More and more Americans are building home theaters. There are now tons of home theater installation companies. And, why not? When you combine the excellent quality of the larger screen televisions with the wide array of wonderful television to the availability of so many videos, movies, you name it, you can find it online and stream to the TV. Or you can get a projector and make your own movie screen that way. Once the system is set up, you can create an experience at home that rivals or is better than any you will get in an actual movie theater. You can even get comfy home theater seating that can be better than what you experience when you go to the movies. Plus, you can eat and drink what you want in your own home.
- Think about the distance from the screen to the seats. A lot of work has gone into finding the optimal distance people should sit from the screen. This can make a big difference in how enjoyable the experience is. Scientists say that if you take the size of the screen (usually this is measured on the diagonal) and multiply it by either 1.5 or 2.5, this will tell you how far away you should place your home theater seating.
- Consider a soundbar. Your TV probably has decent sound but if you really want that theater experience, you need speakers. For larger rooms, those are great. For smaller rooms, they can be overwhelming. Soundbars can mimic the sound you get in the movie theater without being overwhelming and they fit better in smaller
- Put your subwoofer on the floor. There is something really fun about the bass you get from movies. The vibration, the almost overwhelming feeling that it gives you. Subwoofers can bring that experience home but place them on the floor. Put them in a bookcase or in a cabinet and the result is annoying. Corners work best.
- Bookcases are good for your speakers. You get a more three dimensional feel from the sound if it is not coming only from one focal point. Bookcases around the room achieve that effect very well. It is nice to watch anything with the sound coming at you from all directions. Speakers are great for achieving this effect.
- If you have a surround sound system, mount it on the wall. The best sound system has to be surround sound. People often are not sure where they should put the different parts of that kind of system. Most have six speakers. You put one on the right and one on the left, one in the center, two in the back and then you have the subwoofer. Then you can sit back in your home theater seating.
- Make sure your home theater seating gives you an option to sit straight up for 3D. If you lean back and your head is tilted and not straight up, the 3D effect can be distorted. Lounging is not the best way to watch anything in 3D.
- Be careful with the angles. Different HDTVs have different perfect places to sit. For some, you need be in right in the center of the screen. Others let you sit around the room. When you are placing your home theater seating, think about the angles and what kind of TV you have or are getting. If you are having a home theater design company do the design, they will make sure that your angles are all the way they should be.
- Consider a curved HDTV. They really are fantastic. You can get a whole lot more screen into your home theater when you have these. They also do a lot to eliminate the bad angles that you can experience with flat screen HDTVs.
Home theater systems have come a long way in recent years. Hell, television has come a long way in recent years. It was black and white until the 1970s and then no new developments really until they went flat. Now you can really mimic the movie going experience at home. Sometimes that is even better. Some of the home theater designs are better than going to the move theater. Plus you do not have to leave your home.