Working in the industry, I get to see the most beautiful, most amazing home theaters in the world. These aren’t just a space in the home to watch a movie; these are transformative spaces that express the homeowner’s unique individuality and sense of style. As a small business owner, I don’t have a million bucks in the bank, and the dream of a dedicated home theater is just out of reach. But, that doesn’t mean home theater is out of reach for me or anyone else with a modest budget. Installing a home theater usually means running wiring, cutting in speakers, installing a projector and projection screen, hooking up complicated electronics, hanging acoustical treatments, and purchasing theater seating. However, if you don’t have an extra room in your house or extra room in your budget, there are alternatives for bringing theater home.
Not all home theaters are dedicated theater rooms. You can keep that flat panel television you just bought last year. With the addition of surround sound, your family room can become a home theater. Normally, even that would come with costly retrofitting of wiring and expensive complex electronic equipment, but there is a wireless alternative. Wireless speakers install in minutes rather than hours or days. Wireless speakers can be set on a stand or bookshelf or mounted to the surface of the wall, no need to cut holes in the walls.
So, what’s the catch? Wireless speakers historically did not sound good or work all that well. Wireless speakers of the past would get out of sync. That all changed with Sonos. With Sonos wireless home theater systems, you can now have wireless surround sound that sounds really good. Is it going to sound as good as a $200,000.00 JBL Synthesis surround sound system in an acoustically engineered dedicated theater room? No, but for a starting price of less than $2000, it sounds surprisingly good. All you need is a wireless soundbar for your front sound stage (front left, center, and right channels), two wireless satellite speakers for your rear sound stage (rear left and right channels), and a wireless subwoofer. One wire connects the soundbar and your existing television. No surround sound receiver is required. In all sincerity, this is what I have at home. I have heard what professional dedicated theaters sound like. I was blown away by how good my wireless home theater sounded the first time I hooked it up. They say ‘perfect is the enemy of good’. Wireless home theater is a good alternative for those of us who do not have the budget for a dedicated home theater.
Wireless home theaters are pretty easy for the technically skilled to install, but if you would like assistance with your install or if you would like to learn more about home theaters, contact us today.