In the local consumer electronics areas, the home theatre section is often quite interesting. Choices can be quite daunting, especially if we consider that are dozens of different brands and models. These new devices look very shiny and very new, while gleaming under the bright fluorescent lights. In this case, we should make the best decisions, to make sure that we could achieve good results. We should determine the room where the home theatre system should be placed. As an example, if we want to use a 60-inch TV, we would need view it from 12 feet away. This could be rather challenging if our room is quite small. Insisting on placing a very large TV in a cramped room will end up disappointing us, because we won’t get the results we want.
Even high resolution TV won’t look crisp or sharp when viewed too closely. Depending on the size and shape of our room, it could be a better idea to choose a 36- or 42-inch TV screen. Also, a very large TV could become intimidating in terms of interior design, making it more challenging for us to incorporate other details. The type of TV we use should also be a big consideration. Plasma and LCD TVs are able to provide the sharpest and clearest images.
If we have a narrow-shaped room, it would be acceptable to choose TV with mediocre viewing angle, but for a wide room, viewing angle could become more important. We should determine the usual positions of viewers in our house. If there are chairs in the far side of the room, we may need to make sure that people could watch the TV clearly at a more extreme angle. The type of the signal receivers could also be a big consideration. As an example, some people prefer satellite dish connections, while others prefer cable TV. In general, people who live in areas with less developed infrastructure, satellite dish can be more convenient. There are other equipments that we need to consider such as PC input, surround sound system, VCR and Blu-Ray player.
In fact, some legacy technologies, such as FM radio receivers could also be incorporated to our home entertainment system, especially if we want to relax without watching anything. No system is ideal and complete without a great speaker system. The standard surround system is Dolby 5.1, preferably Dolby 7.1. In this case, we may need to invest on proper sound system, although, this could increase the overall costs. Sound is an essential component, because it affects our sensory preceptors.
We may use various attachments, such as bass shakers. Some gadgets, such as wireless keyboard and mouse, could be placed in our couch or recliner if our home theatre system is connected to the Internet. To add realism of the films we watch, some recliners and sofa could actually shake slightly. Because there’s a wide variety of technology available, it may be necessary for us to bring a list of things we should buy.