Home theatres are most likely a one-off ‘major purchase’ for most homeowners or home audio enthusiasts. You spend a lot of time, research and money on such a project. The last thing you want at the end of installation is something feeling off, not seeming quite right. Did you make a mistake? Here are the top 5 home theatre mistakes and how to avoid them!
1. Buying the wrong size TV
With the wide range of choice of TV’s these days everyone wants a big TV, and with the average screen size purchased by consumers now 55-inches, a lot of larger screen sets are finding places in many households. However, a large TV is not always best for a particular size room or viewing distance.
With today’s trend towards 4K Ultra HD TV, the seating distance rules change somewhat as you can get a better viewing experience at closer seating distances than previously available.
For 720p and 1080p HDTVs, a good rule of thumb to follow is that the minimum optimum viewing distance from the viewer to an analog or standard definition TV screen (if you still have one) should be about 2 times the width of the TV screen, and for an HDTV the optimum viewing distance is about 1-1/2 times the width of the television screen.
In other words, if you have a 55-inch Plasma, LCD, or OLED HDTV, you should sit about 5 to 6 feet from the screen. If you sit too close to a TV screen, there is a greater chance that you may see the line or pixel structure of the image, which cannot only be distracting, but uncomfortable.
To determine the best screen size option for your TV, first, make sure you take stock of the space the TV is to be placed in. Measure both the available width and height available – also, measure the seating distance(s) from the screen that you have available to view the TV. Base your TV size buying decision on the combination of what looks best to you in relation to your available space.
2. Buying The Wrong Speakers
One of the most common mistakes is investing money into the aesthetics of a home theatre system and not enough into the speaker/subwoofer systems. This doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands for a modest system, but you should consider speakers that can do the job.
Speakers come in several sizes and shapes, from floor-standers to compact bookshelf’s, and both box and spherical shapes – and, of course, for home theatre, don’t for about the subwoofer – you need a place for that too.
Tiny standalone speakers are not going to fill a large room with great sound, as they just can’t move enough air. Large floor-standing speakers might not be the best match for a really small room because they just take up too much space.
If you have a medium, or large size room, a set of floor-standing speakers may be the best option, as they typically provide a full range sound and larger drivers that can move enough air to fill the room. On the hand, if you don’t have a lot of space, then a set of bookshelf speakers, combined subwoofer for the lower frequencies, may be your best option.
3. Buying by Brand or Price, Instead of What You Really Need
Although considering a brand is a good starting point, it does not guarantee that the “top” brand for a particular item is right for you. When shopping, make sure you consider a variety of brands, models, and prices into consideration.
Also, avoid prices that seem to be too good to be true. Although a high-priced item is not necessarily a guarantee of a good product, more often than not, that “doorbuster” AD item will not be able to fill the bill, in terms of performance or flexibility. It is always advised to seek out opinions and help from professionals.
4. Not Budgeting For Needed Cables and Accessories
A common home theatre mistake is not including enough money for all the needed cable or other accessories that you might need for your components to work. Of course, connection cables and speaker wires are the most important.
There is a constant debate on whether it is necessary to purchase very high priced cables for a basic home theatre system. However, one thing to consider is that the thin, cheaply constructed cables that come with many DVD players, probably should be replaced by something that is a little more heavy-duty. The reasons are that a more heavy-duty cable can provide better shielding from interference, and will also stand up over the years to any physical abuse that occurs along the way
5. Not getting professional help!
Lastly, the most common and worst home theatre mistakes are not seeking out the professionals and taking on such a job oneself! Professional help and installation can help avoid a home theatre disaster, and ensure home cinema gold!
After spending much time researching, deciding on your system and spending a ton on your equipment, the last thing you want is to run into hiccups at the finish line.
You provide the room and budget; the home theatre installer can provide a complete component package for access to all desired audio and video content.
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