Thursday, July 30, 2015

Top 10 Things to Think About When Planning Your Home Theater


   Are you lost in a maze of decisions about how to set up your home theater? Here are 10 things to think about as you begin your journey.

   Creating your own home theater can be overwhelming, even with a resource as rich as AVS Forum, where many members are more than willing to help newbies engage in the hobby we all love. There is so much to think about—where do you start? 

   How about right here—a list of the top 10 things to think about when setting up your home theater, be it a TV and small speakers in a family room or a dedicated, custom-built home cinema. Each of these items is linked to a list of the top 10 things you need to know about them to make the best decisions for your particular circumstances. In each case, many AVS members have chimed in to add their perspective and share their experiences, which makes these lists all the more valuable.

Let the journey begin!

Flat Panel or Projector?

   This is one of the first questions to ask yourself as you contemplate creating your new home theater.

HD or UHD?

   Is it better to be an early UHD adopter or stick with HD until the dust settles?

Aspect Ratio, Screen Size, and Seating Distance

   What shape should the screen be? How big should it be? How far should you sit from it?


   The room itself is a critical component of the sound system that greatly affects what you hear.

Viewing Environment

   Just as acoustics affect what you hear, the viewing environment affects what you see. 

Speaker Configuration and Placement

   Can you ever have too many speakers? And where should you put them all?


   Plan ahead for best results. Do you need to spring for expensive cables? 

Setup and Calibration

   Optimizing the audio and video components for best performance.

System Control

   Remote controls seem to breed like rabbits, but there are several ways to combat this scourge of many home theaters.

Internet Streaming and Downloading

   Online streaming and downloading is fast becoming a must-have source of AV content.