Purchasing a home theater system can completely change the ambiance of your home, and make you the envy of your friends. Whether your interest is in being the go-to place during the big game, or just to create an inviting space for your family to hang out, there are some common pitfalls to avoid when purchasing your system.
Do Not Rush the Process
In a world where convenience is important, it may be tempting to go to a big box store and make a hasty purchase based on a sales person’s advice. However, if you do not compare models and determine which system has the clearest sound and the best graphics, you might find it disappointing when you blare up the music at home, only to discover that the speakers sound crackly or distorted at certain volumes. One you have narrowed down a list of options, go online and check out reviews from actual owners. This will make it much easier for you to narrow down your decision.
Try not to Focus on only One Component
Most individuals are impressed by deep bass sounds that come from the subwoofer. Do not forget to test the quality of the sounds coming from the center channel and right and left speakers either, as the majority of movie dialogue emerges from these speakers. Test the speakers for both audio and movie quality before you make your purchase.
Size May be More Important than You Might Think
While it can be tempting to purchase a smaller unit because it does not take up as much space in the room, you might discover than once you have installed a smaller unit, noise becomes easily distorted, especially during louder parts of a movie. Depending on how well the speakers are made, movie dialogue might sound clear, but if a train blares its horn during the movie, the sound might sound strained. Smaller units can only move a certain amount of air, and turning up the volume could actually blow out the speakers. Look for speakers that feature three components, as opposed to two: Higher quality units will feature separate bass, treble and mid-range capabilities.