How to create a cheap home theater
Put together a cheap home theater system and there will be enough money left over for a lifetime supply of microwave popcorn bags or sweets to fill the candy jars.
Putting together a cheap home theater experience entails more than finding a television and grabbing a couple of popcorn bags and candy jars. Great home theaters often entail some expensive technical know-how, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to create a home theater on a budget.
Several companies make what are commonly referred to as “home theaters in box,” which are nice because they offer one-stop shopping. However, these one-stop solutions force consumers to be able to pay for the equipment all at once and aren't customizable.
Building the home theater piece by piece can spread out the payments, thereby defraying the costs, making it easier to put together a cheap home theater.
When building a home theater, the first place to start is with the television. Even a cheap home theater won’t skimp on its most important aspect - after all, it’s the television that will be the center of attention.
Look to get as big a television as possible, but try to avoid overcrowding the space. Buying online is frequently the most cost effective way to choose a TV. The problem with that method, though, is that perspective buy doesn't get to see the picture in person.
The easy solution is to go to a local electronics store and find the television with the best picture that meets the size requirements. Once the TV is chosen, write down the make and model number, then head to the internet to see if it can be found on the cheap.
Home theater televisions deliver the picture. Now it’s time for the audio. All the popcorn bags and candy jars in the world won’t help deliver movie theater feel if the sound is substandard.
The larger the room, the more powerful the receiver needs to be. Make sure the receiver has enough inputs to handle at least cable, Blu-ray, DVD and gaming systems.
The speaker system comes next. Some elaborate home theaters contain 10 or more speakers, but to putting together a basic, cheap home theater with an exciting feel only requires five speakers.
The two main speakers are located next to the television. Two more smaller speakers rest behind seating area to provide depth of sound. The final piece is a sub-woofer which provides the thumping base that brings the sound alive. It is usually hidden on the floor behind the system.
Similar to purchasing the television, the best way to experience the sound is to hear all the elements working together at an electronics store, then hit the internet for places like ReStockIt.com that offer deep discounts on electronics.
The final piece of the home theater is the furniture, which will vary greatly depending on room size and décor. There are no hard and fast rules for these items. For example, some prefer to mount their TV on a wall bracket, while others put the TV with the receiver and some of the speakers in an entertainment center.
Finally, choose a comfortable seating arrangement that best fits the room. Some go the multiple recliners route, but that can be expensive. A large sofa is likely the most cost-effective solution, but be sure to get a coffee table that will holds drinks, popcorn bags, candy jars and remote controls.
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