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Setting Up Your Home Theater

by Todd & Lisa McLain 01/31/2020

Whether you’re a movie buff, like playing the latest video games, or just appreciate high-quality video and audio when you’re binging shows in Netflix, your experience can be greatly enhanced with a home theater system.

 Technologies are ever-changing when it comes to home audio and video. The quality of DVDs now seems laughable next to 4K resolution HD videos. Similarly, bulky home audio systems that once required several huge speakers have been reduced to small “sound bars” that sound excellent and take up hardly any room at all.

 If you’d like to turn your living room, basement, or any other room in your home into a home theater, read on.

Location of your home theater

The obvious choice for many when it comes to choosing a location for their home theater is the living room. And that might make the most sense for people who have small or mid-sized houses who spend much of the time in their living room.

However, if you’re looking for an immersive, distraction-free viewing experience, you may want to consider other rooms in your house, such as a finished basement or office.

What you’ll need

 If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll need to invest some time and money in your home theater. First, you’ll need an HDTV or projector and screen. Projectors can be a fun way to achieve the movie theater experience and are particularly useful in large rooms where you’re sitting far from the screen. However, quality projectors are quite pricey ($600 or more, not including the cost of a screen).

Choosing a television

If you go the television route, you have several options. Shopping for a TV is no easy feat. There are LED, OLED, 4K Ultra, and curved televisions. If you’re looking for the highest video quality and plan on streaming HD video with a high resolution, a 4K Ultra would be the best option.

 However, if you aren’t particular about video quality and will be happy with anything that plays your old DVD collection, most LED televisions will do the trick at an affordable price point.

 Home audio

When it comes to audio quality, you might be surprised with the variety of systems on the market.

For the classic home theater experience, a multi-speaker surround sound system is the closest you’ll get to the cinematic experience. Since the rise of the sound bar, home theater systems have become much more affordable.

However, with most surround sound systems you’ll need to buy a receiver. You’ll need to set it up and find a place to put it (they tend to be pretty large).

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of installing speakers around the room and finding a place for a big audio receiver, a sound bar could be a great alternative. Starting at around $100 and scaling up to $1,000 depending on your audio quality needs.

Most decent sound bars come with a small subwoofer, but other than that they are small, lightweight and typically Bluetooth-ready, so you can just plug them in and start listening.

About the Author
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Todd & Lisa McLain

Todd McLain is proud to be the leader of The McLain Group at RE/MAX Properties, Inc. He is a third generation Colorado native and truly loves the lifestyle this beautiful part of the country offers. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado. Before joining the real estate profession 18 years ago, he was a teacher in Cherry Creek Schools and Academy School District and was nominated twice for Disney’s American Teacher Award. Lisa, originally from Minnesota, has called Colorado home for 30 years. It was her training to become a Registered Dietitian that brought them to the Pikes Peak Region nearly 27 years ago and they are convinced there isn’t a better place to raise a family. At any given time, they may be found hiking, biking or snowmobiling, enjoying friends, family and church events or visiting their sons, now busy college students in Washington and Texas. 

Todd and Lisa are experienced professionals committed to providing their clients with superior real estate service throughout the home buying and selling processes. They provide current and accurate information, expert analyses and intelligent problem solving to empower their clients to achieve their real estate goals. They invest in understanding clients’ goals and in building long term relationships by providing value to the client and demonstrating respect for their clients’ interests and objectives. Todd and Lisa measure success by repeat business and the referrals to family and friends received from past clients.