If you own a home and have a basement, you are in luck. You have an available place where you can build out a home TV/cinema area and create a real entertainment center for family and friends. There is nothing like doing it yourself and doing it at home so you can share the joy. Family outings are fine to the park or beach, but not so much to the Cineplex. Have you seen the price of the tickets not to mention the popcorn, candy, and drinks. It costs a veritable fortune to take a family of five or six. So put the van back in the garage and listen up and listen well.
You don’t need a huge basement, just enough for the TV screen and some nice comfortable lay-back adjustable, hopefully motorized seats. It is not hard to turn a dungeon laundry room into an inviting cinematic space. Get those stacks of boxes out of their now. If you have a good little sump pump, this lower floor is probably in pretty good shape, but will need some cleaning up. If the walls have been finished with dry wall, you just need some soundproof coverings there. When I created my own man cave some time ago, I researched a bit and decided on a budget. As you can imagine, this budget can go haywire in no time, so stick to it. You can get all the equipment you need for $500 and up. The more you spend, the more amazing the results. Several thousand will get you pretty nice gear. It depends on the quality you want for yourself and your guests.
I put in a wet bar and refrigerator so I added more to my expenditure. It’s a nice feature on game days, too. Having the cold beer close at hand is a big plus, along with a microwave for snacks. A few cupboards for storage and you have the makings of a pretty nice ambience. But that aside, you need surround sound (Bose is a great brand) to feel like you are in the center of the action, and some additional components. Think “low-note performance.” You will wirelessly stream your Internet radio (like iHeartRadio) and connect other video and audio sources like a Blu-ray disc player and gaming system. Your TV size will be dictated by your wall space. Speakers are super important so choose them carefully.
You want to be able to control everything easily so ask questions before you buy. You don’t need to get too complicated. Systems come ready made or you can buy individual parts. Get help and suggestions. Know your needs and make them clear. You can customize everything to fit your room so look for high quality performance. Sometimes looks matter and you choose finishes you like that blend with your décor scheme, if you have one. And why not. No matter who watches and listens along with you, they will appreciate the streamlined integrated appearance of your home theater.