Pros and Cons of Installing DIY Home Theater Equipment

If you’re trying to decide whether or not to install home theater equipment on your own, you may want to ask yourself a few questions before getting started. Do I have the necessary experience to install this sort of equipment? How complicated is the equipment? Will anything need to be hardwired? Do I have the necessary tools?

The last thing you want to do is put yourself in danger, or get halfway through the project only to realize it’s way over your head. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few of the pros and cons associated with installing DIY Home Theater Equipment.

Pros of Installing Home Theater Equipment on Your Own

The #1 benefit to DIY is cost savings. If you have an extremely tight budget and have the know-how, you can potentially save yourself some money by doing-it-yourself. If you aren’t particularly concerned about custom lighting, sound quality, viewing distances, and unique seating options, you can attempt to DIY. Should you feel like you have the skills to install all of those items and create a real home theater environment on your own, check out these great tips.

If your plan is to drape black sheets over a window, hammer a shelf to hold up a projector, or use an empty wall as your viewing screen, you might want to reconsider what you’re doing. One of the most important benefits to hiring a professional is that they’ll be able to help guide you to picking the right equipment for the space and budget you have available.

Be especially careful with electrical wiring if you don’t know what you’re doing!

Cons of DIY Home Theater Installation

Have you ever seen “Renovation Realities”?  This DIY program shows couples who are doing a renovation with a fixed time line and budget.  Unexpected issues always come up, and they always exceed their time and money budget. With Google, YouTube and DIY everyone thinks they can teach themselves how to do things. While this may be true when it comes to crafts or baking, you may want to rethink major projects.  The #1 Con to doing a home theater system yourself is that dealing with electronic equipment can be dangerous to yourself and your home. Secondly, it can also be extremely time-consuming if you aren’t a professional. For example, your lighting might create glare or the surround sound might end up being just a bit off. These subtle details that will interrupt the overall viewing experience.

Another negative to do-it-yourself is that consumers are often limited to what equipment they have access to purchase.  Manufacturers for high-end electronics like to deal directly with companies who they know will install their product properly and the general public usually won’t have access to their products. In an effort to locate your desired product without going through a company that is a direct distributor, you could end up with cheap knock-off equipment. By not having the exact item you need/want, or if something doesn’t function the way you thought it would, this leaves you learning a very expensive lesson without having your desired results.

Hiring a professional company with access to trusted vendors will help you avoid that pitfall. Moseley Electronics has access to a variety of custom vendors, like Panamax, United Leather, SONY, and many more.  We carry many of the same brands that big box stores do, and have the same pricing.  If you are looking to simply purchase a TV without an install, we can also help you with that!

There is also the risk that you’ll end up getting in over your head. It will end up being unnecessarily costly to hire a professional to come behind you and fix everything, when they could have done it right from the get-go. If you don’t already have all the tools needed to install a home theater, they’re going to eat up a huge portion of your budget.

Going it alone will definitely give you a new found appreciation for your electronics installer!

Hiring a Professional Home Theater Installer

Unless you really know what you’re doing, installing items like speakers, projectors, or even reclining chairs can put you and your home at risk. Our advice is to hire a professional to install your home theater system, unless you have a solid background in this type of work; otherwise, you’re inevitably going to overlook small but important details. It doesn’t cost anything to invite a professional into your home to review your space and provide you with an estimate.

Moseley Electronics is Central Virginia’s premiere custom home theater experts. Contact us if you would like more information about installing home theater systems or would like a quote for installing a home theater system in either an existing space or new construction.

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