A home theater is a luxurious home aspect that many people dream of having. If you’re ready to make that dream a reality, you’ll need to plan and prepare. To ensure your home theater turns out exactly as you hope, follow these tips for setting up a home theater.
Prioritize your TV
Perhaps the most important feature of a home theater is a quality TV. If there was ever a time to splurge on a huge, high-definition flat-screen, this is it. Televisions with a slight bend in their screens are especially beneficial—such displays not only help decrease glare, but also increase the total viewing angles on each side of the TV. As such, they’re more friendly to viewers who don’t have a seat directly in the center.
Choose your seating layout
Determining your seating layout should be one of the first things you do when you’re planning your in-home theater. Before determining how many seats you want to include, take the room’s size into consideration. Plan to leave at least 20 inches of space between rows of chairs so that people can comfortably navigate the room. Consider placing the back rows on raised platforms so that the people who sit in them can have a clear view of the screen. If you’re planning on implementing a surround sound system, avoid placing seats or sofas against the walls of the room. Doing so will result in lost surround sound envelopment.
Purchase comfortable seating
Nice, comfortable seating is almost as important as a quality television in a home theater. After all, your home theater probably won’t get much use if you end up with a backache every time you watch a movie. As such, plush seating that can recline is ideal for home theaters. For added comfort and convenience, consider choosing seating with built-in cupholders and food trays.
Place your TV in the optimal position
To determine ideal television placement, multiply the television’s diagonal screen size by 1.5 and 2.5. The resulting numbers will give you a range of how far your screen should be from your seating. Additionally, try to place your TV in the darkest area of your room to avoid potential glare. Before mounting your television, make sure to test out the positioning. Turn the television on and hold it in position while someone tests out each seating option to make sure everyone in the room will have a good view.
Adjust your TV picture settings
If there’s a problem with your TV’s picture, your whole viewing experience could suffer. Many televisions are set up so that the picture looks good under fluorescent store lights. These settings may make the TV more attractive to buyers, but they aren’t ideal for a dark, movie theater environment. As such, it may be beneficial to tweak the settings to complement the lighting in your theater. To improve your television’s picture quality, simply select the correct factory mode preset—presets such as “natural” or “movie” typically work the best—or individually adjust the color, brightness, and contrast settings for a custom look.
Set up surround sound or buy a sound bar
For a complete surround sound setup, you’ll need six audio channels or speakers. Place a speaker in each of the following locations: the center of the room, the right, the left, by the subwoofer, and two in the rear. When you’re placing the speakers, make sure to keep them at least four feet away from the viewer. Placing them too close to chairs will result in excessive localization of the sound. Furthermore, for the best sound quality, no obstacles should block the direct path of the sound between people and the speakers.
If you have a smaller room or you don’t want the hassle that comes with setting up a surround sound system, consider investing in a soundbar. A soundbar is a bar-shaped system that contains multiple speakers. You can hook it up to your television set to substantially enhance its audio with minimal effort. Place your soundbar directly below your screen or mount your TV on top of it, depending on your preference.
Consider the lighting
Nothing is more annoying than unsightly glare when you’re watching a film. As such, the best home theaters are completely dark. If you have windows in your theater room, make sure to invest in a good pair of blackout curtains. You should also try to block out cracks around doors so that light can’t leak into the room. Doing so will improve the contrast ratio of your display and give you the best viewing experience. You’ll probably want at least one source of light in your room, however, so consider investing in dimmable wall sconces.
Invest in a broadband Internet connection
With so many movie options available on streaming sites such as Netflix and Hulu, it’s important to have access to high-speed Internet. A broadband connection will increase your device’s capacity to send and receive data. Having such a connection in your home will allow you to access the Internet more quickly and effectively. This way, you’ll decrease your chances of getting the spinning wheel of death right in the middle of a movie.
The way you decorate your home theater will largely depend on your personal style. For an authentic theater feel, consider adding some fun decorations such as movie posters, cardboard props, or even a popcorn machine. For more practical accessories, purchase a padded throw rug or window drapes, which add character to the room and help improve the room’s acoustics by absorbing reverberating sound.
If the expensive television you’ve invested in for your home theater isn’t working properly, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to replace it with a new one. Instead, consider repairing it. At Electro Parts, we have affordable television replacement parts to get your television working as good as new. Whether you need a Panasonic power supply board replacement or a Samsung T-Con board, we’ve got you covered. To learn more about our wide range of replacement parts, contact us today.