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:


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 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.


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.

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.

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.