What to Consider Before Choosing Home Theater Equipment

May 28, 2021 12:10 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There are many things to consider when choosing home theater equipment. Everything from room size and shape to speaker selection and placement can have an effect on your listening and viewing experience. While video components are important for a home theater, here we’re going to stick to just the home audio equipment details for your Chicago, IL home theater.

Listening environment

The first thing to consider when choosing home theater audio equipment is the size, shape and sound of the room the theater will be in. This is important because no matter how “good” your audio components are, if they are not a good match for the room, they will not sound their best.

The first thing to consider is size. How big—or small—is your home theater? You don’t need a lot of power and huge speakers for a small room, especially if you’re sharing a wall with a neighbor. On the flip side, you want to make sure not to get speakers that are too small to adequately create that “movie theater” experience.

Another thing to consider is the acoustic quality of the room. This can include details like the room’s shape, size and acoustic properties. For example, if there are a lot of reflective surfaces, you may want to consider acoustic treatment to even out the sound. One way to tell if this may be necessary is to sit approximately where you will be when watching a movie: if you see reflections of light, that means there will also be reflections of sound that could muddy up the listening experience.

Finally, if you are doing any construction to build your home theater, this presents a whole new set of options. During the planning process, make a note of where you may be able to hide cables, install inconspicuous acoustic treatments or even add in a floating floor so low frequencies stay in (and out of) your home theater.

Audio components

When you’ve got your listening environment sorted out, it’s time to consider audio components for your home theater. To get the most out of your listening experience, especially for a home theater, you will probably want to go with a high-end surround sound system in Chicago, IL.

There are a couple different types of surround sound systems to choose from. For a simple, discreet solution, a high-quality soundbar may suit your needs. These often include a wireless subwoofer and use sophisticated processing to mimic 3.1, 5.1 or even 7.1 surround sound setups.

But the best high-end surround sound systems in Chicago, IL are made with a custom surround sound system. This allows you to choose each individual speaker, woofer, receiver and even the speaker wire to best suit your space and your dream system.

For more than 40 years, Quintessence Audio LTD has been providing the best high-quality home audio to discerning listeners in the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest. When you’re looking for high-end surround sound, check out the best equipment at Quintessence Audio LTD today.

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