If you’re creating or updating a home theater, here’s a quick checklist of everything you’ll need. Spend your money first, then read this. A well-planned and built home theater will provide you with numerous hours of pleasure in your own home with your family and friends.
If you take a family of five to the movies, you will pay between $50 and $75 just for admission, not including popcorn and soda. How many times do you have to spend $100+ at the movies before having your own private home cinema becomes appealing? If you’re truly considering building a home theater, here’s what you should know:
What am I looking for in the greatest home theater system?
1. A television or a projector with a screen
You’ll lose out on a lot of the action if you don’t have the correct image. The projector is the way to go if you want the full movie experience on a large screen. If you don’t have the space for a projector and screen, an HDTV is your best bet.
Without a doubt, whatever projector or television you buy should be 1080p. For observing quick action, a TV should have at least 120hz of visual processing. Many projectors and full-featured televisions have 3D capabilities.
2. Speakers with surround sound
A great home theater system requires more than simply a picture. Sound is 50% of the home theater experience, but many people overlook its significance. If you want to do a proper home theater, you’ll need at least 5.1 surround sound. There are three front speakers (left, center, and right), two surround speakers (back left and back right), and one subwoofer.
7.1 is another common surround sound format that includes additional surround speakers. The front speakers still produce the majority of the sound, so if you’re going to spend money on speakers, prioritize the front three channels.
3. Surround Sound Receiver
You have your picture and your speakers, but you still need a receiver to process and magnify your sound. A receiver, in essence, arranges the visual and audio signals for your home theater.
Even if you have a receiver, it cannot work with modern technology. It’s possible that your receiver lacks HDMI inputs. It might not support the most recent surround sound codecs.
If you are seeking 3D capabilities, it may not support them. Receivers are now networkable, allowing you to stream music from your PC or Pandora, for example.
Simply said, your receiver may not have enough power to magnify music for your speakers. A receiver is an essential component of any home theater.