'Lights, Sound And Theatre' For A Fulfilling Experience At Home

Your guide to choosing a perfect home-theatre system

Aindrisha Mitra Updated: Jun 7, 2020 17:47:33 IST
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Home theatres grace your living room like no other. Setting up a theatre-hall experience within your home, within your home, they let your family bond over movies, shows and music.

Home theatre systems are coveted because of the high-definition experience they provide. Well-built speakers and the surround sound effect amplifies the watching and listening experience, lending them a larger-than-life feel.

However, assembling the ideal home theatre set-up can be quite the ordeal: From receivers to subwoofers to speakers, the home-theatre package comprises all essentials, incomplete without the other. Here are some pointers you can follow to help you choose one for your home.

What to buy

An audio-visual receiver is the basic necessity for setting up your home theatre. This device receives signals from other input devices, such as a satellite dish or a DVD player, decodes them, amplifies and sends it to your TV or audio system in the required format.

A home theatre also comprises other elements: a centre-channel speaker that can be placed either above or below your TV set, front speakers which can be kept in cabinets or coves to the left and the right of your TV set and the surround speakers, which are usually positioned opposite to the front speakers on the facing wall. There are also the subwoofers, which power the system and control echo levels. For an overhead sound effect, a pair of in-ceiling speakers is your best bet. Make sure to place the speakers and woofers at an optimum height and distance from each other.

How to buy it 

It’s good to buy a home theatre as a whole unit, rather than buying individual components separately, as it may cost you a great deal more. The individual components may also be incompatible with each other, which will affect the performance of your system as a whole.

Consider budget and space

Allocate yourself a budget to buy a home theatre, keeping in mind the shape and size of the space where you want to keep it. Never overspend on getting your interiors changed, trying to make more space for the home-theatre system.

Check the power output of the AV receiver

Make sure you choose a powerful AV receiver that can support the connected speakers. It should be able to deliver at least 100 watts of power to the channels. Also check if all the devices can be paired properly so that they can perform well.

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