10 MISTAKES IN A HOME THEATRE
Planning on getting a Home Theatre done? Here are 10 mistakes you could avoid making when you design your home theatre.
1. UNBALANCED AV BUDGET
Most people spend a majority of their budget on video equipment like really expensive projectors or televisions and therefore compromise on audio with just a basic soundbar or a sub-par home theatre system. We must understand that in order to get a theatre like experience at home, audio must be given as much importance as video, if not more. Getting a dedicated AV Receiver and a good set of speakers will help produce a much better cinematic experience.
2. BAD VIEWING ANGLES
Since you spend at least a few hours in your home theatre the last thing you want to feel in is being uncomfortable. Ideally your screen should be placed at eye level from you seating position in order to avoid straining your neck and the distance between your seating position and the screen must be 1.5 to 2.5 times the diagonal measurement of the screen.
3. COMPROMISING ON SPEAKER CABLES
A lot a people spend a lot of money on expensive speakers but compromise on the speaker cables. Speaker cables come at different prices and the cheaper ones are thinner in gauge therefore reducing the rate of transmission and also reducing the reliability of the connection. We recommend using high quality cables that are of thicker gauge along with high quality connectors to achieve the maximum potential off your speakers.
4. WALL AND CEILING COLOURS
Getting the colours of your walls in a Home Theatre right is really important, especially if you are going to use a projector. Lighter wall and ceiling colours reflect a lot of light off and on the screen therefore affecting the image quality. We therefore recommend using darker colours for the walls and ceiling of your Home Theatre.
5. ROOM CALIBRATION
Room calibration optimises the the way the speakers sound in your room, at your listening position. It is just a 10 minute procedure and most receivers come with built in room calibration softwares and calibration microphones. You just have to place the provided calibration microphone at ear level in you listening position and run the calibration program on your AV receiver and make sure the room is silent until the drill is complete. The amount of difference this small procedure can produce is very audible.
6. CHOOSING THE RIGHT AUDIO CONNETION
Most modern AV Receivers have multiple connection options like RCA, Optical, HDMI ARC etc. However, we strongly recommend using HDMI ARC as it renders the best audio quality and for the latest surround formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, HDMI ARC is mandatory.
7. COMPROMISING ON HDMI CABLES
There are a lot of factors to consider while choosing a HDMI cable. If your a planning to send HD or 4K content over a long distance you will need high quality cables that can support such transmission without any loss. Using low quality cables will result in a lot of loss in video quality. And some cables don't even support 4K. We therefore for recommend you consider all these factors while choosing a HDMI cable for your Home Theatre System.
8. NUMBER OF SUBWOOFERS
Subwoofers are a very important component in a Home Theatre. We always recommend using two subwoofers instead of one single subwoofer as is results in better bass distribution in a room. So If your room can accommodate a single 12 inch subwoofer, use two 10 inch subwoofers instead.
9. CROSSOVER FREQUENCY
Setting the right crossover frequency is key to good bass management in a Home Theatre System. Low frequencies produced by the subwoofer often sound better since the driver is dedicated to produce them. So no matter what the size of your speaker's drivers are, we recommend setting the crossover frequency to small in most instances.
10. WRONG SCREEN SIZE
For the best cinematic experience we recommend you make the screen as big as possible in order to cover your field of vision while still considering the distance between the viewing position and the screen. If the screen is too big and the seating is too close you will experience strain on your neck. If the screen is too small you will miss out on the actual cinematic experience itself. Finding the right balance between these elements will significantly enhance your home theater experience.
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