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Simple Requirements for a Home Theatre Project.

Home Theatre systems work very differently from regular 2 channel system setups. There are many factors to consider when assembling a home theater unit. These setups are complex in nature and require more tweaking and room corrections. Among these are time domain, phase response, and correction to dips and nulls in room response.

The simple points are outlined below, however actual configuration and planning is much more complex in practice. Below are the simple requirements needed to reach the level of fidelity that is typically found in professional cinemas.
High SPL speakers (possibly horn driven) and ribbon and silk dome tweeters distort and stress at high levels. Thus, they should be avoided if you intend to install in a large room.  For smaller rooms, the high frequency transducer will not have a significant impact.

Low distortions, even at high levels, will occur across all the channels. This comes down to the preference of the individual who purchases the speakers. Choosing speakers of low quality, or speakers designed for music only, will likely not meet one's expectation for a theater system.

Important is the ability to coast easily with reference levels and beyond. One should aim for speakers that have no audible distortion and that emanate a clear and natural sound.

Choose multiple subwoofer setups with correct time domains so that they are actively working together. We normally suggest 2 subwoofers, but 4 is ideal, depending on the size of the room in question.

The acoustics of a room are important to prevent the loss of sound. An expensive theater system can be wasted on a room that is not sufficiently designed for high fidelity audio transmission. This is not an insignificant factor in the preparation of assembling a home theater system.

Make sure that you consider the quality of amplification, and make sure that you have enough wattage to cover reference levels. Many of the amplifiers used in smaller setups aren't powerful enough at a high level; this causes undesirable changes in sounds when the amplifier is under stress.

Above are the technical requirements for configuration. Below is a list of physical hardware that will be needed for setup.

– 5-7 speakers, depending on your specifications. The front 3 Speakers are the most important and should all be identical.
– 4 Subwoofers (Passive or Active)
–  Processor/Theatre Pre-Amp
– Power Amplifier (Multi Channel)
– DVD/Blue Ray Player
– Media Player (Optional)
– Nas Device (optional for Storing movies and music)
– Projector or TV
– Cables (We suggest using Balanced Audio Cables)
– Speaker Cables
– Reclining Chairs
– Universal Programmable Remote
– Good Quality Power Strips/Conditioner or AC Cleaner/Regenerator.
– Acoustic Foams
Carefully budget planning will be necessary before purchasing any of the equipment listed.