When you’re ready to make the jump from a stereo system or soundbar to a home theatre kit, there are a few things to consider. First, you’ll want to make sure your TV is compatible with the speakers you plan to buy, and that it can handle surround sound technologies like Dolby Atmos. Then, you’ll need to decide what speaker configuration suits your space, how advanced you want your home theater system to be, and whether you want to add a media streamer or gaming console. Finally, you’ll need to purchase the necessary equipment – but that can be easier than you think.
Fortunately, a number of manufacturers create home theatre kits that offer all the components you need in one convenient package. They’re often known as “home-theater-in-a-box” systems, and they range from basic 5.1 setups to more advanced 7.1 or Dolby Atmos offerings. The best of them will feature top-of-the-line components and a speaker selection that is well-matched to the components (and your TV), so they’ll all work together to provide a truly immersive cinematic experience.
One of the most important aspects to keep in mind when shopping for a home theater-in-a-box system is that not all come with AV receivers bundled in. That means you’ll have to buy a separate AV receiver, which can cost you $300 or more, to get the most out of your system. However, it is possible to find all-in-one kits that come with a high-quality AV receiver, and they’re generally a lot less expensive than purchasing the components individually.
Another thing to keep in mind when shopping for a HT-in-a-box is that you may not be able to upgrade your system as easily in the future as you could with individual components. For example, you’ll likely need to replace your AV receiver in order to get the full benefit of a Dolby Atmos-compatible system. So, if you’re looking for a complete system that will grow with you and your needs, be careful when choosing an all-in-one home theater system.
Once you’ve purchased your AV receiver, speakers, and any additional components you might need, it’s time to begin connecting them. First, you’ll need to connect the AV receiver to your television, and then connect the speakers to the AV receiver. The simplest way to do this is by using the RCA and optical audio cables that are included with your system. Remember, you’ll need to trim away the wax sheath covering each cable in order to use them. Once you’ve done this, you can plug the speakers in and test them out by watching a movie or listening to music. Then, you’ll be ready to enjoy your new home theatre system! Be sure to use the best surge protector for your speakers, which will help protect them from power fluctuations that can damage them.