DIY home improvement tasks can be very rewarding. One of the top projects is creating your own home theater system. Whether you are adding enhancements to your TV set-up in the family room or transforming your media room into a full-blown cinema, there are definitely several ideas out there to try out. Here are few things to consider when looking for a new home theater system or components.
Of course, there’s a reason why the word “theater” is in “home theater system.” It is primarily for playing movies and video. Thus, sound plays a supporting role, since the main focus is on the onscreen action and the quality of the video. However, most home theaters tend to be dual-purpose set-ups that are just as music-oriented as they are movie-focused. If you want a home theater system that is just as adept in playing music, take note of its sound specifications. Tonal accuracy and sonic integrity are key in choosing a well-rounded system.
The components of the home theater system will depend on your primary uses. If you are more of a movie kind of person, you might want to get a top-notch center-channel speaker that is matched with the other speakers in sound quality. Also worth considering is getting the best possible subwoofer. If the system is mainly for playing your favorite music, you might want to invest more in the front left and right speakers or get a pair of full-range tower speakers. Also, the set-up would be more focused on producing the best stereo sound possible.
You can also choose how many speakers comprise your surround sound, which is a technique that enriches sound quality with additional sound sources that are set up to surround listeners. The most popular set-up is the 5.1 surround sound system, which uses six speakers to create surround sound. However, consider going with 7.1 surround sound if you are installing the system in a larger room; you’d get the benefit of two extra channels of sound.
The size and volume capability of the room is linked with the performance of your home theater system. For instance, larger rooms that are, say, 700 square feet or larger, would require full-size, full-range speakers to provide that robust, intense sound characteristic of regular theaters. Also, it is recommended that you get an amplifier to separate the sound, rather than a receiver. On the other hand, if the room is on the small side, a small subwoofer system and a decent receiver are fine.
It’s not just enough to consider room size and volume capability. The area also has to be optimized for sound acoustics. The room’s shape and construction determines the quality of the sound that comes out of your home theater system. The more sound absorbent the room is, the better the acoustics. Materials like rugs, carpets, and curtains can reduce the amount of reverberation and echo when watching your favorite movies or playing your favorite tracks.
Make your life easier by getting a home theater system that is packaged in a box. Everything you need is in one place, and there is little setup required. On the other hand, if you compile all the components yourself, make sure that they are compatible with each other, as installation can be strenuous.
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