Going To The Movies Vs. Home Theater Comparison

Since most home owners think that installing a home theater will cost too much they simply avoid doing so and take their families to the movies. Some families go “movie going” at least once per month.

The truth is that if you actually sit down with a pencil and paper to calculate the numbers you will find, very quickly, that a home theater system vs going to the movies will actually save you a lot money.

The average family of 3 people (spouses and one child) will spend at least $124 for a night out at the show. This includes the prices of dinner, tickets, soft drink, candy, and snacks.

The yearly expense would be around $1,500 for a family of three that goes to the movies only once per month. For larger families this number could reach up to $5,000 or more per year.

The next time you take your family movie going be sure to keep track of every penny you spend. Write it down and then crunch the numbers to see how much money you could spend each year. Then compare that to the price of home theater systems.

The price of home theaters can range from $200 (out of the box systems) or more depending on the size of the home theater you want.

If you are in the Macomb, Michigan or surrounding areas and want to start on a home theater but not sure how to get started Bayne Home Theater services can help you.

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How To Hire A Home Theater Designer and Installer

When looking for a custom home theater designer and installer you should find a person that knows about home theater design and make sure that they know about all of the equipment options which could help transform a basic home theater system into a custom work of entertainment.

Here’s some things that you should keep in mind when shopping around for a home theater designer and installer:

  • They should know about audio and video equipment.
  • Their main business should be home theater installation and design and not some “add-on” service for buying equipment from them.
  • They should have dedicated installers and designers and not hourly wage employees doing your work.
  • A professional designer and installer would be able to come to your home. This is the only way that they could consult with you on your needs and it should not be done without them actually seeing your home theater room.

A professional home theater installer and designer will be able to recommend equipment that may be equal in quality but cost less.  So be sure that, above all else, you end up with a system that you and your family can enjoy and one that works properly.

Properly Concealing Home Theater Wiring

For many people with a home theater installed in their house, the cables are one of the biggest challenges that they face. Cables and cords for all the various components usually become tangled and making it nearly impossible to change the configuration of your system or any of the components. Most people don’t put in the time to organize and hide their cables to improve the safety and appearance of their home theater room. With just a few minor changes, your home theater cabling disaster can be easily cleaned up.

All of the components in the home theater system have a power cord that must find its way to a wall socket, surge protector or power strip. To keep the power cords neat and tidy, use a label machine to identify the cord before you plug your home theater components in. This will help when you need to know which plug to pull to move your speaker system or to replace your DVD player.

To clean up the knots and clutter caused by the constant wrapping and unwrapping of cables around each other, start by unplugging everything, including the cables that connect each component to the others, and separate them out. Figure out exactly where you want each component to go, and then set them up again and neatly run the cables without twisting them around each other. You may need to write down reminders for where everything goes if you are not accustomed to setting up the theater. Use twist ties or zip ties to the cables every foot or so when there is more than one cable running in the same direction to keep them from becoming tangled and out of control. This same organization can be applied to the power cords that lead to the same power outlet.

If your home theater is set-up such that some of the cabling must come out from behind an entertainment cabinet or floor speakers, it is recommended that some sort of cable hide be used to ensure that these cables do not become snagged by people walking by or grabbed by small children or pets. To keep power cords out of view and safe from tampering, use a cable hide designed to run along the wall and keep your cables protected and covered. These cable hides can be great for anywhere that your cables hang out in the open. If you are building your home theater from scratch, you can ask the installer to build the cabling into the wall or molding of the room in much the same fashion. You will not have to worry about tripping hazards or about your new puppy chewing through your power cables if the cords are neatly hidden and out of the way.

Your home theater speakers provide another potential problem, since you might want speakers around the room with speaker cables becoming a huge problem. To keep this problem down, the best option, though complicated, is to run the wiring for the speakers through the walls. This prevents them from dangling or getting in the way, and if you have the necessary tools and skills, you can run your speakers just about anywhere in the room.

Cleaning up home theater cabling does not have to be a chore. With some simple changes and proper storage, you can have a clean looking, safe home theater room for your family.

If you live in Michigan and need professional help with the design and installation of your home theater Bayne can help.

Choosing The Right Home Theater System

Choosing the best home theater system for you and your family is a huge decision and a potential big investment. Doing your research beforehand is a great idea. You can do your homework by reading consumer electronic magazines, getting advice from friends or family, and browsing consumer electronic stores or home theater stores if there are any in your area. The more you know about home theater systems the better you will able to make an educated purchasing decision.

The best home theater system for you will be the system you can afford. Prices can easily get into the thousands, so it is important to choose a system that not only fits your taste but also your wallet just as well. And it is important to realize that the most expensive systems do not necessarily mean that it’s the best one for you.

Price is not the only consideration when looking for the best home theater system. A system that is very complicated to setup and use will prove to be very frustrating. Choose a system you are comfortable with and one that doesn’t leave you confused when trying to operate and program it.

Quality speakers are pretty important when attempting to put together a nice home theater system. It is highly recommended that a home theater system has at least five speakers positioned around the room in order to give your home theater system surround sound.

Make sure that the home theater receiver that you get with your home theater system can handle all of your components from your DVD player and CD player, to your gaming system, and even your computer.

The best home theater system is the one that brings you and your family the most enjoyment. That will be a system that not only brings high quality picture and sound to your home entertainment but it will also be a system that you can afford, and that you can operate all components without frustration.

Considerations For A Home Theater

Movie tickets are always on the rise these days. Not only the tickets but the other things as well such as popcorn, soda, and candy. I know I can’t sit through a movie and not have anything to drink with popcorn and gummy bears. Then there’s dinner before or after the movie and not to mention the gas to drive there along with the traffic jams… what an expensive hassle!

Many families are now considering adding a home theater system to their homes. With all the ever improving internet media options and other means movies are now coming out on DVD and online not much longer after they are in theaters. In the long run, a home theater room would save you a lot of money if you like to experience that movie theater feel from the comfort of your own home.

Here are some things to consider when thinking about adding a home theater to your household:

Space

If you can, go with a windowless room. This will save you a lot of lighting troubles right from the start. If you want a big screen projector be sure that you have the room for it. You don’t want to be sitting 5 feet in front of a 60″ screen.

Cost

Cost is always a consideration when building your new home theater. The type of equipment and accessories that you choose will largely impact the price. Setting a budget may be a good idea for anyone considering a home theater plan.

Design and Installation

Hiring a professional design and installation expert may be a good idea when dealing with any home theater project unless you are specifically knowledgeable and handy in the home theater area. Take the time to shop around for contractors and compare quotes. It’s always important that you have a written contract outlining any verbal agreements and detailing every point of the project, including cost, payment type, payment schedule, warranties, time frame, and any other aspect of the work that needs to be completed.

Best Movies To Watch On A Home Theater System

If you currently have a home theater or don’t have one but are thinking about making one then these movies are the ones that you should keep in mind to watch and enjoy that “movie theater” experience and feel.

They are listed in random order:

– The Fast and the Furious

– Top Gun
– The Dark Knight
– Speed
– Avatar
– Inception
– Terminator 2
– The Lord of the Rings
– Aliens
– Independence Day
– Raiders of the Lost Ark
– Titanic
– The Lion King
– Batman Forever
– Saving Private Ryan
– Twister
– Apollo 13
– Rocky
– Spider Man
– Die Hard
– Superman
– The Matrix
– Robocop
– War of the Worlds
– Transformers
– Pearl Harbor
– Ghost Busters
– Any Given Sunday
– Iron Man
– The Rock
– The Incredibles
– The Abyss
If you don’t have a home theater and are thinking about building one but don’t know where to begin then give Bayne. We will help you design your new home theater, pick out the equipment you need, and then professionally install it so it’s positioned well and all the wiring is properly concealed.

Buying Tips For A Home Theater Projector

You should have a basic understanding of how home theater projectors work so that you can make a good decision on purchasing one that will exactly suit your needs. The three things to remember when purchasing a home theater projector are price, brightness and aspect ratio.

If you are thinking about or looking to purchase a home theater projector, the best place to buy one is from a store that specializes in selling them such as a home theater store. If there aren’t any home theater stores where you live or anywhere near your area you can go online and look at several online stores that sells them.

Aspect Ratio

Home theater projectors can be made with two different aspect ratios. The first ratio is the 16:9 aspect ratio, which is best for watching movies in letterbox or widescreen format. The second is the 4:3 aspect ratio, which is designed for watching regular broadcasts and television.  The aspect ratio simply refers to the ratio of height and width of the picture that is being viewed. The preference depends upon what you watch most on your projector. For example, movies on DVD usually look better in a 16:9 widescreen format. Gamers, however, may want to go with the 4:3 aspect ratio.
Price

 
A good home theater projector can range between $1500 and $8000, maybe even more.. If you have a small budget, you may want to consider the Mitsubishi HC3, BENQ PB6100, or the Epson Powerlite Home 10. Each of these projectors are great starters for viewing movies and gaming if you can’t afford a more expensive projector or just have a low budget. However, if you have the space and a higher budget, the Sanyo PLV-WF10 is the way to go if you want to experience the quality that a larger home theater projector can give you.
Brightness

 
ANSI lumens home theater projectors set the standard for brightness.Most models generate 700 to 2000 lumens. This is considered to be the regular range for brightness for projectors. A projector that has 1000 lumens is all right for a dedicated home theater room because darker rooms only need about 1200 lumens. However, well-lit rooms need at least 2000 lumens because the natural light that may come in from the windows may create a glare on the screen.

Flat Panel TV Mounting Above Fireplace

Experts say, that most of the time, a flat panel TV can be mounted above a fireplace safely. Before you install it, make sure that your fireplace is suitable. Once you do, you can mount the flat screen in a manner similar to the way you would mount it to any other wall.

Have you been dreaming of having that big flat screen TV above your fireplace? Bayne will come to your home to consult with you and help you decide what is right for you. We will securely fasten the brackets to the wall and then attach your television to the bracket.