For decades, electronics retailers have tried to bring the cinematic experience home. The home theatre has evolved substantially in that time, both in terms of accessibility and quality. Now, many people prefer the at-home viewing experience of going to their local cineplex. If you are interested in setting up a modern home theatre, these three items are most important, regardless of budget or scale.
Obviously, the most essential audio visual products for home theatres are televisions. As of now, 4K is the standard in high-resolution televisions, and the higher the refresh rate the better. In the early days of HDTV, models could easily cost several thousand dollars. Now, you can get a quality set for a few hundred. You may be tempted to buy the largest TV available, but you should always consider the size of your space for the optimal viewing experience. A good rule of thumb is that your screen should be no bigger than half the distance between your seat and the television.
Your choices for sound systems are nearly endless. A traditional wired 5.1 or even 7.1 surround sound system is still ideal, but in smaller spaces, a Bluetooth connect soundbar with a subwoofer may do the trick nicely. The major difference is whether you want to hear the sound coming from different parts of the room or just with clarity coming directly at you.
An aspect that many people ignore in home theatre setup is internet capability, especially if you are using streaming services to view shows or movies. Your picture quality can only be as strong as your internet signal. If you rely on Wi-fi, you may experience buffering, outages, or downgraded resolution. On the other hand, if you use an ethernet cable to connect directly to a modem or router, you will likely be very pleased with the results.