How to Design the Perfect Home Theater Setup

As we spend time at home more than ever before, the quality of our TV and movie watching experiences is becoming a key component of how much we enjoy our free time. The best way to appreciate all the shows and music you stream at home is via your in-home theater – designed and set up perfectly for you and your family. Designing your home theater is the fun part of creating your new way to chill at home.

Selecting the Location for Your Home Theater

First, consider where in your home you would like to enjoy your home theater. If you are building a home theater into a house under construction or as an addition to your house, consider whether you need special insulation for the room designated for the theater, how you can pre-wire it for surround sound, what sort of sound barriers can or should be used, and how you can wire it for the lighting you prefer.

If you are designating an area of your existing home for your home theater, consider designating an area adjacent to the main space your family spends time in or in a converted spare bedroom. Whichever is right for you, make certain that the room you choose is at least 12 feet by 12 feet; many of the larger home theaters are 20 feet by 13 feet. You wouldn’t want to be sitting too close to the screen.

Wi-Fi Network Connection for Your Home Theater

Because you will likely be streaming a large amount of content, you need to have the fastest and most reliable Internet access in your home theater. All of your in-home theater components will need to be connected to and work in sync with your Wi-Fi. You may want to consider adding an extender to improve your signal in that space.

Lighting Choices for Your Home Theater

Having the right lighting – and the ability to adjust it – is critical to your viewing experience. Consider using a combination of recessed lighting in your ceiling and wall sconces – all of which are controlled by a dimmer. The sconces add ambiance and the recessed lighting is both a practical and targeted way of delivering the right light specifically where you need it.

Home Theater Components

Selecting the components for your home theater can take some research and time. Geeks on Site can help guide you through this process considering your budget and personal preferences. Below is a list of some components you will want to include in your home theater set up.

• TV With High-Quality Speakers – If your home is on the smaller side, you may want to choose a TV as the main visual component as opposed to a video projector and screen. A smart TV that is 65” or larger with a native display resolution of 4K, and is HDR-enabled is a perfect choice. You will need to decide whether you would like to have the TV on a stand or mounted on the wall.
• Video Projector and Screen – There are several factors to consider when selecting your video projector (if you go this route). Determine where and how your projector will be installed as well as the cables that need to be run to the projector. Think about the size of your room and the distance between your screen and the installed projector when selecting your projector. You will likely want to choose a projector that is capable of 4K resolution, but your budget will also play a factor in this choice. Selecting your screen is an important consideration as there are options for screens that are permanently installed on your wall as well as others that can come down from a ceiling electronically, for example. The material the screen is made of will directly impact the quality of the image you see.
• Audio – Most in-home theaters have a 7.1 surround sound system. This typically includes one subwoofer and seven speakers. You can also choose to connect to audio via your TV and add speakers to augment that system.
• Speakers – Many in-home theaters operate with one or several wireless TV speakers, which connect to the TV/sound system and can be placed anywhere in the room up to 100 feet away. For the best sound, choose a floor speaker. If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, choose bookshelf and in-wall speakers. These work better for smaller home theaters and still offer excellent sound.

Home Theater Installation

Although you will likely enjoy designing your in-home theater, it’s a lot less fun to install it. Consider having the highly skilled and professional Geeks on Site technicians take care of this complicated function for you. We will do the job quickly and correctly, saving you the time and hassle of trying to figure out the maze of cables and complex component connections that comprise this daunting task.

The Geeks on Site home theater set up cost starts at $139. Our installation service includes:
• Installation, connection, and configuration of the TV (Note: Geeks on Site does not provide TV Wall Mounting)
• Installation, connection, and configuration of the audio system
• Installation, connection, and configuration of the surround sound speakers (i.e., wired, wireless, floor, bookshelf, etc.)
• Configuration of devices to existing Wi-Fi network
• Demonstration and training of the home theater components
• Installation, connection, and configuration of DVD or Blu-Ray players

Why Choose Geeks on Site to Install Your Home Theater?

Geek on Site technicians use state-of-the-art tools to install your home theater professionally so you and your family can enjoy the space as soon as possible. We offer a 7-day warranty on our service to ensure you are happy with your system’s installation. Our years of experience in providing quality IT support services to homes and businesses nationwide has prepared our techs for everything your family could ever need assistance with.

Call Geeks on Site today at 1 (888) 799-4335 and get both the professional expertise and value that comes from trusting Geeks on Site to install and maintain your in-home theater.

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