Always have the best seats! The main aim of a home theater is to enjoy the movie theater experience in the comfort of your own home. Here are a few tips that are sure to make you feel like you are a part of the movie.
- Select the right room
Selecting the right room or location is the first and most important step while setting up your home theater system. The size of your room will impact the choice of your devices. A full home theater set up can be over powering in a small room. The location you choose needs to be large enough for comfortable seating and must have the appropriate viewing distance. If you wish to use a projector, make sure the ceiling is high enough.
When it comes to home theaters, the importance of great audio and video cannot be underestimated. A big screen that produces clear picture is a must have. You can opt for an OLED television or a projector depending on your requirement. Pay attention to smart Tv features if you wish to stream content. When it comes to speakers, you have a variety of options to choose from. From floor standing speakers to in ceiling speakers, there is a perfect match for every budget and requirement. Dolby Atmos has made its way from cinema halls to living rooms. Enjoy three dimensional surround sound at home for an immersive home theater experience.
- Lighting/Light blocking
Less light equals to better picture quality! A bright room can cause the picture to appear faded or washed out. Make sure to choose a space with limited light. If that’s not possible make sure to use dark colored drapes to darken the room for a better viewing experience. Ambient lighting and suspended fixtures can cause reflections on the screen. You can opt for LED panel lights or fiber optic strips. These lights provide you with a movie theater experience and also helps reduce the strain on your eyes due to complete darkness.
You need to make sure that vibrations do not reach neighbors or others in the house who are not watching the movie. You also need to make sure that outdoor noise or any disturbance is cancelled. Sound dampening materials such as sound panels can be used to avoid leaking noise. If it’s a new house a sound proof drywall can be used. Cover sound reflective surfaces like windows and other areas with highly absorptive acoustic black out curtains. Make sure to opt for wall-to-wall carpeting as this helps to absorb sound.
- Speaker placement
Speaker placement can make or break you home theater experience. To get the most of your home theater system it is important to position them in the best possible way. The most important speakers are the center, front left and front right speakers. The center speaker is responsible for the dialogue in a movie and must be placed above or below your television. The front left and right speakers are responsible for music and sound effects in a movie. Sometimes they also reproduce the dialogue. The front speakers should be at an equal distance placed at the left and right hand side of your television. A subwoofer is responsible to reproduce the low base in a sound track. Hence, the position of the subwoofer is less important and can be placed in any spare area. Surround sound speakers create a sense of space and are ideally placed just behind or at the side of your seating area.
- Comfortable seating
The ideal seating for your home theater would be one that is comfortable and fits well in your space. All seats must have a clear view of the screen. From recliners to seats with footrests, you can choose from a variety of models that are made to suit different home theater spaces. Make sure to choose seats that are comfortable, long lasting and suit the overall look and feel of your home theater.
- Good Wi-Fi connection
If your home theater room involves media streaming, a robust internet connect is a must. Buffering movies, TV shows and sports games are sure ruin the movie theater experience. Make sure that your Wi-Fi connection is up to mark.
The quality of cables and wires is important. It has an impact on how the home theater ultimately sounds. Good audio wiring provides less distortion, especially if you are playing at higher volumes. The quality of the wire also impacts sound quality, fidelity and signal reduction.
- Universal remote
Control all your devices using a single remote. A universal remote unifies different clickers into one single device that is simple and easy to use. Many of them work with your smart phone as well as smart speakers like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. They let you control multiple devices like AV devices, gaming consoles, televisions and more.