Building a Home Theater on a Budget
Ever thought about building a home theatre, and then realized you are not some celebrity on MTV Cribs! Contrary to popular belief it is indeed possible to build an effective home movie theater on the cheap! Just a few years back the electronic equipment needed was very pricey, though with time and breakthroughs in technology it is now quite a bit cheaper and within many more peoples budgets.
Just as with a lot of home electronics products the standard of a product does indeed match the price you have to pay. Even before you start looking for this home theatre system, make sure you determine a practical financial budget and stick with it. Today it is possible to get started from only 200 dollars. At the Cribs end of course you can spend thousands … if you have it! Nevertheless it is essential to realize that just a basic surround sound system is going to have a big effect on the quality of your home entertainment. We spend so much time these days watching TV, movies, playing games and listening to music, yet we choke at spending a few hundred dollars on a decent home cinema /entertainment centre. Go figure!
At the top of the scale, an excellent home theater will likely have a digital projector screen, a dedicated surround sound system with no less than six audio speakers and of course be linked to a Blu-ray player, iPod and maybe even a games console of choice. Naturally it will be set in a purpose built room – your home cinema – maybe some deluxe seats, curtains, popcorn…… hold on a minute this is meant to be on a budget! At the top end you can indeed let your imagination run wild; the tricky bit is to get a good system within a sensible budget.
We need to economize with our ideas here. Just make use of your old television system if necessary, ignore the room for now – the curtains can wait! Focus on getting the surround sound system right. The sound system is where you will notice the best effects; if the audio is the best of quality the final results will be far better than a fancy setup which has a terrible sound system. The actual multichannel surround sound is truly where the cash is best spent. A major mistake many people make is to ignore the importance of good surround sound speaker placement, it is hugely important in order to get the best from your setup. You can add to your surround sound system and include all the extra components of your dream system in the future as funds allow. Let the HDTV or projector screen wait a while. If you buy a crap low priced sound system you will almost certainly find yourself starting from scratch if you wish to upgrade your setup in the future. Remember sound first every time … the rest can follow.
Another option to get started with limited funds can be to shop for second-hand equipment. Many people love to upgrade constantly and buy the very latest models. It can be like an addiction for some with the money to indulge. They will end up selling off their old equipment for very little money and you can be the winner this time. It can really be a great way to acquire top quality gear for a fraction of the cost. The best part is that a lot of the equipment you can buy second hand is actually quite up to date, just not the very latest model.
Whatever your entry into surround sound home cinema systems …. just make sure you enter. Do not miss out on the immense enjoyment to be had, and if you are a little strapped for cash, you can still get there on a budget!