Posted August 04, 2019 16:01:46 Home theater installation is becoming increasingly popular with home buyers as they seek to expand their entertainment options and are seeking to reduce the cost of their homes.
While the cost to install a new home theater system has risen dramatically in recent years, the amount of work that goes into home theater systems remains fairly constant, and a typical installation requires approximately 2,000 hours to complete, according to the National Association of Home Theater Installers.
“It’s the same as building a new house,” says Kevin Fagan, an associate professor of home theater technology at Georgia Tech.
“The cost for a standard home theater will probably be about $10,000 or less, but for a premium system, you’re looking at maybe $20,000,” he says.
“If you’re not a big-time movie buff, that’s a lot of money for a home theater, but it’s a smaller price to pay than it used to be.”
There are different types of home theaters, but there are three main categories of home systems: traditional, compact and immersive.
Traditional home theaters are built for movies, TV shows and movies made in the past, and many are built with high-end components.
Compact home theaters have an average of about 100 square feet of space, and immersive systems are often made to fit in a small garage.
In terms of cost, Fagan says it’s not unusual for home theater projects to cost between $50,000 and $70,000, depending on the size of the home and the type of project.
“A typical home theater is probably going to cost about $50 million,” he explains.
“There’s a difference between a small-budget home theater project, where you’ve got the components, and the bigger, budget home theater where you’re going to have a lot more work done, like the building of the set, the making of the sound and the recording,” Fagan adds.
“I think people who don’t have a huge amount of money, they’re willing to spend the extra money on the cost.
It’s about being creative with what you’re spending your money on.”
Consultant and installation expert and home theater specialist Jim Lachance says there are different aspects of home entertainment that are important when considering the cost and quality of your home theater.
“Home theater systems need to be of the highest quality, because they need to play video content, and they need a lot less power, so they need an amplifier, they need more speakers, they want to have as many speakers as possible,” he tells ABC News.
“People who live in an urban environment, like older people, need to have the lowest level of sound because they’re less likely to be affected by hearing damage.”
Lachance adds that while home theater installations can be expensive, it’s also important to understand the full costs involved.
“You’re not going to find it cheaper than a brand-new home theater,” he advises.
“At the end of the day, the biggest cost you’ll face is the installation itself, because it will be costing you a lot, but also the labor involved in the installation,” Lachace says.
While you might not be able to find a home entertainment system for less than $1,000 (AU$1,100), there are some factors that can make home theater costs seem quite high, such as the location of the system and how long it takes to install it, Lachacy says.
The biggest factors that affect the cost range from the size and location of a home to the amount and type of speakers you have, and he says a home system that can fit in the garage or on a balcony can be significantly cheaper than one that needs to be installed in the living room.
“What you want to do is, if you’re in an apartment or apartment complex, you can buy a system that’s not in a garage or a balcony,” he adds.
Fagan says there’s a huge range in the cost between a $1k home theater for a one-bedroom apartment and a $200,000 home theater with a 1,200 square foot space for a two-bedroom house.
“Most people have to get to the point where they need about 2,500 hours to get their system done,” he notes.
“Typically, a home video system costs about $100,000 to $200.
You need about 400 hours of work to install and it’s going to take about 10 to 12 months to complete,” he said.”
So you want the best system that you can afford, and that’s going do everything you need it to do, whether it’s on the big screen or off the big monitor.”
Fagan also recommends that home theater owners consult with a professional installer to ensure that they’re installing the right system for their needs and that they have enough experience to provide recommendations