You’re finally ready to build your own home entertainment system that you’ve been dreaming of for a long time and you’ve saved just enough to give yourself a setup you can enjoy without compromise and be proud of.
We love your energy! And to guide that energy in the right direction and help you set up your entertainment system the right way, we’ve compiled some of our top tips in this article to get you started and make the whole process that much easier.
Before going any further in the guide, here are some simple questions you should ask yourself before you start building your home entertainment system:
- Do you have enough space in your home to install a home entertainment system?
- Are you comfortable with the increased bills (electricity and media subscriptions) that may occur after installing the entertainment system?
- Is your apartment soundproofed or could the installation of an entertainment system disturb your neighbors with sound leaks?
Next, we’ll look at the steps you can take to avoid impulse buying the flashiest products on Amazon, out of excitement just because they were on sale, and missing the chance to make an informed decision on your purchase.
Step 1: consider your budget
Let’s start with the basics, and probably the most obvious but also most overlooked rule/step in our guide. With an investment as large as a home entertainment system, the first thing to do, unsurprisingly, is to plan your budget and stick to it with discipline. No, really, we mean it.
Much of the advice and ideas you’ll find on the internet about installing your own home entertainment system are just stealth and creative marketing tactics to get you to buy as much as possible without considering your purchasing power.
The first thing you need to do is plan a budget and decide on an approximation of how much you are willing to spend. Try to be as specific as possible. The more precise, the better. This will allow you to avoid buying things you don’t necessarily need and to avoid “buying fever”.
Step 2: Plan the location
It is not enough to make a budget (even if it is the most important step). You should also plan well in advance where exactly you are going to put and place the entertainment system in an organized fashion.
The last thing you want is to have products and wires strewn about your house that you’re likely to trip over and fall over (I’m speaking from personal experience, unfortunately). It’s critical to your television viewing enjoyment that your entertainment setup doesn’t look like a terrible mess.
To prevent this from happening, the first thing to do is to do what your parents told you when you were a child: clean your room. In this case, it’s your living room, basement, bedroom, or wherever you plan to install the entertainment system. This will let you know how much space you actually have and plan accordingly.
Step 3: Visuals and sounds
Choosing the right screen and audio system is crucial to your movie watching enjoyment. After all, what good is a movie if you can’t fully immerse yourself in the story with vivid colors and clear sound? If the entertainment system is placed in a large space, opting for a projector would be the right solution.
If placed in your basement or bedroom, we recommend going with a 65-75 inch 4k Ultra-HD OLED TV, as projectors generally don’t provide as good of a viewing experience as panels. OLED.
Speaking of TVs, you might want to learn how to hide your TV’s wires to keep your entertainment system looking neat and clean. For sound, we recommend opting for multiple mini speakers with the main unit placed in the middle to give the effect of surround sound, adding to your viewing experience.
Note: Try to install your entertainment system in a location with fewer or no windows. Windows are hard surfaces that reflect sound, which can cause audio distortion, and allow light to pass through, which can cause reflections on the viewing surface and disrupt your viewing experience.
Step 4: Don’t compromise on comfort
You can have the best screen and the best sound system, but if you constantly have to toss and turn in your chair/sofa while watching your favorite shows, you’re probably not going to have a good time.
Treating your eyes and ears at the cost of compromising your back is never a good recipe for entertainment soup. We recommend opting for recliners if you’re not expecting much company. Otherwise, canapes are just as good. But if your budget doesn’t allow it, you can opt for the millennial way of having fun: beanbags!
Step 5: Add ambiance
Ambience is perhaps the most overlooked element of home entertainment systems. If the right gadgets and the right furniture meet your visual and sound needs, the right atmosphere helps you set the mood.
An ideal entertainment system should be in a place where you can come and relax after a long day at work and that is designed specifically for you. And all of that isn’t possible if the place doesn’t smell, look, and feel the way you want it to.
Our recommendation? A few small scented candles, LED fairy lights and a soft floor mat. It will help create the experience you are looking for as soon as you enter the room, greeted by a lovely smell and pleasant lights. With all of that set up, you’re ready to get going and enjoy your favorite movies and shows with your friends and family!
Thanks for reading this quick guide on how to start your own home entertainment system. Good viewing !