Have you ever thought of creating a home theater in your house but don’t have the extra space to dedicate an entire room to it? Or perhaps a large-scale renovation is not in the budget at the moment. A good alternative for you might be to upgrade some of your components, install surround sound and make a few small home improvements to your current living room or family room.
Here are some of our top tips to meet your home theater needs:
• If you are in the process of building a new home or taking on a larger renovation, have your electrician run all the wiring before your home theatre wall is drywalled to save on future labor costs.
• Install 7.1surround sound wiring and speakers for optimal sound. If you are a movie buff or love to listen to music, this will be music to your ears.
• Have the satellite dish mounted to the appropriate side of your house with five RG6 wires and one CAT5e wire running to a central point in your house to be wired to your hub.
• Have two CAT5e wires running to the back of your home theater system where your components (ie. receiver, gaming device, cable box/PVR, etc.) will be located.
• Have a HDMI cable running from where your TV will be mounted to where your components will be located for your cable box/PVR.
• It’s always good to leave a little extra cable in case stereo components get moved slightly.
• Here’s a tip for those of you who are thinking about future changes in technology. You can rough in a central vac pipe or other inexpensive pipe in the wall from the back of the area where your components will be to where your TV will be mounted and from the top plate of your wall to where the components will be. This way, when new technology dictates new types of wiring, the new wires can be fished through this conduit with ease.
• Consider whether or not you need to make some changes to the room’s lighting. Adding dimmer switches would allow you greater control over the amount of light in the room at any given time. You will, of course, want to avoid glare off the TV so fixtures that swivel are a nice touch.
To learn more about your viewing and listening options, talk to your home improvement expert or your residential electricians.