Monday, April 25, 2016


Everybody talks about a home theater as if it only can be done if you have a lot of room and a lot of money to spend. But a home theater isn’t just about the picture and sound, it’s also about where you will be spending your time watching. So what your home theater needs is to be set up so that it will provide you with the best experience possible. To do this, a few things need to be considered and taken care of. None are necessarily hard — they just require some foresight and planning.

The television may be going against a wall or it could be on a cabinet, but that doesn’t mean where you sit can’t be adjusted to be the proper distance away. There are calculators that will tell you how far back you should sit to the TV; these can be found online and don’t require extensive math skills to understand or use. The idea is to be far enough away to take advantage of seeing the whole picture without any distractions. If the TV is on a cabinet, obviously there will be more options for where it and the viewing area will be (since it can be moved around) — but for many, putting the TV on the wall means not using up any of the available space so that there’s more room (for most a professional installer like Just One Touch will do the job efficiently and correctly and, most of all in a safe manner).


Glare can ruin the enjoyment of watching so beware of having a TV too close to windows or where lighting can reflect off it it. Having the blinds closed or the shades drawn will immediately take care of the problem from outside, as well as muffling extraneous noise. Additionally, curtains help to make the audio sound better than if it is bouncing off of bare walls. The same goes for furniture like couches and other padded objects in the room.        

Where the speakers go will make a difference in the quality of the audio they put out. Soundbars are designed to go beneath the TV (if wall mounted) or in front of them (but not blocking the view in on a cabinet) — the various adjustments that can be made should be made so as to make the sound particular to your own environment. This means working through menus and perhaps even reading the instruction manual so as to get the best sound possible. Default settings should never be used.

If the speakers are separate, tower models will have their own stands built in. For smaller speakers, placing them on speaker stands will help them to sound better than if put on the floor — not just because of vibrations but also because the audio will be more muffled if on the floor (plus don’t forget neighbors whose ceiling is your floor, apartment dwellers). Making the speakers work together can be made easier by having the same brand for all of them: the left and right speakers that provide stereo and the center channel for dialogue and the left and right surrounds for sound. An omnidirectional subwoofer can pretty much go anywhere, even under a couch, and continue to do its job without incident.


Nobody likes when someone walks in front of them and blocks their view — watching at home shouldn’t mean having to put up with something that happens all too often at movie theaters. See if it’s possible to arrange the seating facing the TV so that someone coming into the area doesn’t have to walk in front of the TV. It might take some time to get this right, but once it is done you will be glad you took care of it.

Having a home theater doesn’t mean you have to have a separate room or the latest and most expensive equipment. But it does mean doing everything possible to enhance your viewing experience. 


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