Avoid Breaking your Bank
Building a home theater can be a daunting task, especially when you start pricing solutions for your needs. But building a great home theater doesn't have to break your bank. We assure you that with this guide, you can build one of the best theater rooms on a budget that you have ever seen.
The key is to find the best products for an inexpensive home theater system. These are the products on the market that give you the most features for the money spent, and prioritizing the things you need in a budget home theater setup.
Follow this guide so you can learn how much a home theater usually costs, and how you can save your wallet from some of the unnecessary expenses that come along with setting up a home theater system of your own.
How much does a home theater cost?
The short answer is that it can cost as much as you want it to (within reason of course). There's no ceiling on theater rooms for all your entertainment needs. A cream-of-the-crop home theater can get into the tens-of-thousands.
But what about a cheap home theater system? Well, when we're talking about one we can really get behind, we think that you should set aside at least $2,500 to $3,500 to get the best experience out of building a home theater. Start putting a few extra pennies in your piggy bank and you'll be watching movies in style in no time.
Even if that sounds too steep, we'll give you some of the necessities for making a budget home theater setup and leave the penny-pinching to you. We believe, however, that this amount of money can nab you a pretty great, inexpensive home theater system and is the sweet spot for balancing performance and budget.
collecting The pieces
The most important component
An inexpensive home theater can save costs in a lot of places, but we urge you to put the bulk of the budget into what you're going to watch your favorite shows on: the screen. There are two main options for this.
Option one is to invest in a nice but affordable 4K TV. These TVs are often cheaper than projectors and can come with some great sound. For smaller spaces, this is what we often recommend. Projectors are great for big backdrops and can often support 100 to 300 inches in size. If you don't have the wall space for it, substituting a 4K TV is an easy way to save some dough while building your theater room on a budget.
But we're going to caution you here. Spend the bulk of your budget during this step. After all, the image is the most important part of a cheap home theater, mostly because you can always expand and upgrade your setup in the future. For instance, if we were given a $2,000 budget, we would apportion $1,000 to $1,200 on our viewing method. But an inexpensive home theater setup wouldn't be complete without sound.
Hear the bass drop
The market for great home theater speakers on a budget has shifted tremendously. It used to be that impeccable sound called for an impeccable budget. But now the barrier for entry is a lot easier to get around. For instance, you may already have seen deals on soundbars for as little as $100. That's a great deal!
Even though you may be tempted to go with these cheaper, simple soundbar setups, we're going to push you to spend just a little more on your sound system and we'll tell you why.
A great set of inexpensive home theater speakers usually consists of two things: a soundbar with great features and a subwoofer. You would definitely get by with just using a soundbar. In fact, many people buy a cheap soundbar and call it a day; however, a soundbar will not output lower frequencies as well as a subwoofer.
Moreover, a lot of subwoofers and soundbars are bundled together these days, meaning that forking over a few extra dollars will impact your sound tremendously. Buying one of these home sound systems is often the difference-maker. Think about it like the icing on top of a cake. Sure, you would still love to eat the cake, but it would be so much better with one small addition.
We also urge you to find a cheap home sound system with great features like easy connectability and sound profiles. These allow you to get up and running faster and customize your sound to match what you're doing with your home theater. Movies, music, and even gaming all have unique sound profiles that give you just the right amount of kick.
Some soundbars even have smart home capabilities via Alexa or Google Home, meaning that you'll never have to scramble for the remote again when you need to turn up the volume. You can also make use of your sound system to play music while entertaining or listen to audiobooks while you're in the kitchen. Pretty great huh?
A few small additions
So you've bought your screen and your home sound system, are you done? Not in the slightest. At this point, you'll probably have some money left over in your budget. Why do you have $400 to $500 dollars left? Because a lot of your value from an inexpensive home theater system comes from things you might not be thinking about.
We live in the era of streaming. A lot of internet service providers give you the equipment to set up your wireless internet connection, but they don't give you the premium equipment. If there are a lot of dead spots where your budget home theater system resides, then you're in for a bad time. When things don't load, you might be tempted to put a hole in your new TV. If your network has problems reaching your home theater system, we implore you to spend a few dollars in your budget upgrading to a mesh wifi network. You can thank us later.
Gamers Rise up
If you're building a home theater, it may be the case that you have a few kids or even an adult in the house who needs a place to play their favorite games. If you don't already have a console, now might be a good time to use some of your budget for one. Some consoles even have the ability to read discs, so you can get some use out of those Blu-Rays that are collecting dust on your shelf.
Games are a great way to keep the whole family connected. There are a ton of kid-friendly games that the whole family can enjoy no matter what console you choose to play on. We're always on the lookout for new family-friendly titles that can turn your Saturday nights indoors into full-fledged adventures.
Assembling your dream setup
Now that you've obtained all the pieces, all that's left to do is start assembly. Make sure to follow all of the necessary instructions and keep those manuals handy for troubleshooting. Of course, if you threw them out then you can often find PDFs online for any mishaps.
There you go, easy as pie. Building budget home theaters can be accomplished with a few simple items and a little expertise. We hope that this article gave you some insight into how to turn your room into a showstopper. We promise it'll be great to have in the winter time, when you're curled up in a blanket with your favorite bowl of popcorn.
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