Monday, June 15, 2009

Building A Great Home Theater

. Monday, June 15, 2009

You can easily spend a fortune on creating a home theater of your choice and you might be very contented with your investment, provided your family watches the homes theatre very often. On the other hand, you can also build an excellent set at a cheaper rate provided you are ready to spare some time and put in some effort to explore the market and surf on the web to get hold of the appropriate product at an appropriate price. Ultimately, the key factor that influences the building of any type of home theatre is the availability of resources.

Frankly speaking, majority of us can spend only up to ten thousand dollars to make a home theatre of our desire. A large number of us have to cut down the expenses and save so that we can spend a few thousand dollars on our dream home theatre. But, surprisingly, you can get an excellent home theatre of your choice with a couple of thousands of dollar, provided you do a market study about the components and the price and spend the money judiciously on the gadget.
It is advisable that you build a home theatre over a period of time, by buying one part at a time. By building up your system slowly but constantly you can spend your budget in installments.
This helps you spend more time to garner the monetary fund that is needed to buy the best component available for your system. On the other hand, if you make a hasty purchase you will either end up buying everything or buying nothing. Remember, when you buy the parts separately be caution, because each part should be in tune with the system. Especially, this is true about the speakers, so I would strongly recommend that you buy the speaker with the set itself.
The first purchase that you should make is that of the television, because it is the most central factor around which revolves the functions of other components. Nowadays, television with high definition is becoming quite prevalent, and their performance is much better compared to that of the common varieties that are available in the market today. If your funds allow then I would advise you to buy this high quality televisions. And, when you have made this key purchase you can start hunting for the other components to build up your system.
Your second purchase, I would suggest should be an amplifier or a receiver. It is the one unifying piece that coordinates the functions of all the components. It is practically unthinkable to have a home theatre without a first-rate receiver. The receiver functions as a director and controller of the sounds and pictures on the home theatre. You should spend lavishly on an amplifier because this is the most essential part which gives the theatre effect to the system. Another inescapable component is the speaker. The effective sound system is one of the most attractive experiences in a theatre. Without an excellent speaker you cannot completely enjoy the theatre effect at home. A superb sound system will guarantee you the 'movie quality' sound that is so important for an excited movie goer, at the same you will become the talk of the neighborhood, envied for owning such an excellent surround sound system. I would suggest that you buy speakers as a set so that they go well together with one another.
And at last, you purchase comes to an end with a DVD player. It is left to you to decide whether you need a high quality DVD player or a cheaper one. Preferably, you should go for high definition disks only if you have a high resolution Television. Buy a high quality disk player only when your set is upgraded with the latest technology, so that your surround sound system goes in tune with the costly DVD player. The advantage of buying the parts separately is that you can keep on upgrading the system so that you can always own the most high-tech home theatre available in the market.
Selecting The Right Speakers Almost all home theater systems and sound surround speakers include the following types:
* Front left and right speakers
* Center channel speaker
* Surround speakers
* Subwoofer
These speakers work together to create the surround sound experience of a movie theater in your living room. While there are many brands and models that do a great job reproducing sound, you will want to be sure that the various speakers in your home theater system work well together as a cohesive unit. Check out what each speaker's job is, and some of the things to consider before buying.
These speakers work to deliver spectacular directional effects, like a locomotive rushing by, or a bullet zinging past. They really help put you smack dab in the center of the action. Although a 5.1-channel surround sound system, with only one pair of surround sound speakers, is the most common setup, most newer home theater receivers can power more than a single pair of surround speakers - and there are surround sound formats to match. Today, many people buy one or two additional speakers to use as "back surrounds" in a 6.1- or 7.1-channel system.
The best Specifications to look for:
* Speaker type. Ideally, your surround sound speakers should have the same performance capability as your front left and right speakers, but that's not always realistic when you consider room size and space. Most people use either bookshelf or satellite speakers (when the system also has a subwoofer) for their surrounds. Both bookshelf and satellite speakers may require stand placement or wall mounting.
* Dipole/bipole capability. Some higher-end surround sound speakers offer a dipole/bipole switch (sometimes referred to as a "Solid/Diffuse" switch). These speakers feature two high-frequency drivers that either fire in phase (bipole) or out of phase (dipole). Dipole/bipole speakers take advantage of reflected sound to create a wide sound field, and they provide greater speaker placement flexibility.
* Placement. Correct surround sound speaker placement results in a very realistic three-dimensional sound field; incorrect surround speaker placement can leave people asking, "Are our surrounds even on?" Check our speaker placement guide and consider where you'll put your surrounds and whether they'll need to be stand-mounted, wall-mounted, or even in-wall or in-ceiling models.
* Voice-matching. Again, for the most realistic listening experience, it helps if your surround speakers are from the same "family" or series as your main and center channel speakers, and have similar tonal characteristics.
Powered subwoofer
If you are assembling a home theater, plan on including a powered subwoofer. Many Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks provide a dedicated channel of deep bass (sometimes known as low frequency effects, or LFE). This bass is what makes the entire soundtrack feel larger, fuller, and more lifelike - and gives special effects like thunder or explosions their window-rattling punch.
Since most speakers can't deliver that level of bass on their own, a subwoofer is needed to ensure that your home theater system delivers crucial low-frequency impact. A subwoofer is also a wonderful way to enrich music listening - it can round out all types of music, from classical to jazz to rock to R&B.
What to look for:
* Power. If you have a large room (or if you just crave that serious bass content) then you should look for a sub with more watts in the built-in amp. Plus, as a general rule, the larger the driver, the deeper the bass - so go for a sub with a big 10" or 12" woofer cone (or a multi-woofer sub) for serious bass response.
* Placement. Low-frequency sound waves are omni-directional, so you have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to subwoofer placement. If you have a spot in your room picked out, consider the dimensions of the sub's cabinet to make sure it will fit. And remember that placing your sub near a wall, or, even better, in a corner, can increase bass impact noticeably.
*Video-shielding. If you are planning to place your subwoofer anywhere near a tube TV, be certain to get a video-shielded sub.
These above guides should help you decide what pair of sound surround speaker are good for your home theater system when you finally decide to join the big league of home theater owners.


Judie said...

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Muriel said...

Great blog! I've read a few posts here today, and wanted to leave at least one comment. I'll be back!

Roy D. Slater said...

This is a very comprehensive look at how to set up a home theater. Great work on the blog. Now I just need to convince my wife that we need to have a good home theater system. I can't stand the tv speakers for much longer.

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