Have you noticed that TV screens are getting bigger and thinner? If you look at what $300 gets you today, versus what it could get you ten or twenty years ago, the difference is truly remarkable. Not only that, the means by which we watch TV and movies have changed drastically. People used to drive to the video store and peruse the selection there, sometimes for hours, before finding a movie to rent. Today, it’s all invisible and instant. Most modern TVs have built-in smart functionalities that give us immediate access to more content than we could possibly watch.
The technological advances in sound and lighting have also come a long way. In short, it’s never been easier or more inexpensive to set up a quality home theater. Here are three ways to do it.
1. Buy a new TV
New TVs are cheap, and if you’re still watching one of those old school tubes, you’ll be amazed at what a few hundred bucks can get you. For most people, upgrading the TV these days means going 50 inches or bigger, with the latest super high resolutions and contrasts, but the perceived change isn’t that much. We are starting to see 70+ inch screens in stores, however, and it probably won’t be long before companies sell screens that can be installed at home and are the size of a small movie theater screen.
2. Buy a new entertainment system with new furniture
Now you’re talking about tens of thousands of dollars. A new entertainment system is one thing, and if you’re going to invest in the best technologies available today, it’s going to cost you. Furniture makes this option twice as expensive or more, depending on the room – but if you have the right kind of room, it could still be worth it!
3. Build a legit home theater
Maybe you love going to the movies, and would never want to have that experience available to you at home. However, there is a reason why so many upscale houses have a dedicated cinema room. It’s a fantastic way to watch movies – and you can relax in your home. It doesn’t mean you can’t go out to the movies – America loves movies, after all, and there will be plenty of new flicks to watch – but it does mean that you an amazing option for entertaining guests, and entertaining yourself!
Looking for a contractor to help you build a serious home theater?
You already know it’s a choice you want to make carefully. Some remodeling may be necessary to accomplish the room you envision, and you want that to go smoothly. You also want the work to be covered by a written guarantee, in case something goes wrong. These are benefits that only a qualified and reputable home remodeling contractor can offer.
Oh, and one more question to ask your home remodeling contractor before you sign: Have you done many home theaters, and do you have any pictures of those projects? A picture may not be the same as standing there, but it’s still worth a lot. Experienced builders will usually have no trouble demonstrating similar work in pictures, and you might just come away with some ideas you hadn’t considered.