If you want to get the most bang for your buck and enjoy a great sound and vision experience every time you sit down to watch a movie at home, the trick is get your home theater planning spot on.
Here are some pointers on how to put together a great home theater setup and a look at some of the key considerations that you need to think about if it’s all going to come together perfectly.
Location matters for a home theater
The first thing you need to think about when you are planning a home theater setup is where you are going to put it in your home.
Choosing your room is a big decision. When you know where to install the system there are plenty of other factors to consider.
If you do have a choice of rooms it is often best to opt for a space that is rectangular in shape rather than square. You can suffer from harmonic distortions with a square room so the best move is to locate your movie theater in a rectangular room and look to put the screen and main speakers along the shortest wall, which will give you the best sound projection.
As well as having the best movie theater equipment your budget will allow you also need to make sure you have all the right tools for installing it. Check out what you need and maybe visit a site like RS Components to get tooled up and ready to install.
The perfect view
It’s always tempting to think that the bigger the screen you can install in the space available the more it will enhance your viewing experience.
A high-definition display will definitely improve your viewing enjoyment but you also want to achieve just the right combination of screen size and viewing angle to make everything work.
If you are going to be installing an HD TV you would do well to remember that most home theater specialists will look to place your viewing angle at somewhere between 30 and 40 degrees, so take the hint and work out how to fix it to the wall so that you achieve that perfect viewing angle.
How far away you are from the screen will also have an impact on the angle and sound performance. It can get a bit complicated try to calculate the right angle and distance, but if you use a viewing distance calculator someone else will do the math for you.
Recreating the movie atmosphere
Whichever room you decide to use for your home theater there is a good chance that you will have a window or two in there to contend with.
You obviously want the natural light when you are not watching a movie but windows can be an issue if you don’t work out how to block out the light properly and recreate that authentic movie theater atmosphere.
The best way to do that is to get some blackout blinds rather than rely on a set of curtains.
These are just a few things to consider when installing your home theater but it’s worth the effort when you get to sit down and enjoy such an immersive experience without leaving the house.