Congratulations on your new home entertainment system, you lucky dog! However, if you are going to harness the powers of A/V components, you need to first understand how to establish your components in unison. Otherwise, it would be like using a motor boat with oars. To make it easy to entertain with your new system, read the following tips from Guest Blogger, Dave Pattinson, who is an expert in the industry that works in a senior role designing bespoke home entertainment solutions.
Of course, a great view is in the eye of the beholder, but experts have thought long and hard about the best spot to place a television to inspire the best viewing experience. To make it simple, consider the size of the screen and then multiply by 2. That’s how far (in feet) your chairs, the couch, and other seats should be away from the screen. Be sure to view the television from each seat; you don’t want a guest to have a bad viewing experience because they’re sitting on the end of the couch.
Sound accounts for half of the A/V experience. Movie theaters are fun due to the huge screen and the great sound quality. Emulate the theater experience with a soundbar. A bar packs a lot of power in one horizontal unit, making it easy to maintain the aesthetic of your room while enjoying great sound. Some choose to make the bar a part of their surround sound setup, placing it in front of the television, or if the bar is large, placing the television on top of it.
A subwoofer is responsible for the wall-shaking reverberations in a theater. It’s a component that should not be left out if you’re serious about bringing a theater experience into your living room. Place the subwoofer against a wall in the corner of the room. You want it out of sight but able to generate its effects.
As mentioned above, those who truly respect the art of home entertainment opt for surround sound, meaning speakers influence viewers from all over the room. However, some opt out, not due to the effects, but the aesthetics – bulky speakers can become eyesores. However, manufacturers have made speakers smaller while maintaining the ability to provide clear, quality sound. In a true surround sound situation, sound effects, dialogue, and other movie components emanate from different directions, the left, right, center, and rear. If you have a sound bar, the front speakers are taken care of, but those with rear speakers should either mount them on the wall, behind viewers, or hide them in another room implement, such as a bookcase.
3D televisions are growing more popular as the costs get lower, but some are not aware of the best way to view a 3D movie at home. For example, some are accustomed to viewing from a lounging or sleeping position; such posture won’t help in seeing the full 3D effect. Rather, sit up straight, like your teachers used to tell you in school, with your back flush against the chair.
Of course, you’re going to get excited and want to watch your television as soon as it gets through the front door or after upgrading your Internet service via Suddenlink Communications, but don’t rush into a viewing experience. Make sure you get your angles right. Turn on the television, placing it where you want it to permanently rest. Be sure you can properly view from all angles. In worst scenarios, people drill holes first and then find that they must readjust, leaving holes in the wall while needing to drill more.
Also, be sure glare does not influence the viewing experience. You may first turn on the television at night, thinking the placement is perfect, only to find that the afternoon glare creates viewing interruption. It sounds overly cautious, but wait a full twenty-four hours until making a final placement decision, leaving any power tools on “off” for the moment.
Getting great sound involves quality components as well as the configuration of your room. A huge tip involves moving a chair or sofa off of the wall of the room and into the center. Also, if you have a lot of glass in the room, such as sliding doors or windows, use drapes to absorb reverberation. The same goes for flooring; wood flooring can distort sound, so use area rugs to help absorb the sound.
Don’t be stingy about using a professional for proper installation. Investing in home entertainment goes to waste if you’re not properly using your components. Plus, professionals can provide tips regarding the placement of your speakers, television, couch, etc.