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How To Set Your Home Cinema Up The Right Way

Overview: If you've got the space, then building your own home cinema can be a great idea. However, it's not as simple as it may first seem. Read the blog below to find out some tips and pointers on how to get started with your first home cinema.

For those of you with spacious basements, it'd almost be silly not to setup a home cinema! But this is definitely not something you want to rush into as even the smallest mistake can compromise your entertainment experience. Let's take a look at some of the common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Angle Is Important

When you're mounting your TV be sure to not place it too high. Doing so can cause excess strain on your neck and shoulders, and will detract from your viewing experience. Before you decide on your big screen's position permanently, try out a couple of different angles and bear in mind that most professionals consider it best for your gaze to sit somewhere around the top quarter of your screen.

Distance Is Important Too

Choosing a distance that is customized to both the limits and abilities of your monitor is extremely important when setting up your entertainment system. For example, if you've ever had to sit right at the front at a movie theatre you'll know how even the best set ups can be ruined by poor seat placement. If you're unsure on how much distance should be between your screen and seating area you can either ask a professional like Alberta Pro Installations or reference online guides, such as this one: http://www.engineeringcalculator.net/HomeTheaterCalculator.html

Sun Is Not Your Friend

Everyone loves the sun, but it has no place in your home entertainment theatre. If you've got widescreen TV then you can get away with some ambient light but it should be kept to a minimum and it should never fall on the screen. However, if you're using a projector then ambient light of any kind is an absolute deal breaker so avoid it all costs! You can remove ambient light by choosing a room with minimal windows, such as a basement, or by using blackout curtains – or even both.

Speaker Placement Is Crucial

Some people consider speakers to be an eyesore in their home theatre but hiding speakers in cupboards and behind chairs is bad idea if you want to make the most of your speakers' quality. Hiding your speakers in obscure places can also change the perceived direction of the sound, something that can be annoying.

Similarly, choosing a surround sound system is not always the best choice for the space you have. If you're working with small room, the cost and difficulty of wiring or buying wireless speakers can be more trouble than it's worth. The speakers must also not be hidden in anything, and they must be a certain distance behind the viewer to be of any benefit.

Choose a Budget That Fits Your Situation

You'd be surprised by how much you can get these days for just $1000. The value available today means that virtually no matter what your budget you can find something to suit you. However, you may also be surprised by how much you can spend on your home cinema – there is almost no limit! The tricky part is deciding what you want from your set up and how much you're willing to spend on that. By deciding early on how much you want to spend on your home theatre it will be easier to avoid running drastically over budget.

Trust Professionals

No matter how much you think you know about what your set-up needs, professionals will always know more! For example, when choosing a TV it's easy to be impressed by almost all the options available, but only a true audio visual professional will be able to tell you which one is best for you. Even if you install your system yourself, getting a consultation from a installations expert can save you time and money, and you'll be happier with your set-up as a result.

Bottom Line: When deciding on how to set up your home cinema, there's a lot to consider. Even seemingly small decisions like what angle you will be looking at your screen from can have a large impact on your viewing experience, and avoiding these small mistakes will greatly benefit the result of your project. The pointers outlined in this blog are just a couple of the considerations necessary when planning your home entertainment system, and there are many more. If you have any doubts when installing your setup, getting the opinion of a professional is invaluable and they will often give you answers to questions you hadn't even thought of!

If you have any questions on how you should be setting up your home cinema, then contact Alberta Pro Group in Calgary today on 1-855-333-1223.

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