Top 5 Mistakes Homeowners Make With a Home Theater

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Today’s home theater systems are more powerful than ever. They play the latest movies and sporting events, they stream your favorite movies from NetFlix, Amazon, and HULU.  They’re a sanctuary for the “Gamer” in your house. They even double as a listening room where dad can dust off his vinyl collection, lock the door and conjure up the glory days of rock-n-roll.

Unfortunately, many homeowners make mistakes when designing and installing their home theater systems. When thinking about your new home theater, steer clear of these 5 mistakes.

1. Home Theater in a Box.

If you live in a small temporary apartment or a college dorm room, a home theater in a box may be right for you. However, if you’re a homeowner, these systems leave a lot to be desired. They typically lack power, functionality, and inputs. But more than anything, the first thing a consumer gives up when purchasing a cheap home theater in a box is ease of use. Who wants a home theater that’s difficult to use? Nobody.  In the end, home theater in a box should stay where they start, in the box.

2. Wiring a Home Theater

There is no such thing as a wireless home theater speaker. There are excellent systems like Sonos and Denon Heos in the marketplace, but we wouldn’t categorize them as an actual home theater system. That being said, your home theater system will need to be wired. That’s at least, five speakers, a subwoofer, and your choice of video (tv or projector). This is where excellent home theater systems start. When you’re installing home theater speakers, not only do you need the ability to conceal the wires in the wall, you need to conceptualize where the speakers need to be placed for the authentic home theater experience. Mistakes here are visible to the viewer and lead to a ho-hum experience.

3. Mismatched Components and Devices

Selecting the right devices to complement your home theater system is not to be taken lightly. These can be the difference between an incredible home theater experience or one that just doesn’t work. It’s no secret that you want devices like BluRay players, AV receivers, and streaming devices to play nicely together. With so many manufacturers making different home theater products, it’s not easy to find the perfect combination. So what is a homeowner to do? Talk to a professional. The advice of a trusted home theater integrator can be invaluable. It can literally save you hundreds maybe even thousands of dollars.

4. One Remote Control For It All.

In our opinion, one of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make with a new home theater system is to skip a universal remote control programmed by a professional home theater technician. When home theater systems are easy to use, they become a valuable asset to your home entertainment. When they’re not easy to use, your home theater system can be clunky and frustrating. A universal remote control programmed by a professional will make your home theater system easy to use for even the least “techie” person in your home.

5. Hire A Pro.

If you’re in the planning stages of a home theater installation, hiring a professional home theater installation company like CSS is the first step. Whether you’re looking for a dedicated room or a home theater in your living room, a professional home theater designer can help you make the right decision based on your room and budget.


At CSS, we offer top-notch home theater, and home automation systems that will make your life safer, more functional, and more enjoyable.  You will be resting easy when you work with CSS.  Our professional team and fast installations are enough to keep customers coming back, again and again.

Please contact Chesapeake Systems Service, Inc. by calling 800-205-4909 or click here today for a free estimate! Put our experience and incredible quality products to work for your business today! You can follow CSS Inc. on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter as well.

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