Purchasing your very first home theater system can be truly baffling. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be and you can have a professional install the sound system once you make your choices.
There was a time where you had to choose between a plasma television and an LED-lit LCD television. However, plasma televisions are dead. Unless you go looking for a Samsung screen that was manufactured at least 2-years ago, you are not going to find a plasma television anymore. The OLED HDTV is the alternative now. Unfortunately, it costs upwards of $10,000 at the moment—so, the more realistic option is the LCD.
Other than selecting a brand, the only real decision left to make regarding the television is the size. There is no wrong answer to this question. How big of a television you purchase should be a matter of how much available space you have and how much money you can spend on just the television.
The Audio Receiver
Deciding what type of audio receiver is right for your new home theater is all about asking yourself one simple question—how do you watch your movies and listen to your music? The answer to this question will determine what type of receiver is best for your needs. Namely, you are trying to determine how much power you need the receiver to have for you to enjoy the system.
If you just spent a decent chunk of change on your new LCD television, you may be interested in skimping out on a cheaper audio receiver. After all, can't you just turn the volume up louder? Does the receiver need to be that fancy? If you are serious about your home theater system and you want to enjoy it—you can't go cheap on the audio receiver. A $300 audio receiver might be appealing to your budget. However, it will not offer enough power to bring ear-bleeding sound to a living room of much more than 2,500 cubic feet.
As you are making your decision, make sure you consider the speakers you are going to purchase. You need to take a look at the wattage on the receiver. This will be important when you are choosing speakers as a receiver with 300 watts is not going to do you any good if the speakers can only handle 80 watts. Using your speakers with more watts then they can handle is what causes them to blow.
Home Theater Accessories
It is just as important to have all of the right accessories as it is to have all of the main components of the home theater. Some of the main accessories a good home theater should have includes:
Universal Remote: Save yourself the hassle of trying to keep what remote operates what box. With universal remotes, you can have one—or more than one—remote that operates all of the receivers that make up your home theater system.
Surge Protector: If you are going to invest all of this money in a quality home theater system, make sure you get a couple surge protectors to plug everything in. This way a power surge isn't going to end up costing you tons of money.
HDMI: Audio and video wires are old news. If you haven't, make sure you purchase HDMI cords and make the switch. The professional you have installing your home theater system should be able to help make this happen.
As you can see, there are tons of things to consider when purchasing a home theater system. Hopefully, this guide can point you in the right direction and get you started. For more information, contact companies like Metro Sound & Lighting.