Entertainment Center: How to Choose

Watching TV is our means of relaxing once we arrive from work. Even our children do the same. With the many gadgets that technology has introduced to us these modern times, the living room is filled with these gadgets as well as their cables.

Television has evolved from the simple rectangular box to a more complicated unit with plenty of wires that clutter around the living room.

Even as we clean our room on a regular basis, it still looks topsy-turvy, as we see the wires scattered on the floor. The nastiest part is these gadgets are always filled with dust.

Since the evolvement of modern entertainment devices, furniture producers have likewise built new entertainment units to house this equipment. They realized that the table is not enough to house all of the gadgets in a home so they built TV stands that have some shelves.

Nevertheless, further realizing that the stand is also not adequate, they created entertainment centers that do not only accommodate your TV set but the whole entertainment system as well as the other items found in the living room. Thus, entertainment centers were born.

Contemporary entertainment centers have more storage units for the whole equipment. These are made of various materials although wood is still the principal material used. Others are a combination of wood and glass.

Following are some items that you need to look into when choosing your media center.

• The size of your TV and other gadgets
• The number of devices you have
• Do you want your TV screen displayed or hidden?
• Where is your equipment located? Is it in the living room or in a separate viewing room?
• Are their children at home and to what age group do they belong to?

The above items will help you to decide the kind of entertainment center appropriate for you.

How to choose your entertainment center

A wall unit would be appropriate for a flat-screen television. It offers you the option of having some space in your living room. It similarly has a fresh, uncomplicated appeal. Hang it higher if you want to get the feel of a theater. Alternatively, hang it at eye level for a more munificent look.

A bigger wall unit is a good option if you have plenty of gadgets. Pick one that has many adjustable shelves and with cable punctures for your wires. A media center with sliding doors offers easy maneuverability to your devices.

Select the furniture with several shelves and drawers if you want something that can store other living room items like remotes, CDs and DVDs, books, magazines, remotes, etc.

For your entertainment center materials, you have a choice of having it in solid, pressed or veneer wood. Solid wood is long lasting and repairable but is expensive. Pressed wood is cheaper than solid wood and is likewise long lasting and repairable. Veneer, on the other hand, is also hard-wearing like solid wood but is not repairable.

Finally, consider the price. How much is your budget for an entertainment center? The price will establish the quality of material. Always remember, however, to select one that is tough and long-lasting.

Choosing Between Big and Small TV Stands

Watching TV is probably the most favorite pastime of most people. We turn on our TV sets upon waking up to listen to the news or upon arriving from work or school. Apart from our TV set, modern technology has also introduced other electronic devices.

The size is one of the most significant factors to think of when buying TV stands followed by the materials used. Viewing will be more enjoyable if you have a good stand that supports your unit well and complements the rest of your living room furniture.

There are two sizes of TV stands – big and small. Let us check their differences.

Big TV Stands

A big living room is ideal for a big TV stand as well as a large unit. This will support the weight of your unit appropriately. It also provides ample storage like shelves, drawers so other entertainment devices may be placed like your DVD/CD player, music player, or audio systems. You can even have storage space for your remotes, shelves for DVDs, books and magazines.

Advantages a big TV stand

• It is spacious
• offers more storage spaces for your other accessories; thus giving order in your living room
• gives the viewers the thrill in watching a movie or program, as the screen is seen clearly and fully for the vastness of the space
• creates an idea of the homeowner’s classy taste for furniture

Small TV stands

Small TV stands do not need a big space yet can house your unit and other electronic devices.

Advantages of small TV stands

• ideal for those living in small spaces such as townhouse, condos or apartment.
• easy to set up
• most have wheels, thereby allowing you to transport it to other areas of your home
• ideal if you want a small TV set in the kitchen or in the bedroom
• provides more shelves for your other bits and pieces

Knowing the advantages of both stands, however, is not enough.
You need to know your requirements and this will depend on the size of your TV set and the number of entertainment gadgets that you have. When buying a stand for your set, you must not only think of your entertainment gadgets but also something that can accommodate other bits and pieces in the living room.

Even a small space can have a moderately-sized TV stand to put order in the living room. This will save you from buying another bookshelf or cabinet for your other stuff, as the stand can keep these items.
You also need to check the height, which should be neither too high nor too low so watching a program or movie will be at eye level.

Additionally, it should complement your other furniture as well as your living room theme. TV stands are now created using different materials. We have the glass TV stands for a more contemporary appeal and the traditional wood TV stands are still very much in fashion. Some make use of metal and steel. Whatever you choose, always make sure that it is capable of supporting your entertainment gadgets, is reasonably priced, durable and long lasting.

Setting Up an Entertainment Center

Your dreams are about to come true!

Standing lofty against your living room wall is the entertainment center you’ve been dreaming your whole life about. But now the fear sets in. You look to the left and see a bundle of electronic equipment that you must now, somehow, put together in order for your dreams to become complete.

But have no fear. If you follow the next few simple steps, you will be able to put together a great entertainment system that will blow your friends away.

  1. Place the television in the middle of the entertainment center. Connect your Blue-ray, DVD or VHS player to the television using HD or HDMI cables.
  2. Connect the home theater receiver to the A/V (audio/video) output on the television. If the television does not have an A/V Out, then connect it to the DVD or Blu-ray player. It is best to use either RCA or fiber optic cables for this.
  3. Center the channel speaker below or directly above the television.
  4. Place the two front speakers on each side of the channel speaker.
  5. For maximum impact, the channel speaker and two front speakers should be placed equidistant from the listening area in an arched arrangement. They should also be at the same height, ideally at ear-level for the listeners.
  6. Put the two rear surround sound speakers on each side of the listening area behind the listening area. These can be placed above or below the seated listener.
  7. Finally, place the subwoofer around the room and experiment to find the best location. Turn on a movie or music and move the subwoofer to various spots in order to find the best sound.

You and your friends and family will soon enjoy the ear-splitting, seat-jarring surround sound from your new home theater set up!