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Friday, December 1, 2017

10 TERRIFIC TIPS FOR A GREAT HOME THEATER FROM THE EXPERTS!


It's the Holiday Season, and if you're like many of us, that means family get togethers, great sports events and entertaining with friends and family—so if you're thinking of finally putting together that great home theater, here's some help from the experts. There's a wide selection of TVs and speakers and other electronic devices to choose from, but unless you decide to have it all professionally installed for you by a top installation company such as Just One Touch, it's just a matter of making a list of what you want to have, going out to get it and then putting it all together at your own speed. But just as important are  some simple tips that can ensure your enjoyment day after day.  So here's 10 tips for putting together a great home theater.




1) Decide Where You Want Your Home Theater To Be

What and where your home theater components are going to "live" will be dictated by the space they occupy. If the space is small, then the big TV you're going to get might do better being put on the wall, rather than on a cabinet. This is the first, and perhaps the most important decision you will make about your home theater, so take your time and consider such things as the whether people will be tramping through it while others are watching, its distance from the kitchen, bathroom, etc.




2) What Kind Of Speakers Make Sense

Having a surround sound audio system is a must for a home theater today. If the space is large, you might want to have multiple speakers, which also means having an amplifier connected to them (resulting in plenty of traveling wires). If the space is small, a sound bar might be a better choice, especially as newer models are able to  "bounce" sound off of ceilings to simulate multiple speaker placement. 






3) Where To Place The Subwoofer

Without the deep bass of a subwoofer, audio will sound less real and explosions boring. Placement can be behind a couch or in a corner of the room, because the bass sound is omnidirectional. But beware of vibrations that could result in annoyance (in the case of neighbors on the floor below) or in causing pictures on the wall to become askew. Test it out before unveiling your home theater to the family.



4) The Room's Acoustics

Sound doesn't travel just in a straight line between the speaker and you, but bounces all over the place. To help control the sound in the room, employ drapes over windows and place rugs on the floor if there's no carpeting. The idea being to "absorb" some of the sound instead of it running wild.




5) Comfortable Seating

Sitting to watch a movie isn't the same as just lounging on the couch. Make sure the seating is comfortable enough for long periods of time (i.e., a 2 hour movie or more) so that there's no neck strain. In some cases it might be easier to rearrange the seats in the home theater to accommodate the TV, rather than the other way around.



6) Remove Obstacles From The Room

While aiding the room's acoustics is helpful, just as much is removing or moving obstacles in the room affecting the viewers eyes and ears. For example, a stuffed chair needs to be farther back than in the middle of the room so it doesn't block viewers or impact the sound. Other examples become obvious once the video and audio components of the home theater are in place.




7) Interior and Exterior Lighting

A semi-darkened room will make the TV picture stand out, so interior lights need to be confined to small "pools" which can also help avoid disasters when walking to/fro. These can be lamps and ceiling lights, along with others. Lighting coming from a window or another room or area must be kept to a minimum, if not eliminated altogether. In all cases, avoiding detail robbing/resolution degrading glare must be given a high priority.  




8) Clean Up The Cables And Wiring

Keeping cables and wiring straight and from lurking in areas where feet might find them is a no-brainer. There are cable ties and wiring conduits that can be used (again something that a professional installer does as a matter of course). This not only makes the home theater look better, but keeps everything that's connected working optimally.



9) Cleaning Maintenance

Regular cleaning of the components in your home theater is not restricted to just wiping the TV screen every now and then (in the proper fashion, using the proper cleaning fluid and cleaning cloth of course). Dusting off speakers, amplifiers, Blu-Ray players, among other devices will increase their lifespan as well as making the environment more pleasant for those watching. Careful vacuuming should also be part of the mix, but avoiding static electricity and accidental pulling of cables and wires must always be taken into account.




10) Read The Manuals

Many of the components populating your home theater come with "hidden" features but aren't active due to it coming out of the box with default settings. Spending a little time perusing a component's manual could result in better personalization of how it works -- with results that are more suitable to you.




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