Enjoying Movies At Home: 11 Easy Steps To Set Up Your Own Home Theater System
Enjoying Movies At Home: 11 Easy Steps To Set Up Your Own Home Theater System
As we move toward modern times, movies are becoming more readily available. More and more homeowners are deciding to install rooms dedicated for entertainment. Because of this, there is an expected boom in home theater systems sales and home theater system installation services. It's not just about having a TV at home anymore, it's about having a complete home theater system that will suit your needs.

In the last couple of years, the price of high definition televisions has decreased, so everyone can now have their dream flat-screen LCD TV in any size, in any room. However, if your goal is to have a fully-functioning cinema setup at home, a TV will not be enough. If you want the best home theater systems installation, the experience must be comfortable, loud, and well-connected in order to watch your favorite movies and TV shows at home just like how you would see visuals and hear audio inside a mall cinema.

As a simple homeowner, how can you set up a professional home theater installation on your own? Here are 10 easy steps that you can follow:

1. Have a proper room for your custom home theater installation
Before anything else, you must first have a room inside your house that will provide enough space for a home theater setup. If you want to upgrade your living room or bedroom into a home theater, you must take into consideration the space needed for proper visual and acoustics.  

2. Know what setup works best for you
Now that you have your dedicated room, visualize how you will set everything up. A helpful tool is to draw your floor plan and mark the spots where you would ideally place the various equipment, speakers, furniture, etc. Once these questions are answered, it will then help you decide on the exact brand and type of equipment you will need to create your home theater system. This way, you can see and think about exactly what you need for your space in order for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy your movies at home. 

3. Choose the best home theater company
In this industry, there are a lot of home theater company names that you can choose from. You can pick someone depending on how much or how little you would like them to provide… from just equipment, to a full install, with varying degrees in between.

4. Select the home theater features you need
Make a checklist of specific devices you actually need for your entertainment room. You can start by choosing the right TV specifications. If you want a complete theater feeling, you can opt for a flat-screen TV where you just mount it on the wall to save space. Depending on the area of the room, you can specify how many speakers you would need, and for the furniture, you can ask yourself how many couches, recliners, or chairs would be ideal. You can seek help from a home theater system company or search any website that has images of customized home theater setup for inspiration. 

5. Choose your television
The very first thing and most important part of your theater system is of course the television. There are a lot of factors to consider when you make a purchase. For the dimensions of the TV, you must take into consideration the size of the room into which you will place it. Make sure that your viewers will not be too near the screen for the best viewing experience. Remember, comfort in watching is important. For the type of TV, you can choose from plasma TV, LCD TV, or LED TV. Plasma TVs have a wider angle view. LCD screens are brighter. LED TVs produce higher picture quality with lower electric consumption.

6. Select the source of your videos
What will you show on your TV? It is also important to choose from a variety of options when it comes to your video source. There are still DVD players and Blu-Ray players, but advanced technology such as Apple TV and Chromecast are taking over. These technologies are able to stream any movie from the internet and from any video provider such as Netflix, HBO Go, and YouTube. Other sources can already be a feature of your TV such as HDMI capability or USB slots. With the HDMI cables, you would be able to connect to an external source such as a laptop or other device. Of course, for USB ports, you can attach flash drives and external hard drives as well.  

7. Audio is as important as visual equipment
To complete a TV and home theater installation, you need a dynamic speaker system to make your music and movies come to life. To experience a realistic surround sound system just like the ones in the cinemas, you would need 5 to 7 small speakers to be placed around the room. This will create a feeling of being part of the movies when you watch them on your screen. If you want louder sounds, you would then need only 2 to 3 large speakers to be placed on either side of the room. In terms of technicalities, you need to understand the sound systems. When you unveil a home theater speaker installation and see a 7.1 channel surround sound, it means that there are 7 speakers and 1 subwoofer in the set. If your chosen room is small, then you would only need a sound bar, which is a long speaker connected and placed under the TV for simple louder sounds.

8. Where to place the equipment
Here is where your visualization in step 2 will become a reality. You can do the home theater installation yourself or with the help of others. If you have installation skills and think you can do it yourself, then have at it with the manual. However, if you want to finish fast and right, remember that you can always consult a plethora of home theater installation services. First, install the TV. That will be the basis of all the other placements in the room. After that, you can put the furniture into place; the chairs or tables on the side, as well as other decor. With this, you can then strategically set the speakers into different corners, making sure that the sound will not be blocked by the furniture. Depending on the number of speakers you installed, there are suggested placements and home theater setup guides that you can follow for a superior audio experience.  

9. Make sure there is no octopus wiring in your setup
After putting everything in place, it is best to keep the setup neat and tidy, but primarily safe. To prevent accidents, it is strongly suggested that you keep wires tangle-free and inaccessible to avoid tripping over them. You can hang them high on the ceiling corners, hide them behind the furniture, insert them through walls, or tuck them under the carpet. It should look like the cables and connectors are invisible. Also, make sure that they are properly plugged in a safe socket. If possible, refrain from using multiple adaptors that may cause overheating or sparks. Better yet, use wireless equipment! 

10. Fine tune, calibrate, and configure the settings
The TV and the speakers should work well together. Most of the equipment still has factory settings in them upon purchase. It is up to you to adjust them according to your needs. For the TV, you can blend the brightness, contrast, color, or sharpness. For the speakers, you can adjust the audio settings. You might have volume problems when it comes to movie dialogues versus action scenes. You can also check if the sounds resonate well within the room. Most of the time, there are echoes or other unnecessary noises that can be resolved.  

11. Testing your home theater system
After the process of setting up all the devices as well as following the previous steps, your home theater design and installation is finally complete. What better way to check if everything's working well than to test it yourself! This activity will ensure that all of the cables and wires are properly connected and serve as a checkpoint if all the speakers are working and giving out a clear audio, and if the TV is projecting a crisp visual output. If all goes well, then congratulations! You have successfully setup your own home theater! 

With that, you can now enjoy your favorite movies at the comfort of your own home. Sit back, relax, and grab a bucket of popcorn; you can now indulge in the perfect movie marathon!
As we move toward modern times, movies are becoming more readily available. More and more homeowners are deciding to install rooms dedicated for entertainment. Because of this, there is an expected boom in home theater systems sales and home theater system installation services. It's not just about having a TV at home anymore, it's about having a complete home theater system that will suit your needs.
 
In the last couple of years, the price of high definition televisions has decreased, so everyone can now have their dream flat-screen LCD TV in any size, in any room. However, if your goal is to have a fully-functioning cinema setup at home, a TV will not be enough. If you want the best home theater systems installation, the experience must be comfortable, loud, and well-connected in order to watch your favorite movies and TV shows at home just like how you would see visuals and hear audio inside a mall cinema.

As a simple homeowner, how can you set up a professional home theater installation on your own? Here are 10 easy steps that you can follow:

1. Have a proper room for your custom home theater installation
Before anything else, you must first have a room inside your house that will provide enough space for a home theater setup. If you want to upgrade your living room or bedroom into a home theater, you must take into consideration the space needed for proper visual and acoustics.  

2. Know what setup works best for you
Now that you have your dedicated room, visualize how you will set everything up. A helpful tool is to draw your floor plan and mark the spots where you would ideally place the various equipment, speakers, furniture, etc. Once these questions are answered, it will then help you decide on the exact brand and type of equipment you will need to create your home theater system. This way, you can see and think about exactly what you need for your space in order for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy your movies at home. 

3. Choose the best home theater company
In this industry, there are a lot of home theater company names that you can choose from. You can pick someone depending on how much or how little you would like them to provide… from just equipment, to a full install, with varying degrees in between.

4. Select the home theater features you need
Make a checklist of specific devices you actually need for your entertainment room. You can start by choosing the right TV specifications. If you want a complete theater feeling, you can opt for a flat-screen TV where you just mount it on the wall to save space. Depending on the area of the room, you can specify how many speakers you would need, and for the furniture, you can ask yourself how many couches, recliners, or chairs would be ideal. You can seek help from a home theater system company or search any website that has images of customized home theater setup for inspiration. 

5. Choose your television
The very first thing and most important part of your theater system is of course the television. There are a lot of factors to consider when you make a purchase. For the dimensions of the TV, you must take into consideration the size of the room into which you will place it. Make sure that your viewers will not be too near the screen for the best viewing experience. Remember, comfort in watching is important. For the type of TV, you can choose from plasma TV, LCD TV, or LED TV. Plasma TVs have a wider angle view. LCD screens are brighter. LED TVs produce higher picture quality with lower electric consumption.

6. Select the source of your videos
What will you show on your TV? It is also important to choose from a variety of options when it comes to your video source. There are still DVD players and Blu-Ray players, but advanced technology such as Apple TV and Chromecast are taking over. These technologies are able to stream any movie from the internet and from any video provider such as Netflix, HBO Go, and YouTube. Other sources can already be a feature of your TV such as HDMI capability or USB slots. With the HDMI cables, you would be able to connect to an external source such as a laptop or other device. Of course, for USB ports, you can attach flash drives and external hard drives as well.  

7. Audio is as important as visual equipment
To complete a TV and home theater installation, you need a dynamic speaker system to make your music and movies come to life. To experience a realistic surround sound system just like the ones in the cinemas, you would need 5 to 7 small speakers to be placed around the room. This will create a feeling of being part of the movies when you watch them on your screen. If you want louder sounds, you would then need only 2 to 3 large speakers to be placed on either side of the room. In terms of technicalities, you need to understand the sound systems. When you unveil a home theater speaker installation and see a 7.1 channel surround sound, it means that there are 7 speakers and 1 subwoofer in the set. If your chosen room is small, then you would only need a sound bar, which is a long speaker connected and placed under the TV for simple louder sounds.

8. Where to place the equipment
Here is where your visualization in step 2 will become a reality. You can do the home theater installation yourself or with the help of others. If you have installation skills and think you can do it yourself, then have at it with the manual. However, if you want to finish fast and right, remember that you can always consult a plethora of home theater installation services. First, install the TV. That will be the basis of all the other placements in the room. After that, you can put the furniture into place; the chairs or tables on the side, as well as other decor. With this, you can then strategically set the speakers into different corners, making sure that the sound will not be blocked by the furniture. Depending on the number of speakers you installed, there are suggested placements and home theater setup guides that you can follow for a superior audio experience.  

9. Make sure there is no octopus wiring in your setup
After putting everything in place, it is best to keep the setup neat and tidy, but primarily safe. To prevent accidents, it is strongly suggested that you keep wires tangle-free and inaccessible to avoid tripping over them. You can hang them high on the ceiling corners, hide them behind the furniture, insert them through walls, or tuck them under the carpet. It should look like the cables and connectors are invisible. Also, make sure that they are properly plugged in a safe socket. If possible, refrain from using multiple adaptors that may cause overheating or sparks. Better yet, use wireless equipment! 

10. Fine tune, calibrate, and configure the settings
The TV and the speakers should work well together. Most of the equipment still has factory settings in them upon purchase. It is up to you to adjust them according to your needs. For the TV, you can blend the brightness, contrast, color, or sharpness. For the speakers, you can adjust the audio settings. You might have volume problems when it comes to movie dialogues versus action scenes. You can also check if the sounds resonate well within the room. Most of the time, there are echoes or other unnecessary noises that can be resolved.  

11. Testing your home theater system
After the process of setting up all the devices as well as following the previous steps, your home theater design and installation is finally complete. What better way to check if everything's working well than to test it yourself! This activity will ensure that all of the cables and wires are properly connected and serve as a checkpoint if all the speakers are working and giving out a clear audio, and if the TV is projecting a crisp visual output. If all goes well, then congratulations! You have successfully setup your own home theater! 

With that, you can now enjoy your favorite movies at the comfort of your own home. Sit back, relax, and grab a bucket of popcorn; you can now indulge in the perfect movie marathon!
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