Well, we are getting close to sitting back and enjoying the movie experience in your own home. Just think how much you will be saving on popcorn by not having to take out a loan to see a movie on a commercial theater screen.
This is the first of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater.
Many people buy a LCD television, such as a 55" or 65" flat screen, add a $200.00 "theater in a box" from Wal-Mart, and call it a home theater. Of course, the couch or lazy Boy is the seating. This is as basic as it gets.
Let's step this up a notch and see how to have a large projection screen (70" or better) and a projector, as the basis for a true home theater. We will look at what's available to make a comfortable home theater that you will be proud to show off.
This is the 2nd of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater.
Your extra room is carpeted, painted and the screen is ready to be hung. What's next? Let's consider the projector. There are many home theater projectors on the market and it would not be practical to discuss all of these in this article. There are some features that you should look for in a projector.
Your room is coming together. The screen and projector are hung. Now, you need to consider the sound system. Too many people skimp on their sound system and regret it later, when they have to strain to hear the conversations or miss the depth of an explosion. Buy the best sound system that you can afford.
Part One on home theater soundproofing received an excellent response, including rather vociferous discussion on other sites (and in emails to me), encouraging the use of a substance called "Green Glue" in place of silicone caulk. Further research indicates there is a range of various soundproofing caulks and glues available from a variety of vendors at widely varying prices. To sum up, it's the sealing properties and elasto-viscous nature of these materials that all help, but do-it-yourselfers should be cautious about some extravagant claims made for some of these materials
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