A home theater is a luxurious addition to any home. A good home theater can transform an ordinary house into something special. But before you start looking for home theater components for your dream home theater, it’s essential to know all about them. This guide will provide you with crucial information on what makes up a high-end system so that you can shop confidently when the time comes!
Home Theater Components
A home theater system contains various components. This might be intimidating at first sight, especially when you consider the minute details. There’s the display, receiver, speakers, media devices, lighting, and other equipment to consider. Before purchasing them, let’s look at the fundamentals of home theater components and what you need to know.
A display is the focal point of any home theater system. The display is the device that makes up your home theater. There are several types of displays from which you can choose, including TVs and projectors. Each type of home theater display has its pros and cons.
TVs are the most popular type of display for home theaters. They are more affordable than projectors and are also far easier to use on a daily basis. But they do have some limitations. Therefore, it’s difficult to achieve perfect contrast ratios with them since they always suffer from screen glare outdoors or when there is too much light in the room.
There are a few options when it comes to TVs: LED, OLED, and 4K.
LED – LED TVs have a thin profile and good picture quality. LED displays are very bright and are available in a wide range of prices.
OLED – OLED TVs offer perfect black levels and infinite contrast, making them the best choice for home theater systems. OLED TVs are available in the same sizes as LED/LCD sets. They offer high-quality picture, better than that of LED TVs. However, they are also more expensive than LED/LCD TVs.
4K TV – The latest trend in home theaters is to purchase a set with a high-definition display. These displays are UHD TVs or Ultra High Definition Televisions and produce four times the resolution of Full HD sets, which makes for excellent picture quality. They also come equipped with various smart TV features that allow you to connect your cable box or entertainment center to your home theater system.
Projectors and Screens
Projectors are the second-best option for home theaters. They’re the best choice if you don’t want to deal with interference from ambient light in your home theater room. Additionally, they offer better contrast ratios since they usually have matte screens that prevent reflections.
Projector setups are comprised of a projector and a screen. The best home theaters use high-quality screens that provide the most accurate color reproduction possible, ensuring perfect picture quality for all types of viewers at any time of day or night.
Moreover, the screen size should be chosen according to the distance between the viewer and the display. An Ultra-High-Definition projector is an excellent choice if you want a top-quality picture with high resolution. However, they are also more expensive than other types of projectors.
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The AV receiver is the critical component you can’t do without if you plan for a home theater system. The receiver processes all audio and visual signals, distributing them throughout your TV room through speakers or other devices. This provides an impressive end-user experience as the multimedia content will be in sync.
The speakers are the devices that convert electrical signals into sound, which then transmit through your home theater system via the receiver to provide an immersive experience. There are two basic types of home theater speakers: surround sound and front-facing.
Surround sound speakers are ideal for home theaters. They provide the sensation of movies or games being played in a real-life scenario. Surround sound systems have five main types of speakers:
- Front speaker (left and right)
- Rear left or surround back speaker
- Rear right or surround side speaker
- Center speaker for dialogues in movies
- Subwoofer, which gives you the low bass frequencies.
A front-facing home theater system has only two speakers: the left and right front speakers. They produce high-quality audio through two channels – one for dialogue and another to produce ambient noise. You usually place them on either side of your display or TV set to get a surround sound effect.
In-Wall & In-Ceiling Speakers
Want to hide your speakers? You can install them in the walls or ceiling. In-wall and in-ceiling speaker systems are mostly for home theaters that need high-quality sound but don’t want their equipment on display. These speakers are designed to be installed in a wall or ceiling. So, the only thing you see is their grille.
These speakers differ from floor-standing speakers in that they are not visible because of their built-in speaker mounting brackets. They can be flush mounted to the wall or ceiling, which means you’ll get better sound quality without any obstruction.
Pros/Cons of In-Wall/Ceiling Speakers
There are some significant benefits to using in-wall speakers. They’re hidden, so they don’t take up any space on the floor or shelf. Another benefit is that you can have a more discreet home theater system since it’s not as noticeable if there aren’t many visual distractions around your TV room.
On the other hand, in-wall speakers are more expensive than normal front or surround sound speakers because you need to hire a professional contractor to install them (since they’re for experienced home theater builders). You also can’t move these speakers around if you decide your TV room layout needs an upgrade later on down the line.
Overall, speakers and subs can be invisible if you get in-ceiling or wall speakers. This is the best way to make your home theater system truly disappear into its surroundings, making it a more immersive experience.
Lighting and Shading
Automated lighting and shading are two additional components that you can include in your home theater system. These devices are used to enhance the atmosphere of your media room, enabling it to look and feel more luxurious than ever before.
Lighting systems provide ambient lighting during viewings while shading allows users to control light levels. This is the perfect way to get the dark movie theater experience. It helps you to relax and get into a movie while being able to pause and control the lights.
Read More: Home Theater Automation 101
Media Source Components
This category of home theater components includes secondary devices used to provide multimedia content. This can include Blu-Ray players, media servers, gaming consoles, DVRs and more.
These devices are responsible for playing back DVDs, providing access to online media libraries or other streaming sources, like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
Home Theater Furniture
Home theater furniture is a category of home theater components that can take an ordinary home media room into a luxury home theater.
Recliners, sofas, and other comfortable seating can help your family and guests relax while binging the new season of your favorite show. Home theater seating provides the ultimate comfort while you enjoy your favorite multimedia content on your home theater display.
Choosing your home theater furniture should be done according to the size and shape of your home theater room. In addition, you should also consider other factors such as comfort and aesthetics before making a final purchase decision.
Finally, a surge protector is an essential home theater component that you need to include in your system. The job of the surge protector is to protect all components from power surges, which can cause irreparable damage to your home theater system.
In addition, the surge protector also contains a long list of safety features that prevent electrical fires from occurring in your media room without any warning signs.
Bring Your Dream Home Movie Room to Reality with the AIS Team
We are here to provide you with the best possible solutions when it comes to setting up a fully functional media room in your home. Our team will help you choose all the essential components that go into a home theater system so that you can enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment at any time.
Furthermore, we collaborate with interior designers and contractors to ensure that each unique design is flawless. This is the perfect way to get the home theater of your dreams without having to do any of the work yourself.
The Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS) team has years of expertise in home theater installation and design services in Northern Utah. We know how to bring your dream home movie room to reality, which is why so many homeowners rely on us for high-quality service at an affordable price. Stop dreaming and start planning your home theater today with AIS.