I married a man who inherited his father's love for home theater. So obviously when we moved in to our own house a home theater is in order. I am lucky I have at my disposal a home theater geek to explain to me what a home theater is, my husband. He is also a certified DIYer so another bonus, savings on installation cost.
We have a 22-square meter room which we converted into our very own custom home theater. The room is not that big so a gigantic screen and humongous speakers are a definite no-no. Actually the number one consideration should be the budget, and usually the smaller the room the smaller the budget you will burn. Our strategy is to design a home theater for the 22 square meter room on a relatively low budget and purchase the equipment one by one. Warning, buying home theater equipment is a very confusing activity. Be wary of sales people, who will bombard you with terms like 'FullHD', 'HD capable', 'Blu-Ray', '1080p', '720p', 'THX', etc. Hopefully my experience will help to put some sanity to all this home theater mumbo jumbo.
First on the agenda is the display. We had a great deal on this one, for Php 27,000 we have a 720p HD capable 42' Plasma TV. So why not the Full HD TV, apparently the human eye cannot distinguish the difference between Full HD and HD capable TVs for 42' below screen unless you have super vision. And its 27K, it's a steal.
Next in the agenda are the speakers, amplifier and receiver. This is the tricky part, usually for custom installation these are purchased separately. In our case due to space and budget limitation we opted for 'Home Theater in a Box' or HTIB are basically a packaged home theater system which offers out of the box home cinema experience. The speakers, amplifier and receiver are bundled into a single package. It also removes the connection guesswork that usually comes with home theater. HTIB uses a single wire called HDMI cable to connect the TVs, DVDs, etc. For our HTIB we chose 6 speakers, 5.1 surround sound and 3 input system. This set us back at around Php 15,000.
The last thing that we bought is a PlayStation 3 or PS3. Why the PS3? It serves us as the DVD player, BluRay player, Music Player and most of all it is also a gaming console making it our main source of family home entertainment. This home theater of ours is easy to set up, just plugged it all in to the HTIB via the HDMI cable, put in the latest DVD and just like that we have a cinema on our very own home.