Your Guide to The Ultimate Home Theater

By February 10, 2021Blog

There’s nothing quite like sitting back and enjoying your favorite movies on the big screen. But do you know what’s even better? Getting a theater-quality viewing experience in your own home, without all the uncomfortable crowding and disruptive mumbling you encounter at your local theater.

As theater ticket prices continue to rise with each passing year and top-tier electronics become more available and affordable, many homeowners have turned to build their very own home theaters in Dallas, TX to get that perfect viewing experience without leaving the house.

Health issues like COVID-19 have spurred even more homeowners to jump over to in-home entertainment options like building a home theatre as well. This option is perfect for keeping your friends and family safe and socially isolating while still getting to enjoy that big blockbuster movie experience. You, too, can build the perfect space for viewing your favorite movies, TV shows, and streaming services in your very own home. 

The question is: where do you get started?

Deciding What You Need

Generally speaking, home theaters consist of a viewing screen, a sound system, and any number of accessories. A home theater should be so much more than simply mounting a high-resolution TV on your wall and calling it a day, though. You deserve the ultimate viewing experience, but to get that, you’ll need to put a little thought in. The first step to creating the ultimate home theater experience is assessing your needs. This involves asking yourself questions such as:

  • How many people are usually going to be watching?
  • How much space do you have to work with?
  • What can you afford?
  • What will be your primary use for the theater space?

These might seem like obvious questions to ask, but they seriously help you sift through your options, which is highly useful considering you’ll have thousands of products to choose from during your theater-designing journey. Additionally, having a list of priorities for your theater will help you keep focused throughout the design process, so you finish the project with the results you really need. Once you’ve made your list of wants and must-haves, it’s time to choose your products.

How to Choose the Screen for Your Home Theater?

When selecting a TV for any modern home theater setup, there’s one law to abide by; bigger is almost always better. A bigger screen means easier viewing for a party of any size, making both solo film-watching and entertaining a classic filmfest or even video game night an absolute breeze. However, with great screen space also comes a not-so-great price tag. The bigger your screen is, the more you can expect to pay. However, this is quite arguably the most crucial part of your home theater’s setup, so if you must pick an area in your plan to be frugal, your television isn’t it.

Of course, size isn’t everything when it comes to modern electronics. There are dozens of other details to pay attention to, including:

  • The resolution, which determines image sharpness and clarity
  • Internet connectivity, especially for those who enjoy streaming services
  • Inputs for video game systems and other accessories like Blu-ray players

This is where making the list of your needs comes into play. If you primarily use your theater for gaming, you may not require it to be a Smart TV. However, if you’re highly invested in streaming services and don’t spend your time on games, then the number of component inputs and HDMI ports your TV has may not be a big concern. In the end, there is no “best TV” for a home theater because the TV you choose should fit your individual needs.

In the spirit of building a truly customized theater, it’s always important to remember that TVs aren’t your only option, though they are by far the most popular. Some home theaters stick closer to their source of inspiration and implement projectors with screens instead. When installed correctly, these can provide a bigger picture for a lower cost, but may not have the clarity, sharpness, or vivid color provided by a TV screen. This depends on the model you choose, of course, but much like TVs, the higher the quality, the higher the price tag.

Consider a Projector and Screen Combinations Instead of TV

Want to create a “movie theatre” setting in your living room? Consider a projector and screen combination. An affordable projection screen tends to start around 100-120 inches,  and you can get a projector with solid brightness, good color reproduction, and even 4K resolution for a lot less than a high-end 4K UHD TV. So, while TVs are a traditional home option, projectors are, by a very wide margin, the most cost-effective way to get a movie theatre experience perfect for the whole family.

How to Choose the Right Audio System?

As is the case with a home theater television, there is no best brand or model when it comes to selecting your audio system. However, keep in mind that you don’t want to just stick with the standard speakers that come on your TV. After all, the whole point of creating a home theater is to replicate a theater-quality experience. Some of the audio components you might want to incorporate into your design include:

  • A soundbar
  • Multiple surround-sound speakers
  • A subwoofer

No matter how many speakers you have, one item you can’t do without is a home theater receiver. This brings together all the elements of your sound setup and ensures they’re all working in sync to get you the best possible experience every time you settle in to watch your favorite flicks or take your turn hosting a movie night. In the end, your goal is to achieve a full, rich sound to match every show, movie, and game that goes up on your screen.

How to Pick the Right Space?

Again, the term “right” is entirely subjective when it comes to building a home theater simply because no two homes are exactly alike. Ideally, you’ll have a spare room in your home that’s just begging to be repurposed into your own private viewing station. Dedicating a whole room gives you more power over both the final design and how you enjoy your viewing experience. However, many homeowners have made comfortable, high-end home theaters in their living rooms by transforming a barely passable viewing experience into something to be remembered. The best setting for a home theater system is the space you have on hand – but preferably one you can keep dark and quiet for the best viewing experience.

How to Set Up Your Home Theater System?

So now that you know what parts you want to incorporate into your final design, how do you set up a home theater system? While there are a million ways to DIY a home theater project, by far the easiest and best way to see to this final step is to trust it to a team of trusted professionals. Home theater designers in Dallas have more experience in the industry and can give you solid recommendations on placement, seating, installment procedures, and many other crucial details that will define your viewing experience. Furthermore, when you work with pros from the beginning of the project, a greater number of more professional-looking options become available. Professional installation means upgrading that TV to a full projector system, or that budget soundbar to a built-in speaker system that blends flawlessly with your room’s design.

Building a theater in your own home involves a bit of research and work, but in the end, the results are definitely worth it. At BTZ Audio Video, we’re dedicated to getting you the home theater of your dreams from start to finish. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you find the perfect parts for your dream theater and how we plan to fit them all together to deliver a high-end experience that gives any theater a run for its money.

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  • My dad wants to renovate our basement and add a home theater. I love how you said that the point of a home theater is to create a movie theater-like experience. I will be sure to recommend that my dad invests in an audio-visual system for our theater that will help to replicate the quality of an actual movie theater.

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