Home Theater Basics

By Paul Santiago
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Many people never bother looking into purchasing a home theater through sheer fear of the decisions that may need to be made in the process. Many among these aren’t even sure of exactly which components are included in a home theater or which ones are needed in order to create an effective and entertaining home theater. For this reason, many people simply do not bother going through the process of looking at their options when it comes to these wonderful systems on the market today much less ever bother actually purchasing one.

If you are one of the many who has experienced some degree of confusion when it comes to the individual parts and pieces that are included in a home theater system and what they do, hopefully you will gain a better understanding once you’ve finished reading. The first thing to understand is that there are varying degrees when it comes to home theaters. The following components are the makings of a very basic home theater that will provide excellent functionality. They are not however inclusive of every possible piece or part that could make up a home theater system.

1. Off to the basics, the first thing you’ll need when creating a home theater for your family to enjoy is a television.

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Experience thrilling movies and games in incredible 4K HDR and clear sound. Everything you watch looks remarkably rich and natural, enhanced by the 4K Processor X1. With Sony’s Android TV and the Google Assistant, quickly access entertainment, control smart devices, get answers on screen, and more using your voice. Our powerful processor uses advanced algorithms to cut noise and boost detail. With an even clearer 4K signal, everything you watch is closer to 4K resolution, full of lifelike color and contrast. The Bass Reflex speaker delivers impressive low-end sound that’s ideal for movies, sports and music. The narrow bezel gives this 4K HDR TV a refined look that blends harmoniously in any contemporary environment.

Powerful picture processing with 4K HDR Processor X1
• Upscale everything with the 4K HDR Processor X1™ and 4K X-Reality PRO.
• See exactly what the creator intended with the advanced color and gradation of TRILUMINOS™ Display.
Content appears with lifelike motion with Motionflow™ XR technology.

Premium home entertainment
• Take your PlayStation experience to the next level with dedicated Game Mode for a smoother, more responsive gaming experience and see games come alive with vibrant colors and deep contrast.
• Dazzling detail and color with High Dynamic Range (HDR).
• Stay focused on the big picture with a refined design and narrow bezel that blends into any environment.

A smart TV for your smart home
• Sony’s Android TV with Google Assistant gives you a smarter, easier way to get more from your TV.


It might seem a little too obvious to some but I have yet to find a box kit that includes a television-mainly because the choice of screen is for many the most personal aspect of selecting a home theater. There are essentially three choices in today’s television market: LCD, LED LCDOLED. There are variations within each of these and the prices fall anywhere from modest to quite costly. This is the component that most home theater owners spend the most time contemplating and it affects the types of components that will be most effective later on in terms of things such as high definition and other choices you can make. If you’d ask me, I’d get an LED TV. Why? because LED TVs are available in both 1080p HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), while OLED is 4K only. I mean, sure, OLED is the way to go obviously but let’s be realistic here, not all shows are in 4k and definitely not all YouTube videos are either. I’m more of an audio person anyway which leads me to the next important thing, a receiver.

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VIZIO SB3651-E6C-RB (SB3651-E6) 36″ 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar System with 5″ Subwoofer and Digial Amplifier (Certified Refurbished)
The VIZIO 5.1 Home theater sound system redefines how you experience sound. A three-channel sound bar boosts your TV audio and delivers crystal clear dialogue.

The included wireless subwoofer adds booming bass, and the two rear surround sound speakers upgrades your home theater experience with true surround sound. With DTS Virtual: x built in, you?ll swear there are speakers hidden in your ceiling.

This innovative virtual-overhead sound technology simulates the effect of having sound rating down from above.

Just use your smartphone to stream music from any Chromecast-enabled audio app, like iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify and more. And streaming over Wi-Fi means the highest audio quality with no interruptions.

Download the free VIZIO Smart Cast Mobile app and turn your mobile device into a powerful remote. This sound bar also works with the Google Assistant on devices like Google Home, so you can control your sound bar using just your voice!

If you have multiple VIZIO sound bars and speakers, you can connect them together to stream music throughout your home. Enjoy the same song in unison or play different songs in different rooms.


2. A receiver is another important component. You will probably have a DVD player or recorder of some sort as part of your system; you may have a Tivo and cable box or satellite and will probably have speakers of some sort for your system. The receiver is the box you plug them all into-it receives all of this inputs and correlates it so to speak. This is the ultimate traffic director when it comes to your home theater and I suggest you spend a good portion of your home theater budget making sure that this is a good quality part.

Speakers are where your sound will flow. One of the best things to me about a home theater is the ability to experience surround sound very similar to what I experience in theaters while having the ability to put my feet up or snuggle under blankets (which simply can’t be achieved in a theater). Speakers come in all shapes and sizes and are also quite personal for some consumers while give and take for others. You can purchase these are part of a kit in order to make the selection process easier.


3. Finally, you have your DVD player or recorder. If high definition is important to you, you now have that option.

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If your television isn’t HD ready or capable, I’d pass and go for an older (less expensive) model of DVD player until something more up-to-date is called for. These items are a great start for any home theater and you can build, expand, and upgrade over time for an even better system. 

If your TV has an HDMI input but is not a newer smart version and you stream more than you pop discs in, I would highly recommend getting a google chromecast with google tv. It’s more compact, more advanced technologically and it has more movies than you can ever dream of!

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If you want to make it easy, here a Sony KD55X750H 55″ 4K UHD Smart LED TV with HDR and Sound bar Bundle from Overstock

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Experience thrilling movies and games in incredible 4K HDR and clear sound with Sony KD55X750H 55-inch Smart LED TV. Everything you watch looks remarkably rich and natural, enhanced by its 4K Processor X1. With Sony’s Android TV and the Google Assistant you can quickly access entertainment, control smart devices, get answers on screen, and more using your voice.

Super Resolution
See glorious 4K pictures, rich with real-world detail and texture, exclusively powered by our 4K Processor X1. Images filmed in 2K and even Full HD can be upscaled to close-to-4K resolution by 4K X-Reality PRO using a unique 4K database.

By widening the color spectrum, TRILUMINOS Display (powered by Sony’s X1 processors) reproduces more colors than a conventional television. It analyzes and processes data in every image to make colors even more natural and precise so pictures are closer than ever to real life.

Control Your TV and Smart Devices with Your Voice
You can ask your TV with the Google Assistant to connect and communicate with your smart devices, including security cameras and appliances. It’s truly effortless and offers the ultimate experience.

Works with Google Home
Connect Google Home for seamless hands-free control of a Sony TV. With Google Home, you can find and cast your favorite videos to your Sony TV, without lifting a finger.

Send to a Bigger, Better Screen with Chromecast
Chromecast lets you cast your favorite videos, games and apps from your mobile device in full quality to your Chromecast built-in TV. Just one tap of the Cast button on your Android or iOS screen is all you need to supersize the things you love. Cast your content, and then continue browsing on your phone or tablet.

Clear Phase for Smooth, Balanced Frequencies
BRAVIA uses a powerful computer model to analyze and compensate for inaccuracies in speaker response. It does this by sampling the speaker frequency with higher precision. This information is fed back to cancel out any peaks or dips in the speaker’s natural response — resulting in pure, natural audio with smooth, even reproduction of all frequencies.

Knox Gear Wireless TV Soundbar with Bluetooth 5.0
Enjoy your music, movies, and more to the fullest with the Knox Gear 28-inch Wireless TV Soundbar with Bluetooth 5.0, with crystal clear sound. This soundbar comes with an included optical cable. It features DSP technology, has adjustable bass settings, and can be mounted on a wall.

Beautiful picture with 4K Processor X1
Upscale any content to 4K with 4K X-Reality PRO
Wide color gamut with TRILUMINOS Display
Dazzling detail and color with High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Access to all your favorite content, services and devices
Lifelike motion content with Motionflow XR technology
Bass Reflex speaker delivers impressive low-end sound
Stay focused on the big picture with narrow bezel
A refined design that blends into any environment
Connect Bluetooth-compatible devices to your TV

Setting up a home theater system at home has never been easier that’s why you should do it now! 

Enjoy your new setup and if you’re interested in making it a little bit more interesting, you should check out my video about setting up a karaoke at home using just your phone and your google chromecast.

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