With home entertainment, there is an emphasis on the want for a unit that displays all of the electronic components in a stylish and attractive way. We have some tips that might help in the planning and shopping experience for a home entertainment unit.
The first step is to take a good look at all of the electronics and items that compose your home entertainment system. Make sure you note the width of your television and the base that it rests on. You definitely want a unit that is as wide or wider than your television. Also keep in mind that most TVs weigh 75-150 pounds while receivers and multi-disc changers can weigh up to 40 pounds. Look for furniture that includes structural supports and that all glass is tempered. Make a list of all of the items that will be housed in the unit. For example, DVD, CD player, cable box, DVR, gaming console, center-channel speaker, sound bar, subwoofer, or media storage, just to name a few. Also keep in mind room for additional spots as your system may grow.
When shopping for your design style, natural wood finishes fit well with traditional and contemporary styles. Steel, glass, and gloss finishes provide a contemporary look for a space. The home theater furniture can be one of the biggest pieces of furniture in the room and often times can set the tone of the space.
Another feature to keep in mind is whether you want your system closed or open. Open shelving will put your theater system on display giving a contemporary appearance and allowing easy access to the front components. An enclosed cabinet allows the system to stay cleaner but make sure there is plenty of room for the pieces to stay ventilated as they create a lot of heat. The enclosed cabinet also allows the TV to be the star of the space.
Keep in mind where you want the unit to be placed in the room before shopping. Corner TV cabinets or models that swivel make a smart use of space. Think about how the TV will be viewed, whether it is from a sofa, desk, or in the bedroom. When positioning the TV, make sure it is at eye level to minimize neck strain. Most sofas sit people 18-22 inches off of the floor, placing the eye level at 40-48 inches. In the bedroom or office, the TV should be higher to raise it for a seated position or to be viewed above the foot of the bed.
When searching for features, look for adjustable shelves so that your unit can change over time as necessary. Always have easy access to the rear of your components and connections. Also keep a look out for wheels for easy movement and/or removable back panels to help with maintenance.
The best home theater management system has an integrated wire management system that allows you to interconnect your components while keeping the cables controlled and out of site. And don’t forget a glass front on the unit so that you can close the doors and still use your remote control.
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