Kathleen wanted to put together a Home Theater in Los Angeles as she had just moved to L.A. from New York. Having a little more space to play around with, some of the items were pretty easy for her. TV– Check. Blu-ray Player– Check. Ipod Dock– Check. “Ok so
now for the speakers” she thought and picked up a $200 5.1 speaker system from Costco. She set everything up per the directions, cracked open her new copy of Avatar on Blu-ray and started the movie. As she watched, she couldn’t help but remembering that she enjoyed it more in the theater. What was it that was missing?
At Technospeak, we see this scenario over and over again. Too many people buy the biggest most expensive TV they can find and then use whatever is left for the remaining components. One of the very last items purchased with Kathleen and most others is speakers. Unfortunately, a bad Home Theater experience like Kathleen’s is almost always the result.
When putting together a Home Theater in Los Angeles, one of the first things you should do is create a budget for yourself. Once you have decided what that budget is, split it in two. The first half should be spent on the display and other video sources. The second half should be spent on your speakers and amplifier. If you were to see a commercial cinema built from scratch, you would discover this ratio to be true. The cinema experience is just as much an auditory experience as it is a visual one.
As a rule of thumb, we always recommend spending a minimum of $1,200 on the 6 speakers you will need for a 5.1 Home Theater. You will almost always do better by spending more, but this is the minimum. Any less and the speakers you purchase will noticeably fall short of your commercial cinema expectations for the average Home Theater. Music sources like CDs are even more demanding than video sources on speakers and insufficient speaker quality will be even more apparent.
Now that Kathleen understands what was missing from her Home Theater experience, she is ready to return the Costco system and get something more in line with her Video display. Now the question is, which speaker brand should she buy? Is it Ok for her to mix and match, or should she get them all from the same manufacturer?
Feeling the same way? Call Technospeak today at 310-410-8771 and we can help make sure your Home Theater experience will live up to your expectations.