Home theaters have become a staple in many homes. Almost every family has some kind of home theater setup, whether it’s just for watching movies and TV shows or as an all-around entertainment center with gaming consoles, Blu-Ray players, and more.
One thing that is often overlooked when setting up a home theater system is the speakers. The vast majority of people own a modern TV that has picture-perfect quality. But these TVs often come with poor speaker quality. The fact is that you don’t need to spend a fortune on your audio setup, it can be done on a budget!
For example, the KEF Q150 or the KEF Q350 are both superb bookshelf speakers, look fantastic, and don’t break the bank. A pair of speakers like these means you will hear every subtle noise when binge-watching your favorite TV shows.
Even using just upgrading to a basic soundbar can help greatly with the audio quality of your setup. A lot of people prefer using a minimalistic design – which is completely OK! Soundbars are great for those wanting to achieve this, while still providing that extra ‘oomph’ in sound quality.
Another really common mistake people make is the placement of their audio equipment. To get the best listening experience, it’s crucial that you place your speakers at ear level. This ensures the soundwaves don’t need to travel far before reaching your ears and ultimately provides the best listening experience.
When you go to the movies, the lights, sound, and seating positions all play an important role in the enjoyment you get out of watching that movie. So why not do the same at home?
The lighting in your home theater setup can really make or break your experience. What a lot of people do nowadays is getting those cheap TV LED Backlights that change colour based on what colours are in the picture. It helps to create the ‘mood’ the director was aiming for in production and makes you feel so immersed in the movie.
Bass is something most of us enjoy when watching these movies or listening to our favorite music. It’s what ‘shakes the room’ when a car explodes, or when the ‘beat drops’. But how is this done?
Well, this is done using a subwoofer. A subwoofer is a speaker that produces low-frequency audio for your movie and helps bring out these low, deep sounds that take your listening experience to a whole other level. The job of a speaker is to play more of the mid to high range sounds – It does quite a poor job at amplifying the lower frequencies without sounding ‘muddy’. Even using a more budget-friendly one will help elevate those lower sounds. There are a couple of ways to place your subwoofer though, so make sure you do some research and find out where is the best place to put it based on your needs.
A new set of bookshelf speakers and a subwoofer will go a long way in improving your home theatre experience, meaning you can enjoy your movies and TV shows with a lot more depth. Trust me, watching action movies with a proper setup is definitely worth the investment.
If you’re looking for more tips and tricks for setting up your home theatre or just are looking to find out any information relating to audio, check out this website here. You’ll have your home theatre setup in no time and ready for all the latest movies, TV shows, and music.
Do I Need A Receiver For My Home Theatre?
No, you do not need a receiver.
A receiver provides and distributes audio signals to speakers in your home theatre system and if you don’t have any, then it can be pretty pointless to get one. However, if you are planning on using a soundbar or 5.1/7.1 systems that require 6-10 wires from the TV cabinet to different locations around the room such as surround sound speakers (upping your speaker count), then one will serve its purpose well by simply connecting these wires all together for an easy installation experience with few cable connections necessary.
How Much Does It Cost For A Full Home Theatre Setup?
The cost of a home theater will vary quite a bit depending on what type of setup you have seen done well in the past. There are many different types, and brands, so it’s difficult to generalize budgets as correlations between those setups cannot be made- but a ballpark guess would be anywhere from £3k-£10k.
Then again, this doesn’t take into account any other minor aspects that come with the project that may not cost anything other than your time or patience (we’re looking at you, air conditioning).
It’s worth noting, that this includes the prices of everything such as TV, receiver, speakers, subwoofer, furniture, lighting, projector, soundproofing and everything else. Some home theatres cost astronomical prices!
However, your home theatre doesn’t need everything. Everyone has different interests and needs, so your home theatre can be as simple as your TV you already own, along with a new set of speakers and a subwoofer. It goes a long way.