Customers are spending less and less time in movie theaters thanks to the extreme popularity of streaming services that let them watch movies and their favorite TV shows from home, and of course, the recent pandemic has ensured more people are staying at home than ever. While some theaters are attempting to reopen soon, it will be with restrictions, and it's unknown how many people will actually risk showing. Now's the best time to invest in a home entertainment center that could transform your living room, or another dedicated spcace, into a theater that can rival the cinema.
Naturally, price is the main thing that scares many people away from going all-in on a home theater. You also may have heard buyer's remorse stories from neighbors or other purchasers who bought big screens and some speakers that didn't quite offer the experience they were expecting. You may simply be concerned that you're living in a small space and don't have a single room you can give up to build a large theater. Fortunately, you can build a respectable entertainment system without a huge space and even without breaking the bank. These are the main components you'll need to think about.
You can't even begin to have a home theater without a proper television or projector screen. Unless screen size is the most important factor for you, going with a big HDTV is going to be your best bet, especially if you're on a budget. These days, you can easily get a 55" 4K TV for around $500, or less if you can find one a sale. With a wall-mounted stylish TV stand, it'll look great and can fit in rooms with limited square feet.
A projector and screen combo can easily rack up a price of $1,000 plus, but they can display on screens of 200 inches or more. If you're looking to truly mimic the experience of the theater, this is the route to go. You can even find projectors with 3D picture capability, and they can be cheaper than a 3DTV.
Your sound system is just as important as your screen choice since few things will be more disappointing than having an impressive picture with weak sound to accompany it. You'll need plenty of space for a full surround-sound speaker setup, but even rooms lacking in square feet can sound great with a modern soundbar. This is also your best option on a budget.
If you're looking to install a complex sound system, you'll want to think carefully about your receiver. This is what connects all of your components, including inputs and outputs, and ensures audio is distributed as it should be. Receivers may offer capabilities for HDMI cables, Bluetooth, auxiliary input, and more, so make sure all your components are compatible with your receiver. Regardless of what kind of sound system you go with, don't skimp on a subwoofer. You'll need it to get that powerful, cinema-quality sound.
No room is complete without appropriate lighting, and a Lutron dealer can set you up with great light management systems that allow simple light control for every room in the house from one location. You can even customize specific settings for movies, videogames, and more. Lutron can even set up your entire home theater if you wish with screens, sound systems, and smart lighting. Install cabinets for easy access to all your equipment and components like your Bluray player, game consoles, or cables.
Lutron solutions include a home automation system that automatically descends a projector screen, starts your DVD player, activates your sound system, and even dims the lights. Timers and automatic shades can even be set to activate when you leave the house. You have plenty of options to build the entertainment system perfect for your home.