Three quick things to consider when selecting a home theater system
June 27, 2020
There are three types of home theater shoppers. Some love the process and dive in head first, researching how different component combinations deliver different results, reading about all the options, and much more. Others may care less about details, options, and specs – they just want an awesome home theater. And then there is the biggest group: everyone in the middle. However, doing some research is always necessary. Here are three quick things to consider when selecting a home theater system.
1. This is not about TVs.
It’s the question we get most: “So, what exactly is a home theater system?” And although a good TV and/or projector and screen are key to the experience, a home theater is all about sound. Or more to the point: the sound so real, so lifelike and so 3-dimensional, it suspends disbelief and puts you in the action. The bigger and better the sound, the bigger and better the experience.
2. What you need:
A typical home theater system includes a home theater receiver (where the power comes from / what everything connects to) and speakers – including (but certainly not limited to): a center speaker, right and left front speakers, right and left rear speakers, special effect speakers (or height speakers) for Dolby Atmos, and a subwoofer or two.
3. The three distinct types:
The type of home theater system you choose will depend on several factors, but here’s the good news: there’s a home theater solution for every situation. The three types include:
- Pre-packaged home theater systems (aka home-theater-in-a-box). Very easy to set up and everything matches.
- A home theater system made up of separate components. More customizable with respect to design aesthetics and sound.
- An installed, dedicated, and custom-designed home theater. Where we gut the whole room and start over – new walls, new ceiling, built-in components, luxury theater seating and lighting, cinematic touches throughout, and so on. (What we call “the whole shootin’ match.”) Pricey, yes, but more common than you might think.