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Setting up a home theater room comes down to the exact planning. You are likely to make the biggest enhancement to your lifestyle and best improvement to your house. What is most important, though, you are gathering the whole family together.
Home Theater Experience
Especially if you are an insatiable movie watcher, having a cinema room is a must, a traditional living room with a TV set will not be enough.
Even though it may seem as an extravagant splurge of money at first thought, imagine watching a serious, plot-driven action film with a projector and surround sound, in comfort seating of your own home. Undoubtedly it will enormously enhance your movie-watching experience. An authentic home theater experience can take you away to another galactic and literally sweep you off your feet! You become so engrossed in a film with your mind engaged in the plot that you start thinking you are a part of the film. A nineteenth-century poet and philosopher, Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined a term for that ‘willing suspension of disbelief’. Mind you, for the sake of entertainment, we all are willing to suspend disbelief, no matter how unreal the images appear. It is essential for the pure enjoyment of watching complex stunt shows, special effects and seemingly unrealistic plots with characterizations. I laid it all out what is going to happen once a true home theater room is created.
Media Room or Home Theater?
Apart from having a high-caliber and dynamic picture with an acoustical system, there are many more activities you are prone to do in a home theater room that you would not be allowed in a cinema venue:
- play favorite video games on a state-of-the-art Play Station deck
- organize karaoke nights with friends
- watch soccer matches live
Besides, the main essential is that you can watch whatever and whenever you want in your spare time, not relying on the TV guide.
The most important step to start with is planning your designated area.
Will it be a multipurpose media room? Or are you dedicating a single room only for movie watching? Both ideas are marvelous! While choosing the former, the media room will act as a family room or an additional room, not only to entertain but also to take joy in watching sports, TV, movies and play video games. Opting for the latter you are purely focusing on appreciating a good film. Being a happy owner of an attic or a basement takes the burden off your shoulders where to install your movie theater equipment. A spare room will also do the trick. Your primary goal is to make that room as inviting and comfortable as possible. Go on a hunt in search of ideal seating, audiovisual accessories and any supplementary extras like a cocktail bar, candy venue or popcorn machine. The effort you put will leave your guests with unforgettable memories and asking blatantly for the next invitation.
Furthermore, it should be entrancing and alluring for the viewers which means the finest audio and video equipment that is in your price range.
It must be a room filled with the latest technology. Here comes a nagging question: how to get the best home theater installation within your budget? Keep on hold your quiver of anticipation at the thought of a truly engaging movie experience while I lay out how to overcome a money spending spree. Fitting up a home theater could cost up to $30,000. To speak of choosing perfect speakers, Amazon only mentions more than 650 possibilities. It could simply lead to wooziness. However, honestly speaking even a non-technology person can do a lot for that matter, without worrying about the budget. The minimum you ought to have:
- the biggest TV screen you can afford
- a surround sound system
- a broadband Internet connection
Everything listed above is affordable for you and the check will not cause a faster heart rate.
Home Theater Acoustics
A quality sound is a matter of great importance. Watching an inspiring movie without a good sound could be a devastating experience.
We need to remember that a fantastic sound is part of the film’s sound effects. You must have noticed how high-end audio stores demonstrate their speakers in specially designed rooms. There is no denying the fact that the acoustics of your home theater room have a direct link to the perceived sound quality equally with the choice of speakers themselves.
Having acoustics in mind when designing your room, consider good soundproofing too. It will have a huge impact on containing the sound. Always remember that your area should absorb sound rather than transmit it. Ask yourself a question if late night viewing would disturb neighbors? Soundproofing is also about not reflecting sound on the outside so you need to make sure to create a space without a possibility of noise penetration in any direction, in or out. The major hint is covering the allocated area, from top to bottom.
The focal point of the layout of your home theater set-up is a video system.
Not to add that a high-definition display screen is the heart and crown jewel of your room. The winning combination is an adequate size of a display with an elaborate viewing angle. I am positive that effortlessly you will not go over your specified budget to afford mind-blowing viewing experience.
Projector versus Television
There is a large variety of displays available on the market for home cinemas.
The main factor when choosing a display is a bright screen image. If you have a really spacious movie room, about 100 square feet, with massive windows, then opting for an LCD TV is the best choice. There are also other alternatives like new HD and 4K TV’s in the 70-100 inch range.
Buying a projector is budget friendly on the other hand. Especially if there are no windows. An HD projector can be mounted to the ceiling and radiates a soft glow. Whereas a television produces rather harsh light that could be strenuous for some people having problems with eyesight or wearing glasses.
There is a big choice of projectors in the stores. Starting with LCD, DLP, L Cos, Lumens, Lens Shift, 3D or 4K. Going for a projector means buying a screen. Even though you could easily spend hundreds of dollars on a desirable screen, I insist on investing in the middle shelf screens. To add to that, the prices of projectors have fallen dramatically and you can spend on a 90-inch screen size for less than $2,500. A projector is less costly than a huge, flat- screen LED TV. You can easily manage it on a tight budget, The simplest one could cost you from $450 and what is most important, you would still receive a startling image even from a cheap model.
While making a decision whether to acquire a projector or a television, consider that a projector does not have to include any additional source of tuning programs.
So in that case, if you want to watch regular TV, you will have to install a satellite box, an antenna or a tuner, or add an extra cable to view free digital broadcasts in HD. Nowadays people use DVDs, Blu-Ray devices and digital content streaming from their home cinema network. These accessories are inexpensive and you can get a DVD player for $40 and a Blu-Ray under $90.
Video cables are needed to transmit the video signal from the source to the television or projector.
Definitely double-check that your television or a projector uses exactly the same format as your chosen source. Remember to buy wisely! You can spend just a few dollars for low-cost cables which will work exactly as the world’s best-known cable brands.
Audio: Speaker & Receiver
Watch out for the most expensive sound system that is going to overpower your home theater room.
If you downscale and opt for a small system instead, you are making massive improvements in acoustics. I strongly recommend purchasing a surround sound system which is an obvious choice in comparison to a pair of stereo speakers. Choosing such a set of speakers means that there are five medium-sized speakers with one oversize. You place two smaller on each side of the display screen, next two on the rear corners and one in the center. The biggest speaker, called sub-woofer is best to arrange in a far-end corner to manifold sounds of lower frequency.
Your receiver accepts the signal from an input device like a DVD player or satellite box, interprets it, amplify and then send that signal back to your TV or a sound system. Again make sure that both the receiver and your output devices work in the same format. You can buy electrical wires in any hardware store for your speaker. Do not spend cash on ‘specialized cables’ as it is a common mistake for new buyers.
Once everything from acoustics choice, video system, speaker and receiver sound is placed, the last thing to focus on is designing the layout of your home cinema room.
Viewing the photos in a gallery that I assembled especially for you is a bliss. You can take a glimpse on many looks of theater arrangements. At the end of the day, perfect sight and sound, as well as comfortable seating are all that really matter to enjoy to the fullest your Home Theater Room.
For the ceiling choose acoustic tiles like fiberglass panels that you can spot in most movie theaters. There are also lightweight, inexpensive acoustic boards to be put on the walls. And install thin, plush, indoor carpets to make is soundless. Unless having windowless room in the basement, room-darkening curtains are the only possible option. You must keep the light out of this designated move room.
Most of the frequent home theater owners go for dark colors as they control reflections off the light of the screen.
An all dark room seems to appear larger than it actually is and ensures the best quality viewing. You are not only limited to blackish shades of paint, though. Dark reds, like Mahogany, Merlot or Jam on the walls combined with raisin or wine draperies could create a spectacular effect. Soft, luxurious and soundproof carpets are available in all hues of brown color. Plenty to choose from, starting with carob, hickory or mocha and finishing up in caramel, gingerbread or pecan. I guarantee that as long as the movie theater room is used for a designated purpose, you do not worry how it looks with the lights off. But a different matter occurs for those times when that room is used for entertaining and space is occupied with the lights on. Then you can see the result of creating a unique color room.
Creating a home theater room adds value and splendor to your house and you will be fond of the fact that you created all by yourself a special place for your family and friends to share laughter, enjoyment, and exuberant memories.