Setting up a home theater system would take a lot of consideration. First, it comes down to one’s budget. Then, personal taste takes into consideration. Some would opt for a simple set-up because of budget constraints. Others would splurge on a home automation system.
The basics of a home theater installation include: a television or, alternatively a video projector; AV receiver or surround processor; devices for broadcasting media content; and a set of speakers.
Television sets come in different types, including: cathode-ray TVs (phased out but some units are still available); digital light processing (DLP), laser, liquid crystal display (LCD), organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), plasma, rear-projection, silicon crystal reflective display (SXRD). The TV should at least be 69 centimeter in diagonal diameter for good viewing experience.
The AV receiver or surround processor capable of several audio outputs, with particular preference to 5.1 Channel Dolby Digital and DTS audio.
The media player can either be a DVD player or Bly-Ray player. There are still some VHS players and LaserDisc players around, as well. Some video consoles like Xbox can also play media.
There should be at least two speakers, but, there is preference for 5 or 7 speaker units with a sub-woofer. There is also an option for 11 units.
Component or HTIB
If you are on a budget you could buy individual components one by one and add additional components when your cash flow permits. The easier, but sometimes a more expensive way, is to buy a whole home theater set-up from one manufacturer, called as Home Theater in a Box or HTIB.
There are others (like audiophiles) who would like to build their home theatre system by buying separate components and installing them on their own. The advantage of doing this is that, with proper research or knowledge, one could get a better video and/or audio quality. The reason behind this is that certain component units work best under certain room set-ups or environment. For example, some speakers are best for smaller rooms, while other work better in larger rooms. The seating set-up also dictate what component would be best in the set-up. This is rarely done DIY, though. The one setting it up should know about HDMI compatibility, power handling, and speaker impedance.
A no-brainer purchase would be to go for an HTIB system.
For those who can afford it, it is better to set-up the home theater system in separate room. In this set-up, using a projector and large projection screen would be best with the projector mounted on the ceiling with home automation system with controller.
The room should also be built with good acoustics that help isolate sound.
Most build their home theater rooms with seats much like those in commercial cinemas like flip-up leather seats with snack trays. Others even set up move posters and popcorn vending machines. Lining up walls with DVDs and Blu-Ray discs would also add to the appeal. Secondary monitors can also be set-up at the sides.
Setting up a dedicated home theater rooms average around $100,000.00
Companies like Terracom Systems provide free consultation to help customers decide what system to set-up on any budget.
TerraCom Systems Inc
11955 Teller Street
Broomfield, CO 80020