Home Theatre Setup with Home Theatre Setting
Home theatres had always been considered a form of luxury – the effects they had on adventurous and adrenaline-rushing films were the rare displays in theatres that most middle-class families visited maybe once in two or three months, or just for special occasions. Now, the home theatre system has almost become a constant and the affordable prices along with the multiplying effect they have on the enjoyment of a film make them a necessity in most homes. Here’s a guide to help you plan the best version of a home theatre, the type of version you want, speakers, TV and the best audio electronics.
There are three things you must keep in mind for the best home theatre setup – a surround sound system, a broadband Internet connection and the biggest HDTV (High Definition) or UHDTV (Ultra High Definition) you can afford. This is followed by taking steps for optimizing and creating a unique home theater system. The first step is to decide on what type of home theater audio system would best suits your needs within the limits of the wallet.
The home-theater-in-a-box system has five surround sound speakers, a disc player or amplifier and a subwoofer (enhances the low frequency range of the ordinary loudspeakers) – all of this is sold as a single unit and includes the required wiring for setting the system. The sound bar is a long thin bar that contains several loudspeaker drives and many models also include the separate component of subwoofer, which may or may not be wireless. There is also the component system that has an audio or video receiver, the necessary speakers and any other source components required, like a disc player. Finally, there are the component separates which are systems that are made for replacing the receiver with the separate component of preamplifier or the processor and the power amplifiers.
The next step would be to build on the sound surround system. Sound forms the complete experience and the audio part are more or less equal to any other aspect in its importance. This is why you should account for the acoustics and why it is an essential part of the home theater setup. A good two-channel stereo has the ability to create a holographic space while ensuring that the sound remains in front of you and has the effect of a tangible experience. Traditional standards of 5.1 and 7.1 channel surround system can help you be more invested in the scenes before your eyes – it should have the same effect as a bass-amplifying headphone (for example, Dolby Atmos claims to use software that senses ‘objects’ around the system and the sound overhead to create sound and audio effects that makes it seem to be flowing around you. A 5.1 surround system has left, right and center speakers while a 7.1 system adds speakers to the left and right rear as well. Both systems use ‘.1’ to signify the presence of a subwoofer, which is also referred to as the low-frequency effects speaker for the lowest bass possible.
The next step is arguably the best – setting up your preferred content. The online treasure trove would definitely be the richest in content and various options to suit the preferences of every possible viewer. Video and audio options are also constantly evolving and increasing in quantity and quality. You could always go for any traditional sources on the Internet to watch content or resort to premium streaming services whose names are no synonymous with many – Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and even Apple (who joined the race recently with competitive prices) are some of these examples. The basic step to begin with is a broadband connection with sufficient speed – preferably one with a download speed that remains constant at 1 or 2 Mbps (megabits per second) for normal videos, 5 Mbps for high definition videos and at least 25 for Ultra high-definition videos. Of course, this should be susceptible to change and modification, especially if there are other people within vicinity using this speed. You will require one home theater component that connects to the Internet, either wired or Wifi. This could be an audio/video receiver (preamplifier or controller), Blu-ray disc player, gaming console (if there is an existing home theater setup but none of the components are connected to the Internet, you can always add a dedicated streaming player or a digital media adapter like Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV), the TV, the Fire TV stick – most digital media adaptors require external power supply that plugs into an AC wall outlet. After this, you can use any streaming service for the desired movie.
Make sure the components provide the required services – this will be mentioned in the manufacturer’s specification sheet. Other components are better for audio usage; these connect directly to the audio system and can utilize the provisions of onscreen access and navigation effectively. Using the TV itself for multichannel audio is not the best method. Make sure the sound is routed back to your home theater system while making sure that the advanced surround formats are available, otherwise the results might be slightly unpredictable. The next step is choosing an ideal TV that goes with your expectations of providing a lifelike experience with realistic effects for both the image and the sound, it should be optimized to provide the best quality possible with the display of the TV and the speakers, there should be advanced cinema technology with the music and video fit to serve the best, there should be lots of content options possible like 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.
The one final aspect that must always be remembered is room acoustics and how this can be manipulated to the best advantage of the home theatre system – this is always as important as your choices of the components of the system. Even the décor of the room should affect your decision. Once all of these are figured out with respect to acoustics, you are ready to install a home theatre.