How much does a home theater cost?

Paradigm Speakers Home Theater In Wall Speakers smallThe price of a finished custom home theater varies greatly.  There are many factors that contribute to the cost of a home theater. In addition to the equipment, costs are associated with design, speaker placement, equipment location, wiring, installation, set-up, calibration and control.  The cost of all of these elements can vary greatly.
The main differences in pricing between the low and high end are quality, features and capabilities.  The cost of the equipment, speakers, cabling, control system, design, programming and installation determines the total cost of a custom home theater. If you bought a “home theater in a box” you most likely do not want to spend thousands to have it installed – and would not expect the same performance as someone who purchases a custom home theater.
The cost of a high quality custom home theater can vary widely, from less than $10,000 at the lower end to $1 Million plus at the higher end. At the lower end, you are generally looking at installation of an HDTV, receiver, DVD or Blu-Ray player, streaming media player, universal remote control and surround sound speakers within a family room or living room.  At the higher end, you generally have the same type of equipment, though with greater performance, features and capabilities, but the equipment is part of a dedicated theater room, including a projector/screen combination instead of the HDTV, plus content management equipment, power conditioning, home theater furniture, lighting, automated shades, acoustical wall treatments and a sophisticated control system that controls not just the A/V equipment, but the entire viewing environment (and potentially the entire home).
Whether your budget is at the lower or higher end, a home theater that is custom designed and tailored for your desires and the space will result in the best viewing and listening experience. When planning a home theater, you must decide the type of capabilities, features, and performance you want out of the system, and a budget must also be determined for the project. If you want a home theater experience that sends chills down your spine, it’ll cost more than a system that provides good quality sound and viewing. If you want a system that is controlled by a single easy to use remote, it’ll cost more than a system containing multiple remotes. There are a lot of options, so do your research. Buying equipment that is recommended to you, whether it be by the salesperson at the local store or a review in a magazine, may not actually be the best solution for you, your viewing environment and your budget.
There is nothing quite like enjoying movie night in your own home as a cinematic experience – exciting, immersive and entertaining. There are many exciting possibilities for a home theater – let a licensed, trained, and certified A/V contractor assess your needs, environment and budget and help you decide the options that are best for you. A contractor who is licensed by the state carries insurance and has the training and experience to help you best sort through your options. You should choose a contractors that is certified by an association such as CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) – assuring that you will get a system designed based on knowledge and experience. A custom home theater is an investment in your home and lifestyle.  
Stay tuned for more on home theaters…