Monday, November 16, 2015
Because technology is constantly changing, it is important to choose your television or projector as your first piece of equipment. Projectors are great for smaller areas because they are lightweight and very flexible with installation. While televisions are generally more flexible with expansion ports, giving you more room to upgrade with more inputs and outputs in the future. Both types of displays can range in price but are generally around the same costs overall. Projector technology has come a long way and can provide you with an even clearer picture than the newer television displays; the only drawback is the price of replacing the bulbs.
Having the right sound system is the next important piece of your home theater system. For the best results, you will need to find a quality receiver that has matching connections to your television or projector. The standard used today is HDMI, and it offers a quick way to connect all of your devices together for high quality sound and picture. In this case, you can save a lot of time and money by purchasing a sound system that comes with the speaker system included. Most systems will come with a 5.1 up to 8.1 speaker systems. The size of the room you have available is the main deciding force for speakers you have in your home theater.
Now that you have a display and sound system, you need to pick out your inputs. The standard for today is a Blu-ray player, or a DVD player. Computers also generally have an output for you to connect to the television or projector and your audio system. With so many people posting content online, you might want to consider including the cables in your project so you have this option in the future. Having a gaming system or a dedicated computer in your home theater can help you to free up space while still providing you with all of the options you need.
Lastly, furniture and seating options are the last important step. You will certainly need a place to setup all of your equipment. Finding a multiple tiered entertainment stand is necessary to keep the wires from getting in the way of everything. If you have a projector, you will need to have a flat surface to project your display. If you do not have an open wall due to pictures hanging on the wall, there are blinds you can install in the ceiling to cover or uncover your wall. You also need to have comfortable seating for everyone to enjoy the environment. Installing lighting that you may dim is another great option to have.
Regardless of your budget, you can still build a home theater system with great quality. As technology improves, the prices will continue to get lower, just make sure you leave room to upgrade your system in the future. By investing a little time to choose the right equipment for your theater, you can easily build a system that rivals going to the theaters. Best of all, having this system gives you all of the comforts of being at home, and saves you a lot of money you would normally spend going to a theater.
Clearly spending far too much time watching TV, Carl Gale writes on technology and home improvement for Hasiera