Steer Clear Of These 3 Home Theatre System Gaffes

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home theaterHome theatre systems have come on leaps and bounds. When installed correctly some of the systems can bring breath-taking image and sound clarity.

No wonder that many people have decided to ditch their local cinema and go the home theatre route.

The savings on overpriced popcorn and Coke could even go towards the cost of a new home system.

However, like a lot of other technology there are some basic rules to be checked. Following these should help to avoid what could easily be an expensive mistake.

This blog post will take a look at three of the worst mistakes anyone could make when thinking about a new home theatre system.

The Wrong Sized Television

Large screen television prices have come down quite nicely in recent times. As a result of this many home owners go overboard and buy the largest set that their budget allows. Sadly when this happens it can be the first in a series of expensive mistakes.

The rule of thumb here is to choose a TV that fits in with the surroundings. To help understand this a little further it is important to know that the best viewing distance for larger screen units is at least one and a half times the overall width of the screen. An example of this is for a 42” Plasma set, you should be aiming to have your sofa a minimum of 6 feet from the screen.

Sitting too close to a screen certainly won’t be a nice experience, especially in the long term. It is very likely that you will be able to see the individual pixels that make up the image itself. You might not need a pair of binoculars if you sit too far away, but you will soon be disappointed at the viewing experience.

Scrimping on Other Technology

It is vital that you don’t blow your entire budget on the television alone. The reality is that to get halfway decent sounds you will need to purchase a separate home theatre system.

These often come as complete 1-box solutions. However, if you are looking for premium quality sonics then it is likely that you would be better off buying separate units. Unfortunately a great many people don’t fully recognise the importance of this element and very often have to settle for something that is less than suitable.

Buying separate units from the same manufacturer can be a good idea. Compatibility is assured, whilst at the same time the aesthetics will be fully covered. That said don’t worry too much if you feel the need to mix and match system units. Many audiophiles firmly believe that this is necessary as the best amplifier manufacturer is unlikely to produce the best set of speakers and so on.

Poor Setting Up

To ensure that you get the very best in picture and sound quality it is vital that your new system is set up properly. Ideally this should be completed by professionals. If you do decide to go alone then it is time to break the habits of old and actually take time to read the instruction manual.

In most cases a poorly performing system is attributable to the initial set up, be it something as fundamental as the aerial installation or something else like the speaker set-up. Either way you will be guilty of not getting the most from the money that you have spent.

Another aspect of setting things up correctly will probably mean that you have much less in the way of “cable mess”. Installation agents will focus on this area and help to keep things neat and tidy. Ignoring this area isn’t pretty, as the last thing you want is your eyes constantly drawn to something resembling spaghetti junction rather than the beautiful picture.

When upgrading an expensive piece of home theatre equipment, your author Ian Appleton recommends checking the aerial installation, London in particular is an area where this is particularly important due to the potential for signal interference.

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