6 Must-Have Components of a Home Theater

Updated: Nov 2



Are you trying to build the perfect home theater? Would you like your home theater to feel like being in a real movie theater? SmartVolt can help you design the ultimate home theater experience. It will rival the picture and sound quality of the movie theater, without the uncomfortable seats and sticky floors. A home theater can be even more enjoyable than a movie theater with the right components.


Want to make your home theater, media room or man cave epic? Review our list of home theater must-haves to get started. And, if you want your theater experience to include the ultimate sound system, give us a call. We are experts in home theater design and surround systems. We can help you select the best components for your home theater and we can professionally install them.


A 4K TV or Projector


A home theater isn’t a home theater without the most essential component – a big screen. Should you buy a large TV or a projector for your space? The answer to this really depends on how big your room is, your budget, and how you plan to use your theater.


If you're a movie lover, a projector is probably your best choice. It can display images that are up to 200 inches, which is great for watching movies, but might not be ideal for gaming or sports. If you plan to use your theater for other activities like playing video games, you'll want a 4k television set. This will provide you with a more realistic play gaming experience. Check out our recommendations for the best 4k televisions.

Surround Sound


Surround sound is a must-have feature for any home theater. It's the best way to get immersed in your entertainment, whether it's a movie, television show, or video game. Focal's Chora Home Cinema speakers are an excellent option. They're designed to bring the action to life, with an elegant design that will look great in any living room.


Focal speakers are not only stylish, but they provide a great cinema experience for your home. They bring the finest details out in movies, no matter if you’re watching a blockbuster or indie film. They will help you hear every nuance of your audio. If you’ve watched a movie with poor sound quality, you will truly appreciate the difference Focal speakers make.


Comfortable seating


One thing that makes watching movies in your home theater so awesome is the option for comfortable seating. When you go to watch a show, you're often stuck sitting in uncomfortable seats next to strangers.


In your home theater you can use comfy sofas for seating, or you can purchase theater-style seating. If you have the budget, you can add in risers to create a tiered seating area. This will give your guests a realistic theater setting with all the perks of being at home.


Smart lighting


Smart lighting is one more component you should consider. When you’re watching a movie, you can dim the lights with a voice command. And when the movie is over, you can turn them back on without having to get up and find the light switch. You can add additional lighting such as LED strip lights that you run along the floor. These lights can illuminate a path if anyone needs to leave the room.

Wall sconces are an inexpensive way to improve your home theater. For date night or date movie nights, they’re a wonderful addition. And if you have the budget, you can hire a professional to install recessed lighting.


Hidden speakers and wiring


You want your home theater to be enjoyable and gorgeous. This is the space where you will entertain guests and you want it to look amazing. The last thing you want is ugly audio equipment and wires dominating the space. Hidden speakers and wiring will make your home theater luxurious.


SmartVolt can help you to design a home theater that is both aesthetically appealing and delivers the entertainment experience you’re dreaming of. Adding hidden architectural speakers in your ceilings or walls is one way to conceal the wiring and create a totally immersive sound system.


A universal remote


The final component for any home theater is a universal remote. A single remote is indispensable for enjoying all the features of your home theater. If you have a TV, a surround sound system, blu-ray player, or other electronics, you don’t want to have to use a bunch of different remotes to control everything.


Your home theater is where you go to relax. Having a universal remote makes it easy to operate every device in your theater. You can also integrate your home theater with your smart home system. This will allow you to control everything in your theater conveniently with voice command or an app on your phone.


Let SmartVolt design a custom theater with all of your must-haves. Contact us today at 505-903-6911. We can help you select the best components for your home theater and install them for you.