A home theater can raise the home’s value and provide a place for entertaining family and friends. There are many options when deciding on the setup for your home theater. These choices and others will impact your budget and the quality of your viewing experience.
At Ambrosic Home Theater Designs, LLC, we are home theater setup, design, and installation experts. We have years of experience putting together tremendous and valuable home theaters to provide you and your family with countless hours of cozy and stylish entertainment that is truly unique to your requirements and space. To begin building your ideal home theater, contact us today!
How to Choose Your Home Theater Setup
Here are the steps to selecting the correct home theatre setup for you:
1. Pick the Right Location
Whether you live in a small house or a large mansion, picking the best place to build your home theater is essential. The best option is to designate one room specifically for streaming movies to a large screen. It might be a living room, basement, den, or guest bedroom. However, the room’s proximity to the kitchen, your children’s bedroom, or the garage may interfere with your ability to enjoy what you are watching. For optimum sound quality, you should pick a location at least 20 feet long and 12 feet wide; this will also make it simpler if you’re thinking about soundproofing a room.
2. Use Ambient Lighting
Most house improvements include bringing in more light, but with a home theater, you want to keep the light that comes in as low as possible. You want to avoid glares or undesired reflections on the screen that are uncomfortable and frustrating. To cover windows, you would need to buy blackout drapes or blinds. Likewise, consider purchasing automated lighting that you can manage from your phone. Furthermore, LED light strips are lovely choices because one can attach them to the back of your screen to add flair to the setup.
3. Invest in a Projector or Suitable Television
A solid projector or a sizable smart TV is necessary for any home theater setup. Larger viewing areas can be provided using projectors. In contrast, smart TVs typically have a variety of well-known streaming services pre-installed, including Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max.
Whatever you decide on, you will have to mount them on the wall, which can take some work and is better left to the professionals. The best projectors are widely available, and smart TVs are reasonably priced.
4. Use a Good Audio System
A complete audio system is essential to a home theater setup. Full surround sound is one of the best but most difficult options. It makes sense to invest in a subwoofer if you want to replicate the sounds you hear at a movie theater. Top-tier bass frequencies are delivered by the most excellent subwoofers, which can improve your viewing pleasure.
Consumers usually choose between a soundbar and a surround sound system. The placement of your speakers significantly impacts the sound quality of your system. Six channels in a 5:1 format make up a typical surround sound system, which offers a total experience and is relatively easy to install.
5. Add an AV Rack
Your home theater’s components will be arranged in a central location called an audio-visual (AV) rack. In essence, it regulates all entertainment-related equipment in your assigned area. For example, a Blu-ray player, a cable box, and a streaming device are some components found on an AV rack.
You can make your AV rack from scratch or buy one to assemble. Ambrosic Home Theater Designs, LLC can design and build one for you as well. It can keep your components organized and stop cords from becoming tangled. Use an AV rack to save yourself from wasting time just untangling wires. Make sure it has enough airflow to prevent a buildup of too much heat.
6. Consider your Furniture Setup
When viewing movies or TV shows, it’s essential to have a lot of comfortable seating for you, your family, and your guests to unwind. The seating arrangement at a movie theater would be challenging to replicate and too expensive. Consider how near you want to arrange the furniture and ensure everyone can comfortably observe the screen when seated.
Moving sofas and chairs around to find the optimal configuration for your home theater may require some experimentation with your furniture setup. If you want a better viewing experience, look for seating options with USB connections and cup holders, whether you prefer theater seating, sofas, or reclining chairs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a 5.1 Home Theater Setting?
A 5.1 configuration is the home theater standard. There are two rear (surround) channels, one subwoofer channel, and three front channels. It is the prerequisite for DVD and Blu-ray content.
What is 5.1 and 7.1 Surround Sound?
A 5.1 system uses six loudspeakers, while a 7.1 system uses eight. The two extra loudspeakers used in a 7.1 setup are behind the listener, also known as surround back speakers or surround rear speakers.
How Many Speakers do I Need for Home Theater?
You need at least three speakers for real home theater audio (left, right, and center). Five speakers are for genuine surround sound (left, right, center, and two rear.)
Which Watt is Best for Home Theater?
Your home theater will sound better with more power beneath the hood. A high-power theater seems louder at lower volumes, which is strange but true. The best power level without worrying about running out is 125 watts per channel.
Work with Home Theater And Smart Home Experts
Many homeowners who own a TV from one of the top TV companies are starting to add home theaters to their properties. If you sell your house, it may also increase its worth. Who among prospective homebuyers would turn down a theater, right?
At Ambrosic Home Theater Designs, LLC, we can assist you in designing and installing the perfect home theater setup for your space. From the first consultation to the final installation, we will collaborate with you to ensure your complete satisfaction. If you have questions about the home theater setup or want to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.