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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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