24 Sep Creating the Ideal Home Theater System
Do you know what one major trend in homes today is?
If you said, “Home theater systems,” you’d be absolutely right!
Buyers love home theater systems. If you ever thought about selling your home and want to add something that makes an impact and really spruces up a listing, a theater system is perfect.
Even if you don’t want to sell, a home theater system can be a fantastic upgrade for your home. It’s something your family can enjoy and your guests will love. It’ll bring many hours of entertainment into your home and will be a point of pride whenever guests come over.
Here’s more on creating the perfect system and the components you need.
Go With a Projector System
It all starts with the viewing system, and you have two options: a television; or a projector with screen.
Televisions are nice, but they’re really not big enough for a truly ideal setup. Plus, you can get better resolution, believe it or not, with a projector.
So, we recommend going with a projector system. Choose a HD projector with a minimum of 1,000 lumens of brightness. If you have ambient lighting in your theater room, go with at least 1,500 lumens. As far as resolution goes, a 1080p projector is the standard for good performance.
The recommended distance will depend on the size of your screen and where you mount the projector. Ceiling-mounting your projector is usually the recommended option. It looks better than a table-mounted projector and gets it out of the way.
Surround Sound Is the Way
Sound technology for home theater systems has turned toward using sound bars that are compact yet powerful.
Still, the best way to go is to do a full surround-sound setup. You’ll install a receiver and a subwoofer in a central location and put speakers in front of the screen and in each of the four corners. For additional depth, you can install speakers in the ceiling above the seating area. Some have even installed speakers in the seats and in the floor – for that added realism.
Choosing the Right Screen
You can project the image on a plain white wall, but it’s generally better to use a screen designed specifically for projectors.
There are four qualities of screens: style; size; shape; and screen material. We can write a lot of words here about each of these, but this buying guide is a great place to start.
Finishing the Room
Of course, you need more than just a projector, screen, and sound system.
You’ll need to make your theater room a perfect place to relax. Some suggestions include:
- Overstuffed recliners for each viewer (complete with cup holders)
- A stocked refrigerator or mini-fridge
- Popcorn maker
- iPad control panel to control your entire system
- Automated variable lighting
- Soundproofing (to keep the rest of the house from getting annoyed)
To carry out the project, consult with a specialist who works in home theater systems. If you’re away, it’s okay – your home watch service will take care of the arrangements for you. Before you know it, you’ll be watching the latest Hollywood hits in your own theater!