What Is A Home Theater, Anyway?
How Much Does This All Cost?
- Speakers: If you’re starting from scratch, you can find decent 5.1 surround sound speaker systems (two front speakers, two rear speakers and a subwoofer) for as little as $100, and CNET’s Editor’s Choice for the best budget 5.1 system costs less than $300. The two speakers needed to upgrade to 7.1 audio won’t add a lot to the price.
- Receiver: Believe it or not, any extra money you might have is better spent on speakers than on a high-end receiver; speakers have more of an effect on sound than the receiver. CNET’s choice for a terrific 7.1 home theater receiver with all the bells and whistles costs less than $400, and you can pick up very good 5.1 receivers for around $200.
- HDTV and video sources: If you don’t already have one, you can find big screen, high-quality high-def TVs these days for well under $500. Yeah, a state-of-the-art 4K television can run you about $2,000 – but you’re just starting out, remember? The only other thing you’ll really need to get started is a Blu-ray player, which as we’ve mentioned should only cost around $50 or so.
- Installation: If you want make it a do-it-yourself the cables won’t cost much, and you’re not going to charge yourself for labor, right? However, if you’re laying out money for a home theater, you probably want it to look good (cables running along the floor aren’t particularly impressive), and many people aren’t comfortable hanging HDTVs and running cables through their walls or ceilings. Additionally, positioning all of the components for best performance is both an art and a science. That’s why so many folks decide on professional installation. Prices vary widely depending on exactly what has to be done, but Home Advisor reports that the average home theater installation cost in New York City was $523 last year, with most homeowners spending between $235 and $846 for installation.
That wasn’t so painful, was it? If you’d like to focus more specifically on what it would cost to put a home theater in your house, the professionals at DTV Installations are happy to provide a no-cost, no obligation consultation. Just give us a call.