In order to enjoy a true multimedia experience, you would have to go to a cinema or any place that has a sophisticated setup that is full of different hardware components. Bringing all of these powerful components to the average living room used to be close to impossible back in the days but thanks to technological advancements and manufacture initiatives, you can now have your very own home theater system where you can watch all of your favorite movies as if you are in a cinema. Depending on the components that you purchase, you might be able to take your experience even further. But it is always good to have basic start so you can figure out how you can expand your system from there. You can create your own custom home theater system from scratch if you make the right buying decisions.
The TV will serve as your central hub and interface for your home cinema experience. It is the largest component in your system so it is sure to stand out in your living room and if you want to make a very good impression for visitors, you should go for a design that is slim with a smooth finish. These slim displays may be more expensive than thicker displays of the same size, but they often have better energy saving features which is good if you plan on using the TV often. LED displays are normally the thinnest and most eco-friendly so check out the available options.
TVs come in different sizes, normally starting from 32 inches to over 100 inches in home theater setups. Bigger will always be better as long as you have living room space so be sure to do the measurements first. You should also look at the TV’s features because large displays that are affordable may be lacking in features. You may be able to get a smaller TV costing the same price but offering more features. If you are unsure on what TV to get, think of the viewing distance. Just divide the viewing distance by 3 to get the minimum size and then get the same number and divide it by 1.5 to get maximum size. For instance, if your viewing distance is 6 feet, all you basically need is a 26 to 46-inch TV and nothing bigger than that.
Your choice of features will depend on your preferences but one of the most important things that you should consider is the number of connection ports. This will determine how far you can expand your home theater system. Generally, you are looking at the HDMI ports because they provide the most minimal setup when it comes to cables. For instance, if you buy an HDTV with only 3 HDMI ports, you can probably hook up a gaming console, Blu-ray player, and leave one open for a portable device. If you find yourself running out of ports, you can hook up an AV receiver which can amplify the sound and route all sources to the TV so you have more HDMI ports available.
Once you have your TV all setup, you can freely add components to your liking. If you have never done this before, a very safe route to go is to get components that have the same brand so you won’t have difficulty in setting things up.