With all the advances in TV technology we’ve seen in the last few years, it’s kind of mind-blowing how good the image quality of some modern screens is. Have you watched a movie on a 4K Ultra HD TV? What about an 8K TV?? Talk about lifelike! It’s hard to imagine what they’ll come up with next. When it comes to home theater  and creating a truly cinematic experience, you have to go one (or five) steps beyond just a great screen.

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

When it comes to creating an amazing movie-watching experience sound quality is right up there with image quality. You know how they do that thing at the start of a movie in the 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 if you really want to elevate your home theater game, think seriously about investing in a standalone audio solution.

There are a number of home theatre audio kits that you can quickly and easily add to your system from renowned audio specialists lie Bose, Polk Audio, and Onkyo.  For example the Bose Acoustimass system which been one of the most popular home theater audio kits for a while now. This system packs a lot of punch for a reasonable price, with 5 discrete speakers and one Acoustimass module (for which the system is named) to provide that deep bass. Using an array of smaller speakers which can be easily mounted allows you to minimize the visual footprint of your system. Even the Acoustimass unit itself can be hidden from view and still produce a big sound.

A photo of the Bose Acoustimass 10 Series V 5.1 Speaker System

2. Improve your audio

A photo of the Polk Audio RTiA5 250-Watt Tower Speaker in CherryAn audio kit is a big step up no doubt, but if you want to really impress your guests consider a pair of tower speakers. Put a couple of these beside your TV, and you’ll be off to the next audio dimension. Pay particular attention to those by Klipsch and Polk Audio and you’ll find your self looking at some of the most highly rated speakers in stock.

Not only do tower speakers look super cool, they really do produce an impressive sound. Note that they are generally sold as single items, so make sure you buy two for the full stereo effect!

3. Great speakers need a great receiver

One item that we can’t to overlook is the receiver that is going to power your speakers and enable them to deliver that ear-throbbing, glass-shattering audio.

It is possible to hook up your speakers to the back of some TVs, but you’re never going to get the optimum audio 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. Trust me, if you are 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.

Marantz is my own personal favorite amplifier brand, and I have a wonderful 1970s model that still produces great sound. Be sure to check out the Denon range too, another very highly regarded amp manufacturer.

A photo of a Marantz SR5013 7.2 Channel 4K Ultra HD Network AV Receiver

4. A soundbar is a sound buy

Ok maybe I’ve blown past your budget with the tower speakers and high-end 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 imporve the sound from your TV. They don’t take up much space, and are generally placed discretely beneath 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!

Samsung has a plethora of options in the sound bar department, with a price point to suit every budget. Sonos has also stepped into the sound bar space with some really interesting offerings.

A photo of the Sonos Playbar Sound Bar

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?)

Make sure you check out the full range of home theater seating available at Best Buy. You’ll find reclining seats by the likes of Valencia Seating with LED lit cup holders and ambient floor lights so you know what you’re doing in the dark. There’s even seats with USB chargers 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!

5 COMMENTS

  1. I have installed a home theatre with Dolby Vision and the best specs in audio with a Dolby Atmos and THX certified 5.2 surround system. Also used a McIntosh AVR and LG 86″ TV on the video side and an immensely powerful McIntosh amplifier supplying KEF THX certified speakers and subwoofer plus a support of Bang & Olufsen active surround speakers. Very satisfied with the end result.

  2. Wow your list is way past the budget we used for my theater. I have Polk audio 6 speaker set with an Epson projector with a decent amp. We definitely need to look into seating and those chairs you showed off seem pretty nice!

  3. Oh, cool! Thanks for the list. By the way, I was thinking about installing the Acer H5382BD. These theatrical projectors. I intend to remodel a cellar in my house in a small cinema. I also want to buy an AV receiver: Yamaha RX-V383BL.
    Acer H5382BD
    Yamaha RX-V383BL
    I think it will be cool!

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