Thinking of investing in a home theater? Sound and Signal will support you every step of the way


Sound and Signal gives you two forms of Support and Consultation. We can assign you your very own project manager that can help you with any decision making or questions you may have. We will facilitate delivery of any product, and personally hand pick a technician in your area that will best fit your project needs.

Your second source of Consultation is your technician who will work with you to create the optimal experience in your home. We can show you any features that your entertainment system may have, and can field any questions about your new setup. We pride ourselves on being helpful and polite.

Below is a nice article with some tips on creating a home media center or theater. Give us a call even if you just have a question, we are here to help :)


The Fool Proof Way to a New Home Theater

Home theaters have become so popular over the last decade that they are now becoming standard in the new construction of many homes. Adding a home theater to an existing home can also be a great investment that will not only add to your enjoyment as long as you own the home but be an attractive addition to any potential home buyers if you decide to sell in the future. Of course if you truly want your home theater to be a real investment in your home, you should have a qualified company perform the job for you.

While installing a home theater is not outside the scope of a competent do-it-yourselfer, it’s really a project that is best left to a skilled company. When you consider all the cables and speaker wires that need to be run and the electrical components that need to be connected, what sounds like an easy project at the start may soon leave you scratching your head at the jumble of wires. Also if you prefer in-wall speakers, do you have the know how to run the wiring behind the wall or create an exact opening to fit the speakers? It’s a pretty scary thought, thinking you might destroy your wall in the process. A qualified installer from home theater company can save you from a lot of hassles and some potentially big mistakes.

Home theaters have become so popular over the last decade that they are now becoming standard in the new construction of many homes. Adding a home theater to an existing home can also be a great investment that will not only add to your enjoyment as long as you own the home but be an attractive addition to any potential home buyers if you decide to sell in the future. Of course if you truly want your home theater to be a real investment in your home, you should have a qualified company perform the job for you.

While installing a home theater is not outside the scope of a competent do-it-yourselfer, it’s really a project that is best left to a skilled company. When you consider all the cables and speaker wires that need to be run and the electrical components that need to be connected, what sounds like an easy project at the start may soon leave you scratching your head at the jumble of wires. Also if you prefer in-wall speakers, do you have the know how to run the wiring behind the wall or create an exact opening to fit the speakers? It’s a pretty scary thought, thinking you might destroy your wall in the process. A qualified installer from home theater company can save you from a lot of hassles and some potentially big mistakes.


Finding the Space


Obviously you’re going to need a room for your home theater. Traditionally home theaters have been assigned to the basement where acoustics and lighting could be better controlled. While building your home theater in the basement can still be an ideal solution, with today’s advancements in technology and design, you can have one in any room in your home. A qualified company can help you determine the best layout for the room you have in mind.

When it comes to choosing your space for your home theater, you basically have two choices. You can dedicate an entire room to your theater system or install your system in a multi use space such as a family room or a home office. Consulting with a professional installer can help you determine which is going to be the best option. Where you choose to install your system is really a matter of preference and your available space but a knowledgeable installer may be able to point out some factors you have overlooked.


Determining Your Budget

Once you’ve determined the room you’d like to use for your home theater, you’ll need to establish a budget. This includes how much you can afford to spend on your entire system including all the cables, connecters and cost of installation. A knowledgeable installer can work with you to find the right system for your budget.

Approximately 60% of your system’s budget should go toward the TV since a quality home theater depends on the quality of the video. 30% should be allotted toward what is called the home theater system. The receiver and DVD player and speakers make up the system. 10% goes for wiring and cable. This is something you don’t want to overlook in your budget as it’s crucial to your system and can be quite extensive, also getting an estimate on how much cable and wiring your specific setup will require.


Once you’ve determined the room you’d like to use for your home theater, you’ll need to establish a budget. This includes how much you can afford to spend on your entire system including all the cables, connecters and cost of installation. A knowledgeable installer can work with you to find the right system for your budget.

Approximately 60% of your system’s budget should go toward the TV since a quality home theater depends on the quality of the video. 30% should be allotted toward what is called the home theater system. The receiver and DVD player and speakers make up the system. 10% goes for wiring and cable. This is something you don’t want to overlook in your budget as it’s crucial to your system and can be quite extensive, also getting an estimate on how much cable and wiring your specific setup will require.


Planning Your System

Once you’ve decided on the space you want for your home theater system and determined your budget, a professional can help you choose the equipment that will make up your home theater. The first thing you’ll want to decide is the type of display you want. If you’re planning a dedicated theater and you want the really big screen experience a front projector is going to give you the best picture for your money. If you’re designing your home theater as part of a multi function room a rear projection or LCD or plasma TV. A home theater installer can give you advice on which display is best for your available space.

You’ll need to determine what type of speakers you want and a qualified home theater installer can explain the advantages and disadvantages of each one to you. There are in the wall, surface mounted, bookshelf and floor standing speakers. Speakers mounted in the wall provide for a realistic theater feel. They don’t use a lot of energy and are reasonably priced. Plus being mounted in the wall puts them out of the way so they don’t take up any space. Of course if you're really into quality sound, then you’ll want to consider using physical speakers like standing speakers or possibly the smaller bookshelf speakers but keep in mind that these will take up some space in your room. A qualified home theater company can explain all the sound system options and help you choose the best one for your home theater.
Having a reputable company like Sound and Signal help you plan and install your home theater system has many advantages. We can survey the space available to determine the best layout for optimum viewing and sound. We can also run all your cables and wires and mount the speakers for you, we can make sure everything is connected, program all your equipment and remote control and explain how to use your new system. Just give us a call or send us a message through our contact form above, we are always here to help!

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