Thinking about installing a home theater system? You're not alone. Home theater is
one of the fastest growing areas areas in home entertainment and the advent of
DVD recorders and HDTV means
your set-up can now be entirely digital, without an inch of video tape in site.
Installing a home theater is a big decision and requires careful planning. Luckily
there are a number of resources around to help you and you needn't be a technical
expert or a hi-fi buff to get the job done.
One of the first decisions you'll need to make before you set about installing a
home theater is whether your going to dedicate a whole room to the theater or
whether it will share a space with a lounge, dining room, or office. Having a
dedicated room allows you to position seating and speakers in the optimum
position and you can seriously consider a projector and screen without it looking as
out of place as it might in your living room.
Obviously budget is another consideration and this will dictate which equipment you
buy initially and what you save for another day. As a bare minimum you'll want a
DVD player, widescreen television, and a surround sound audio amplifier and
speakers. We'd recommend opting for a DVD recorder like this one from Phillips, or
this from Panasonic. They're obviously more expensive than a DVD player, but will
give you much greater flexibility. And don't forget to budget for cabling, its a very
important part of installing a home theatre and one that's often overlooked.
You'll also want to think about the interior design of a dedicated home theater room
and of course the seating is all important. You're going to spend hours and hours
watching movies and the last thing you need is uncomfortable seats.
Kenny Hemphill is the editor and publisher of The HDTV Tuner, a site which aims to cut through
the confusion surrounding HDTV and provide surfers with up to date, accurate and
easy to read information on HDTV.