These days, people love to create a room just for their family to have fun; namely, to watch movies. You can get a Blue-Ray player, DVD, and so on. There’s all manner of sound systems with the woofers, the tweeters, and so on!
So, what steps do you take to get your home theatre just the way you want it? First, your basement needs to be a finished basement, and it needs to be dry. Fancy electronics and water do not mix. So, put down a nice flooring, put up a vapour barrier and insulation, and get the electrical system set up to handle the load.
This is where checking with an electrician or electronics expert is important. If it turns out that your fuse box doesn’t have the amperage to handle a home theatre, you’ll need to upgrade it.
Next, you need to make sure that your basement stays dry. So, a dehumidifier is best; install one off in the corner. Also, all of the home theatre equipment gives off a lot of heat; so a proper air conditioning system is also important. Typically, you can tap into your household system and get enough cooling, but not always. Check with a A/C installer and they can tell you if your system has enough capacity to handle the additional load.
Now, once you settle on the home theatre system, you’ll have to decide where to place it. You may need some heavy-duty shelves to hold the items. If you’re hanging them on a concrete or cinder block walls, get solid bolts specially made for that material.
If you’ve got walls with drywall and studs, be sure the screws go into the studs – they’ll pull out of drywall, even with molly anchors. Remember, this is a home entertainment system for your home theatre – it’s going to cost a mint!
In terms of the actual screen, you may want to get a flatscreen and just hang it on the wall. This is where some major-ly strong bolts are critical. When you consider the cost of a flatscreen TV, especially a Hi-Definition TV, you do not want to take a chance of it falling off of the wall.
Then, when you have to run the wiring to the sound system and speakers. If possible, run them behind the walls; you don’t want wires hanging all over the place. They’re ugly, and they also invite places for moisture to collect. For that matter, dust, dirt and spider webs can collect on them as well. Not only are those hazardous to the equipment, but they really look bad.
So, setting up the room properly, installing the system the right away, and then maintaining it will insure that you have a great home theatre.