You’ve decided to set up a home theater — congratulations! You will save a lot of money, time and hassle by having your own theater over the local Cineplex. However, with all the time and effort people put into building their theaters, there are some common mistakes people make when it comes to the overall viewing experience. Below are some mistakes people regularly make when setting up their home theaters.
The Wrong Placement of the Screen for Your Theater
Make sure your theater screen is in the right place in the room. It should also not be more than 8 feet off the floor.
The Wrong Size Screen for your Home Theater
Make sure the display of your home theater matches the size of the room. A massive TV in a small room makes the viewing uncomfortable, but a small TV in a huge room makes the viewing difficult. Make sure yours is the right size.
The Wrong Speakers
Sure, big speakers are great, but they can be overpowering and unnecessary in a very small home theater. The same goes for very small, powerful speakers in a large open room. It's best to have small satellite speakers for a large, open room.
Placing Speakers in Cabinets
There’s also a habit people have of putting speakers inside a cabinet, so it's hidden from everyone who goes into the room. This is a terrible habit as it blocks tones of sound and makes it muted. The sound is arguably as important as the picture in a home theater, so you may want to hire a professional installer to make sure the right speakers are purchased.
Purchasing Cheap Electronics
Make sure you don’t make the mistake of buying electronics from a place that is not a good electronics store. Or, if you are buying off a place like Amazon, make sure you’re buying electronics that are well reviewed and high quality. While this may be more expensive up front, this cost translates to these electronics lasting for an extended period rather than breaking and putting your home theater out of commission until they are replaced.
Buying a Cheap A/V Receiver
This is an important part of your home theater, so don't skimp on it.
Spending the Majority of Your Home Theater Budget on the Big Tickets Items
Don't spend all your money on the projector, speakers, and chairs. Little components within your home theater system can make a major difference in the whole viewing experience.
Buying a Cheap Surge Protector
Buy the best surge protector possible, so that it protects all your expensive equipment.
Not Testing Speakers in Your Home Theater First
Different speakers are great for various spaces. Test a couple of different speakers in your home theater before buying your set.
Not Doing Research or Asking for Help
Scour the internet for the best projectors, speakers, seats, and components for your home theater. Read reviews, talk to other people with home theaters and, arguably most importantly, hire a professional installer to help you. This small upfront cost will also pay dividends in the future and allow you to enjoy your home theater much sooner.
If you’re going to take this last tip to heart, give Atlanta Home Theater a call today. We are a company who has been installing top of the line home theater systems for the past two decades. We'll do it all for you, so you don't make any of these mistakes and ensure you have the best place to watch your favorite movies and TV shows.