Key Components of Home Theater Systems

home theaterHome theaters have been around for a while, but haven’t made it to every household just yet. Why? There could be many reasons, such as price, availability of space or some misconceptions about this technology. Down to Earth Communications is here to shed light on home theater systems and help you make an informed decision if you plan on purchasing one.

What is a home theater?

Essentially, a home theater is an arrangement of various audio and video equipment designed to replicate movie theater experience. Going to movies is fun, but why pay money if modern technology made it possible to enjoy theater-like experience in the comfort of your own home? The only minor inconvenience is that you’ll have to wait till a particular movie comes out in your preferred media format.

What does a home theater system consist of?

Video. Depending on your budget and available room space, you can opt either for a big-screen TV or a high-resolution projector. The size and picture quality matter most, so choose wisely! You can even pick a device with 3D capability to further enhance your movie experience.

Audio. As a Maryland surround sound installation service provider, we know that no home theater is complete without a surround sound system. The sound is just as important as the picture, because it often helps follow the storyline and add dimension. A surround sound system works by splitting the sound into multiple channels that carry it to corresponding speakers. Here are most common components of a surround sound system:

-          Front, center and rear speakers may come in different shapes and sizes. It is recommended to have a minimum of 4 speakers, but the more you install – the better the surround effect.

-          Subwoofers create deep bass sounds and are responsible for that rumble under your feet when a train passes by in the movie.

-          Audio/Video receiver is a central hub of the surround sound system with a job of receiving signals from various input devices, decoding, amplifying and directing the sound into right speakers.

Media devices. You will need to install devices that would read and play your movies depending on their format. We are talking about Blu-Ray players, DVD players, VHS players, gaming consoles and cable/DVR boxes. The good news is that you don’t need to have one of each (what a clutter that would be)! Most Blu-Ray players also play DVDs, some gaming consoles play both formats, and many smart TVs come with built-in Netflix app or could be easily connected to stream media from your laptop.

You can buy a home theater that has already been put together, or you can build your own by combining components from different manufacturers. If you go with the second option, make sure all the parts are compatible with each other.

As a Maryland home theater installation company, we know that any installation project can be stressful and take a lot of your valuable time. Moreover, you risk ending up with a mess of wires and unsecure connections. If you decide to employ a professional, let us know and we’ll help you design a perfect home theater layout and will perform a fast and clean installation.

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