Going to the movies was once a fun, popular and affordable way to spend an evening out. As technology progressed, more people desire to re-create the movie theater experience in their own homes. Home theaters make it possible to enjoy the same high sound and picture quality without the aggravations that come with watching a movie in public. There’s no more missing parts of the dialogue because someone was talking or having to make a bathroom run. Best of all, people could skip the ever-increasing concession prices by making their own snacks.
Choosing a Room and Other Considerations of a Home Theater System
After first deciding to get a home theater, the next choice is where to put it. You obviously want to use a room that your family doesn’t use for a lot of other purposes. The size of the room is also extremely important. A home theater system will not produce good results if you place it in a room that is too small. It also forces you to sit too close to the screen, which often results in a grainy picture quality. Be sure to consider where you will be sitting when you choose the size of your screen.
Acoustics are another major consideration. Square rooms tend to produce poor sound quality, while those that are rounded or rectangular do better. If possible, choose a room that has few or no windows. This helps to contain the sound better. Be sure to consider where you will be sitting before you place the speakers. Keep in mind that the sound surrounds you and that it will sound distorted if you place the speakers too close.
Importance of Professional Installation
After you have gone to the trouble to select the best room and equipment for your home theater, you might assume that installing it will be easy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most people. A proper home theater installation requires many professionals to work together to ultimately ensure a satisfactory viewing experience.
In addition, home theater installation experts must make several technical calculations that the average homeowner doesn’t understand. If the electrical supply to the room where the home theater is going is not wired properly, this must be corrected before the installation gets underway. When homeowners ignore these basic considerations, it can result in serious safety issues for their family.
Choosing a Home Theater Installation Company
Many people choose to purchase their home theater equipment from the same company that installs it. If you plan to do this, the first thing to do is find a company that offers free consultations in your home. If you aren’t certain of exactly what you want, this gives you the opportunity to receive professional feedback about a wide range of products. It also enables the home theater company to understand your home’s decor and architectural style as well as your budget. The person who provides your estimate should tailor his or her approach to your individual needs.
Your installation team may consist of an interior designer, lighting consultant, electrician and architect. Each person should have several years of experience in his or her specialty and be able to answer your questions with confidence.