enough power to drive your speaker setup and whether it allows for room calibration.
A quality home theater screen should not blind you, shimmer, or create hot spots. It should be able to reflect just the right amount of light to the viewer. To create an awesome viewing experience, the colors should be accurately reproduced and even enhanced to improve the movie’s contrast and black levels. However, there are not many screens that can achieve this quality. With projector screens, quality or performance is not automatically determined by the price. To create a more durable setup, pay attention to the screen’s tautness and the rigidity of the frame.
The over-the-air signals are not a new concept. But these old relic antennas have been replaced by HD antennas that are designed to pick up digital signals and cipher them in HD. These models are improved to eliminate the noise and ghosting that was experienced with old analog antennas. With the shift of signals to digital format, you are either getting a quality signal or not. Again, you don’t have to dig deep into our pocket as the OTA signals are completely free. The only cost you will incur will be that of purchasing the antenna and occasional TV antenna repairs.
Streaming Media Player
It is no secret that most people rely on streaming for most of their viewing. This is despite Blu-ray disc providing better audio and picture quality than most of the streaming options. Today, most TVs, AV receivers, and even Blu-ray players come with built-in streaming audio and video services. But this cannot compare to the convenience and performance of a separate streaming box such as Roku streaming stick, which has over 2500 channels.
Sure, the stock remotes that you get with new devices do a good job. But if you have ever had to shuffle the remotes just to watch a movie, you are aware of the hassle of operating several remotes. The is a huge appeal to having a single remote that can be used to control most if not all of your devices simultaneously. With remote models like the Logitech Harmony Companion, you can control up to eight home theater devices. The model can also be integrated with voice command services.
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