Media rooms are awesome. Your family will get a kick out of an in-home cinematic experience, your friends will be impressed at your entertainment space, and you’ll get years of enjoyment out of an expertly designed media room. The own drawback? Potentially high costs. Here’s what you need to know.
The cost of installing a media room complete with home theater system depends mostly on the type and quality of the equipment used, as well as the cost of installation. For a high-end 5.1 channel or 7.1 channel HTIB (home theater in a box) package, which includes a subwoofer with onboard power amps and three-way speakers, you can expect to pay anywhere from $800 to $3,000, plus an additional $150-$800 for installation. Get a price quote from a licensed contractor to discuss labor costs.
Generally, the only maintenance required with a media room is regular cleaning and an occasional check of the equipment to make sure it is working properly. If you take care of your technology, this can be a very low-maintenance area of the home.
An HTIB should contain everything necessary to put together a home theater system—a subwoofer, receiver and speakers, as well as speaker cables. They should also come with installation instructions.
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