A home theatre system can be as small or as large as you want it to be. We take it back to basics and show you the top five basic elements of a home theatre system.
You can either choose a television or a projector, depending on your needs and your budget. TVs are easy to install an depending on the size and brand, they can be relatively inexpensive. Projectors tend to be inconvenient because they are more expensive, difficult to install and can only be installed in certain areas.
Basically, everything inputs into the receiver and the receiver then outputs those signals to the display and speakers. Most newer devices will simply use HDMI and digital optical for the inputs, and usually, have two HDMI outputs and a varied number of speaker outputs.
3. A sound system
TVs generally have built-in speakers, but they aren’t very powerful. There are many options when it comes to speakers. For instance, a soundbar is basically a long bar of speakers that is mounted above or below a TV. It contains multiple speakers and usually contains a built-in amplifier as well.
Surround sound speakers can also be used and placed anywhere in the room and there are various types such as floor-standing, in-wall, on-wall, in-ceiling and bookshelf speakers.
4. Media devices
This refers to anything that outputs a unique video and audio signal. This includes a computer, a gaming system, a DVD player etc. These devices will connect to either the receiver or television/projector. If using a receiver, most media devices will connect by an HDMI for video/audio.
A projector’s image can be completely washed out by the wrong type of light in a room. The ideal conditions for a home theatre are a completely enclosed room with no windows. That’s not an option for most people so you can manipulate lighting to get that blacked out effect. Dimmable lighting is perfect so you can control the amount of light in the room.