The ideal home theater can be a relaxing oasis after work, a great setting for weekend family time, and an unforgettable experience for your next gathering of friends. Use these home theater tips to shop carefully, set up your theater room, and optimize your home theater set up. Work with our team at BTZ Audio Video for a setup that’s the highlight of your community in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.
Shop Carefully for Home Theater Equipment
The right equipment is the first step in creating the ultimate home theater. At its core, a theater system includes a television and a set of surround sound speakers. Throw in a video game system and other media to watch, play and connect in a fully immersive entertainment room.
Match Speakers to Your Room
If you’re not using Dolby Atmos, you may not be getting the most out of your surround sound system. The most popular options are 5.1 and 7.1, but be sure your speakers are matched to your room. Home theaters come in all sizes, and an outdated or improperly sized system won’t deliver the immersive experience you’ve been waiting for.
Compare TV Sizes
Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to a home theater TV. As television screens continue to grow, it’s important to remember that your system still needs to be matched to the size of your room. Here are a few key factors in comparing TV sizes:
- Viewing distance
- Viewing angles
- Mounting style
Optimal viewing distance is typically expressed as a formula. Use a tape measure to measure the distance from your couch to the TV in inches. Divide that number in half to find the room’s best TV size. So, a room with most chairs about 10 feet from the screen should purchase a 60-inch TV. The viewing angle and mounting style can affect this formula, so it’s best to work with a professional to consider all the factors.
Sizing your TV also includes considering the screen resolution. Resolutions are measured in pixel counts. The full description should have two counts, such as a 3,840 by 2,160-pixel screen. Most TVs include this information but use a shorter phrase to describe the resolution, such as UHD or Full HD. Pixel count isn’t the only factor in resolution, but a professional video technician can help you navigate refresh rates and other features as you shop for the best TV for your room.
Inspect Your Home Theater Room
Your home theater room plays an integral part in creating the ideal setup for your home in Texas. These home theater tips not only help you pick up the right system but also focus on other home improvements and set up features. Here are a few items you need to consider in your room as you prepare for your next movie night.
Ask a Professional About Acoustic Treatments
Acoustic treatments are products that help improve the sound profile of your home theater room. They could be used to dampen the sound that leaves the room or adjust the room’s sound profile.
Sound dampening products block excess noise from entering or leaving the room. This step is critical if you don’t want local traffic, important phone calls, or kids playing in a nearby room to affect your immersive experience. It also helps keep the home theater sounds inside the room, rather than filling your entire home.
Sound-enhancing acoustic treatments reflect or absorb sound to reduce echoes and other unwanted acoustic features. Determining the best features for your home and installing them can require a professional team’s skills, so be sure to work with us at BTZ Audio Video to create a great acoustic profile.
Create an Optimal Viewing Area
All TVs have a specific viewing angle. Newer models may offer a wider angle of clear view, while older TVs are best viewed from a small field of vision directly in front of them. Research the viewing angle on your system and adjust your furniture accordingly. There’s nothing worse than settling into a couch or chair for a home theater experience only to see poor video quality.
Place Speakers in the Right Areas
Your speakers also need to be carefully placed to maximize your surround sound experience’s effectiveness. Any items blocking, redirecting, or absorbing sound waves can negatively affect the experience. Let our team help you place speakers carefully and check for any obstructions. Measuring the distance between speakers, seats, and obstructions is a critical step in your surround sound calibration.
Update Lighting and Decor
A home theater is about more than audio and feature features. Watching your favorite movies, playing the latest video games, or catching up on your TV shows’ newest episodes are all fully immersive experiences. The lighting and decor of your room can add to, or detract from, this experience.
Ask your audio video team about installing dimmable lighting in your home. You may need a licensed electrician’s assistance, but our team at BTZ Audio Video can work with you to create a fully immersive design and complete the project.
Movie posters, a snack bar, and other features help turn a spare bedroom or living room into a true home theater. These decorations and additional items add the finishing touches to a professional setup to impress your friends and delight your family.
Work With a Professional Installation Team
A professional audio video technician can help you purchase and install the equipment. Once these steps are complete, all that’s left is to fine-tune your surround sound and hide all the cords to finish the professional image and tone of your new home entertainment system.
Dial-in Your System
Optimizing and calibrating your TV and surround sound requires a professional touch. Color temperatures, black levels, bass and treble management, and channel assignments are just a few features you’ll need to understand and adjust to enjoy professional-quality audio and video. At BTZ Audio Video, we can quickly take care of these steps after installing your system.
No one wants a mess of cables hanging all over their home theater. If you’re tripping over speaker cables and your TV is in the center of an ugly web of wires and cables, it’s time to contact our team. We work with you to hide cables and streamline your setup.
One way to do this is to mount cables on the ceiling or top of your walls. This unobtrusive area can be hidden by wire molding for a discreet setup. Another common way to hide wires is to run them through your wall cavities. A straight vertical run is the easiest way to do this. If your TV is mounted directly above your entertainment center, we can typically run the cables through the wall and bring them back out conveniently hidden by your entertainment center.
Upgrade Your Home Theater With BTZ Audio Video
Grab some popcorn and invite your friends over for an unbelievable home theater experience. Contact us at BTZ Audio Video to learn more home theater tips and to schedule a consultation with our audio/video designers. We’ll work with you to update your home theater and dial-in your surround sound just in time for your next big movie night.
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