5 Things to Consider Before Installing a Home Theater

by Editor on July 15, 2013

Home Theater, Almost Complete

The standard movie theater experience leaves a lot to be desired these days. If you don’t want to wait in long lines for new releases you’ll have to purchase tickets online, and that comes with a surcharge on every ticket. Those prices are nothing compared with what you’ll pay at the concession stand, which basically turns a family movie night into an expensive affair. After all of those expenditures, grouchy or loud people checking their phones throughout the movie and traffic to battle through on the way home you might wonder why you bothered at all. Millions of Americans now choose not to, and instead invest their money in a home theater. With current technology you’ll lose nothing in the audio or video departments, all while enjoying the comfort and convenience of your very own home. But it’s a lot of work to set up, so make sure you think the whole process through. Here are five things to consider before installing a home theater.

First of all, is the room laid out in such a manner that people in every seat will be able to see the screen? You might want to invest in rows of actual theater seats or simply lay out a bunch of bean bag chairs, but whichever direction you take it you don’t want people to strain to see the movie. You’ll have to think about how to work around any support beams, and make sure you choose a screen that’s large enough for all of the people you want to fit.

Next, consider leaving room for expansion. Most home theaters start with a pretty modest set up, and as you come into some extra money or start to feel the space out you’ll want to add more bells and whistles. The best home theaters are built for the long haul, which means opening up the wall to run cables. Always install additional audio and video cables, even if you don’t yet have a use for them. That will allow you to expand your set up without having to cut back into the walls a second time.

You should also consider how the color of the walls will impact the viewing experience. The lighter the paint job, the more that the monitor image will leak outwards. It will actually make the screen seem dimmer, and harder to watch even if the lights are off. You might want to put up black or dark grey panels, or hang curtains on the walls behind the screen and around the room. This will help avoid eye strain and make even a lower end screen look better.

Now it’s time to think about how the audio system will impact the rest of the house. You might want to use that home theater every night of the week, but there will be other members of your family who aren’t so interested. They’ll be studying for class, reading, trying to sleep or having conversations in other parts of the house. Is your sound system going to rumble and shake the walls? You’ll want loud, high quality audio, but you also want to keep most of that noise in the room. So consider soundproofing on the walls and the ceiling. You won’t have to worry about shutting things down too early if you take this step.

Finally, be honest about your ability to do all of this work yourself. You’re going to invest a lot of money, so you want things done right. If you’re not technically savvy you’ll be better served bringing in quality¬†Memphis home entertainment services¬†professionals to do the installation on your behalf. You’ll spend a couple of hundred dollars more, but you’ll be guaranteed that everything will work as it should, and will have someone to call if things go wrong.

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