With all the advances in TV technology we’ve seen in the last few years, it’s kind of mindblowing how high the image quality of a modern screen is. Have you watched a movie on a 4K Ultra HD TV?? Talk about lifelike! It’s hard to imagine where they’ll go next. When it comes to home theater though, and creating a truly cinematic experience, you have to go one (or five) steps further. So today I’m going to look at some of the extra components you can add to your set up to give you a truly immersive home theater experience.
1. Sound quality is key
Right up there with picture quality is sound quality. You know how they do that thing in the movie theater where they show off how impressive their sound system is? They really want you to notice, because they know your home audio is nowhere near as good. So think seriously about investing in a standalone audio solution.
The Bose Acoustimass system has been one of the most popular home theater audio kits for a long time, and is now into it’s sixth iteration. This system packs a lot of punch for a reasonable price, with 5 Virtually Invisible Series II speakers and one Acoustimass module (for which the system is named). As the name suggests, the Virtually Invisible Speakers are really small and can be easily mounted to minimize the visual footprint. And because the Acoustimass unit looks after the bass, it can be hidden from view and still create a great effect.
2. Improve your audio
The Acoustimass system is good, no doubt, but if you want to take things to the next level, consider the Klipsch R28F Tower Speaker. Put a couple of these beside your TV, and you’ll be off to the next audio dimension. As one Best Buy customer put it: “These are definitively the best home theatre (and music) front ends that I’ve ever owned, bar none. The bass out of the 2 8″ speakers is exceptional. The treble out of the horn is precise and crystal clear.”
In fact these speakers have been reviewed by literally hundreds of customers and have received an average rating of 4.9 out of 5. Can’t argue with that! Plus they look super cool, and are bound to impress your guests. Just remember to buy two for the full stereo effect!
3. Great speakers need a great receiver
One item that we don’t want to overlook here is the unit that is going to power your speakers and enable them to deliver that ear-throbbing, glass-shattering audio—the receiver.
It’s possible to hook up your speakers to the back of some TVs, but you’re never going to get the optimum experience that way. You need a receiver to take the signal from your TV and ‘amp it up’ to power those hungry speakers. The receiver is essentially an amplifer, with some extra components on top like a pre-amp and a radio tuner (how quaint!). The advantage of using an amplifier is that you can also use it to listen to music by attaching your music input (phone, turntable, cd player) to it, giving you a listening experience that is hard to match, and if you’re a true music lover you’ll be blown away.
BestBuy.ca stocks two types of receivers; stereo receivers, which are designed primarily for music playing purposes, and home theater receivers, which are designed to take the signal from your TV, Blu-ray or DVD player, and process it to give you the best possible audio output. Some receivers are even Wi-Fi compatible so that you can wirelessly stream music from your phone, or any device that can connect to your Wi-Fi network.
Denon is one of the most respected names in audio components and the Denon AVR-S930H is one the highest rated home theatre receivers at BestBuy.ca, and it has that handy Built-in dual-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity.
4. A soundbar is a sound buy
Ok maybe I’ve blown past your budget with the Klipsch speakers and Denon receiver, but don’t despair—home theater audio is still within your grasp!
Sound bars have become very popular in the last few years as a simple and effective way to upgrade your TV’s sound. They don’t take up much space, and are generally placed in the underneath your TV. A lot of sound bars come with a subwoofer to give you plenty of low-end bass action. Bass is important because it can literally move you, like those funky movie theater seats my son and I watched Rogue One in (#dadoftheyear). As I mentioned earlier with the Acoustimass, you can place any subwoofer discretely to minimize clutter. Whatever you do though, don’t use it as a plant stand—the vibrations will eventually knock the plant off!
One of the most popular soundbars on the market is the Polk Audio MagniFi which offers excellent sound and a host of options for tweaking levels to suit your needs. It also has Bluetooth so you can easily stream from your devices. Although not a widely recognized, brand Polk has a great reputation among serious audiophiles.
5. A good theater needs good seats
Finally, what theater is complete without comfortable seating? My wife took to the kids to the movies recently and they had reclining seats that were so comfortable she actually fell asleep! (Pretty expensive nap—seriously, have you been to the movies lately?!Not a cheap date these days.All the more reason to put that money towards a nice home theater set up, right?)
I like the look of these Verona motorized chairs by Valencia Theater Seating. Plus they’ve got LED lit cup holders and ambient floor lights so you know what you’re doing in the dark. They also have a USB charger so you can endlessly tweet your thoughts on the movie you’re watching in real time!
Be sure to check out the vast array of products available at BestBuy.ca to make your dream home theater!