Are you in the process of turning your unfinished basement into a home theater? If so, it is your chance to customize everything exactly the way that you want it. Here are some mistakes that you should avoid making when creating your home theater.
Not Installing Speaker Wires
The sound of your home theater can be just as important as the television. That is why you do not want to make the mistake of forgetting to install the speaker wires while the walls are still open. Speaker wire is cheap, and there is no harm in running speaker wire to the places where you think you will need speakers in the future. Snap a photo of where the wires end up and you'll be ready to cut into the drywall to retrieve the wire when it is needed.
Even if you are planning on using a sound bar with wireless satellite speakers, don't skip out on the speaker wires. You don't know what you will be installing 5 or 10 years down the road when it comes to speakers, so run the wires for a 5.1, 7.1, or even a 9.1 surround sound setup. The worst-case scenario is that you are out a few bucks for the speaker wires you placed in the wall.
Mounting the TV Too High
If you are placing additional studs in the wall to mount your TV exactly where you want it, you do not want to make the mistake of mounting the TV too high in the room. It is easy to forget how low a TV actually should be placed in a room, especially when you are performing the installation without any furniture to test it out.
What looks perfectly fine when you are standing up in the room will not be great for when you are sitting. You want the TV to be at eye level when you are sitting on your couch or recliner. This will allow you to watch the TV comfortably without tilting your head too high up.
Getting a TV That Is Too Big or Too Small
Believe it or not, but it is possible to get a television that is too big for the room. There is a simple formula that can be used to calculate the right size. Take the size of the TV and divide by 8 to determine the minimum viewing distance, and divide by 4 to determine the maximum viewing distance.
For instance, a 55-inch TV would work best with a viewing distance between 6.8 feet and 13.75 feet. If you are sitting 4 feet away from the TV, you may find that 55 inches is way too big for the size of your room.
If you need help organizing your home theater plans, contact a company like A Tech Security.