Tips on How to Set Up Your Home Entertainment System

When we think of home entertainment, our minds conceive visuals that practically immerse you in the picture coupled with audio where no decibel of sound is too big or too small.  In effect, our imagination to conceiving the concept of all the components of movie theater.  But how do we accomplish in our homes, where space is more limited but privacy and comfort are maximized.  Well, first off, if there is going to even be a chance that one obtains the principles of the concept, the right room must be selected, and the setup in that room must optimize the view of the screen while making sure that audio is easily heard throughout the room.

 

Selecting your Space and Setting it Up

Let’s face it.  Some living and family rooms are better suited to the demands of a home entertainment setup than others.  Preferably, the room that you select will have as few windows and doors as possible.  While windows alter the lighting of the room, they also have the annoying habit of allowing outside light to deliver glare on the TV.  Doors and open walkways do not do any favors for your audio.  As a matter of fact, they detract from any of the acoustic benefits in the room by allowing the sound to immediately exit the area.  So hopefully your living room is not beset with multiple windows and doors, but one of each should not be much of an issue, as long as a curtain of some kind can cover the window, and the door can be properly closed.

 

Set up your living room so your seats are at a easy viewing angle of the TV

Set up your living room so your seats are at a easy viewing angle of the TV

Take a Seat

It is best to place all your chairs and sofas in the same area of the room, and to make sure that the seating area is not much wider than the TV.  Granted that outside light is not entering the room, this will ensure that the position of the TV will be suitable for viewing from every seating location and that adjusting the TV will not greatly improve visibility for one section of the room at the expense of the other for the most part.  But keep in mind that visibility will always be superior in certain spots than others. It is just important not to minimize the difference as much as possible.

 

Entertainment System

Size Does Matter

The size of your TV will depend on the size of your entertainment room, the distance the couch is from the TV, and also your budget. The most popular size that fits most people’s taste is 50″ or more. If you’re on the market for a new TV and can’t decide what size TV you need for your living room, check out this TV size guide from CNET. Whether you decide to go with a HDTV or a 4K TV, the bigger the display, the better the viewing experience. Sceptre offers many large displays for half the price of competitors. Wal-mart, Amazon, Newegg, and Sceptre’s Online Store regularly have great deals on Sceptre big screen TVs.

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Audio

For most of us, a sound bar will more than meet our audio expectations.  As long as the dialogue and score can be easily heard, a sound bar will do the trick to further engage you in your choice of entertainment.  For all of you audiophiles, as you already know of course, a more sophisticated sound system, with multiple speakers and subwoofer, will probably be required.  However, this type of setup is only necessary for those of you who prefer a sound volume and quality that pulsates though the walls.

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Decide on a player

It’s difficult to ignore the strides stream TV has made in recent years. Broadcast TV still dominates the television viewing landscape, but streaming TV shows have carved out a healthy niche of the viewership by gaining audiences that frequently range in the high hundred thousands to low millions. This evolution does not command much attention when considering the facts that broadcast TV shows enjoy 5 to 10 million on average, but streaming’s gradual climb upward in this industry should not be ignored. Based on this trend, traditional TV formatting will probably face more daunting competition in the years ahead so getting in on streaming technology now will not only give you greater access to shows and moves, but will educate and prepare you for these TV viewing transitions as they unfold.

When it comes to streaming, you have plenty of options to choose from depending on your preferences. You have your options of getting a stream stick (i.e. Roku, Amazon Fire stick, Apple TV, Chromecast) or a video game console such as Playstation 4 or XBox One. These players also give you a 4K option to stream and playback 4K content.

Final Thoughts

For all of the aforementioned requirements, Sceptre TVs and sound bars fit the bill handsomely.  These two items can be connected without commandeering a ton of space.  This space saving phenomenon is multiplied whenever they are mounted on the wall.  Sceptre sells a number of wall mounts that will get this job done with style. Whether you select a 50 or 65 inch Sceptre 4K UHD or 1080P LED, the light weight and slim design of these models will make the task of wall mounting a quick and painless process, and will provide optimum visibility to boot.

Share with us! How is your Home Entertainment System set up? What are some of your Home Entertainment System must-haves?

14 responses to Tips on How to Set Up Your Home Entertainment System

  1. ward

    Thank you for delivering a terrific T V the picture is awesome and the sound is excellent! I have not used a menu that is so intuitive! I have control over all video and audio outputs and in control options. It’s not one of those brands that only allows you to adjust a few things , I can control everything, Your packaging exceeds and your attention to detail is consistent of my own! I have sent three different brands back because they did not give me the diversity that you offer. Thank you again ! P.S. I read all of the texts that were written on this T V and they just don’t know what they had. Ignorant! Keep up the great work guys & girls!

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    • Sceptre Inc. – Author

      Ward- Thank you very much for your generous words and feedback! We are glad to hear you are enjoying your TV! 🙂 Welcome to the Sceptre family! If there is anyway we can improve, we’d love to hear it!

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  2. Audrey Sanford

    Can’t get TV remote to work,have replaced batteries.will not power up volume
    Will not work.

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    • Sceptre Inc. – Author

      Hi Audrey,

      We are sorry to hear about the issues with the remote. Please contact Sceptre Tech Support for assistance 1-800-788-2878. Thank you.

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  3. Rick

    Do I need the factory remote to adjust the color on my sceptre 1080p I think 46-47″ the factory remote was lost.I’m working off my direct tv remote with no manual and please remember I need one of those dummy books for 64yr olds thanks……rick

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    • Sceptre Inc. – Author

      Hi Rick,

      Please contact Sceptre Tech Support for assistance 1-800-788-2878. If you are still under warranty, they may be able to send another remote. Thank you.

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    • Sceptre Inc. – Author

      Hi Leon,

      We are sorry to hear that your circuit board has stopped working. If your TV is no longer under warranty, it will probably be cheaper to replace the entire TV. Please contact customer support at 1-800-788-2878 and one of our agents will be happy to assist you. Thank you.

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  4. Grace Heath

    Do I need a converter box to get the basic channels if I don’t have cable or do I just need an antenna….was going to get Roku and hook it up to tv.

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    • Sceptre Inc. – Author

      Hi Grace,

      Thank you for your question. If you have a Sceptre model that does not have Clear QAM tuner, you will need an antenna. You can check the specs of the model you have on the website sceptre.com. Simply search for your specific model on the website and then click on the specs section on the model’s page.

      If you buy a Roku stick or media player, simply plug it into one of the HDMI ports on the TV, follow the instructioins on the setup menu, and connect it to your internet network via wi-fi. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact our tech support team at 1-800-788-2878 and one our agents will be pleased to assist you. Thank you.

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  5. Deborah S Roberts

    I have directv how do I get the dire Tv remote paired I can do everything but sound button will not work on directv remote

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    • Sceptre Inc. – Author

      Hi Deborah,

      Thank you for your question. This television follows SONY’s universal remote code. To find the actual code you must read through your own universal remote’s guide book. If the sound button does still not work after trying to pair the remote again, please call our tech support team at 1-800-788-2878 and one of our agents will be happy to assist you. Thank you.

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    • Sceptre Inc. – Author

      Hi Jack,

      Thank you for the support and kind words. We hope that you continue to enjoy your home entertainment system and please feel free to share any suggestions that may help us improve your experience with us.

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