We’ve been installing TV and home theatre equipment for a long time and something we consistently run into is that people just don’t know what brand or equipment to go for. There are so many choices at so many different price points.
We can talk to you about all your options and can source home theatre packages for you.
Choosing your home theatre system
Choosing the right system will be different depending on the location it is going to be used. Things like the size of the room, insulation, what you want to use it for and how you want to use should all be considered when making a purchase. Before you choose a home theatre package decide where you are going to use it.
Choosing a room for your home theatre
When you’re deciding where to set up your home theatre, it’s a great idea to think about the room and some of its features, and how you can make the most of these.
Lighting: Generally speaking, the more light you can block out when using home theatre equipment the better. You don’t want distracting reflections on the screen when trying to watch a suspenseful movie, especially if you’re using a projector. Consider the light from windows, other rooms or street lighting. If the room has a lot of light you might be wise to use block-out curtains. Dark walls and large dark furniture will help to absorb stray light. Vibrant high-gloss paint, on the other hand, will reflect light.
Size: If you are putting your home theatre system in a small room you don’t want to put a huge system in it. A small room might be best served by using satellite speakers where a big room might call for bigger, floor standing speakers with an amplifier to suit. The size of the room should also drive the size of the TV or projector screen. You don’t want to have a huge TV that you have to sit so close to that you see a grainy picture from the lines on the TV set. The bigger your display, the farther back you need to sit.
Sound: In a normal family room, lounges are often placed against a wall. In a home theatre room it is better to place seating in the middle of the room with enough space behind it so that the sound can get in back and truly surround you.
Floors: Hard floor surfaces like tiles or wood cause acoustical reflections that makes sound bounce and echo all over the place. If your home theatre room has to be placed in a room with hard floor surfaces, consider putting down a good rug that can absorb stray sounds that can affect audio crispness. You can even install acoustical paneling on walls and ceiling to help with sound quality.
We’re passionate about all things audio and visual so talk to us about getting the maximum bang for your buck when setting up a home theatre.