Years ago, people were content to sit in the living room and watch TV from the couch. But these days, not just any room will do-people want their own entertainment centers, complete with high-definition video and professional grade sound. No wonder home theaters are fast becoming a standard in American homes. Whether it’s a small corner or a dedicated room, every homeowner wants a home theater to complete their home.
For example, let’s say you are an avid fan of nature programs. You could watch many documentaries on The Discovery Channel or Animal Planet. So, would you not want to have a home theater room that is designed to reflect your love for the natural world. It could be a set-up designed to integrate various elements that would compliment such programming. Of course, a natural environment is only one example. No matter what your personal tastes may be you could surely have high end audio plans developed to meet your needs.
If you prefer to buy the pieces separate then you should do some research before hitting the stores. Perhaps you have a favorite piece you want for your home theater – if this is a must have you should figure that into your budget first and then go looking for the other pieces that will fit into the remainder of your budget. Checking out components at a few different stores before you jump in and buy can help you get a better deal and a better understanding of what you want.
What about appearances? First, look at their web site. If they have a web site that’s a jumbled mess think of how your installation will look when they’re done.
Make the training work for you. Look at the job requirements and training you will receive, even in a temporary job. Pick up some extra hours at a local recording studio and learn what you can. Sign on as a short-order cook and learn your favorite restaurants recipes. Apply as an assistant at a local photography studio and learn lighting during all those holiday portrait shoots.
Sound engineering. For optimal sound, location is everything. Correct angles and spacing make the most of your subwoofers. One helpful hint is that your speakers should be spaced apart by approximately double the width of your television screen.
Shape of Room – The shape of the room is important for a number of reasons. One reason is for sound quality. Bass and mid range sound can be distorted near the walls and corners. Avoid rooms that are cubic such as 8′ x 8′ x 8′ as well as rooms where 2 of the 3 dimensions of the same. Another consideration is for the room to be as enclosed as possible and not have an open space shared with other rooms.
Home theater has undergone some sort of revolution in recent years, so much so, it’s almost hard to live without it. Yes it can be costly and every person’s situation is different but if you “take the plunge” then consider planning it right. Use a professional home theater installation designer if you have the budget; they are becoming more common and are not as expensive as you may think but remember, it’s not a race, it’s a work in progress!