There’s nothing like cosying up for a night in to enjoy the latest blockbuster release in your home theatre. The road to this blissful place, however, can be a little harrowing if you’ve never embarked on the journey to setting up your own home entertainment system before. This post is a how-to that will guide you on your way to audio visual heaven.
If you’re starting from scratch – as in, you’re yet to purchase the products that will make up your home theatre- it’s a good idea to keep in mind that a standard setup typically includes a television, DVD player and/or Blu-Ray player, and audio accessories like speakers. Consider adding an entertainment unit to your list as well to enhance the overall look of your final setup.
Before you start shopping make sure you consider things such as: your budget, how much space you have to play with, where the power outlets are in your living room, and what you want to get out of your home entertainment system.
The main factor that will affect the quality of your home theatre display is whether you choose an LCD, LED/LCD or plasma television. While technically an LED TV is also LCD in that both are liquid crystal displays, the difference is that an LCD screen is backlit by fluorescent lamps whilst an LED screen is made up of Light Emitting Diodes (hence LED). Plasma screens – which are made up of two panes of glass with chambers filled with xenon and neon – have better picture quality than LCD/LED screens, the drawback being that they are more expensive as a result.
For the ultimate surround sound experience, look into home theatre systems as they often come with 3D Blu-Ray players as well as speakers. Some brands aren’t as functional when partnered with competing equipment so chat with a Betta sales assistant about which products work well together.
Once you’ve got everything you need, it’s time to set up your system. Think of components like your DVD or Blu-Ray player as point A and your TV and speakers as point B. This will help you visualise what thingymabob needs to be connected with which thingymajig. The tricky part here is figuring out the difference between all the cables so check out CHOICE’s great picture glossary of cable types here and here.
Finally, it’s worth getting a surge protector to plug everything in to. The last thing you’d want after investing in a home theatre system is for your equipment to be damaged by a power surge.
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