Questions to Ask Before Installing a Home Theater

Having a home theater in your basement or living room is an appealing idea, especially if you are entertaining guests regularly. It is something interesting for you and your guests to do, and it is something that not a lot of people have. However, with the cost and the setup, it isn’t for everyone, and you need careful planning before you start to make sure it is done right. Here are some things to ask yourself before you invest in your theater.

 

First you need to decide if you want a regular large screen TV or if you would rather use a projector. With a projector, you will only be able to watch during the night or in a very dim room, however projection screens are a lot larger than TVs. With their bigger screens, you can have a more theater-like experience.

 

In addition to deciding how you want your screen set up, you have to decide how big you want it to be. If you want a much larger screen and only plan to use your home theater at night, using a projector may be the way to go.

 

Once you have figured out the visual aspects of your theater, it is important to plan the audio so that the whole experience doesn’t fall short. You may ask yourself how many speakers you will need, and this varies depending on what kind of sound you are wanting. Surround sound uses five speakers; three in the front, one on the left and one on the right. Sub adds two more in the rear, and atmosphere adds two more on the ceiling. Which you choose depends on your budget as well as desired experience.

 

Once you have made these important decisions, it is important to get a professional to help you set up your home theater so that it is done correctly. Consider finding one as part of your research.

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