Having a home theater system makes watching movies and listening to music, a great experience. A small television or bad speakers can be frustrating and can make you lose interest in film and music, so it is always a good idea to invest in a home theater system. Home theater systems range in price, quality, style, and function and you don’t have to break the bank to get a good quality system or to set one up.

If you are setting your first home theater system, there is no need to worry about it being expensive or complicated, and it does not have to be grand like a movie theater.

When you have your television, gadgets, and speakers all connected and working well, you have a decent home theater system.

You need a few basic things for setting up your home theater system. You need things that you will connect to the system like a cable box, blu-ray player or a game console. The kind of system you set up will depend on your budget and the amount of space you have.

If you have a big budget and a lot of space, your home theater system can be as grand as you want. But it is not necessary, you can work with any budget.

Here are some few things that will be required:

Receiver: The receiver takes care of all the audio and video for the home theater system. You will need to plug your game consoles, streaming set-up boxes and any other input you want into your receiver. When you do this, the receiver will send the audio to your speakers and the video to your television, this makes your system a lot more organized because one device manages all your gear.

HDTV: It is very likely that you already have this in your home, but on the off chance that you don’t then you need to upgrade your television. An old tv will not give the cinematic experience that you can get with a good HDTV and your complete home theater system. The most common and the trendiest televisions are slim and light, and you can easily mount them on your wall or move them around, and they come with smart and exciting features like built-in internet streaming, reminders for your programs or events, wi-fi connectivity to your other gadgets and much more.

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Soundbar: This is an optional addition to your home theater system but it is an affordable way to make your home theater sound even better, and it is space-saving too. You won’t need to use a receiver with the soundbar as a majority of soundbars are amplified and powered. All you need to do is to connect your gadgets to your television and the output from the tv to the soundbar. Soundbars range in price and quality just like the home theater system; you can always get a high-quality soundbar for a reasonable price and much less than you would spend on surround systems.

Power, cables, and label: Additional cables are a necessity when setting up your home theater system, these cables make everything work so much better. You will need longer, or spare cables for your gadgets, some cables you may need for your setup are Ethernet cable, HDMI, component video, composite video, or just a plain speaker cable. If you want to make everything super organized, you can use a decent label marker and label all of your devices and buy power strips, so you know where and what everything is and keep them all in place.

Speakers: Speakers are an exciting part of setting up a home theater system, and a good pair of speakers will make all the difference. When you are getting speakers, always consider the space you plan to use them for, there are high-quality speakers available at different sizes, and for different budgets, so you don’t have to worry. Even if you have a small space or budget, you can still find the right size speakers that will do justice to your space and make your movies and music sound better.

You have a list of things you need to put together a decent home theater system and now it’s time to buy them, what do you look out for? And how do you make sure you get the best bang for your buck?

HDTV
There are so many different types of televisions available everywhere, luckily TVs have evolved over the years from bulky boxes to slim and sleek screens that you can mount in any part of your house. These screens cater to just about every budget, and most of them offer good quality at the very least. You don’t have to buy a sixty-inch screen, whatever size you go for should depend on the type of videos you plan to watch and where you plan to place your television. You should also keep in mind that size equals price, when it comes to these sleek screens, the bigger they are, the pricier they are.

Speakers
An excellent way to control the urge to splurge on fancy features is to stick to a budget, and before you go ahead and buy yourself a speaker, you need to do some research. Consider your living space, do you live in a block of flats with thin walls or a small apartment? Where will you mount your speakers? Will you need to connect a cable to your speakers? These are essential questions to ask yourself before you buy your speaker or any other thing on your list so you avoid spending tons of money on features you won’t enjoy.

Receiver
Receivers are a dime a dozen, and you can find one at every price point, they also come in a wide array of features so choosing the right receiver might be a bit of a chore. Don’t get caught up in the hype and buy a receiver with features you don’t need or can’t use.