As the fine folks at smartSPACE Home Automation can tell you, home theatre installation is no simple process, especially if you want to have any semblance of quality in your setup.
The process begins by selecting the right products for your home, but it goes further than that. You must also consider what you want your home theatre to do and how you want it to feel.
Black Friday is right around the corner too, which means more people than usual will be considering home theatre installation.
Although the advent of Cyber Monday and online shopping has significantly reduced the burden of shoppers going to in-store locations, it has not removed all the scarcity and hubbub that usually results. This is just something to consider as the season will be soon upon us.
How Do You Want Your Home Theatre to Feel?
When it comes to home theatre installation, a surprising weight can be put to the feeling it will provide. For instance, replicating the feeling of a commercial movie theatre is much different than crafting a cozy and comfortable watching nook. So, what would make your space the best possible place for your needs and wants?
Understanding this question means looking at more than the electronics of your viewing space.
You must also consider the furniture, pillows, and other comforts of the space, combining everything together into a wonderful tapestry of movie magic and cinematic excellence. Only then will you be in the right mindset to progress further down the planning pipeline.
What Do You Want Your Home Theatre to Do?
The next step in the installation of a home theatre is determining what you want it to do. Do you want to watch movies in high definition? Do you want surround sound that tickles and titulates your ears?
Do you want to switch between gaming consoles and your television provider? Do you need physical media players, like DVDs or Blu-ray?
Just as an aside, wasn’t that crazy what happened with DVDs? It’s hard to believe that such a superior option to the VHS came out and then was made almost immediately obsolete. Microdiscs and other innovations of that same period were even worse off, but perhaps it is the scale of the DVD that makes it so interesting to consider.
Anyway, make sure you consider what your home theatre does early on. This way, you can weave more detail into your tapestry and plan around more contingencies.
You’ll likely still make adjustments after the initial installation, but reducing the amount of extra work you need to do is always beneficial.
What Products Do You Need?
The problem with consumer electronics is that it’s an excess market. Every year there are new offerings from all the major manufacturers, and these are often a little different than their immediate predecessors.
Plus, there are tons of great refurbished products, used products, and alternatives to consider. Ultimately, this just means that you don’t have to choose the latest model when choosing your products.
More important to consider is the cross-functionality of the system. Nothing is more frustrating than buying an old television that doesn’t come equipped with HDMI cords, as a cursory example.