Home Theater Components

Pictures.  Larger home theaters may use a projector, much like a traditional movie theater, to display the moving picture on a screen. Projectors are small devices that are usually attached to the ceiling and are able to offer a much larger viewing area than most traditional flat-screen televisions. Home cinema projectors are digital and support High Definition resolution while higher- end projectors may even support 3-D video. If the room is too small and a projector doesn’t seem to be the right fit, several HD flat screen television options are available in a wide range of sizes. For a projector to operate at its full capability, special attention must be paid to controlling the ambient light in a theater room.

Sounds.  The right audio components are important to the overall quality of a home theater. At least a five-speaker setup is recommended for a full-sound experience. A skilled home theater specialist can install speakers nearly anywhere, including inside walls, in bookshelves, or positioned on the home theater’s floor. Subwoofers, the speakers that produce deep bass sounds, are a part of any complete sound system and are necessary in order to experience the full effect of the film’s audio. Special attention should be paid to soundproofing and acoustics during the planning stages of a home theater, as these are integral to achieving quality theater sound.

The receiver is the heart of the home theater system, and it acts as a decoder and amplifier for the various audio and visual signals. Since it is so vital to a home theater system, choosing the right receiver is important. Higher-end home theaters use audio components that include a surround processor that is separate from the amplifier. Most home theater companies will provide assistance and information on which receiver is the right choice. Before committing to a specific model, check to make sure it has the desired amount of amplification, inputs, and outputs.

Lights and More.  Home theaters can replicate more than just the sound and picture of a theater. Automated dimming lights, controlled by remote, are available to fully create the “theater-in-the-home feel.” Home theater companies can also incorporate additional elements into home theater systems, such as home security or video game systems.