Like countless other people around the UK, you might be thinking of getting a refreshed home entertainment system as a present to the whole family this Christmas. If this is the case, then you may have a daunting picture in your head involving miles of wires, vaguely labelled connections, and complications that could risk pushing you into an adult tantrum! Despite what you may think, setting up a great home entertainment system can be very easy if you approach it in the right way. Here are some handy tips for yours:
Find Your Visual Sweet Spot
Believe it or not, groups of engineers and scientist have actually put the work in to find the optimal viewing distance for modern TVs. The math is pretty simple – you just take the TV’s diagonal screen size and multiply it by 1.5 to 2.5. The measurement you get is roughly how far the sofa, armchairs, and other seating should be away from the screen for the best viewing experience. Of course, you don’t need someone in a white coat to tell you what’s going to be comfortable. However, you should think about how crowded your living room can get and how clear everyone’s view is going to be. It’s often a good idea to mount your TV on a wall to ensure everyone gets a good spot. Many aerial installers offer TV-mounting services, so check some out in your local area.
Get a Sound Bar for Smaller Rooms
Most modern TVs on the market can pump out a pretty high quality of sound. However, nothing will get you closer to that genuine cinema experience than separate, dedicated speakers. If your living room or seating area is particularly small, I highly recommend getting a sound bar. These components array several speakers into one subtle package, giving you great audio without having to mount any massive, bulky speakers to your walls. Various sleeker models can sit neatly on your TV cabinet, where as other, bulkier ones act as a kind of base which the TV can sit on top on. Whatever model you go with, modern sound bars are a great way to achieve perfect audio quality in a smaller lounge.
Thinking of 3D? Get the Right Seating
If you have your heart set on a 3D TV, and you know that you’re going to be watching a lot of 3D content on it, then the seating you use is almost as important as the TV’s technical capability. This has made me think there’s some weird, shady conspiracy going on between home electronics companies and furniture show rooms! While 3D TVs are brilliant when they work, tilting your head a little too far to one side or another can completely scramble an otherwise stunning 3D effect. This means that the common sprawled-out posture people use to watch TV is going to get in the way of things. Get some furniture with straight backs that discourage slouching, and you’ll ensure that your 3D TV doesn’t turn out to be a big waste of money!