So, you’ve decided to install a fabulous home theatre in your home. As with every big-ticket purchase, you have to do your research before investing your hard-earned cash. Consider hiring a home theatre consultant or read up beforehand.
It’s important to choose the right size of TV for your space. Just because you can afford a 60-inch screen doesn’t mean you should put one in your 10’ x 10’ family room. You can actually hurt your neck and your eyes by hanging a screen too high or having too large a screen for your space (for a 60-inch screen, you need to be at least six feet away).
Generally, mounting a screen above the fireplace isn’t a good idea. Home theatres need to be viewed at an angle of no more than 15 percent – any more means a sore neck and you won’t get the benefit of the fantastic screen clarity. The heat from the fireplace might also be problematic. In many cases, manufacturers recommend against installing TVs near fireplaces because of potential heat damage. It might even void the warranty.
If you have a large room to fill, you’ll need large speakers. Satellite speakers may not give you the sound quality you hope for. Consider in-wall speakers for something unobtrusive, or cabinet speakers. And avoid tucking those floor-standing speakers into a media centre. It will deaden the sound of that expensive, high-quality system. Speakers and especially subwoofers need space to vibrate and move the sound around. You may even consider testing speakers out in your space before making a commitment.
And finally, invest in a top-quality surge protector. Consider having an electrician install one directly into your electrical panel. The last thing you want is to lose all your toys to one blackout or electrical storm.
When it’s all done, sit back and pass the popcorn!