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How To Enhance Your Home Entertainment System

Categories: Home Entertainment | Posted: November 26, 2019

Comfortable rug – check. Cushy sofa – check. Family night at home – check. Hours of movies to binge-watch – check. What’s missing from this list? These days, you can stand to argue that the power of home entertainment makes going out to a movie unnecessary. As we enter cooler, cozier months and the days get shorter, how can you make sure that your living room is the entertainment destination you and your family have been craving? The components to keep in mind as you plan your ideal home theater set up include:

  • The right room. Is it a media room? A living room? Considering the size, acoustics, and location of the room of your choice will help you make decisions around screen size and speaker potential.
  • Your display – aka, a TV or projector + screen.
  • Speakers, which might consist of a surround sound set-up with a center speaker, right and left forward speakers, right and left rear speakers, possible special effect speakers for Dolby Atmos, and a subwoofer or two.

The first, and perhaps most obvious, part of a movie theater-like set up in your home is the display. These days flat-screen television displays are an impressive way in – and while the Plasma screen technology of older times is no longer in production, LCD screens have made major technological strides for some of the best contrast and performance to be found. Once thought to be a bright-room only piece of hardware, LCD screens are now standard among big names like Samsung, Sony, Vizio, and LG. Full-screen array dimming via LED technology has improved the appearance of LCD to increase the depth and saturation of black tones, all while reducing motion blur. Long story short – LCD is the current industry standard for screens.

Or, if the disappearance of Plasma screens from the market has you wanting something even more precise, OLED (short for Organic Light-Emitting Diode) is a differently powered flat-panel screen whose pixels generate their own light, much like plasma. OLED is also the tech behind many personal electronic devices like smartphones and tablets – which have conditioned us to want brighter, crisper images everywhere we look. With OLED technology, blacks are the very deepest and colors are brighter, sharper and more highly defined– making for the most visually stimulating screen experience currently available for purchase. At this point, you can only find OLED technology in LG products.  And, if a permanent screen affixed to the wall is not what you’re going for, join the trend of using high-quality projectors and projector screens.

Any true home theater aficionado will tell you that it isn’t even the image that offers the most immersive experience – home entertainment is all about how things sound. Whether you consider yourself an audiophile or not, the surround sound packages that top bestseller lists in 2019 are more user-friendly and sleeker than ever. Plus, in some cases, audio systems have handy companion functionality, acting as smart speakers and/or home-wide wifi-enabled audio platforms. A common question around speaker set-ups is this: how many speakers do I need? There is no one way to answer this – it depends upon how tangible and enveloping you want your sound to feel. The most important speakers to consider are the two that frame your television, as they will emit the most dramatic sound effects and will have the “wall of sound” feeling that makes movie watching feel like an out of body experience.

In addition to some of the most compelling experiences deriving from the quality of audio you set up, you can also sink a lot of cash into the speakers you choose. Home entertainment audio packages range dramatically in price depending on the manufacturer and quality. Audiophile brand Klipsch bundles range from about $2,000 for a multi-part package to over $7,000 for a Dolby Atmos package. Dolby’s Atmos system has the magical effect of creating a sound-driven “atmosphere” that can lead you to feel as though the sound is hovering in specific spaces in a room. The engineering behind this system, plus the extra components required to create the signature Atmos sound, amount to a much higher cost. Meanwhile, household favorite Bose offers a highly respected four-part wireless home entertainment configuration whose Sound Bar is touted as the finest of its kind.

Is all of this overwhelming to you? Don’t worry – these days you can get a Home Theater in a Box in order to simplify the set-up and maintain a single brand – including a single aesthetic – into your home entertainment system. Sonically speaking, sticking to a single audio brand is also a good way to ensure that the right tonal range will be hit across front, rear, center and subwoofer speakers.

Some final considerations include your content source and your power receiver. In a Home Theater in a Box set-up, you may or may not need a receiver; with traditional multichannel audio, you will need a device that powers all of the speakers and connects them to a central input. When it comes to content sources, options like Apple TV and Roku make it easy to stream your favorites, while cable networks are still in high demand, depending on your viewing preferences.

Are you eager to start building out your own home entertainment system in a brand new home? H&H Homes offers an extensive variety of floor plans ready for your special tech & audiophile touch in locations throughout the beautiful Carolinas.

Our versatile environments suit families and homebuyers at all stages of life. You can learn more about our full suite of options here, or search by city on our homepage. The team at H&H is passionate about building homes that will comfortably ease you into an economical and eco-friendly future. Check out our extensive homebuyer resources to learn more about our commitment to the best possible home buying experience. Get in touch today.