The holiday season is right around the corner, and that means a whole lot of entertaining for family and friends! One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep people from tuning out on their singular devices is to bring everyone together in front of a newly upgraded home theatre. Follow along as we go through some easy-to-manage, wallet-friendly changes for your home theatre this holiday season.
Hide Your Tech
These days, nobody wants to have projectors, speakers, and other home theatre equipment cluttering up the room with unsightly wires. Of course, in the long run, it’s always nicer to have all your audio visual equipment hidden in the walls, ceiling, and nearby utility closets. However, if you don’t have the time or the money to invest in getting a team to hide your equipment, consider investing in some cord covers for cable management. They come in a wide range of different colours and styles to suit any home theatre, and are usually reasonably priced.
Ditch The Old Router
Whether you want to stream a movie from Netflix or play one from your private collection, you need to ensure your home network is capable of handling large amounts of data. By investing in a new router your overall viewing experience is going to be crisper, less frustrating, and will help make sure your system is ready for when you make those bigger investments (read: 4K televisions). If you want to go even further, add signal boosters and replace any outdated cables.
Adjust Your Lighting And Shades
This is one of the best ways for you to fully experience your home theatre. When you’re sitting there watching your flick you want to forget you’re really in a room; which is hard to achieve when you can still see the room. Invest in good window shades and ways to dim the lights; this way you can enjoy movies to a much fuller extent than you thought possible.
Fiddle With Your Settings
When you look at TVs in the store, you may find out that they are all set to “torch mode”. This is so you can see the colours vibrantly against all those fluorescent lights … however, when you get home and start watching in the dark, you’ll find that “torch mode” turns all of your blacks into medium dark grays. If you want your blacks to be black, you’ll need to set your TV’s colour mode to “Theatre”, “Cinema”, “Movie”— or whatever other term the manufacturer uses to mean night time movie watching.
Get a Subwoofer
If your home theatre system does not have a subwoofer, get one! We guarantee your movie-watching experience will never be the same. Even an entry-level subwoofer will have you so much more invested in your entertainment. If you do have a subwoofer, but feel like it’s not doing much, try moving it around the room a bit until you get the response you were looking for. For a relatively small investment you’ll go from “watching a movie” to experiencing a true “home theatre”.
With these small, affordable upgrades you’ll find your whole entertainment experience will change dramatically. Be sure to follow SkyHomes blog series for more tips and tricks like these.