Home Theater Design Made Easy

Maybe you thought having a home theater system in your home would be an unaffordable luxury. True, not many households can afford a truly state of the art home theater system, with a 12’ ceiling, but most people can afford a basic system.  Home theater systems are now available to a greater number of households because of the lower cost of components and TV’s. The basic home theater design really only requires three basic components and these three components are very affordable to virtually everyone.

Before you get very far into the designing stage, you need to assess the size of the room you will be using for your home theater experience. The size of your home theater room will determine the components and speakers you will need to maximize the experience.

Home theater expert’s recommendation for smaller rooms is a wall mounted flat screen television set, three speakers and a DVD player. The actual home theater design may be dependent on the shape of the room; however, the position of the speakers will remain basically the same. One to the left, one to the right and one in the center rear of the room.  Basic home theater design really requires a television set bigger than 27 inches. If you chose a smaller screen it may not be sufficient for a movie theater-like experience. Even for a home theater design, you will want to consider the sight and sound of a movie theater and try to duplicate that. Those sights and sounds are the reason why people go to a movie theater; the big screen and the surround sound are a major part of that experience.

Although the basic three speaker design may be sufficient for a smaller room, the larger rooms demand more speakers. In a larger room you may want to go up to six speakers, even adding a complimenting sub-woofer may be necessary for the true surround sound effect. Whatever size room you have I strongly suggest spending the extra money you have available to purchase the best speakers you can, because they are the core of the sound experience.

When purchasing your speakers make sure that the store where you buy your speakers will allow you to test the product in your room. If the speakers don’t give you the quality sound you are looking for, make sure the store will allow you to return them.  Don’t be fooled by the sales pitch, you can hear how well they sound right here in our showroom. Things such as the shape of the room, floor, ceiling materials and wall coverings can and will affect the quality of the sound. Test them in your home, or don’t buy.

If your budget is larger you may consider hiring an independent home theater designer. Your home theater designer will be able to design the entire home theater system, complete with furnishings and accessories.  He/she may recommend using a home theater projector instead of a flat screen as well as a different arrangement for the speakers.

Whatever your budget is your efforts will create a movie experience, without having to fight the traffic jam. Who knows you may even be able to afford a theater style popcorn maker!! Enjoy!

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