Growing up you might’ve thought how awesome it would be to have a movie theater in your house, but your parents were not receptive to the idea. Now you’re an adult with a place of your own—and room for a home theater system. Before running out to buy everything you need for your long-awaited theater system, be sure you’re armed with knowledge and a plan. In fact, any home theater setup expert or someone who has built their own home theater room will be happy to share some dos and don’ts with you.
Here are five of the most common mistakes people make when choosing equipment for and putting together home theater systems in San Bernardino County:
- Not doing your homework: It’s tempting to visit the nearest electronics store and fill your cart with what seems like all the obvious home theater equipment. But to make the right purchase, it’s best to do some research ahead of time. Sure, a knowledgeable sales representative can answer your burning questions, but you need to know which TVs, speakers and such will work best for your theater room. Research features like speaker sound, TV clarity and wired versus wireless options.
- Going over budget: You can start your research by looking up the average costs for the system setups you like, just as long as you keep your theater room budget in mind. This doesn’t mean budgeting out money for individual pieces (although you can certainly do this). Rather, be careful that you don’t go over budget on your entire purchase. Another thing to keep in mind is that you might want to set aside some money for future system upgrades.
- Buying the most expensive (or cheapest) system: Along similar lines is refraining from buying the most expensive system. A higher price tag does not necessarily mean a better product—and the same can be said about purchasing cheaper home theater system equipment. Consider spending more money on features like crystal clear speaker sound and television screens with sharp picture. Also, learn about the different brands, and feel free to ask why one might cost more than another.
- Improper system setup: Now that you either have your new home theater system equipment or know what you want, make time to draw out a room layout. The goal is to have the most amazing audio and visual experience, every time. The best way to achieve this is to avoid things like installing your TV too high on the wall and placing speakers and the subwoofer in the wrong parts of the room. An expert can help optimize your home theater experience.
- Not factoring in light: A key to creating a theater room as close to the real thing is banishing light. For this reason, don’t place your television in front of or near a window or doorway. This will make it too easy for sunlight to beam onto the screen or for light from adjoining rooms of the house to get in. Block the light with blackout curtains or blinds.
For more information about home theater systems in San Bernardino County, don’t hesitate to contact the knowledgeable team at JDS Systems!