Tech opens the door to so many forms of entertainment, it’s simply not smart to be content with just what you can get through your TV antenna (or your cable provider, for that manner.) There are ways to open up the doors for a real multimedia center and you don’t even have to spend thousands of bucks to do it like you used to.
Designating the right space for it
Most of your time and effort should go into creating the home theater room that you’re actually going to enjoy your multimedia center in. The most important things are the placement between you and the screen so that you can look at it without discomfort and the acoustics. As such, you should look at some of the more affordable surround sound setups on the market at the moment. You don’t need fifty different speakers to do the job, three is enough to create a 3D soundscape.
Get the right hardware that can do it all
Nowadays, digital devices can connect you to any form of media and even any property as the press of a few buttons. You don’t need a dozen different devices to see, hear, and play it all. A smart TV is a good start, but you can make any TV much smarter with devices like an Amazon Firestick. Then, this list of apps by Troypoint can help you unlock a world’s worth of functionality from it. You can easily access any show, song, movie, and more with the right software to go with it.
Of course, you can use smart devices like a firestick to connect with other devices in the home, such as your own laptop. As such, you can use your laptop as a media server that you can use to access a whole depth of other media. This Home Theater DIY Guide on setting up a server can help you ensure that it’s safe, accessible, and connected so that you can get into all of your favorites that the click of a few buttons.
Know who to subscribe to
Right now, the mass media market is undergoing a shift that is not dissimilar to what television studios were doing at the height of cable. Shows, brands, and networks are getting split between different services. You don’t want a three-figure sum a month on several services, so this subscription TV guide from Toms Guide can help you decide which ones are most likely to have the kind of shows and movies that you want to tap into most often. One or two might be all you need.
Nowadays, you might only need a couple of pieces of hardware and one or two subscription services to create your very own multimedia center at home. Tech is going to continue to improve and get cheaper, meaning it’s going to be even easier to improve your home with a home cinema, games room, or music pad all in one.