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Building a Great Home Theater

It could be very easy to spend tens of thousands of dollars building the
ultimate home theater experience for you and your family and if you use your
home theater on a regular basis and have the money to spare you might find well
worth the investment. However, you can also build a fantastic home theater for
significantly less money if you are willing to put a great deal of effort into
finding the right parts for the right price for your system. Everything comes
down to matters of preference and available funds when building any sort of
home theater.

The truth of the matter is that most of us cannot afford to spend more than ten
thousand dollars creating the home theater of our dreams. Many of us must
seriously budget well in order to spend a couple thousand dollars on our home
theaters. The good news is that for a few thousand dollars you can create a
truly phenomenal home theater if you do your homework and invest your money
wisely in components for your home theater system.

My first recommendation when building a good quality home theater is to buy one
piece at a time rather than building it all at once. This allows you to
constantly upgrade your system without breaking the budget all at once. It also
allows you the time to save up for better quality pieces within your system
rather than attempting to make an all or nothing purchase. One thing to
remember when purchasing pieces individually is to make sure that they are all
compatible (this is especially important with speakers, which I recommend
purchasing together as a set whenever possible).

The television is the first thing you should purchase when building your home
theater as almost everything in your home theater will center around your
television. High definition televisions are becoming more and more common and
provide superior quality to many other televisions you will find on the market.
If you have the means with which to purchase this sort of television I highly
recommend that you do so. Once you have your television you can begin
purchasing other components in order to complete your system.

The next component I recommend is a receiver or amplifier. This is the piece
that brings all other components together. Without a decent receiver it is
virtually impossible to have a decent home theater. The receiver acts as a sort
of conductor for the sound and picture of your home theater. This is a piece of
equipment that should not be skimped on when it comes to quality, as you will
completely miss an important part of the 'theater' experience without it.

Next are the speakers. Speakers are also very important to the 'theater'
experience of your home theater. The speakers are what provide that 'movie
quality' sound that is so important to most enthusiasts and what will make your
system the envy of the neighborhood. I highly recommend purchasing speakers as a
set in order to insure compatibility.

Finally, the DVD player or recorder rounds out the system. It is up to you and
your preferences whether or not you wish to invest in a high dollar (at the
moment) high definition DVD player. If you have HD television and plan to
purchase HD disks for your movies then this is the way to go. Otherwise it is a
complete waste of money in my opinion until the rest of your system rises to
meet the technology. The good thing about purchasing one component at a time is
that you can constantly work towards upgrading your system to meet rising
technology.

Create your Personal Home Theater

We often spend a great deal of time contemplating the various components of our
home theater systems but rarely give much thought to how the decor of the room
affects our ability to enjoy our home theaters and movies without the added
distraction of the walls in the room or other decorating features. In order to
get some great ideas, go to the experts when it comes to designing the best
possible viewing experiences. Take a night out at the movies and check out the
way the room is decorated before the movie begins and pay attention during the
movie to the things that distract you most.

Theaters make a lot of money by creating an experience more than for the simple
showing of movies. The first thing you will probably notice is that most
theaters do not allow outside light into the room. As a matter of fact, most
theaters have very little in the way of artificial light either. You may spot
some wall sconces and some running lights (that can be brightened or dimmed)
along the sides but rarely will you notice any overhead lighting turned on even
before the movies play. For this reason, basements or interior rooms with no
windows are the best choices when it comes to selecting the location for your
home theater. If that isn't available be sure to try to find blackout curtains
or drapes for your windows in order to keep the most possible sunlight out.

The colors they chose for the walls and the types of lighting they are using
are carefully selected in order to enhance that experience. I'm sure you will
find that most theaters use darker colors for their walls. Many use fabric to
line the walls so that shiny paint doesn't reflect the light from the screen.
In your home you can opt for textured paints or mattes in order to avoid
potential reflections. You should also make sure that you aren't using shiny
floor surfaces that might also reflect the light back onto the screen. For this
reason carpet makes a good flooring choice for your home theater.

Another thing you will want to make sure that your home theater includes is
nice comfy seating. By having appropriate seating where you and your family can
spread out and enjoy watching television or movies you will find that you are
spending much more time together enjoying your investment than you would if you
found the seating stiff and uncomfortable. I also suggest special seating
options for smaller children that allows them a special place to sit and no
room for doubt over which seat belongs to whom. Not only do you want a nice
comfy spot for your little ones but also a nice area for the grownups to enjoy
and feel comfortable as well.

I highly recommend that you also keep a nice supply of snack trays available
for those times when the situation merits and many people include mini fridges
and microwaves (for popcorn of course) in their home theater so that they do
not have to travel very far in order to enjoy some great refreshments during
commercials or breaks in action on the big screen.

While there is no one size fits all home theater, there are many touches you
can add that will enhance the theater experience in your home and make it that
much more enjoyable for all involved. Take the time to decide what features you
can add that will make the space work better for your needs and that of your
families movie and television watching preferences and go with those touches
rather than trying to conform to a 'norm' that doesn't really exist when it
comes to home theaters. The most important thing you can do is create a space
in which you feel comfortable watching movies and television as a family. If
you achieve this particular goal you will have a home theater that is likely to
be the envy of others around you.

Basic Components for a Home Theater

Many people never bother looking into purchasing a home theater through sheer
fear of the decisions that may need to be made in the process. Many among these
aren't even sure of exactly which components are included in a home theater or
which ones are needed in order to create an effective and entertaining home
theater. For this reason, many people simply do not bother going through the
process of looking at their options when it comes to these wonderful systems on
the market today much less ever bother actually purchasing one.

If you are one of the many who has experienced some degree of confusion when it
comes to the individual parts and pieces that are included in a home theater
system and what they do, hopefully you will gain a better understanding once
you've finished reading. The first thing to understand is that there are
varying degrees when it comes to home theaters. The following components are
the makings of a very basic home theater that will provide excellent
functionality. They are not however inclusive of every possible piece or part
that could make up a home theater system.

Off to the basics, the first thing you'll need when creating a home theater for
your family to enjoy is a television. It might seem a little too obvious to some
but I have yet to find a box kit that includes a television-mainly because the
choice of screen is for many the most personal aspect of selecting a home
theater. There are essentially three choices in today's television market:
front projector, rear projector, and plasma. There are variations within each
of these and the prices fall anywhere from modest to quite costly. This is the
component that most home theater owners spend the most time contemplating and
it affects the types of components that will be most effective later on in
terms of things such as high definition and other choices you can make.

A receiver is another important component. You will probably have a DVD player
or recorder of some sort as part of your system; you may have a Tivo and cable
box or satellite and will probably have speakers of some sort for your system.
The receiver is the box you plug them all into-it receives all of this inputs
and correlates it so to speak. This is the ultimate traffic director when it
comes to your home theater and I suggest you spend a good portion of your home
theater budget making sure that this is a good quality part.

Speakers are where your sound will flow. One of the best things to me about a
home theater is the ability to experience surround sound very similar to what I
experience in theaters while having the ability to put my feet up or snuggle
under blankets (which simply can't be achieved in a theater). Speakers come in
all shapes and sizes and are also quite personal for some consumers while give
and take for others. You can purchase these are part of a kit in order to make
the selection process easier.

Finally, you have your DVD player or recorder. If high definition is important
to you, you now have that option. If your television isn't HD ready or capable,
I'd pass and go for an older (less expensive) model of DVD player until
something more up-to-date is called for. These items are a great start for any
home theater and you can build, expand, and upgrade over time for an even
better system. Enjoy!

Proper Seating Key to Home Theater Enjoyment

There are a lot of things that go into creating the perfect home theater that
many people may never consider when purchasing individual components, pieces,
and parts. A good home theater is much more than a place to go and watch
television at night; it is a movie and television viewing experience. You need
to make sure that you are creating a room that is not merely comfortable for
one or two people but for everyone that will be enjoying the opportunity to
view movies, films, or television in this room.

One way to ensure that everyone will be comfortable and easily able to view the
screen and consequently enjoy the experience you will also want to pay close
attention to the seating you choose for your home theater. There are many
different seating options for the average home theater system. Some of the most
popular at the moment is what is considered the 'theater recliner'. In fact,
many home theater lovers prefer watching movies at home for the comfort of the
seating alone. I do however recommend including options for people to put their
feet up (my number one complaint when it comes to going to actual theaters).
Most theater recliners allow this option.

The theater recliner is appealing to many because it has armrests for each
person and a place to hold your drinks. You do not have to set tables in
between, the seats can be lined up next to one another and you can enjoy each
others company while watching your favorite movie or television show. There is
nothing like enjoying the theater atmosphere in the comfort of your home.

In addition to the theater recliner, if you want a more retro feel in your home
theater or to set up 'bistro' tables you can opt for lounger chairs in your home
theater. This is great if you plan to have a lot of pizza night movie
experiences or have small children that need a table in order to eat and watch
television or movies or even to enjoy other quiet activities while you are
enjoying movies and television. It's a great way to bring a nice family feel to
your home theater.

If the seating types above are anything but appealing to your sensibilities you
just might find that there is no place like home for watching movies and nothing
more comfortable than a nice big comfy couch. I personally love the comfort of a
big soft sofa with warm snuggly blankets, especially in the wintertime for
enjoying movies. It's a great way for the kids to pile up together and enjoy
serious cuddle time while watching the latest Disney flick or even Saturday
morning cartoons. Who wants to invest a small fortune on a home theater that
isn't used for everyday viewing at any rate?

If you want to make your home theater exceptionally kid friendly you can opt
for some funky furniture for your little ones to enjoy. This will keep everyone
happy, no one fighting for a favorite seat, and a much more peaceful movie
viewing experience all around. If you want to be the coolest parent on the
block you can include some extras of this trendy special kid furniture for
those times when visitors are present.

There are many things involved in building the perfect home theater system for
you and your family. Creating the perfect comfortable atmosphere in which to
enjoy your theater is a great way to make this room the most often used room in
the house and bring the family together each and every night for something other
than dinner. If you want to experience even more from your home theater seating
be sure to include storage for pillows and blankets close at hand for those
nights when a little extra warmth or a pillow to hide behind is just what the
situation merits. Have fun trying out the many options for home theater seating
and choose the seats that you feel will work best for your family.

Proper Lighting Makes Home Theater Systems

The best possible location for the average home theater would be a basement
room that allows very little or no natural sunlight to sneak into the room.
There are so many things you can do in a basement that simply intensify the
theater experience of your average home theater. From actual stadium or theater
seating to rope lights that line the side of the walls (where it meets the
floor) for low ambient lighting that will not distract from the screen or cause
any unnecessary glare. Out of the many things you can choose to enhance your
home theater, lighting might actually be one of the most important as well as
the most often overlooked.

If you are fortunate enough to have a basement, this is an ideal location for a
home theater but don't despair if you live in a climate that isn't exactly
conducive to home basements. Even in the sunshine basement there are steps you
can take in order to prevent too much light from affecting your home theater
experience. Some good ideas with which to start would be to purchase black out
curtains that prevent sunlight from creeping into your room. This looks much
better than the old fashioned quick fix of placing aluminum foil over your
windows for sure.

Even within your room if you've taken the time to make sure natural light isn't
creeping in you may find that poorly placed lighting adversely affects your
viewing pleasure. When installing your home theater system you need to pay
careful attention to both natural and artificial light at different times of
day in order to see how they affect your ability to see the television (this is
particularly important if you have a projection television) as well as in order
to see if there is any glare on your television screen from light peeking
through your curtains or from lamps and overhead lighting within the room.

Recessed lighting is a good option for most home theater rooms as is rope
lighting as I mentioned above. If you have this type of lighting you can see
well enough to move around without interrupting what is taking place on your
television screen. Additionally, low lighting in the room makes the actual
television become the focal point of the room whenever it is on and the
overhead lights are down.

If you are creating a home theater themed room you might find some of the
interesting film era wall sconces of great interest. These sconces prefer low
levels of light that are unlikely to interfere greatly with what is happening
on your television screen. You can find all kinds of wonderful sconces in a
wide variety of themes. It makes sense that with home theater lighting playing
such a pivotal role in the overall enjoyment of the home theater experience
that many businesses are being created simply to fill this need within the
lighting industry.

Some will argue that the television you choose for your home theater is wildly
more important than the lighting in the room by far. I tend to disagree. If you
do not take care to insure that the lighting in the room isn't appropriate it is
unlikely that you will be able to fully enjoy the television you selected. For
this reason I always think you should keep your current television for a while,
test it out with the lighting and invest in proper lighting before making an
investment in a bigger or better television to add to your home theater system.

All things when it comes to a home theater are relative to personal preference
as are all things in life. Take the time to seriously consider the affect that
the lighting in the room that will become your home theater will affect your
ability to see the movies or television shows that you enjoy so much. Once you
have the perfect situation when it comes to lighting you will be amazed at how
much more you actually enjoy your home theater.

Box Kit Home Theaters

We live in a world where convenience is increasingly growing in demand. For
this reason many home theater buyers expect convenience when it comes to the
purchase and set up of their home theater systems. It goes without saying that
there are all kinds of consumers in the world and even in matters of
convenience supply and demand have not emerged to create a one size fits all
society. We all want similar things in many ways yet we still want autonomy and
selections from which to choose.

The demands of a society that likes the ease of buying prepackaged goods have
reached such a point however that packages are common place in everything from
prepackaged dinners to prepackaged home theater systems. On one level these
types of prepackaged theater systems provide a great deal of convenience to
consumers. Among those benefits is the ability to know the cost of the entire
system up front. This is actually a small benefit when compared to some of the
other benefits that consumers who purchase these systems experience.

Compatibility

Consumers who purchase these pre packaged home theater systems know when they
buy the system that every part will work in conjunction with the other parts in
the system. There are no proprietary issues to worry about, the components have
been created and designed with the intent of not only working well together but
also of complementing each other in the process. All pieces work together for
maximum quality and efficiency-for the price.

Price

Most of these boxed systems will cost less than purchasing similar individual
components. For many this alone is enough of a reason to purchase a box kit.
This is actually in addition to the convenience of knowing the price for the
entire package ahead of time. There is a wide variety of parts and components
on the market and you can find many pieces in each price range, it is often
confusing when comparing prices because it is often difficult to understand
details of quality simply by comparing boxes.

Knowledge

When it comes to the prepackaged box kits, you can actually see and hear them
in action as a part of the hole. This means that you know how the system will
sound when working together rather than hearing a hodgepodge of pieces and
components while remaining unsure of how they really work individually. There
is a lot to be said about the ability to try something before you buy it.
Prepackaged home theater systems allow consumers to do just that.

Installation

This for many is probably the biggest reason to go with the prepackaged kit
rather than a huge system of individual component-ease of installation. Most,
if not all, of the prepackaged kits are very simple to install, which
eliminates the need for professional installation and takes a great deal of
hassle out of the installation process.

The prepackaged systems are not however, the type of systems you will want to
purchase if you intend to build a better system over time as they are not
easily upgradeable and most true enthusiasts are often disappointed with the
quality of the speakers and sounds that come with these systems. However if you
have limited space and limited funds, these systems are often a great place to
start when it comes to a home theater. You can always pass it on to your
children if you decide to upgrade later.

Common Television Types for Home Theaters

When selecting components for your home theater you will come to a point in
time when you must decide on which type and size of television you will need
for the best possible viewing experience. There are many types of televisions
on the market today and technology is constantly evolving and emerging in order
to bring newer, bigger, and better televisions to a market that one would think
is already saturated.

The good news is that the very nature of this market makes yesterdays cutting
edge technology today's bargain of the day. The very brevity of new technology
in the electronics industry works in favor of consumers by driving prices down
rather quickly. Nothing is entirely out of reach for the average consumer for
too terribly long. For this reason you can afford to be fairly selective when
choosing components for your home theater. This selectiveness just so happens
to extend to televisions sets as well.

There are basically three types of television sets burning up the home theater
market today. Those types of televisions include the following: plasma, rear
project, or front projection television. Each of these have distinct advantages
and disadvantages when it comes to home theater.

Plasma Televisions

These televisions often provide the best quality when it comes to picture.
Their designs make them ideal for watching movies that are formatted for wide
screen viewing and they have a much larger viewing area than traditional
televisions and they also come in a wide variety of sizes in order to adapt to
many types of home theater needs. The single largest problem with these types
of televisions is the price, which can be quite prohibitive, particularly as
you consider the larger sized televisions.

Rear Projection Televisions

Rear projection televisions offer a great deal of quality at a much lower price
than plasma televisions. With these types of televisions the image is projected
and reflected from the back of the television. One of the major disadvantages
for rear projections televisions is the fact that they are quite sizable in
order to house the components necessary for a good quality picture onscreen.
Another distinct disadvantage is the fact that there is a great deal of
competition that varies in quality and you really need to study the various
televisions before settling on any one in particular.

Other notable drawbacks to rear projection televisions are the facts that the
lighting in the room affects the quality of the picture onscreen and you have a
narrow viewing range. Otherwise, the low cost involved is a huge bonus to many
and makes the purchase of this type of television (particularly for a home
theater) the best possible choice. It always comes down to a matter of
preference.

Front Projectors

These are not exactly televisions in the traditional sense of the word but they
work well for this particular purpose and are perfect solutions for many home
theaters. The technology for this type of viewing medium has also evolved over
the last few years. Gone are the days of big bulky boxes that sat on the floor
of your living room and that no one could walk in front of without seriously
distorting the television view. Today's front projectors are mounted on the
ceiling and provide a nice quality of picture rather you are using a screen
that is designed to maximize the quality of the picture or merely projecting
onto a blank wall.

As I mentioned before there is no universal right or wrong when it comes to
selecting the best television for your home theater. The thing you should pay
careful attention to is which screen or which view you like best. Which type of
television will offer you the most bang for your home theater buck? You should
also ask yourself which level of quality can you and can you not live without?
These are important questions that should help you narrow down your search for
a television for your home theater.

Buying Home Theater Systems Online

In today's world many of us find the convenience of online shopping to be
second to none. This is especially true at certain times of year and with
certain items. There are still some items that need to be tried before they are
purchased. This however doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the wide variety of
pricing options that are available online if you do not like the price of your
favorites in the store. One of these items that must be seen (and heard) in
order to have a proper idea of its actual value to you is a home theater system.

You need to visit local stores and compare the products on hand with one
another. You need to hear these systems and view these systems in order to
determine whether or not you think they will provide the quality you are
seeking for your home theater system. Viewing the systems that are sold as part
of sets also allows you to have a good idea of what should be included in your
average home theater if you decide to purchase the components individually,
which I highly recommend, rather than as one complete kit.

The good news is that once you have narrowed down your selections and have a
good idea of what local retailers are charging for the same items you can begin
looking for bargains online. The problem many people come across is finding new
brands or systems online at even better prices. While this may not seem like
much of a problem on one hand, you are never really sure of who you are dealing
with online and not all dealers are reputable just as all products are not
created equally. There are times in life when you are truly getting what you
are paying for when it comes to bargain hunting.

If something online seems too good to be true, this is generally a sign to
pass. However, if you can find comparable bargains online to the same product
you've seen in stores it may be worth purchasing provided you are going through
a secure and reputable dealer. When shopping online for home theater equipment,
systems, or components you should always make safety your first priority. If
you feel you are being asked for too much personal information it may be a good
idea to pass. If you are not certain the website is secure it's a wise plan to
pass, and most importantly if you have any questions, doubts, or concerns it is
a good plan to pass rather than pay a steeper price later than you had intended.

The Internet has done much to bridge the gaps around the world and while it has
made many things that much more convenient and enjoyable it has also made it
possible for the unscrupulous to have an extra playing field among us. Be
careful when giving out information online, especially personal and financial
information, as you never really know who is on the other end of that
information. This is not to say that you shouldn't conduct business online only
to encourage you to go through well-known companies and study reviews of
companies and products before going with those you aren't too familiar with.
This can save a great deal of time, money, and hassle later on. It is not worth
risking identity theft in order to save a few dollars.

Comparing Prices can Bring Sweet Bargains

One of the most difficult things for many people to do when walking into an
electronics store is more often than not to stay on budget. There are so many
bells, whistles, and simply delightful gadgets on the market today that it is
hard to go into the store with the intention of spending a certain amount of
money and sticking with that intention. This being said it is possible to
bargain shop and get the best possible bargain for your money when it comes to
purchasing a wonderful home theater system if you are willing to do the
required legwork.

Seriously there are several steps involved and it often requires multiple trips
to multiple stores or multiple phone calls at the very least over the course of
about a week in time. The reason for all of this is that it could literally
save you hundreds of dollars when it comes to building your home theater or
even when buying a prepackaged system and will at the very least have you armed
with the necessary knowledge to secure a good price on the system you choose.

A good home theater is a sizeable investment and not one that should be taken
lightly. While a good system should last several years, you do not really want
to spend more money than you have to in order to buy the system if you can
avoid it easily. Many people buy these systems on impulse or make the decision
to buy one then feel they must make the purchase before they have time to
either talk themselves out of it or some other problem comes up, which prevents
the little padding in the budget that a home theater will remove.

The first step in my grand plan for saving money on a home theater is to check
out the local stores. There are a few reasons for this. First of all you have
the opportunity to really check out the systems you are considering and compare
them with one another in regards to both quality and the features you are
seeking. Second, it gives you a chance to see the prices and selection that are
available on the local level. Keep a record of the prices on the systems you
like and compare them to the prices on the same or similar systems in other
stores.

You should then go home and log on to the Internet. Comparing prices online can
often present some amazing bargains. Once you find the lowest price, make a
notation of the website and print off the information including the price. Once
you have paper in hand, it's time to do a little more legwork around town. Go to
your local stores with the price and see if they are willing to match or beat
the price you found online. While more often than not you will find stores that
are willing to match but not beat the prices online. However, there are
occasions when the store will throw in a nice perk such as a free DVD for your
new system or something along the line in addition to matching the price you
found online.

Simply comparing prices online and finding the lowest possible price can often
mean the difference in a system being within your budget allowance or outside
of your allowance. At best it can make a home theater within your reach at
worst it is quite possible that you will save money over the local store price
by shopping online (even if your local stores won't match the price you can
often find lower prices online with free shipping).

Decorating your Home Theater on a Budget

If you are fortunate enough to be building a room in your home that is
dedicated to the purpose of watching movies or as a home theater it only makes
sense that you would like to decorate the room in a manner that is completely
befitting of its purpose. There are amazing options available within this
growing market of decorating and generally, there are prices that are designed
to match. The good news is that while art often imitates life, there is no
reason that we can't imitate some of the great art we see in the movies or on
televisions shows in our homes-at a fraction of the cost.

First of all, a really good home theater is an investment, particularly those
that are generally used in private rooms. With that being said you will want to
decorate your room in a manner that will not distract from your movie watching
experience. There are many ways you can do this and many of them come at rather
hefty costs for the average consumer. You do not have to purchase special
lighting at $500 a pop when you can go to your local lighting or home
improvement store and find excellent wall sconces that will be perfect for your
home theater at a fraction of the cost for which you will find them at specialty
stores catering to those building home theaters. For more low lighting options
you can use inexpensive strings of rope lighting or even Christmas tree lights
in order to provide some light without risking a glare on the screen.

Rather than hanging expensive drapery on the walls in your home theater you can
apply textured paint in dark colors in order to avoid distracting glares. Your
local retailer may encourage you to soundproof your walls and you are the only
one that can really decide if that is necessary. I personally would pass,
particularly if your home theater is going to be in a basement, which is
typically somewhat removed from the rest of your home and your family area.

As far as flooring goes, darker carpeting is a good idea in most areas though
possibly not the best in a basement. Cork makes a good flooring option for
basement floors as is works to muffle sound from escaping the room in addition
to a natural resistance to moisture related problems that may occasionally
arise in a basement. It is also a very inexpensive flooring material that is
highly underrated.

I also recommend dark furnishing for your home theater. A good choice might be
darkly colored sectional sofas if you want the family to enjoy the space
together. I also recommend beanbags or other special seating for the little
ones who may enjoy your home theater as well. This gives them their own seats
and helps eliminate some of the bickering and squabbles that often arise over
premium seating space.

The point is that you do not have to spend a fortune in order to create a great
atmosphere that is totally conducive to an overall pleasant movie watching
experience in your home theater. While I do not recommend a great deal of
clutter along the walls in this particular room you can do great things with
plastic popcorn boxes and flameless tea light candles along the floor. Let your
imagination present creative options to the big-ticket items you see in the
specialty shops you'll be amazed at some of the neat things you come up with.

Home Theater for Small Spaces

One reason that many people who would love the benefits of a home theater avoid
making the investment or even considering their options is because they live in
situations that allow very little space with which to place the necessary
components of a home theater system. The good news is that compact systems are
growing in quality and availability as space around the world becomes more and
more limited. As the population grows, the problem of space grows as well. Gone
are the days filled with huge plantation style homes around the world as
communities are more and more often filled to capacity with apartment
buildings, condos, and homes built on compact lots in housing communities.

The average family around the world has experience the limitations of space
when it comes to things such as floor speakers and bulky home theater systems.
The good news is that they days of huge projectors and massive televisions
stands have fallen by the wayside to make way for ceiling mounted projectors
and rear projector televisions that fit tightly into corners when necessary. We
also have the added convenience of wireless speakers that can be mounted on
walls or in the ceiling as well as LCD and plasma televisions that can be
mounted on the wall rather than taking up precious real estate on our floors.

Space might have been a mitigating factor in the past when it comes to the
purchase of a home theater but with the creation of many box kits and emerging
technology it is no longer a valid excuse not to move forward into this century
of electronic convenience and move quality picture and sound in the comfort of
your very own home. More and more people are finding that a good home theater
is replacing money spent at theaters or sporting events as they can get
superior quality views (and the convenience of instant replays) at home.

Whether you are one of many around the world who has put off this purchase,
which will greatly improve how you view home movie viewing, there are options
that are worth considering for your home theater needs when it comes to the
limitations of space. Even if you live in an apartment that offers a tiny
living area you can still enjoy great quality sound from a small home theater
system. These systems in fact work better in small spaces than in rooms that
are too large for them. Be sure to discuss your options and what might be best
for small spaces when you are listening to different systems and kits in the
store.

I think the most important thing to keep in mind when using wall or ceiling
mounted equipment in your home theater is that you may actually find that you
are freeing up more space within your room than would be occupied with your
current television (this is especially true if you upgrade to a flat television
that is mounted on the wall rather than a bulky rear projector television or a
huge entertainment center.

The truth is you never really know what is on the market and what will work in
your space until you go out there and check out your options. It is much better
to go out there and see what is available than rob yourself of the enjoyment a
good home theater will bring based on an assumption that very well may not be
true for your home or apartment.

Identifying your Home Theater Needs

If you are in the market for a home theater system, chances are that you have a
pretty good idea of the individual components you will need in order to make
your system complete. Most people find questions when it comes to specific
information about the individual pieces and parts of the system. However, in an
effort to educate all about home theater systems, this will be a brief break
down of components that one might expect to purchase during the course of
building a premium home theater system. Keep in mind that everyone will have
their own specific needs and preferences and you may have some perfectly
acceptable components already. This of course, will save you money on the
overall purchase if you choose to keep the pieces you currently own.

First of all, there are all kinds of 'home theater in a box' kits on the market
today. These kits are already put together in order to help you get the home
theater you desire in one fell swoop. While you can get perfectly good home
theater systems in this manner, I honestly believe you will get better value
for your money by building your own system one component at a time. If you are
impatient in a hurry or simply do not wish to spend the time researching your
options then the home theater systems that are sold on the market may be a good
idea for you.

Now that we've gotten past that, you should notice that some people consider
the actual television to be a part of the home theater system. You can go many
routes when selecting a television that will work with your home theater needs.
It is entirely up to you what kind of television you select. I do however
recommend that you seriously consider the lighting in any given room before
choosing your television. Projection televisions do not do well in rooms with a
great deal of light. Otherwise, go with what works within your budget and the
overall look you prefer for your home theater viewing.

Sound is another important component of most home theater systems. The amount
you spend on your sound system should depend entirely on how much sound impacts
your enjoyment of movies. You can spend a lot of money on a good set of speakers
and sound system or you can seriously cut costs by spending less on this
particular component. Everything when it comes to building a home theater
depends entirely upon your personal preferences and the overall system you wish
to build.

In order to get the greatest benefit from your speakers you will need a
receiver in order to process the sounds and present them in the best possible
light. The receiver basically receives information from all manner of devices
and sends the signal where you tell it to go. Your receiver is one place that
most people tend to spend a good portion of their budget and with good reason.
This is by far one of the most important components and one that many people do
not already own.

Your DVD/DVR is another thing that can impact your viewing experience. You
shouldn't opt for a high definition DVD or DVR unless you have a high
definition television and only then if you plan to purchase high definition
DVDs rather than the regular DVDs you will find on the market at the moment.
Doing so will only result in a waste of money while the technology is new.
Instead, wait a year or two until the prices drop and upgrade slowly rather
than buying the top of the line most expensive component that the remainder of
your system cannot keep up with.

While this list is by no means exhaustive of everything you might wish to
include in your home theater system it will provide a good start for most home
theaters. Only you can set your budget and decide how much you are willing to
spend on each individual component. My best advice is to start with a receiver
and build your system one component at a time around your receiver.

Home Theater Speaker Basics

One of the most essential components of a good home theater is its speakers.
You simply cannot achieve that theater atmosphere if you do not have good
speakers from which to enjoy the sound that is such a vital part of a good
'movie going' experience. The problem is that most people are easily confused
as to which speakers they really need for their home entertainment systems as
well as the proper placement of those speakers in order to create a true
surround sound.

The following are the basic speakers that are required to complete a good home
theater: front left and right speakers, a center channel speaker, surround
sound speakers, and subwoofers. Center channel speakers are overlooked and left
out of many home theaters. I recommend against doing so as these speakers supply
a good portion of the soundtrack in many movies as well as add fullness and
depth to the dialogue.

Surround sound speakers are what provide the background sounds that make the
movies seem more real. These are the things that draw viewers into movies and
add a little bit of excitement to the process of watching a movie. As such,
they are very important to include in your home theater, as they will help
match the theater experience. Common options for surround sound speakers
include 5.1 channel, 6.1 channel, or 7.1 channel surround.

Subwoofers are responsible for the deep bass sound that lines so many movie
soundtracks. These sounds are responsible for creating emotion and drama within
the soundtrack and are excellent at establishing suspense and other emotions
that are an important part in the movie experience. A good set of subwoofers is
essential in your home theater speaker package or you will miss out on a good
deal of the adrenaline that is created as a result of sound in theaters.

While there are many brands from which to choose it is important that you
choose speakers that will work well together by creating a similar sound. The
best option for this is to purchase all speakers together in one kit by one
maker. It may be tempting in order to save funds to mix and match speakers but
this will not create the true quality of sound you are hoping to achieve in
your home theater.

In addition to the many brands of speakers for your home theater you may also
find that there are also many different styles of speakers. There are those
that sit on bookshelves, satellite speakers, and floor speakers. Floor speakers
in most cases provide the best sound. On the downside they also take up the most
real estate within your room which can be fairly limiting and make them an
unattractive option for many. You even had the added bonus of wireless speakers
emerging in quality and capacity.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to speakers for your home theater.
They will make a huge impact on the overall theater affect of your system but
like every other component the speakers are still a matter of taste. Some
people prefer watching movies at home because they can control the volume and
do not feel the suspense and such as significantly as they do in theaters. For
those you may want to lower the volume for your surround speakers or your
subwoofers. However, the primary objective is to create a home theater you can
enjoy and proper speakers contribute greatly to that enjoyment.

Home Theater for the Little Ones

Your home theater can be one room in which everyone loves to watch television.
In fact, in many homes it is the one room that is most often used by the
family. However, it is obvious that everyone within a family doesn't always
agree on what is an appropriate movie or television choice at any given time. I
know in my family dad and baby girl often disagree on whether Sunday football or
yet another viewing of Cars, or whichever Disney flick has her unending
attention at the moment, has a higher viewing priority.

In most instances dad wins out as baby girl has almost unlimited access to the
television while daddy is working during the week. However a simple solution to
this particular dilemma would be to create a pint sized home theater. Of course
then there will be fights among the little ones about who's turn it is, but
that's better than having them fight over seating position while you're trying
to watch a movie or favorite television show (I think).

While some may think that the investment in a second home theater, especially
one for the kids, is a rather sizeable investment, it can actually be quite a
good investment to say the least. First of all, the system you purchase for the
kids will not need top of the line components. This is one instance where a box
kit might be just what the situation calls for (and you can find those very
reasonably priced). Your little ones need neither a plasma television nor a
large screen (they tend to sit much closer to the sets than adults so a smaller
screen is better) and you just might find replacement parts to tide you over
should something ever go out on your home theater system.

Another thing to remember when selecting a home theater for your children is
that they are not nearly as demanding as adults when it comes to quality. In
fact, they will still be the envy of all their friends merely by having
speakers and surround sound. They do not need HD for either picture or sound in
their sets and Bose speakers while great are a little bit of overkill for little
ears that think the lyrics to Itsy-Bitsy Spider are inspirational.

Building a home theater system for the kids is also a great way to make them
feel as though they are important to you. Most adults really enjoy (or hate
depending on how your team is doing on any given Sunday) the time they share
with their home theater. The fact that you are providing something that brings
you so much pleasure with your little ones by giving them one to share is a
great thing in their eyes and minds. Believe it or not, it will also teach them
responsibility and to take care of things.

Think about it, we often give our children toys that are broken and forgotten
about in a mere matter of days. They see the care we take of our home theaters
and are quite likely (and in many cases surprisingly) to follow our example.
You can further illustrate this by telling them what needs to be done in order
to properly care for their home theater and remind them of the consequences of
failure to do so (endless weeks of football and no Disney) and they are often
more than eager to take good care of their special home theater. Remind them
that this is a special treat and they should treat it as that and you will be
amazed at how effective your words will be.

The peace and quiet that a second home theater can bring to your household is
well worth the minimal investment this system should require. I can think of
few greater gifts you can give yourself as an adult than a few hours a week of
uninterrupted harmony within the household.

The Great Installation Debate

One huge questions looms in the minds of many who elect to purchase massive
home theater systems for their homes: Do I install it myself or pay for
installation? This great debate seems to consume consumers the world over and
there really is no easy answer as it completely and entirely depends on your
own confidence of your abilities and whether or not you will postpone the work
for six months or get right to it once you get your home theater-well home.

In my house it all depends on who wants the product most and who has the
ability to handle an installation. I've learned that when it comes to things
such as home theaters my husband is an ace at getting it done right away. On
the other hand I lugged my laundry to the laundry mat for 6 weeks while a
washing machine and dryer sat in my basement waiting for him to install them.
With this in mind, I pay for installation on anything that I want installed
quickly and if it doesn't matter too terribly much to me, I'll leave it to him
to install on his own timeline.

Of course timing isn't the only consideration when it comes to the installation
of your home theater equipment. Knowledge is actually a key component. If you
break something during the course of installation it may not be covered by the
warranty, particularly if it is easy to prove that it was broken and not the
result of a factory defect. At the same time you do not wish to get down to the
last little bit only to discover that one small part is missing, which may
actually require you to take everything out, box it up, and return it to the
store. Time is money for many of us and going through the installation process
twice is not only frustrating it is expensive (even in terms of the amount of
our leisure time it robs us of).

There are of course other considerations when it comes to the decision of
whether or not to pay the price of professional installation and one of those
is the warranty on your home theater system and its components. There are some
warranties that are nullified if you do not have your home theater factory or
professionally installed. You need to be certain if you are installing your own
home theater that your warranty won't be wasted as a result.

There are positives to consider when it comes to installing your home theater
as well. Number one on that list is the amount of money you will save.
Professional installation (anything with professional in front of it for that
matter) is quite costly and many consumers neglect to consider that when
budgeting for their home theaters. In many cases professional installation can
be a real deal breaker when it comes to getting the home theater system that
you really want.

The second positive when it comes to performing the installation yourself is
that you know without a doubt how to take it apart and move the pieces if you
ever have the occasion or need to do so (such as a move or the need to repair
or replace certain pieces or parts). It is also a good idea to know where
everything plugs in and doing the installation yourself will give you a clear
indication of that as well.

Finally, there is a sense of pride that comes with knowing you did it yourself
and you did it well. Being able to accomplish something that not everyone is
able or willing to do on their own is impressive and something you should take
great pride in doing. Whether you decide to go with professional installation
(there is no shame in this decision) or installing your home theater system for
yourself I wish you many years of enjoyment with your new home theater.

Selecting the Proper Television for your Home Theater

While there are many components that make up the average home theater system
most people often overlook the importance of their televisions to the overall
video and movie watching experience. As with all things in life, bigger, when
it comes to televisions for your home theater, is not always better. There are
many things that must be considered when selecting the best possible television
for your home theater and size is only one of many.

Mass retailers show televisions in a manner that suits their purpose, which is
a sale. This doesn't mean that their methods for displaying their televisions
paints those sets in a proper light for your home viewing experience. Not so
long ago, a 20-inch viewing window for your television was considered huge. It
was a luxury saved for those who were extremely wealthy. The truth of the
matter is that if you do not sit a proper distance from your television the
quality of the picture will look horrible if your set is too large.

There are good rules of thumb to consider when purchasing a television set for
your room, at least where size is concerned. The rule is that you will want no
more than 4" of diagonal screen inches on your television for every foot away
from the set you will be when watching cable television. The rule goes up to 5
inches per foot for satellite television or DVDs, and 6 inches per foot if you
are viewing high definition television.

Of course with every rule there are exceptions. For this rule general
exceptions would be two story great rooms or cathedral ceilings that might
actually call for a larger television and basements or dropped ceilings that
might actual be better suited for smaller televisions. You really must consider
all of these things when selecting the television that will best suit your needs
when it comes to your home theater and your theater set up.

Of course there is more than size to consider when it comes to the television
you ultimately choose for your home theater and taste as well as space will
each play important roles in the television you should choose. One important
consideration is price. When you walk into the store and see all the wonderful
new televisions that promise endless hours of movie watching bliss at a very
hefty price tag to match. You need to be able to weed through without getting
distracted by the latest and greatest of bells and whistles in order to find
the set that will meet all of your movie watching needs and fall within your
budget.

For this particular trip I recommend walking in with money in hand (the limit
you have set) and that you leave the credit card at home. You should also
carefully consider whether or not you will want an extended warranty as that
will raise the base price of your television and isn't reflected in the
'sticker' price. If you bring your credit card you will be tempted to overspend
rather than sticking with your original budget.

Other than price you really need to carefully consider the type of television
you'd like to have for your home theater. Keep in mind that you can buy larger
versions of older technology for the same price you'd pay for smaller screen
sizes when it comes to LCD televisions. You should also consider the size of
the television you really need for this portion too. Most of us do not sit more
than 12 feet from our televisions, which means you may not need quite as much
television as you may have previously thought you would need. The most
important thing when choosing a television is to remember that this is an
investment that most of us do not make terribly often. For that reason you
should expect to drop a considerable chunk of change on this particular
investment in your home theater system.

Selecting the Proper Television for your Home Theater

While there are many components that make up the average home theater system
most people often overlook the importance of their televisions to the overall
video and movie watching experience. As with all things in life, bigger, when
it comes to televisions for your home theater, is not always better. There are
many things that must be considered when selecting the best possible television
for your home theater and size
is only one of many.

Mass retailers show televisions in a manner that suits their purpose, which is
a sale. This doesn't mean that their methods for displaying their televisions
paints those sets in a proper light for your home viewing experience. Not so
long ago, a 20-inch viewing window for your television was considered huge. It
was a luxury saved for those who were extremely wealthy. The truth of the
matter is that if you do not sit a proper distance from your television the
quality of the picture will look horrible if your set is too large.

There are good rules of thumb to consider when purchasing a television set for
your room, at least where size is concerned. The rule is that you will want no
more than 4" of diagonal screen inches on your television for every foot away
from the set you will be when watching cable television. The rule goes up to 5
inches per foot for satellite television or DVDs, and 6 inches per foot if you
are viewing high definition television.

Of course with every rule there are exceptions. For this rule general
exceptions would be two story great rooms or cathedral ceilings that might
actually call for a larger television and basements or dropped ceilings that
might actual be better suited for smaller televisions. You really must consider
all of these things when selecting the television that will best suit your needs
when it comes to your home theater and your theater set up.

Of course there is more than size to consider when it comes to the television
you ultimately choose for your home theater and taste as well as space will
each play important roles in the television you should choose. One important
consideration is price. When you walk into the store and see all the wonderful
new televisions that promise endless hours of movie watching bliss at a very
hefty price tag to match. You need to be able to weed through without getting
distracted by the latest and greatest of bells and whistles in order to find
the set that will meet all of your movie watching needs and fall within your
budget.

For this particular trip I recommend walking in with money in hand (the limit
you have set) and that you leave the credit card at home. You should also
carefully consider whether or not you will want an extended warranty as that
will raise the base price of your television and isn't reflected in the
'sticker' price. If you bring your credit card you will be tempted to overspend
rather than sticking with your original budget.

Other than price you really need to carefully consider the type of television
you'd like to have for your home theater. Keep in mind that you can buy larger
versions of older technology for the same price you'd pay for smaller screen
sizes when it comes to LCD televisions. You should also consider the size of
the television you really need for this portion too. Most of us do not sit more
than 12 feet from our televisions, which means you may not need quite as much
television as you may have previously thought you would need. The most
important thing when choosing a television is to remember that this is an
investment that most of us do not make terribly often. For that reason you
should expect to drop a considerable chunk of change on this particular
investment in your home theater system.

Buying a Home Theater Within your Means

When planning and purchasing a home theater you may find that in addition to a
wide range of choices you are also faced with an extreme and vast array of
pricing options for your home theater needs. Whether you are seeking a system
that is simply a good means of watching your favorite sporting event on any
given Sunday or you are hoping to find a home theater system that will be the
envy of the neighborhood there are many systems available within many budget
ranges that will accomplish both of those goals if you carefully plan the
system you will ultimately purchase.

You should establish a budget before going shopping for your home theater
system and buy a system that suits both the requirements you wish to have
filled and your means with which to pay. The good news is that there are some
home theater packages that will suit most budgets; even the tightest and you
can always find the one system you like and watch closely to see if it goes on
sale.

The point is that there really are all kinds of home theater systems on the
market and they vary greatly in price, quality, and scope. Be sure you know
exactly what you are getting when your purchase a home theater system,
especially if you are buying one of the many home theater in a box kits that
are on the market today. You may not be getting everything you believe you are
getting and it pays to know what you need in regards to what you currently have.

Common components you will find in a home theater system kit include the
following: a receiver, speakers, and a DVD or DVR. Most kits currently on the
market do not include televisions and some kits being advertised as home
theater kits are merely boxes of speakers. This is why you need to make sure
that you read carefully and know exactly what is included in the 'kit' you are
paying for.

If you need a new television in order for your home theater to be worth
anything to you that might be the starting point for your home theater system
upon which you can build later. If you have a decent television that is HD
ready then you are prepared to start searching for an excellent HD home
theater. If your television isn't HD ready, it would be a waste of money to
make the investment in HD equipment at today's inflated prices that will not be
of immediate use to you. If HD is important, then you should really begin by
purchasing an HD television and not build your home theater until you have that
key component in place.

On the other hand, if HD isn't important to you at the moment or you would
prefer to wait until lower prices prevail, it is a sound decision to go ahead
and purchase a home theater that has the best technology you are capable of
utilizing at the moment. You can actually get pretty good deals on what is
considered yesterday's technology (which can be just that recent in today's
electronics market) and for many that is definitely the way to go when buying a
home theater system. You can get the best of yesterday's technology for a
fraction of the cost of many lower quality items that are on the market today.

The biggest thing to remember when comparing features is to know what is
important to you in a home theater system and buy with that knowledge. It
doesn't make sense to make this sort of investment if you are going to find
that you cannot live with the limitations of your technology 6 months from now.
For this reason, only you can decide what is and isn't an acceptable price for
you to pay for your home theater system as well as what level of technology for
which you are willing to settle.




Playing the Field with Home Theater Systems

If you are in the market for a home theater system chances are you are
experiencing some degree of shell shock at all the options that are available
in today's market. The fact that there are so many options is both wonderful
and horrible at the same time. The sheer amount of competition is working well
to drive prices down for consumers. With that in mind, there are still levels
of pricing according to the quality of home theater system you are selecting.
On the other hand, a vast quantity of selection for many makes narrowing down
the proper choice for specific needs difficult at best.

There are some things to keep in mind when purchasing a home theater system and
the first of those things is to settle on a budget and stick with it. The very
process of establishing a budget narrows down your options and you just may be
surprised at the quality you can find within various budgets. Even more
surprising to many consumers is the fact that you do not have to go with names
that you know in order to get excellent quality of sound, picture, and value
from your home theater system.

I highly recommend that you see each system in action that you are considering
before deciding on one. I also highly suggest that you never let price alone be
the deciding factor of which home theater system you purchase. If you cannot
afford the system you want right now save up for another month or two in order
to purchase the system that you honestly feel will be the best value for your
money and your home. You will spend many hours, if you are a typical American,
enjoying your home theater system, it only makes sense that you are willing to
make a serious investment in getting the quality you deserve from your system.
If you do not select a system that is good quality you will only end up
spending more by replacing it sooner than necessary in the long run.

The next best suggestion I can make when you are selecting the proper home
theater system for you and your family is to make a list of priorities when it
comes to features. If you already have an excellent quality DVD player it makes
no sense to pay extra for a home theater that includes a DVD player,
particularly if that player would be of inferior quality. Do you need good
quality sound or is the sound of marginal importance to you? There are all
kinds of places you can cut costs when purchasing a home theater system and
most of them are exclusively matters of taste, preference, and priority.

Knowing what you want when you begin your search for a home entertainment
system is by far the best way to avoid buying a system that is ill suited for
your home or your needs. If you have hearing problems and need a set of
headphones in order to hear the television as it is, an expensive sound system
is wasted money as far as your personal needs. If you are using a sunroom for
your home theater or a room that is brightly lit, a projection television would
be essentially useless for your needs. You should make every effort not to spend
money where money isn't needed and save your big-ticket purchases for items that
will mean the most to your system.

Another important thing to remember when shopping around and comparing home
theaters is that you do not have to make the entire purchase in one fell swoop.
It is very possible to purchase one piece at a time in order to get the most for
your money and truly enjoy each upgraded component as it adds new value to your
existing home theater. Buying one piece at a time also helps you narrow down
subsequent purchases by learning what features are needed in addition to the
items that you currently possess. The most important piece of advice I can give
you is this: the purpose of your home theater system is to keep you entertained
so you are the only one it needs to impress.

Media Center Driven Home Theaters

Today's personal computers are being called upon to do more diverse tasks than
at any other point in history. In fact, the use of personal computers as an
integral part of a home theater is becoming more and more commonplace as
technology progresses. There are even operating systems designed upon the idea
of a personal computer being used as an all around media center rather than
merely functioning as a personal computer.

As a result, I see the growth in this treatment and use of computers growing in
popularity as well as possibility in the future. With more and more people
incorporating their computer use into various aspects of work and play it only
makes sense that we now bring them one step further in their entertainment
functions and capabilities. The technology however isn't entirely new, what is
new is the growing number of people putting this technology to use on a
regular, if not daily basis.

Media Center personal computers are computers that essentially act in the
capacity that a receiver would normally act. They accept the information and
send it where it should go. These PCs allow you to listen to music through the
speakers on the computer or through those that are part of your home stereo
system as well as DVDs, mp3s, etc. You can also use these systems in order to
watch television programs on your computer monitor rather than a television
set. This means you can also use your computer hard drive in order to store
digital recordings of your favorite television show. In addition to these great
features, you can also create slideshows with your digital photographs.

While a few years ago you would have been mocked for the notion that your home
computer would prove a valuable resource for your home theater, the use is
becoming more and more widely accepted and practices. We will only see greater
instances of this occurring as technology evolves and advances to a point where
personal computers may one day become a necessary component in any really good
quality home theater system that is sold on any market.

By taking the time now to learn to use this technology to your advantage you
are setting the stage for even greater things to come in the future for your
home theater system and to increase your personal enjoyment of the space that
is your home theater. As technology advances we will see improvements of
functionality of media center PCs as well as ways to expand their current
capacity and bring more features to them. For now, they offer the greatest
combination of function and entertainment I have experienced within my
lifetime. I am looking forward to see the things yet to come with media center
PCs and the combination of home theater technology with the efficiency and
control that computers allow into the mix.

If you have not yet considered the additional depth that combining your
personal computer with your home theater can provide there is no time better
than the president to check out what it can do for your and your current
configuration. While you are at it you might also wish to check out advances
that are being made on both fronts and how they complement each other when
considering future purchases or upgrades for your current home theater.

Wireless Speakers Offer Excellent Sound Selection

Technology is constantly evolving and introducing new products to an already
full line of home theater products. While not the newest kids on the block,
wireless speaker technology is also advancing at a rate that prices are no
longer out of reach of the average consumer and the value of being able to move
your speakers around without going to the work of rewiring is appealing to
consumers on an increasingly large scale.

I always try to keep in mind when buying new electronics and electronic
components that this year's technology will sell at half the price this time
next year. For this reason I have a hard time investing in the latest and
greatest when it comes to technology and tend to remain exactly one generation
behind the curve when buying new products. I like to save money whenever
possible and in most cases my like of saving money outweighs my like of having
new gadgets and gizmos at the high price they often command.

I also have a nasty habit of keeping those products until they are no longer
useful at all (I still have my little 13 inch television from my college dorm
and I won't tell you how long ago that was). I will keep it until it no longer
works. It is currently being used in my television. I only mention this in
order to convey the fact that making a sizeable investment in electronics in
most cases is an investment that will last for quite some time unless you are
one of those people who has to have the latest and greatest new tech toy each
and every year.

Back to my original point wireless speakers have been emerging technology for a
few years now. We've finally developed enough competition that market prices are
trending downwards. This makes now the perfect time to look into the option of
purchasing wireless speakers for your home theater. They are still a sizeable
investment for the average home theater consumer but well worth it in my
opinion for the freedom of choice and movement that they provide.

This is a great add on if you have an existing home theater in place and are
considering an upgrade. I think that many people will find that the options
this affords makes it well worth the investment that will be required in order
to achieve. I strongly recommend however that you do not simply go online and
buy the first set of wireless speakers and receiver that you find. This is a
serious gamble, as you have no idea what kind of quality you will receive. The
best possible recommendation is to make the rounds of local stores and listen
to the various systems that are on the market.

Once you've found the one wireless sound system that appeals most to you it is
time to go online in order to compare prices. Once you've found the best price
online you should then check your local stores and see if they offer a low
price gurantee that will match the online price you found. This is a great way
to find better deals and save a little money (by not paying shipping charges).

You should always keep in mind that there are no absolutes when it comes to
creating a home theater. You do not have to follow a specific code, or use
certain components or even certain seating. The best thing you can do is to
create an atmosphere in which you and your family can best enjoy your
television and movie viewing experiences. You should keep the sounds you like
in mind when selecting speakers and choose speakers that will provide the
fullest amount of sound that you are comfortable with the idea of paying your
hard earned money in order to purchase. Seriously, this is your money and your
home theater is an investment you should take great care to make the best
possible investment for your money.

Why Buy Home Theater Kits?

You will find all kinds of homes around the country and around the world. Some
are big, some are small, and some are simply average. When you are searching
for home theater systems you will find the same thing. This is particularly
true of the home theater systems that come as a package deal. While I do not
normally endorse these purchases, just as all homes are not alike, neither are
all people. This means that what may be best for me and my home theater may not
be the best plan of action for you and your home theater.

I definitely recommend listening to any home theater you are considering before
taking the plunge and purchasing. There are many times in life when you get what
you pay for. While most of us live within some degree of budget constraints you
will find that most of us have certain things we simply will not go 'cheap'
when purchasing. You should keep in mind that there are great ways to get
outstanding bargains however, when it comes to purchasing electronics. One of
these ways is by purchasing a home theater kit where all the pieces (generally
with the exception of the television) are included.

Seeing is believing when it comes to value for most of us. The best way to find
a home theater kit that you are going to be confident about purchasing is to
take a look at the kit, listen to the speakers (the first 5 to 10 minutes of
the movie Top Gun is an excellent test for sound), and take a look at the
system to see how you find the interface. It doesn't matter how great a system
sounds if you can't figure out how to use it once you've taken it out of the
box. You might also want to look into the price of professional installation if
you are electronically challenged when it comes to matters of programming and
installation. These kits are also often appealing to those who find the
prospect of shopping around for the parts and components tedious.

While it is difficult for me to accept at times, we were not all born shoppers.
For people such as this, home theater systems that come as a package deal are
often life rings tossed out in a sea of shopping among sharks. This convenience
for some is worth any price that could be stamped on the box. The good news is
that there is enough competition that prices are typically competitive
according to quality.

Box kit home theater systems are appealing to many consumers for many different
reasons. Those who live in small apartments or have very small home theater
rooms typically find that it makes no sense to invest in a system that will
rattle the walls or have the neighbors complaining. Those with limited budgets
find that this is an economic way to get everything at once. People who have
little time to invest in researching all the items they will need find it
incredibly convenient that they will not need to worry about missing something
important such as a receiver during the process. Still others find that they
like knowing up front what the price for the total home theater experience is
going to be, at least the electronics component at any rate.

It is important to remember that a home theater means different things to
different people. Finding the ideal home theater for you may not necessarily
equate to the ideal home theater for someone else who has grand visions of a
cinema themed room with dark rich colors on the walls and muted lighting
effects along with blacked out windows for the ultimate movie viewing
experience.

Don't get too caught up in the details and remember that it only has to work
for you and your needs. Creating a wonderful home theater is a great way to
bring the family together on a regular basis. Buying a pre made home theater
kit or system is a great way to begin enjoying the wonderful benefits of a home
theater experience while learning the things you like and dislike about your
system. This could be a work in progress for many years to come as you learn
more about what you do and do not prefer.

Common Home Theater Mistakes to Avoid

A home theater is no small investment, particularly if you are going for a good
quality home theater. With that in mind there are many mistakes that people make
along the way when it comes to their home theaters. What you want to do is learn
from the mistakes of others rather than dooming yourself to repeat those that
have been made so many times before. Below you will find information on some of
the most often made mistakes when it comes to creating a great home theater for
you and your family.

Windows

I'm not talking Microsoft either. One thing that is a killer for your home
theater is a room full of windows. At night, every car passing by will prove
distracting and during the day little can be enjoyed on your television from
the sunlight pouring in. Even normal curtains allow some degree of light into
the room, which will provide a distracting glare on you television screen. If
you have no windowless rooms in your home you will at the very least want to
install some heavy duty blackout drapes or curtains in order to prevent the
glare and distraction that windows provide.

Cheap Speakers

Sound is one of the most important factors in imitating a theater quality movie
viewing experience. If you have cheap speakers you will not receive the quality
of sound that you will need in order to achieve that experience. The first five
or ten minutes of the movie Top Gun provides one of the best sound tests I've
ever seen. Grab a copy of the DVD and take it with you to the stores, compare
speakers using that DVD and go with the set that provides the best quality of
sound. It's a good litmus test and you will be glad you did if you ever listen
to a favorite movie on a friends inferior speakers.

Poor Installation

It makes no sense to invest thousands of dollars in a home theater system only
to bring it home and do a poor job of installing it because you didn't want to
spring for the extra two hundred dollars for installation. Improper
installation of your home theater will result in much less quality than you
paid for, which makes a good quality system a complete waste of money. Pay the
price now for professional installation if you have any doubts at all about
your ability to properly install your system.

Not Reading Directions

On the other hand if you decide to do your own installation the number one
problem is the result of not reading the instructions for not only installation
but also the operation of your home theater. We may feel that we are intuitive
by nature but sometimes it helps to have a roadmap to follow. Instructions for
installation and operating manuals are our road maps and reading them first
will not only save a great deal of time but also increase your enjoyment of
your home theater.

Avoiding these common mistakes can go along
way towards helping you get the most possible enjoyment from your home theater.
It's amazing how much of a difference little things can make along the way. Good
luck with the selection, purchase, and installation of your home theater. I hope
you enjoy many wonderful hours of movie, television, and game watching on your
new system.

Building a Home Theater on a Budget

Americans tend to spend a lot of time in front of our television sets. Whether
we are movie junkies with multiple memberships to Internet movie rental
companies or are serious addicts to all things reality on television we are
addicted to our entertainment. Since we spend so much time watching our
televisions it makes sense that we make a sizeable investment in our home
theater in order to get the best possible quality picture and sound from our
systems.

We do not, however live in a one size fits all world, which has lead to a good
deal of healthy competition within the entertainment industry as well as the
electronics industry. This is excellent news for consumers that must live
within the constraints of their budgets. As competition emerges along with
newer technologies we see a downward trend in the prices of existing
technology. The real trick however is to be content with last year's technology
today and you could actually save thousands on your home theater.

If you are even willing to go a step back as far as technology, trust me it
isn't evolving all that noticeably fast when it comes to home theaters, you can
still get a great home theater on Ebay or even in your local paper that is of
excellent quality for a fraction of the cost you would have paid for the system
had you purchased it brand new. If you are merely budget conscious or are going
through a budget famine you should find that there are some outstanding options
available through second hand home theaters.

If you are like many (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this) who do
not like purchasing used items for whatever reason, the most common being a
lack of a warranty, then it makes perfect sense not to consider this particular
option. Selecting this option however does not leave you without options by any
means. Perhaps my favorite option is to build your own home theater one piece
at a time. You might be surprised to find that in the end you have a superior
system to most of those you will find on the market today.

Life is a series of choices and that process doesn't end at all when you are
choosing the right home theater for your home and needs. Unfortunately neither
does the fact that we often must live within budget restrictions that we do not
appreciate nearly as much as we enjoy the idea of Dolby Digital Surround Sound
or Bose speakers. The good news is that if you look and take your time by
checking out and comparing your likes and dislikes in many systems you will
have become an informed consumer. This is the best gift you can give yourself
when shopping around.

Compare prices, beg, bargain, and barter. See if stores will match the prices
of other stores or throw in freebies in order to compete. You should also
remember that unless you have the equipment and skills necessary for the
installation of your home theater it is quite likely that you will need to pay
for that as well. A retailer that is willing to throw in free installation
might be a bargain worth giving a little more thought.

In the end, the goal is to get the best possible home theater for your home for
the least amount of money possible. By learning about your options you will know
when you leave the store whether or not you got a good deal on the home theater
you bought. There cannot be enough said about the knowledge you will gain about
home theaters through this process or what you will learn about the price of
things compared to their value. More importantly you just might learn the real
price we often pay simply to go with a name that we know. You can save a great
deal of money by taking a chance on emerging companies but do your research
fist and learn as much about the company as possible before you give them your
hard earned money.

Compare Home Theater to Movie Going

Many people shy away from purchasing a home theater for fear of the great costs
involved in doing so. I recommend that you put serious pen and paper to those
assumptions rather then merely assuming it is too costly for your limited
budget. The truth of the matter, when compared with the costs of going out to
watch a movie you might find that you will be spending less money in no time by
watching movies at home rather than paying for the 'movie going' experience.

You might want to pay careful attention to how much money you spend each month
going to the theater. Don't forget including any costs involved in hiring
sitters, going out to dinner (most people don't do McDonald's before or after
going to theaters), concession stand purchases in those figures. Even if you go
to the theater once a week as a couple or as family the costs can really add up.
If you visit the theater less or have a smaller family those costs might be less
but you could also seriously raise those prices by going more often or having a
larger family.

The important thing to remember when pricing a home theater system is the value
it will bring to you and your family. If this will bring the family together at
home for a couple of nights a week it is well worth the investment in my
opinion. If it will keep the teens in your home and off the streets on the
weekend it is worth even more. A home theater is an investment in the enjoyment
of your home for everyone involved and many families find that this is a great
way to enjoy a night at home. It's also a great way to insure super-Super Bowl
parties will be taking place in your home rather than the homes of others (it's
a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things).

With this in mind you can buy kits for anywhere between $200 and $2,000 (and
upwards, but if you are going to spend more than $2,000 I seriously recommend
building your own home theater). Box systems are rather easy to find in local
and mass-market retailers and are rather simple to install (even for the
uninitiated). These systems may not provide the best possible system but for
those who have significant budget concerns they are a great place to start and
you can get some really great systems if you are willing to seriously shop
around and compare the different quality between brands as well as which bells
and whistles you require and which you can live without.

Once you make the decision to buy a home theater the best thing to do is check
out what is available. You should then take complete advantage of the great
competition on the market today by searching for the most features for the
lowest price. You just might be shocked and amazed at the great bargains that
you can find, especially in the months following the big consumer expo show
each January.

You should combine the home theater and excellent movie experience in your home
with a membership to Netflix, Blockbuster, or some other home delivery DVD
system and you can have frozen pizza, microwave popcorn, and all the pillows to
hide behind you can ask for in the comfort of your home for a fraction of the
price of going to the theater once a week.

Home Theater Practicalities

Today's shoppers are much more savvy than they have been in days past. Perhaps
this sophistication when it comes to learning about the products we spend our
hard earned money on is the result of instant information at our fingertips
through the Internet or a deep desire to know more about where our money is
going. Whatever the reason, we are taking the time to learn as much as possible
about our investments and carefully planning how we spend our money before it
leaves our wallets.

In many ways this is wonderful news. You really can't go wrong as a consumer my
educating yourself about the products you are considering purchasing and this
holds doubly true when it comes to electronics. More and more consumers are
opening up to the idea of home theaters. In fact, this is becoming a selling
point in many homes across the country. It is a great idea to research the
products you will purchase and the individual components of your home theater
system but how much time have you invested towards the planning and design of
your home theater?

You may have the room in mind, but do you have the wiring you need? Are outlets
in the correct location in order to provide the extra outlets you will need for
your components? Do you have the wiring for speakers in place or is this
something additional you will need to consider? Will you go with wireless
speakers in order to avoid the hassle? There are so many questions you will
need to ask yourself when planning for your home theater.

What, of your existing home entertainment equipment will you be keeping and
which pieces of equipment, if any, will you be replacing? I always recommend
buying one component at a time and building a home theater system rather than
simply going in and purchasing a box off the shelf that has everything in one
place. While you can get a very nice system by doing this, I think you will
ultimately get more bang for your buck if you build your own system one piece
at a time and select each piece for the individual qualities your prefer. That
being said, once you get the components home you need to be able to install
them and incorporate them into your existing home theater.

Will you be adding special home theater seating or going with a big comfy
couch? This matters when planning the layout for the room in which you will be
watching your movies and television favorites. You want the seating to be
comfortable or no one will want to spend too terribly much time in the room, no
matter how large the television screen is. We like to be comfortable as we watch
24 hours of non-stop action or the nearest planet in a far off solar system
explode. Do you have a plan for providing that comfort in your home theater?

Do you have all of the connecting wires? How about a reliable method for
disguising the wires so that they do not provide a distraction during your
movie and television viewing time? Are you going to add gaming equipment to
your home theater system? If so, this opens up an entire new ball game when it
comes to wires, as you will be bringing even more cords and wires and
controllers into the mix.

The next question is how do you plan to hide all the equipment? While built in
entertainment centers may seem like a great idea, they are killers to your
bottom line should you need to some day sell your home as they eat up floor
space and not everyone will appreciate your home theater. For this reason, I
recommend a floor-to-ceiling entertainment center with doors that can be closed
around the features you aren't using at any given moment.

While there is no right or wrong when it comes to designing a home theater for
your family, there are practical matters that are well worth considering. I
hope this has brought to mind a few of those and that you are brimming with
wonderful ideas for your current or future home theater.

Home theater, experience the entertainment of movie theaters right in your own
living room.

The cinema is a good place to watch movies and relax. This is because you watch
the movie in a wide screen with sound that can make you easily get lost in the
movie scene. The picture and the sound is the most entertaining part of the
cinema experience. However, if you can bring this technology home and with
lesser expense, this is definitely something you will enjoy. This is the
concept only a few American homes acquire in the past years. Lately late,
however, a good number of American homes are starting to be less interested in
going out of their abode to watch movies. This is due to the evolution of home
theater system.

A simple home theater is easy to set up. All you need is a television set that
measure bigger than 27 inches, a DVD player and three speakers. These are the
basic components of a home theater. This may already give you the home
entertainment you can enjoy with the almost theatrical experience. Why do I say
almost, when I am sure you want the perfect feeling of a movie theater. This is
because there are other equipments you might add to complete the home theater
experience that will ensure a cinematic experience right in your own living
room. As mentioned already, you may still enhance the three basic components by
adding home entertainment furniture; however, everything is dependent on the
budget you set for your home theater. The size of the room is another
consideration of the complete package of your home theater.

A neat advice however by home theater experts is that you need to find a good
size television set for you home theater set up. A good size does not mean the
biggest you can find in the store. A good size television is dependent on the
place in your house where you will set up the home theater. Big is not always
good for you home entertainment system. It is a recommendation, however, that
the television set should not be smaller than 27 inches. This is because the
projection on a smaller television might be too inferior for your home theater.

Another recommendation is for you to find speakers that will give you the
surround sound from high quality brand of speakers. In addition, you need to be
sure that if you do not find the speaker that gives you enough surround sound,
you need to be able to return it. There are speakers that sound good in the
store but when you put it in a room, it may not sound well enough that will
satisfy your requirement. If the store allows replacement, then that is a good
deal. In addition, you may need to choose a good quality DVD player. It is
however a belief by home theater experts that all DVD players deliver clear and
crisp images, although there are those that promise a flicker-free picture,
almost all DVD players provide this feature.

Knowing how big the room where you will set up your home theater will be the
basis of how big the television needs to be. The size of the room is another
consideration for the number of speakers. If the room is somewhat big, you may
need more than the basic three speakers. Adding a subwoofer may also do good to
achieve the best surround sound if your home theater is place on a huge room.

All these will give you the best home theater experience only a few in the
earlier year's experience. A home theater designer may be of big help in
ensuring you will have the best home theater set up that will give you the best
possible movie experience right in your own living room.

Home theater furniture, for a homey movie theater

Home theater system may be best for you if you want entertainment and
relaxation after a long day of work. If you are one of those busy executives
who want to relax after a long day of work by watching movies but hate traffic
jams, setting up a home theater may be what is best for you. Home theater is a
luxury for some. This is because not many people can afford it however, knowing
the basic components of a home theater may help you enjoy this modern
entertainment. Know the basic components you need for your home theater system
including home theater furniture to acquire the theatrical experience right in
your own living room.

Basic home theater furniture such as home theater chairs and television cabinet
may be good for your home theater set up. Other furniture that will enhance the
home theater set up may be necessary but the home theater chairs and television
cabinet are two of the basic home theater furniture that you may need. Other
home theater furniture may be added dependent on the size of your living room.
Apart from the home theater furniture required, the most important component of
the home theater system, after considering the size of the room, are the three
basic gadgets.

The three basic components of the home theater system like the television set,
the speakers and the DVD player. Even for a small living room, the size of the
television set should not be less than 27 inches. You may not want to watch a
movie in a very small screen. Twenty-seven inches and above is necessary to
acquire the big screen experience for a small room. Concerning the speakers,
you may need at least three speakers for a small size living room. If you have
a bigger room for the home theater set up, you may add up to six speakers. For
extremely big room, a subwoofer may need to compliment the six speakers to
arrive at the surround sound for your home theater. The DVD player is also
important aspect to consider. A DVD Player with progressive scan will prove to
be beneficial because of its sharp images and flicker-free performance. You may
consider adding other equipments like home theater projectors, and for bigger
rooms, you may add home theater projector screen. For the home theater
furniture, the seating is a major consideration. The television cabinet is a
secondary consideration of a home theater furniture. Adding other home theater
furniture will give more life to your home theater system. However, we leave
the recommendation to home theater experts especially concerning home theater
furniture.

You may consider acquiring their services if you have bigger room for your home
theater system. They will be able to advice you more particularly to the power
rating requirements and speaker requirements like if you need an amplifier or
other home theater furniture. Hiring the services of a home theater designer
will add to the possibility of acquiring the most entertaining home theater
system with complete home theater furniture.

A well-designed home theater system will be beneficial for the busy executive
who needs to relax after a long day of work. If the home theater is not
properly set up, the home theater experience will not be relaxing and
entertaining. The surround sound will help you forget you are inside your own
living room and not in a movie theater, but if the speakers are not of high
quality, the sound may be irritating in the ears. Avoid having to suffer this,
and enhance the possibility of a real-life movie theater experience with your
home theater and the inclusion of home theater furniture by ensuring that a
home theater designer will design it for your enjoyment.

Learn all you need from home theater reviews

If you are contemplating on acquiring a home theater system because you want to
enjoy watching movies but hate tiding traffic jams to go to a movie theater, you
may find it useful to read home theater reviews. Home theater reviews will help
you understand the benefit of owning a home theater. It will help you acquire
the most suited home theater setup that will give you the best experience you
long for. Being able to watch movies after movies with no limit may be an
enjoyment you want after a long day of work. Thus, owning a home theater is
best for your, find the benefits that people who own home theater systems enjoy
in a home theater review.

Home theater reviews provide deeper understanding of home theater equipment and
furniture. These reviews will help you avoid buying inferior products, because
it will be able to provide the most useful information that you need.
Additionally, these reviews will help you avoid buying extremely superior
products that will overload your home theater setup. Reading home theater
review is thus important to be able to get the best out of your home theater
system.

In a home theater review, you may find the best location you may place your
home theater and the best set up that will suit you best. The recommendations
of home theater furniture by home theater experts may also be beneficial to
complete the home theater package. Learning how big the room may be, and the
component to complete the sight and surround sound requirement for your home
theater is a good knowledge you may acquire form home theater reviews.
Additionally, reviews will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the home
theater equipments, the intrinsic benefits and the possible defects of certain
home theater equipment may also be a learning you will get from home theater
reviews. Reading these reviews will prove to be beneficial for people who want
to own a home theater system. Even for those who already own a home theater
system, these reviews may be able to provide additional information on how to
enhance their home theater system.

The in-depth review of home theater furniture and the best place where you will
find superior products will help you avoid buying inferior products that will
annoy you in the end. Home theater reviews will also give you various options
for the best arrangement of your home theater. The best place to find
reasonably priced high-end products may also be a benefit home theater reviews
may be able to provide.

Finally, these home theater reviews are reviews done by industry experts, thus
you will be able to get the best tips and recommendations that will help you
decide if home theater system is going to be beneficial for you and if it will
answer your need to be entertained. It may also help you decide on the brand
and quality of your home theater equipments and furniture. Even the
recommendation of a well-experienced home theater designer is available from
the lines of a home theater review.

When you finally decide to acquire home theater system, this will benefit you
and your family. You will then be able to watch movies and other entertaining
functions of your very own home theater, and the best part is, you enjoy all
these with your family beside you.

Complete your home theater setup with home theater seating

After a full day of work and mind bubbling activities in the workplace, the
last entry in a young professional's diary is to go to a movie theater to
relax. The sight and sound of a movie theater relaxes and easily entertains
even the most stressed moviegoer. The problem with this however is the fact
that even before you reach the movie theater, traffic jam may be a hindrance to
your enjoyment. Traffic jam usually makes you more stressed than you currently
are. It may be best if you can bring home the relaxation and entertainment.
Having to sit and relax with your spouse in your own home theater maybe best to
eradicate the tiredness that you feel.

This is why the concept of home theater is born. Because of the growing
popularity of home theater systems, you may easily find home theater furniture
like home theater seating system and home theater equipments that will suit
your requirements. This modern concept is slowly receiving a grand welcome from
people because in the end, having home theater set up in your home may prove to
be economical. Home theater system including home theater seating that
completes the set up is not only available for the rich and the famous.

Slowly, the knowledge of the basic home theater design such as the three major
components and home theater seating options is getting to be a concept known to
the middle class citizenry. Home theater system with the addition of home
theater seating options may be a neat gift of the older people because they can
enjoy watching movies even without having to leave the house. Home theater
seating options include lumbar back support and motorized reclining mechanism,
especially designed for people who need to give their back a rest.

It may be worthy to mention what are the three basic components of a home
theater system. You may not need to add home theater seating if the room is
quite small, only the three basic components may be able to give you that home
theater entertainment you long for. Do not mind home theater seating if you do
not have big budget for the home theater system, a recliner may do the part
especially if your living room has limited space. The three basic components of
a home theater system are television set which should not be smaller than 27
inches; three speakers placed on the right, the left and on the center for a
surround sound; and finally, the DVD player, you may need to find one with
progressive scan because this will give you sharp images and flicker-free
pictures. If you have all these basic home theater components, even without
home theater seating, you may be able to experience the almost theatrical
experience.

Relax and enjoy the entertainment your home theater system may provide. Sit
beside your family in your home theater seating designed to your whole family,
the kids will surely love to see a movie with you on your very own home theater
system. You may not need home theater seating to complete the set up if the room
is quite small. However, if you have a bigger room for your home theater system,
including the home theater seating in the set up may be able to complete the
best home theater package. You may even add television cabinet to compliment
the design and your home theater seating which may be made of the same wood as
your television cabinet.

Additionally, because the basic three speakers' requirement is only good for
smaller rooms, if you have a bigger room, you may need to add more speakers.
You can even put six speakers and a subwoofer to complete that surround sound
you love in a movie theater. All these will complete the grand package of your
home theater. You may need to consider high-end home theater seating to help
you relax you tired body from working all day. Relax and enjoy life with your
family, your home theater system may do a lot of good for you.

Movies, movies, movies in your own home movie theater

We all love to go to the movie theater to relax after a long day of work. Even
if you need to tide traffics jams to go to the movie theater, you are willing
to endure this to be able to watch a movie. The sight and sound of a movie
theater is what makes us go back there every so often. We easily get lost in
the movie scene because of the bigger than life pictures and surround sound
that takes you there beside the characters in the movie. This may prove to be
costly in the end but we continue to do this because we love to go to movie
theaters and see movies. If you can bring home a movie theater, it will be good
and I am sure you will love the idea. However, before you say no, think again.
Going to the movie theaters every single day is definitely costly in the long
run. Additionally, if you know the basic components of a home movie theater,
you may not think twice and will definitely leave right now to acquire your own
home movie theater.

A complete setup of a movie theater in a big room is definitely only accessible
to the rich and the famous. However, if you have meager budget, you can have the
home movie theater for yourself knowing the basic components and setting up the
home movie theater in a smaller room. You may convert you den to a home theater
room. You only need the three basic components and you may already enjoy
watching movies with no limit.

If you have a television set, which I know you do, that is about 27 inches, you
run away spending for the first major component of your home movie theater. The
second major component, which I think you have, is the DVD player. If your DVD
Player has progressive scan that is wonderful, however, even without
progressive scan, your DVD player may work as the second component for your
home movie theater. The final piece of the puzzle, which I want you to spend
on, is the home theater speakers. You need three high-quality home theater
speakers for your home movie theater. You need to place one on the right side,
one on the left side and one on the rear center of the room. These are the
three basic components of your home movie theater. You may now start enjoying
unlimited movie and enjoy watching movies with your whole family. I am sure you
will agree with me that this is the best part of owning your own home movie
theater.

The set up for your home movie theater with the three basic components is the
best perfect setup for small rooms. However, if you have a bigger room for your
home movie theater, I am sure you have a bigger budget for your home theater.
Then you may want to consider the recommendation of home theater experts, you
may add more speakers up to six home theater speakers and may need to
compliment it with subwoofer to maintain the surround sound effect for your
home movie theater. If you want a bigger picture, you may want to consider
buying a home theater projector. You may also acquire home theater seating and
television cabinet if you want to compliment the home theater design to make up
a complete package for your home entertainment. All these additions to the basic
components may be necessary if you have a bigger room. If the room is smaller,
then you may only need the three basic components for your home movie theater.

Having to be able to bring home the sight and sound you run after in movie
theaters may be very efficient and less costly. Aside form the fact that you
enjoy life with your family beside you watching movies after movies in your
very own home movie theater.

Home theater design may require professional help

Having to be able to bring home entertainment may be a luxury. This is because
only very few households can afford home theater system. Of late, only the rich
and the famous can afford such luxury. This notion is now a thing of the past.
Home theater systems may now be available to greater number of households
because of the knowledge of basic home theater design. The basic home theater
design may only require three basic components and these three components may
already be affordable for the working class.

However, before you may need to think of the basic home theater design for your
home theater system, you may need to know the size of the room for the home
theater set up. The size of the room to where the home theater will be set up
will depend on how basic the home theater design needs to be.

Home theater experts recommends that if the room is quite small, all you need
for your home theater design is a television set, three speakers and a DVD
player. The home theater design may be dependent of the shpre of the room;
however, the position of the speakers remains to be the left, the right and the
center of the room. Basic home theater design may require a television set
bigger than 27 inches. Too small screen for your home theater design may not be
sufficient for a movie theater-like experience. This is because even for the
home theater design, you may need to consider the sight and sound of a movie
theater. It is the main consideration why people go to a movie theater, the big
screen and the surround sound. With respect to the surround sound of a movie
theater, the basic three speakers is only applicable for smaller rooms, if the
room is bigger, the home theater design needs to be more than three, you may go
up to six speakers and a complimenting subwoofer may be necessary for the
surround effect. Going back to a small room, if you will only put three
speakers, you may want to consider buying a high quality brand speaker; this
will give you enough surround sound for a smaller room.

If you have a small budget, ensure that the store where you will buy your
speakers will allow you to test the product in your room and if it will not
give you a good surround sound, they should allow you to return or replace the
unit. This is because some speakers sound good in the store but when you
finally set them up in a small room, the effect is not very good. Find a neat
deal where they can allow you to return or replace the speakers. However, if
your budget is sufficient, you may consider hiring the services of a home
theater designer. Your home theater designer will be able to design the home
theater better and with complete accessories. He may require checking the power
rating, and the need for amplifiers. He may also recommend using home theater
projectors and he may recommend how the speakers need to be. You will get a
good home theater design if you will be able to hire home theater designers.
The need for home theater seating and television cabinet may also be necessary
for the complete package of your home theater.

You may enjoy the entertainment without having to tide traffic jam and enjoy in
your own home theater system.

Complete the home theater set up with high-end home theater speakers

Home theaters are getting to be extremely popular among American homes. This
modern technology is slowly giving movie theaters a run for their money. Basic
knowledge of home theater system and its basic components may be best for
people who want to bring home relaxation and entertainment.

The most important consideration in the design and complete set up of your home
theater is the size of the room. The home theater speakers and the other
components of your home theater may need to consider the size of the room. Too
small rooms for your home theater may not require so many speakers. Only three
speakers may be good if the room is quite small. Do not overload your small
room; you may not be able to get the entertainment and relation you want if you
feel overloaded with so many home theater speakers. Because you only need three
home theater speakers in your small room, you may need to acquire the high-end
brand of home theater speakers to compliment the size of the room and the other
equipments for your home theater.

If you have a bigger room however, the basic three home theater speakers may
not be enough. You may need to put up to six speakers around the room, you may
also consider complimenting your home theater speakers with subwoofer to
complete the surround sound like in movie theaters. In addition to the
speakers, you may also need to purchase a high-end television set which should
not be smaller than 27 inches. It may not be reasonable if you buy a smaller
television set because it may drown in the fineness of your home theater
speakers. Additionally, the DVD player needs to be of high quality, having
progressive scan your DVD Player may help provide sharp images and flicker-free
pictures for your home theater system. The home theater speakers, television and
DVD player are the basic components of a home theater system especially if the
room is quite small. However, for bigger room, adding home theater furniture
and home theater projectors may be necessary to complete the package. Again, it
may be worth it, if your home theater speakers are of high quality. This is
because of the need to provide a surround sound for the home theater set up.
The DVD player and the television set may answer for the requirement of sight
in a movie theater setup. Your home theater speaker needs to answer for the
sound requirement, and if your home theater speaker is not of high quality
brand, it may not be able to do the job for you.

In order for you to avoid making mistakes in your choice of home theater
equipments including home theater speakers, and home theater furniture, you may
require the services of a home theater designer. They will be able to provide
the best recommendation that will ensure you will get the most out of your home
theater system including topnotch home theater speakers. Additional home theater
furniture may be necessary to complete the package and to dress up the whole
room. Since they are the designers, they will be able to recommend the best for
your home theater system set up. If you have a properly designed home theater,
you will be the best entertainment possible.

Your home theater designer may take on the huge responsibility of choosing the
most suitable home theater speaker to attain the best design for your home
theater.

Bring home relaxation and entertainment right in your own living room, home
theater system can provide this to you and your family.

Get the most useful tips from home theater magazines

Going to the movie theater after a long day of work may be an entertainment you
look forward to every single day. However, if you continue doing this everyday,
in the end you will notice that this proves to be very expensive. Thus, if you
truly want to continue watching movies everyday, a home theater system may be
what you need. However, people believe that a home theater set up is a luxury
only accessible for the rich and the famous. This is because you may need to
invest quite handsomely in order for you to have the home theater set up that
resembles a movie theater. Even with this notion, I believe that if you want to
watch movies every single day, in a year or so, you will spend the same amount
or even higher than what you invested in your home theater set up. It is thus
practical for you to bring home the entertaining experience you get from a
movie theater. If your budget is limited, you may opt for the basic setup of
home theater system, and when you finally get enough money to dress-up your
home theater system, you may be able to do so with no problem.

If you want to ensure you will be able to get the best entertainment in your
home theater system, you may start reading tipsters from home theater
magazines. Home theater experts maintain various columns and publish numerous
articles that will give home theater owners the most useful tips concerning
their home theater system. You will definitely find one entertaining article,
which will give you deeper understanding of the benefits of your home theater
system from the pages of home theater magazines.

Even if you are still contemplating on acquiring home theater system or are
already an owner of a home theater system, the useful tips and in-depth
analysis of home theater equipments and furniture from home theater magazine
may be very useful to you.

You may also find home theater reviews from the pages of your home theater
magazine. These reviews will keep you up to date on the latest industry news.
It is thus necessary for you to subscribe to a home theater magazine if you
want entertainment right in your own living room. You may find all types of
home theater equipments and furniture, reviews of each of them are also be
available in the home theater magazine. You will find that you will never
commit the mistake of buying inferior product if you can follow the
recommendation of home theater experts found in home theater magazines.

Movies and shows you may enjoy in your home theater system may also be
available in the pages of your home theater magazines. Industry news and
updated models of home theater equipments with the corresponding pros and cons
of home theater products are available in the pages of home theater magazines
as well.

Finally, home theater magazines may also recommend the best place to buy
superior home theater equipments and supplies. You may find articles on the
latest innovative designs of home theater paraphernalia in home theater
magazine. Thus, you are sure to be able to enjoy the most out of your home
theater set up because of the useful information and recommendations coming
from home theater experts and home theater designers. Features of the most
recommended setup for your home theater system may also be available.

Find the most entertaining home theater magazine and get the useful information
from its pages to keep you updated in the latest industry news and home theater
reviews available.

Movie-like home theater projectors for entertainment within your reach

Going to the movies is a common and most popular recreation especially for
young professionals living a very stressful life of running corporate affairs.
However, for some who cannot afford to waste the time traveling to and from
movie theaters, the answer to this recreational endeavor might be just inside
your own living room. Bring home the sight and sound of movie theaters with
your very own home theater system. The best home theater set up may indeed
include high quality components that may bring forth the entire movie theater
experience without having to drive from your house to the movie theater
spending time and effort tiding heavy traffic. This modern innovation will
grant you the relaxation and experience real life movie theaters provide.

Having the basic components such as the big screen and speakers with clear and
flicker free images from a high quality DVD may provide the almost real movie
theater experience. Home theater experts recommend that before you decide on
the final set-up and equipments for your home theater system, the size of the
place maybe the first consideration. If you have a small size room for your
home theater system, television set may be best placed in the center and three
speakers placed on the left, right and center might be enough to provide the
surround sound you want in a movie theater. However, if you have a bigger
place, a home theater projector might be best to provide the big screen
requirement. Home theater projector screen can provide the real-life movie
theater experience. It is therefore necessary that if you have a huge room for
your home theater system, in combination with your home theater projector and
home theater projector screen, adding more speakers around the room could be a
neat recommendation. A subwoofer may also help to provide the best surround
sound that will enable a movie theater surround sound come in to your living
room.

There are various designs and models you can choose from for your home theater
projector. You may need to understand each of their features before you decide
on buying one. It may also be necessary for you to require the services of a
home theater designer in order to complete the home theater package that will
give you the best entertainment. This will avoid having to spend unreasonably
for your home theater system including your home theater projector. Buying
unrealistically huge capacity equipments for your home theater is possible
especially if you do not know what are the possible choices and their
differentiations that your home theater may require. A too huge home theater
projector screen and the total set-up of your home theater system should be of
great consideration. Your home theater designer may also provide options that
may not require a television set for your home theater. How is this so? The
reason for this is the technological innovations provided by your computer and
home theater projectors. Home theater projectors like InFocus screenplay models
maybe used with computers and small room set-up. Home theater projectors are
also lightweight and maybe transported easily. For this reason, the use of home
theater projectors for business presentations is helpful.

Home theater projectors and home theater projector screens may help provide the
theater like experience, even for business this set-up may be extremely useful
and thus is getting to be popular. Your home and office home theater system
setup is an innovation only a few intelligent consumers can avail of. However,
I am sure that knowing all these options and the basic television, three
speakers and DVD player may be worthy for people who wants a home theater, you
may not really need a home theater projector if the room for your home theater
system is not very huge. Enjoy theatrical experience right in your living room
by intelligently researching your possible option. You may then experience the
relaxation movie theaters give without having to tide heavy traffic going to
the movie theater.

How to choose the best for your home theater system

Watching movies is a neat escape from the stressful lifestyle we live in.
Watching movies in a wide screen and surround sound take you far away and into
the movie scene you are watching. You watch it as if you were there in the
movie scene. Of late, we can only experience this escape in a cinema. However,
modern technology may be able to provide this same sight and sound experience
right in your own living room. We will discuss the basic components of a home
theater system in this article. Read on to understand how these basic
components can deliver the best cinematic experience to a home theater system.

Home theater experts state that the most important consideration in setting up
a home theater system is the size of the room where you will set up the home
theater system. The most important component of the home theater system, which
is the television, is dependent on the size of the room. Although, the
recommendation is 27 inches television set at a minimum is necessary for your
home theater set up. It is also a recommendation that a flat television is good
for a home theater system because it exhibits fewer glares and produces a
crisper image. Another major component of a home theater system that depends on
the size of the room is the speaker. The number of speakers for your home
theater system is dependent on the size of the room. You may add up to six
speakers from the basic three speakers if you want a more lifelike sound.
Adding a subwoofer may also be good to achieve a complete surround sound like
in the movie theaters. Three speakers should be the minimum; you may go up to
six if the room is big.

Another major for your home theater system is the DVD player. It is a
recommendation that DVD players with progressive scan will be the best choice.
This is because progressive scan produces sharp and flicker-free pictures. This
however points back to the choice of television unit; you may need to check if
the flat television set supports progressive scan signals. You may also acquire
a five-disk carrousel DVD player. This will avoid having to stand up from your
seat to change discs every so often. A minor consideration is the power rating
that will determine how loud your speaker can be. Of course, almost all these
depend on the size of the room to where the home theater system is going to be
set up. Small room requires from few types of equipment, bigger rooms may
require more and adding home theater furniture to your home theater system may
be best. A bigger room thus requires more investments. A smaller room might
require fewer but of good quality equipments to avoid the too basic feel of the
home theater system.

Finally, you may acquire a beautifully designed home theater system if you
consider hiring a home theater expert. If you can afford this, it will be best
for you because the home theater expert will be able to effectively design and
set up your home theater system. Your home theater designer may also add some
features like home theater seating and other home theater furniture to be able
to give the complete home theater package that closely resembles a real movie
theater. Having the finest and high-quality home theater system will give you
the most sought after set up that you could flaunt and enjoy to the max.





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