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.
Media rooms recreate the cinematic experience from the comfort of your own home.
They can be customized to fit your particular budget and movie-watching preferences.
Media rooms are absolutely amazing for entertaining guests.
Media rooms can be costly to put together.
May not be worth it for homeowners that rarely watch movies or have people over.
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.
What should an HTIB (home theater in a box) generally come with?
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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