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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 made good.
  • 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 player.
  • 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 floor-to-ceiling carpeting.
  • 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.

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