The DIY part of the new layout can typically be done in a weekend. Decide if you want to mount your television, and if so, look into hiding the cords simply and affordably with Wiremold
before you dig into the walls. If you’re looking for a major upgrade, and you have the space, you can consider projectors as another option. Just be prepared for the mounting required and the need for an appropriately colored wall or screen to be setup.
Also decide how you’ll approach surround sound in the space. While a sound bar may be enough for those looking to simply boost the volume on the television, a receiver and satellite speakers are what will truly improve the sound quality. Receivers amplify and decode audio signals and function as the hub for your system, switching between defined inputs and sending the source out to your screens and speakers.
What new components do you need? Record turntables are making a comeback and can be integrated simply into a receiver setup. Video game systems can add some fun and functionality as they integrate apps for streaming video and music, as well as offer the option to play physical media. If you aren’t a gamer, consider Roku, Chromecast, or some other streaming media player.
Another consideration on the DIY side is proper cable management. As you ramp up the amount of speakers, components and devices in your system you’ll want to follow proper cable management practices
so you don’t end up with a tangled mess to deal with later. Legrand also offers several specific cable access plates and home theater connections
to make your life easier.
Finally, consider how much automation you want in your system. Some of this will be DIY through remote controls such as the Logitech Harmony and the connected app that integrates with products like the Amazon Alexa or Google Home. If you’re looking for something more robust, however, it might be time to consider the big-ticket items that come with a professional design and installation.