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Posted by Afonso Real Estate on 9/27/2017

Whether you’re a movie buff, like playing the latest video games, or just appreciate high-quality video and audio when you’re binging shows in Netflix, your experience can be greatly enhanced with a home theater system.

 Technologies are ever-changing when it comes to home audio and video. The quality of DVDs now seems laughable next to 4K resolution HD videos. Similarly, bulky home audio systems that once required several huge speakers have been reduced to small “sound bars” that sound excellent and take up hardly any room at all.

 If you’d like to turn your living room, basement, or any other room in your home into a home theater, read on.

Location of your home theater

The obvious choice for many when it comes to choosing a location for their home theater is the living room. And that might make the most sense for people who have small or mid-sized houses who spend much of the time in their living room.

However, if you’re looking for an immersive, distraction-free viewing experience, you may want to consider other rooms in your house, such as a finished basement or office.

What you’ll need

 If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll need to invest some time and money in your home theater. First, you’ll need an HDTV or projector and screen. Projectors can be a fun way to achieve the movie theater experience and are particularly useful in large rooms where you’re sitting far from the screen. However, quality projectors are quite pricey ($600 or more, not including the cost of a screen).

Choosing a television

If you go the television route, you have several options. Shopping for a TV is no easy feat. There are LED, OLED, 4K Ultra, and curved televisions. If you’re looking for the highest video quality and plan on streaming HD video with a high resolution, a 4K Ultra would be the best option.

 However, if you aren’t particular about video quality and will be happy with anything that plays your old DVD collection, most LED televisions will do the trick at an affordable price point.

 Home audio

When it comes to audio quality, you might be surprised with the variety of systems on the market.

For the classic home theater experience, a multi-speaker surround sound system is the closest you’ll get to the cinematic experience. Since the rise of the sound bar, home theater systems have become much more affordable.

However, with most surround sound systems you’ll need to buy a receiver. You’ll need to set it up and find a place to put it (they tend to be pretty large).

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of installing speakers around the room and finding a place for a big audio receiver, a sound bar could be a great alternative. Starting at around $100 and scaling up to $1,000 depending on your audio quality needs.

Most decent sound bars come with a small subwoofer, but other than that they are small, lightweight and typically Bluetooth-ready, so you can just plug them in and start listening.




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Posted by Afonso Real Estate on 11/23/2016

The price to see a major motion picture at a public theater has reached the point where you could easily spend $50 or more to treat a family of three teenagers and two adults to a show. That doesn’t include the costs of popcorn, pretzels and other movie theater refreshments. To counter rising ticket and refreshment prices, some homeowners are investing in a home theater. Yet, price isn’t the only reason to invest in a home theater. Five additional rewards that you may reap from having a home theater follow: Privacy – A home theater gives you the chance to kick off your shoes and enjoy a film while you're dressed in your comfortable pajamas or a rugged pair of jeans. Should you decide to text during a movie, you won't have to worry about anyone glancing at your messages. You’ll also have the privacy to sit where you want and get up as often as you want without stepping in front of strangers. Have it your way – If offerings like Prima Cinema take off, you may be able to watch recent movie releases in your home theater. Say good-bye to checking the Internet or newspaper to find out when the next showing of a movie you're excited about catching starts. Watch older movies on DVD or download a streamed episode of a TV show. Add 3D technology, Bluetooth and high definition DVD and video player features to your theater to bring movie images alive. Enjoy a home cooked meal – Forget snacking on pricey hot dogs, pizzas and cheese pretzels at a public theater. Barbecue or cook a savory home cooked meal and enjoy dining on the food in your private theater while you watch an entertaining movie on your personal wide screen. Get loud – Sound bars and bookshelf speakers can pump lots of clear sound into your theater. Hanging out with friends watching a sports game? Don’t think twice about cheering and laughing loudly as you celebrate scores and other game successes. Comfort – Home theater seats come in sets of two, four and up. There are several styles to choose from, including high back, leather and recliner styles. Some seats mirror living and dining room sectionals. Prop your feet up, lean back and get comfortable while watching a hit movie at home. There are several outlets that offer quality home theater equipment and accessories. Computer, electronics and home goods stores sell home theater products. Automobile detail shops also sell surround sound speakers for houses. Home theater festivals showcase equipment from a wide range of vendors. Try out products. Ask vendors to share details, including pricing, on their products. Check out items like mini amplifiers, channel receivers, subwoofers, projectors, wide screen televisions and floor speakers. Setting up a home theater can be complicated, depending on the type of equipment you purchase. Save yourself a headache and consider having a professional install your equipment. If you take this route, negotiate a lower price on the equipment to save on the combined supply and installation costs.




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