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A Checklist for Building a Home Theater

by Product Specialist

If you've been saving up to buy components for your new home theater, the odds are you're looking forward to the best sound and video possible. Granted, the quality of electronics that you purchase is an important factor but how you set up your home theater can be just as important for an excellent experience.

High-Definition TV

Don't spare expense when it comes to purchasing your new high-definition TV. Buying a quality product is essential when it comes to getting the very best resolution. Start by shopping for Smart TVs with the latest technology or consider Ultra HD with resolution that's four times better than other TVs.

Surround Sound

Now that you've purchased a new HD TV, you'll want to duplicate the sound systems found in movie theaters. To achieve a surround sound experience, you'll need five speakers and a subwoofer to bring out low-end effects and bass.

Place two speakers near the back of your room and three towards the front. Adjust speaker locations ever so slightly until you get the very best audio performance. Be sure to consider wireless speaker systems to reduce the number of wires in your home theater system.

Media Player

Rather than purchasing older DVD technology, you might as well go for the latest Blu-ray players. They come with built-in Wi-Fi and can still play your old CDs and DVDs.


If you've gone to great expense to purchase high end electronics, make sure you use high quality cables like HDMI to transmit the best audio and digital video in one cable.

Controlling Accessories

Years ago, we used a few remote controls and have since progressed to universal remote controls. However, if you can afford it, you might consider equipping your home theater with the latest smart wireless keyboard.

Wireless keyboards allow you to activate just about everything you might install in your home theater like you HD TV, gaming console, Blue-ray player, or an A/V receiver.

For great results, make sure the theater has a rug or draperies to eliminate acoustic reflections. Add lighting for improved TV viewing, and make sure you complete your home theater with really comfortable chairs.