How Do I Create a Home Theater? A Setup Guide

setup guide to install home theater

Now that you have decided to create your own home theater, it’s important to understand the components of it and how they work together. You also have many choices to make for each component.

Where to Set Up a Home Theater

Before you get started, decide where you will place your home theater. The most popular choices are either a converted spare bedroom or a room near the family room. The room you choose should be a minimum of 12 feet by 12 feet; many of the larger home theaters are 20 feet by 13 feet.

If you are building a home theater into a house under construction or as an addition to your house, consider the following:

  • Do you need special insulation for the room designated for the theater?
  • Should you pre-wire it for surround sound?
  • What sort of sound barriers should you use?
  • What lighting solutions do you prefer? Have it pre-wired for that. 

If you are creating your home theater in a room that already exists, you are ready to choose your components.

Selecting Home Theater Components

Selecting the components for any home theater set up can take some time as there will be research required in order to make the best choices based on budget as well as personal preferences. 

  • TV – For smaller home theaters, many people choose television as the main visual component rather than a video projector. Smart TVs in a home theater are generally 65 inches or larger, have a native display resolution of 4K, and are HDR enabled.

Consider whether you would like to have the TV on a stand or would like to have it mounted on the wall.

  • Audio System – Many home theaters have a 7.1 surround sound system, which includes one sub-woofer and seven channel speakers; however, you may choose to connect to audio via your TV and add speakers to augment that system.
  • Speakers – While there are plenty of choices when it comes to speakers that magnify your TV’s sound system, wireless TV speakers are currently popular. Its base connects to your TV and you can put the speaker anywhere you are sitting – up to 100 feet away. The number of speakers you choose to purchase will depend on what you require for your surround sound system. Wired systems and floor-standing speakers usually have the best sound and are the most expensive, while bookshelf and in-wall speakers work better for smaller home theaters and still offer excellent sound.
  • Wi-Fi – Chances are good that you will want your home theater to be set up as wireless, so you will need to make certain that all of your equipment syncs with your Wi-Fi network to improve your user experience.

Geeks on Site Takes Care of Your Professional Home Theater Setup

Home theater setup can be confusing but Geeks on Site can be at your home within a few hours to get your system up and running. We have been helping customers with projects just like this for more than a decade.

Contact us to see how Geeks on Site can help with your home theater setup.