Home Theater Layout Tips

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How to design a layout that's right for your home theater; get expert tips and advice on hooking up video and audio equipment for home entertainment systems in this free instructional video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Set Up a Home Theater System
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Video Transcript

Hello, I'm Reggie Hayes here with Expert Village. We're talking about mapping out your living room. Mapping out your Home Theater System. It's very important because, and we don't want to get into the Home Theater is, excuse me, Home Interior design and layout, home decoration, all that stuff. We don't need to do that. But, we want to figure out what is the center of your room? Does everything in your room point to the Home Theater System? Is it going to point to a fireplace? A mantle if it's a sitting room. Let's assume for this right here, that the Home Theater System is the focal point of the room. In other words, everything in the room points this way. And the reason that's so important is because it decides your speaker placement. And it tells basically that if you've got these speakers back here, your rear speakers, and there's an airplane in the movie, and it flies over you, you want it to sound like it's really sneaking up from behind you and flying through your living room. Trust me, it's a lot greater entertainment experience when you can watch and view movies in that sort of manner. Now this room that we're standing in, just to give you an idea, is a twelve foot room. Excuse me, it's twelve foot wide. Alright? Now when you go to pick out a t.v., because that's probably the first thing that you want to pick out. Plasma, flat screens, that sort of thing are really popular these days. When you go to picking out a t.v. you take the diagonal. T.V.s are always measured in diagonal, from here to here. That's how they are. This is a twenty-seven inch t.v. It's not twenty-seven inches from here to here, it's twenty-seven inches from here to here. you take that number and you multiply it times two, or times three. Between two and three. In other words, this t.v. could safely be viewed from fifty-four inches away. Without putting a strain on your eyes. But up to three times twenty-seven. So if you've got a forty-two inch t.v. you can view it up to eighty-four inches away, which would be about right for our twelve foot room here. That's very important when you're trying to pick out a t.v. Now it looks cool to have a sixty-five inch t.v. in your little, tiny entertainment room like this. But the problem is, they can kind of hurt you more so, because they can strain your eyes and it's really not such a pleasurable viewing experience. So we've talked about all this, let's get to talk about your speaker placements and your power grids and all that stuff.


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