If you are one of the almost one-quarter of adults who no longer subscribe to cable TV, then you made a wise financial decision and are now part of the cord-cutter community. The average cable subscriber pays just under $780 every year just for a basic cable package that may or may not even have many shows that interest them. You likely don't even miss it, since there are so many options today for streaming online content right to your television. You may even get a crisp, clear picture (even HD) when watching local channels on your television since the transition to digital signals. Since you are saving so much cash every year by cord-cutting, why not splurge on a great home theater system that helps you enjoy the shows you love, more? Being financially savvy, you want a system that gives you a big bang for your buck, so follow these tips for designing an amazing, yet cost effective, home theater set-up that helps immerse you into the action of every show you love to watch.
1. Remember That Bigger Isn't Always Better when It Comes to Televisions
If you love your current television, then as long as it has the right connection ports, you don't need a new one when setting up a home theater. However, if you want or need to upgrade, then don't just purchase the largest television you can afford, since it is important to choose the right size television for your home theater to provide the best viewing experience.
To calculate the television size that is best for your theater room or living room, first, measure the distance between your seating and where you plan to place your new television in inches. Then, multiply this number by .84. This will give you the optimal television size for your room. For example, if there are ten feet between your sofa and television, then you will want a 100-inch screen.
If you are sticking with your current television, then you can simply move your seating to improve your viewing experience by using the same equation in reverse. For example, if you currently have a 42-inch television, then divide 42 by .84 and you then know to move your seating to about 49 inches (rounded), or just a little over 4 feet, from your television.
2. Splurge on an AV Receiver with a Good Warranty
While it is great to save money when you can, if there is one item in your home theater system to splurge on, it is your AV receiver. This device could be considered the "brain" of the entire system you are creating, and even if you purchase the best speakers you can afford, they won't be able to perform at their best if the receiver is not high-quality. High-quality receivers also often come with warranties the cheaper ones don't, so your investment is protected for several years.
Choose a receiver with at least 6 HDMI ports, since you will might more ports to support the many devices you stream video content from than someone who views only cable television and an occasional movie. Connecting your audio inputs directly into these ports on your receiver will give you the best sound, while connecting the audio cables to your television instead will give you sound, but it will not be high-quality. Also, make sure your receiver is wi-fi capable, so you can take advantage of wireless streaming as well.
3. Choose the Right Speakers for TV and Movie Watching
When choosing speakers for your first home theater system, you have so many options that you may be tempted to purchase an all-in-one set to take the guesswork out of choosing each component separately. That can be a great idea for ensuring you have all the speakers you need to produce great audio. However, the speaker requirements to provide the best surround-sound for movies and television programs differ a bit from those aimed at providing great music.
When choosing the best speakers to project movie and television audio, you want your main investments to be a good center-channel speaker and a powerful sub-woofer. You can add these two speakers to a set of five or seven traditional home theater speakers to produce sound that makes you feel completely immersed in the programs you are watching.
As a cord-cutter, you are saving $780 every year that others spend on cable television. Why not buy a good home theater system so you can enjoy your favorite shows and movies that you stream and pick up from local television signals even more? You can then listen to all of your cable-subscribing friends complain that they 'wish' they could afford a home theater, but are too broke after paying their cable bills every month. For more installation and set-up tips, contact a company like A Tech Security.