Home Theatre and Entertainment Budget
Home entertainment budget and buying home theatres have become an
integral part of many families to create a lovely retreat for
pastimes, evening and holiday parties or just occasional gossiping
and movie viewing sessions with friends. Here are some tips to help
you get the most of your money:
- Some of the hidden costs along with the home
theater include its installation, cost of high-end cables and good
quality speaker cables, carpeting and soundproofing the room and
cut off the light by heavy draperies. These costs can go as high as
15 to 20% of your entire budget.
- Normal TVs last longer than plasma
televisions and can more easily be repaired and
- If you love latest technology then don't
give in to the temptation of buying a cheap TV that is not HDTV
capable to save a few bucks.
- Research for the best features for lowest
price on home theatres and get one installed by a professional only.
- Check whether the DVD player you are going
to buy can play DVDs of all types and formats.
- You may want to buy a video projector to get
the big picture for your own cinema hall experience.
- Low-cost home theatres usually include
surround- system, amplifier/s, a digital decoder and a DVD
- Big and bulky but tested CRT TVs have the
best picture quality for much lower price than flat screen TVs.
- You really don't need powerful
speakers, amplifiers or huge screens in small
rooms. So, choose sensibly.
- For setting up a home theatre system in a
lounge or family room, you do not need to a very large projector and
- Ground floor is best for theaters and bass
sound often tends to diffuse to the lower floors.
- Home theatre room must be dark with a dimmer
switch to adjust the lighting to relieve the strain on eyes.
Lighting should not fall directly on screen or face of the viewers.
- Use sound absorbing materials such as
carpets, thick curtains and acoustic paneling to furnish the room;
choose the room that is the quietest and keep it as empty as
possible for enhanced audio quality.
- Any bedrooms near the home theater and
entertainment room should also be made soundproof.
- Don't use smooth reflective surfaces in this
room such as tiles and high-gloss paints that reflect sound,
hindering the complete experience.
- For saving space, you can use a roof-mounted
projector and an automatically retractable screen.