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3 Essential Components of a Home Theater

September 20, 2021

There is nothing quite like watching a movie or big game in your own personal home theater. It’s a professional, movie-theater like experience that you never even have to buy tickets or leave home to enjoy! There are many aspects of home theater design that will influence your ultimate outcome including seating, lighting, acoustics, and the 3 essential components of a true home theater that we look at below.

3 Essential Components of a Home Theater

  • Screen
    • Work with your home theater installer to determine an ideal screen size and type for your unique space. Some screens are more suited to completely dark theaters (ideal) but others are designed to maximize image quality in spaces where there may be light.
  • Projector
    • This is another component that your installer will use experience to guide you towards the best option for your space. Depending on the distance from where your projector will be mounted or placed to where the screen is, your desired outcome, and budget, there will be great projector for you!
  • Audio/Video
    • Audio and video component quality and specifications can make or break your home theater experience. You don’t want poor image quality, unreliable or poor sound quality, or difficult controls that are frustrating to use. With professional design and installation, components will be uniquely selected to best achieve your desired home theater goals.

Things to know before installing home theatre?

In a living space, home theatre provides immersive audio, video experience to the viewers. It can be a simple setup or more complex systems with several devices. Either way, people may find numerous options on the market that can be tailored to their budget. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning a home theatre system.

The setup

In most size, the room size determines the type of video display. Smaller rooms require TVs, while larger spaces can benefit from projectors. Moreover, people should consider the ambient lighting of their room. When there is excessive natural lighting, it could result in screen glare or reflection. In addition to lighting, carpeting of the room will also affect the viewing and listening experience. Hard wood floors will reflect more sound than other flooring types. It may result in unwanted echoes. Make sure to install carpeted floors in the room to avoid any unwanted sound production and ensure better absorption.

Video display

The most crucial component in any home theatre setup is the video display device. When it comes to this, people have several options: LCD, LED, OLED TV, and video projectors. People need ultra resolution displays to get true-to-life experience. 4K Ultra HD is a commonly available resolution in many TVs that are above 40 inches. Video projectors are also available in a range of resolution. It can produce better viewing experience for large rooms. However, there are many optimized projects suitable for small room setups. They vary in price and resolution, depending on the screen size.


Another essential component of home theatre systems is sound receivers. The receivers perform any different tasks depending on its type. For instance, it can function as a radio tuner to channel AM/FM, along with satellite radio frequencies. Preamplifiers control both audio and video sources by distributing incoming signals to the correct channels and output. It can also distribute sound signals to video projectors from an AV receiver. One can also find a multi-channel amplifier ideal for higher-end home theatre systems. This combination provides a unique flexibility to isolate interference and share the functions between different devices.


Depending on the setup, home theatre systems may consist of several types of speakers. Before any purchase, people should understand the types of speakers and suitable setups. In general, a five-channel setup includes a front-right/left speaker, center channel, left/ right speakers for surround, and a sub-woofer. People can also connect additional speakers to expand the channel. It is essential to consider the acoustical match between components before this step. Subwoofers produce extreme low frequencies when playing movies or music. The size of the subwoofer is determined the size of the room. Based on the audio equipment, the subwoofers should be carefully positioned to produce optimal effect.

Source components

These source components are essential to watch movies or listen to music. A typical home theatre setup consists of multiple devices: DVD players, Blu-ray players, satellite cable receiver, streaming device, and DVD recorders. All these devices are connected to a suitable surge protector.


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