Cheap Home Theater Systems
For the home user who is on a tight budget, you can set up a cheap home theater systems for less than 1000 dollars which is pretty impressive for the end results that you will get. With a minimal investment you can have a large viewing screen with a decent picture and a decent surround sound experience as well. You won't be able to get advanced features like 3d or 1080p video but that isn't that important with a budget theater.
The first thing you need to get is a decent projector. You can pick up pretty powerful 720p projectors for less than 500 dollars. It's okay if you spend nearly half your budget on the projector because it is the most important and most expensive part of your theater.
When you get a projector make sure that you pick up the best quality connections that you can get for it. A good HDMI cable will improve image quality and can be had for less than 10 dollars when purchased online.
The next thing on the list is a screen. A basic theater screen should be purchased for 100 dollars or less. Make sure that your theater is large enough for your purposes. Most of the screens are between 60 and 100 inches diagonally and they should be mounted on the ceiling of your theater room.
Next on the list is a blueray player. You will should seek out a mid-quality blueray player because it will display a much better picture than a low end one will. You should be able to pick up a decent player for around 150 dollars and it will have all of the hookups that you could ever want. As a bonus try to find one that upconverts older DVDs well.
The last thing on the list for your basic home theater is a surround sound system. It isn't going to be a high end system, Panasonic SC-BTT490 but for 250 dollars you should be able to pick up a system that sounds halfway decent. To make sure you get a decent quality sounding system go for a 5.1 surround sound setup made by a reputable brand such as Sony or Panasonic.
While 5.1 surround sound is at the low end of the spectrum you will still get high quality sound for your theater. 5.1 simply means that sound is coming from six separate channels. You have your three basic front speakers in the center left and right, and you have the two surround speakers to the back left and right. The final speaker is the subwoofer which is typically placed in the center of the room.
After you get all the pieces for your first home theater systems project it is time to put it all together so that you can start enjoying it. Mount all of your surround sound speakers so that they are positioned in the appropriate sections of the room. Place the receiver along with the blueray player and the projector at the back of the room. Mount your screen at the front center of the room. Position the projector so the image is centered on your screen. Connect the blueray player to both the receiver and the projector and start it up to begin enjoying your movies.
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