One huge questions looms in the minds of many who elect to purchase massive home theater systems for their homes: Do I install it myself or pay for installation? This great debate seems to consume consumers the world over and there really is no easy answer as it completely and entirely depends on your own confidence of your abilities and whether or not you will postpone the work for six months or get right to it once you get your home theater-well home.
In my house it all depends on who wants the product most and who has the ability to handle an installation. I’ve learned that when it comes to things such as home theaters my husband is an ace at getting it done right away. On the other hand I lugged my laundry to the laundry mat for 6 weeks while a washing machine and dryer sat in my basement waiting for him to install them. With this in mind, I pay for installation on anything that I want installed quickly and if it doesn’t matter too terribly much to me, I’ll leave it to him to install on his own timeline.
Of course timing isn’t the only consideration when it comes to the installation of your home theater equipment. Knowledge is actually a key component. If you break something during the course of installation it may not be covered by the warranty, particularly if it is easy to prove that it was broken and not the result of a factory defect. At the same time you do not wish to get down to the last little bit only to discover that one small part is missing, which may actually require you to take everything out, box it up, and return it to the store. Time is money for many of us and going through the installation process twice is not only frustrating it is expensive (even in terms of the amount of our leisure time it robs us of).
There are of course other considerations when it comes to the decision of whether or not to pay the price of professional installation and one of those is the warranty on your home theater system and its components. There are some warranties that are nullified if you do not have your home theater factory or professionally installed. You need to be certain if you are installing your own home theater that your warranty won’t be wasted as a result.
There are positives to consider when it comes to installing your home theater as well. Number one on that list is the amount of money you will save. Professional installation (anything with professional in front of it for that matter) is quite costly and many consumers neglect to consider that when budgeting for their home theaters. In many cases professional installation can be a real deal breaker when it comes to getting the home theater system that you really want.
The second positive when it comes to performing the installation yourself is that you know without a doubt how to take it apart and move the pieces if you ever have the occasion or need to do so (such as a move or the need to repair or replace certain pieces or parts). It is also a good idea to know where everything plugs in and doing the installation yourself will give you a clear indication of that as well.
Finally, there is a sense of pride that comes with knowing you did it yourself and you did it well. Being able to accomplish something that not everyone is able or willing to do on their own is impressive and something you should take great pride in doing. Whether you decide to go with professional installation (there is no shame in this decision) or installing your home theater system for yourself I wish you many years of enjoyment with your new home theater.
If you are in the market for a home theater system, chances are that you have a pretty good idea of the individual components you will need in order to make your system complete. Most people find questions when it comes to specific information about the individual pieces and parts of the system. However, in an effort to educate all about home theater systems, this will be a brief break down of components that one might expect to purchase during the course of building a premium home theater system. Keep in mind that everyone will have their own specific needs and preferences and you may have some perfectly acceptable components already. This of course, will save you money on the overall purchase if you choose to keep the pieces you currently own.
First of all, there are all kinds of ‘home theater in a box’ kits on the market today. These kits are already put together in order to help you get the home theater you desire in one fell swoop. While you can get perfectly good home theater systems in this manner, I honestly believe you will get better value for your money by building your own system one component at a time. If you are impatient in a hurry or simply do not wish to spend the time researching your options then the home theater systems that are sold on the market may be a good idea for you.
Now that we’ve gotten past that, you should notice that some people consider the actual television to be a part of thehome theater system. You can go many routes when selecting a television that will work with your home theater needs. It is entirely up to you what kind of television you select. I do however recommend that you seriously consider the lighting in any given room before choosing your television. Projection televisions do not do well in rooms with a great deal of light. Otherwise, go with what works within your budget and the overall look you prefer for your home theater viewing.
Sound is another important component of most home theater systems. The amount you spend on your sound system should depend entirely on how much sound impacts your enjoyment of movies. You can spend a lot of money on a good set of speakers and sound system or you can seriously cut costs by spending less on this particular component. Everything when it comes to building a home theater depends entirely upon your personal preferences and the overall system you wish to build.
In order to get the greatest benefit from your speakers you will need a receiver in order to process the sounds and present them in the best possible light. The receiver basically receives information from all manner of devices and sends the signal where you tell it to go. Your receiver is one place that most people tend to spend a good portion of their budget and with good reason. This is by far one of the most important components and one that many people do not already own.
Your DVD/DVR is another thing that can impact your viewing experience. You shouldn’t opt for a high definition DVD or DVR unless you have a high definition television and only then if you plan to purchase high definition DVDs rather than the regular DVDs you will find on the market at the moment. Doing so will only result in a waste of money while the technology is new. Instead, wait a year or two until the prices drop and upgrade slowly rather than buying the top of the line most expensive component that the remainder of your system cannot keep up with.
While this list is by no means exhaustive of everything you might wish to include in your home theater system it will provide a good start for most home theaters. Only you can set your budget and decide how much you are willing to spend on each individual component. My best advice is to start with a receiver and build your system one component at a time around your
Technology is constantly evolving and introducing new products to an already full line of home theater products. While not the newest kids on the block, wireless speaker technology is also advancing at a rate that prices are no longer out of reach of the average consumer and the value of being able to move your speakers around without going to the work of rewiring is appealing to consumers on an increasingly large scale.
I always try to keep in mind when buying new electronics and electronic components that this year’s technology will sell at half the price this time next year. For this reason I have a hard time investing in the latest and greatest when it comes to technology and tend to remain exactly one generation behind the curve when buying new products. I like to save money whenever possible and in most cases my like of saving money outweighs my like of having new gadgets and gizmos at the high price they often command.
I also have a nasty habit of keeping those products until they are no longer useful at all (I still have my little 13 inch television from my college dorm and I won’t tell you how long ago that was). I will keep it until it no longer works. It is currently being used in my television. I only mention this in order to convey the fact that making a sizeable investment in electronics in most cases is an investment that will last for quite some time unless you are one of those people who has to have the latest and greatest new tech toy each and every year.
Back to my original point wireless speakers have been emerging technology for a few years now. We’ve finally developed enough competition that market prices are trending downwards. This makes now the perfect time to look into the option of purchasing wireless speakers for your home theater. They are still a sizeable investment for the average home theater consumer but well worth it in my opinion for the freedom of choice and movement that they provide.
This is a great add on if you have an existing home theater in place and are considering an upgrade. I think that many people will find that the options this affords makes it well worth the investment that will be required in order to achieve. I strongly recommend however that you do not simply go online and buy the first set of wireless speakers and receiver that you find. This is a serious gamble, as you have no idea what kind of quality you will receive. The best possible recommendation is to make the rounds of local stores and listen to the various systems that are on the market.
Once you’ve found the one wireless sound system that appeals most to you it is time to go online in order to compare prices. Once you’ve found the best price online you should then check your local stores and see if they offer a low price gurantee that will match the online price you found. This is a great way to find better deals and save a little money (by not paying shipping charges).
You should always keep in mind that there are no absolutes when it comes to creating a home theater. You do not have to follow a specific code, or use certain components or even certain seating. The best thing you can do is to create an atmosphere in which you and your family can best enjoy your television and movie viewing experiences. You should keep the sounds you like in mind when selecting speakers and choose speakers that will provide the fullest amount of sound that you are comfortable with the idea of paying your hard earned money in order to purchase. Seriously, this is your money and your home theater is an investment you should take great care to make the best possible investment for your money.
In today’s world many of us find the convenience of online shopping to be second to none. This is especially true at certain times of year and with certain items. There are still some items that need to be tried before they are purchased. This however doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the wide variety of pricing options that are available online if you do not like the price of your favorites in the store. One of these items that must be seen (and heard) in order to have a proper idea of its actual value to you is a home theater system.
You need to visit local stores and compare the products on hand with one another. You need to hear these systems and view these systems in order to determine whether or not you think they will provide the quality you are seeking for your home theater system. Viewing the systems that are sold as part of sets also allows you to have a good idea of what should be included in your average home theater if you decide to purchase the components individually, which I highly recommend, rather than as one complete kit.
The good news is that once you have narrowed down your selections and have a good idea of what local retailers are charging for the same items you can begin looking for bargains online. The problem many people come across is finding new brands or systems online at even better prices. While this may not seem like much of a problem on one hand, you are never really sure of who you are dealing with online and not all dealers are reputable just as all products are not created equally. There are times in life when you are truly getting what you are paying for when it comes to bargain hunting.
If something online seems too good to be true, this is generally a sign to pass. However, if you can find comparable bargains online to the same product you’ve seen in stores it may be worth purchasing provided you are going through a secure and reputable dealer. When shopping online for home theater equipment, systems, or components you should always make safety your first priority. If you feel you are being asked for too much personal information it may be a good idea to pass. If you are not certain the website is secure it’s a wise plan to pass, and most importantly if you have any questions, doubts, or concerns it is a good plan to pass rather than pay a steeper price later than you had intended.
The Internet has done much to bridge the gaps around the world and while it has made many things that much more convenient and enjoyable it has also made it possible for the unscrupulous to have an extra playing field among us. Be careful when giving out information online, especially personal and financial information, as you never really know who is on the other end of that information. This is not to say that you shouldn’t conduct business online only to encourage you to go through well-known companies and study reviews of companies and products before going with those you aren’t too familiar with. This can save a great deal of time, money, and hassle later on. It is not worth risking identity theft in order to save a few dollars.
When planning and purchasing a home theater you may find that in addition to a wide range of choices you are also faced with an extreme and vast array of pricing options for your home theater needs. Whether you are seeking a system that is simply a good means of watching your favorite sporting event on any given Sunday or you are hoping to find a home theater system that will be the envy of the neighborhood there are many systems available within many budget ranges that will accomplish both of those goals if you carefully plan the system you will ultimately purchase.
You should establish a budget before going shopping for your home theater system and buy a system that suits both the requirements you wish to have filled and your means with which to pay. The good news is that there are some home theater packages that will suit most budgets; even the tightest and you can always find the one system you like and watch closely to see if it goes on sale.
The point is that there really are all kinds of home theater systems on the market and they vary greatly in price, quality, and scope. Be sure you know exactly what you are getting when your purchase a home theater system, especially if you are buying one of the many home theater in a box kits that are on the market today. You may not be getting everything you believe you are getting and it pays to know what you need in regards to what you currently have.
Common components you will find in a home theater system kit include the following: a receiver, speakers, and a DVD or DVR. Most kits currently on the market do not include televisions and some kits being advertised as home theater kits are merely boxes of speakers. This is why you need to make sure that you read carefully and know exactly what is included in the ‘kit’ you are paying for.
If you need a new television in order for your home theater to be worth anything to you that might be the starting point for your home theater system upon which you can build later. If you have a decent television that is HD ready then you are prepared to start searching for an excellent HD home theater. If your television isn’t HD ready, it would be a waste of money to make the investment in HD equipment at today’s inflated prices that will not be of immediate use to you. If HD is important, then you should really begin by purchasing an HD television and not build your home theater until you have that key component in place.
On the other hand, if HD isn’t important to you at the moment or you would prefer to wait until lower prices prevail, it is a sound decision to go ahead and purchase a home theater that has the best technology you are capable of utilizing at the moment. You can actually get pretty good deals on what is considered yesterday’s technology (which can be just that recent in today’s electronics market) and for many that is definitely the way to go when buying a home theater system. You can get the best of yesterday’s technology for a fraction of the cost of many lower quality items that are on the market today.
The biggest thing to remember when comparing features is to know what is important to you in a home theater system and buy with that knowledge. It doesn’t make sense to make this sort of investment if you are going to find that you cannot live with the limitations of your technology 6 months from now. For this reason, only you can decide what is and isn’t an acceptable price for you to pay for your home theater system as well as what level of technology for which you are willing to settle.
It could be very easy to spend tens of thousands of dollars building the ultimate home theater experience for you and your family and if you use your home theater on a regular basis and have the money to spare you might find well worth the investment. However, you can also build a fantastic home theater for significantly less money if you are willing to put a great deal of effort into finding the right parts for the right price for your system. Everything comes down to matters of preference and available funds when building any sort of home theater.
The truth of the matter is that most of us cannot afford to spend more than ten thousand dollars creating the home theater of our dreams. Many of us must seriously budget well in order to spend a couple thousand dollars on our home theaters. The good news is that for a few thousand dollars you can create a truly phenomenal home theater if you do your homework and invest your money wisely in components for your home theater system.
My first recommendation when building a good quality home theater is to buy one piece at a time rather than building it all at once. This allows you to constantly upgrade your system without breaking the budget all at once. It also allows you the time to save up for better quality pieces within your system rather than attempting to make an all or nothing purchase. One thing to remember when purchasing pieces individually is to make sure that they are all compatible (this is especially important with speakers, which I recommend purchasing together as a set whenever possible).
The television is the first thing you should purchase when building your home theater as almost everything in your home theater will center around your television. High definition televisions are becoming more and more common and provide superior quality to many other televisions you will find on the market. If you have the means with which to purchase this sort of television I highly recommend that you do so. Once you have your television you can begin purchasing other components in order to complete your system.
The next component I recommend is a receiver or amplifier. This is the piece that brings all other components together. Without a decent receiver it is virtually impossible to have a decent home theater. The receiver acts as a sort of conductor for the sound and picture of your home theater. This is a piece of equipment that should not be skimped on when it comes to quality, as you will completely miss an important part of the ‘theater’ experience without it.
Next are the speakers. Speakers are also very important to the ‘theater’ experience of your home theater. The speakers are what provide that ‘movie quality’ sound that is so important to most enthusiasts and what will make your system the envy of the neighborhood. I highly recommend purchasing speakers as a set in order to insure compatibility.
Finally, the DVD player or recorder rounds out the system. It is up to you and your preferences whether or not you wish to invest in a high dollar (at the moment) high definition DVD player. If you have HD television and plan to purchase HD disks for your movies then this is the way to go. Otherwise it is a complete waste of money in my opinion until the rest of your system rises to meet the technology. The good thing about purchasing one component at a time is that you can constantly work towards upgrading your system to meet rising technology.
A home cinema isn’t any small investment, if you are going for a good top-class home theatre. There are many mistakes that folks make along the way related to home cinemas. What you wish you could do is to gain knowledge from the blunders of others instead of dooming yourself to repeat those that have occurred so many times before. Below you’ll discover information on among the most often made mistakes in relation to creating a great home theater for you and your family.
That’s not me talking Microsoft either. A very important factor that is a killer for the home theater is usually a room packed with windows. During the night, every car passing by will prove distracting and during the day very little can be enjoyed on the television from the natural light pouring in. Even normal window curtains allow some amount of light into your room, which will provide a distracting glare on you television screen. In case you have no windowless rooms in your home you may at the very least want to install some heavy duty blackout draperies or curtains in order to prevent the glare and distraction that windows deliver.
Sound is one of the most important factors in imitating a movie theater quality movie viewing experience. If you have low-cost speakers you simply won’t take advantage of the audio quality that you may need to experience . The first five or ten minutes of the movie Top Gun provides one of the better sound tests I’ve ever seen. Grab a copy of the DVD and take it with you to the stores, compare and contrast speakers using that DVD and go with the set that provides the best quality of sound. It’s a good litmus test and you will be happy you did if you listen to a favorite movie with a friends inferior speakers.
It makes no sense to invest thousands of dollars in a home theater system only to bring it home and conduct a poor job of installing it since you didn’t want to spring for the extra two hundred dollars for installation. Improper installation of your home theater will lead to significantly less quality than you bought, which makes a good quality system a complete waste of cash. Pay the price now for professional installation in case you have any doubts at all about your chance to properly mount your system.
Not Examining Guidelines
On the other hand if you decide to do your own installation the number one issue is the result of not reading the instructions for not only installation but also the operation of your home theater. We might feel that we are intuitive by nature but sometimes it helps to have a roadmap to go by. Instructions for installation and working manuals are our road maps and reading them first doesn’t just save quite a lot of time but also enhance your entertainment of your home theater.
Avoiding these common mistakes can go along way towards helping you get the most possible enjoyment from your home theater. Simply mind boggling how a good deal of difference small things can make as you go along. Good luck with the selection, purchase, and installation of your home theater. I hope you enjoy many wonderful hours of movie, television, and game watching on your own new system.
One good reason that plenty of people who want the advantages of a house theater avoid making an investment or perhaps thinking about their options is they have a home in which allow hardly any space to put the required components of a home entertainment system. The good thing is that compact systems are increasing in quality and availability as space all over the world becomes more limited. Because the population grows, the issue of space grows too. The days are gone full of huge plantation style homes all over the world as communities are frequently filled to capacity with apartment structures, condos, and houses built on compact lots in housing communities.
The common family around the world has experience the restrictions of space with regards to things such as floor speakers and bulky home theater systems. The good thing is that times of huge projectors and large television stands have fallen through the wayside to create opportinity for ceiling mounted projectors and rear projector televisions that suit tightly into corners when needed. We have the additional ease of wireless loudspeakers that may be installed on walls or perhaps in the ceiling in addition to Plasma and lcd televisions that may be mounted on your wall instead of taking up precious property on the floors.
Space may have been a mitigating factor in the past with regards to purchasing a house theater however with the development of many box kits and emerging technology it is no longer a legitimate excuse to not move ahead into this century of electronic convenience and quality picture all while in the convenience of your own home. Increasing numbers of people have found that the good home entertainment is replacing investment property at theaters or sporting occasions as they possibly can get good quality views (and also the ease of instant replays) in your own home.
Regardless if you are one of the many all over the world who has delay this purchase, which will greatly improve the way you view home movie viewing, you will find options which are worth thinking about for your house theater needs with regards to the constraints of space. Even if you reside in a condo that provides a small living space you may still enjoy high quality from the small home entertainment system. Scalping strategies actually are more effective in small spaces compared to rooms which are too big on their behalf. Make sure to discuss your choices along with what would be better for small spaces when you’re hearing different systems and kits within the store.
I believe the most crucial factor to bear in mind when utilizing wall or ceiling mounted equipment in your house theater is perhaps you can really discover that you are creating more extra space in your room than could be occupied together with your current television (this is also true should you upgrade to some flat television that’s mounted on your wall as opposed to a bulky rear projector television or perhaps a huge entertainment center.The simple truth is you never really know what is that you can buy and what will work in your space until you head out out there and
check out your options. It is far better to go out there and see what is available than rob yourself of the enjoyment
a good home theater will bring based on an assumption that very well may not be true for your home or apartment.