Building Your Own Home Theater

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If you are a television or a movie fan, you’d probably like (if not love) to have a home theatre. Luckily, nowadays this type of a room is no longer a luxury that only those filthy rich or that have wealthy friends can enjoy. With all the affordable, yet quality technology around, everyone can make themselves a perfect home theatre solution to the tedium of a slow day.

Follow these guidelines, for starters.

Location

First and foremost, you need to figure out what part of your home you will turn into a home theatre experience. Keep an eye out for dimmer, wider rooms, with walls of a darker shade. If you are not in possession of such a room, fret not, for there are ways to make the room darker, with thicker curtains or sunblinds. Paint your walls darker and you’ve got yourself a basis for a home theatre.

Insulation

You wouldn’t want all the outside noise entering your visual pleasure dome now, wouldn’t you? Of course, but how about the sound bouncing of the walls? You don’t want to feel like you’re in the bat cave, even if you are watching one of the Batman movies. This is where the insulation kicks in. Make sure that your walls absorb sound.

Pre-Wire Everything

Do the complete wiring process before even bringing the TV and the surround system into the room you chose as a future home theatre. This way you’ll avoid making unnecessary mistakes and having to start all over, or even abandoning the project. Pre-wiring the projector/TV set is pretty self-explanatory. However, when it comes to the surround system, a bit more focus is required. Mark the following locations (usually, home theaters are designed with 7.1 surround sound system in mind) and wire them afterwards, respectively:

    1. Center – Above the screen
    2. Left/Right – On each side of the screen at ear height
    3. Side Surrounds – just behind the main row of seating, on the side walls
    4. Rear Surrounds – On the back wall

The Screen

First and foremost, depending on the size of the room you’ve selected, you should decide whether you want to go for a real cinema screen experience, or simply a large TV. Go to your local TV store or search the internet and compare televisions, screens and projectors, until you’ve found what’s right for you. Do not refrain from asking the employees to give a couple of sets a go on the spot.

When you’ve brought whatever you bought back home, do not place it too high up. It is not natural for a human being to look up. Even a tiny upward tilt can cause pain in both neck and shoulders. According to the experts, the most natural position at which to place your screen would be such that the center of your gaze lands somewhere between the top quarter to the top edge of a monitor or screen in general. Sitting too close, or too far away from the TV set can also cause issues. If you are in possession of a 50” screen, you should place your seat within 10 feet from the screen.

Be Wary of Power Surges

Power outlets tend to be over-encumbered in home theaters. Paying $20 for a surge protector is more than worth it, when you consider the equipment that’s worth manifold more.

So there you have it, a couple of key points in order not to make small mistakes that could end up costing you a fortune. Enjoy your spare time in your cinema at home!

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