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2018 How much does a home theatre cost?

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider


A home theatre can be a great home improvement, but how much does one cost? A home theatre can be in the living room and consist of the components of a home theatre or you can dedicate a room to a home theatre. A dedicated room will cost more because you will need to soundproof the room and have furnishings for it.

  1. Components of a home theatre system
  2. How much do home theatres cost?
  3. Setting up a home theatre system
  4. Do your costings for a home theatre first
  5. Setting up a dedicated home theatre room

Components of a home theatre system

Home theatres usually come in packaged bundles and include everything you need to set up a system. A basic system will include:

  • A receiver, which is connected to the speakers and controls the way they work. It can be an AV receiver or surround sound speaker
  • Loudspeakers will depend on the package. You may have four or more loudspeakers
  • A subwoofer
  • Connection cables or a wireless system

Optional components may include a projector for a large screen display, a media streamer, a DVD recorder or VCR and a sound metre. Some packages include a wire stripper for connecting speaker cables and some even include a label printer.

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A basic system will include everything you need to set up a home theatre system.

How much do home theatres cost?*

Home theatres include all the components you need for a home theatre. They can be relatively inexpensive or very expensive depending on the system you choose. Some inexpensive systems consist of speakers and a receiver only, while an expensive system may have a more sophisticated receiver and more powerful speakers. Some home theatre systems may also include a projector and screen and will be even more expensive.

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A basic home theatre may cost around $475. It will have four or five speakers, a subwoofer and a receiver that will allow you to watch a movie, listen to music, watch TV or listen to the radio. The receiver will adjust the sound for whatever you're listening to. When set up correctly, even an inexpensive home theatre will give you surround sound and a crisp listening experience.

A wireless system may cost around $900 or more. Wireless systems are designed to spread the speakers out without having wires attached, which can get in the way in a living room where some speakers will be against the opposite wall.

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A more expensive system can cost up to $2500 or more. It will have larger speakers and a more sophisticated receiver. At that price, it may be a wireless system and include extra components for crystal clear sound.

You may also want to have a Blu-Ray player and recorder. An inexpensive Blu-Ray player might cost under $100, but they can go up to $800 for a more advanced model.

Some systems come with remote control units. If you need to purchase one, a remote control unit for a home theatre can cost between $40 and $60. A more expensive remote control unit can cost up to $130 and some are designed for specific systems.

A home theatre projector allows you to watch movies or TV on a large screen. You will also need to purchase a screen for the projector.

  • An inexpensive projector may cost $499
  • A mid-priced projector may cost $2000
  • An expensive projector can cost up to $4500
  • An inexpensive screen may cost under $400
  • A large screen can cost up to $900

Projectors and screens are more suited for large rooms, such as a dedicated home theatre room or a large living room.

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It is also possible to attach a home theatre system to WiFi and enjoy movies on Netflix, YouTube or other movie channels. You will need a WiFi enabled TV to be able to watch movies. A Smart TV can cost around $400 for a 32 inch screen and can cost as much as $2700 for a 65 inch screen.

Setting up a home theatre system

Home theatres are designed for DIY installation, but you may need to hire an electrician to install extra power points for the system, but it will depend on the power points you already have in the home.

Setting up a home theatre system in a living room is relatively easy, but if you purchase a system with cables connecting the speakers, you will need to find a way to keep people from tripping over the cables because for surround sound, the speakers have to be placed around the room. A wireless system may be better for a living room, but it can cost more than a cabled system.

Think about everything you want for a home theatre system. Aside from watching TV, you may also want to purchase:

  • A Blu-Ray system
  • DVD player
  • CD player

These can all be connected to the receiver and some receivers can adjust the levels to suit TV, movies or music and they can be easy to use, with just a touch of a button.

Setting up a dedicated home theatre room

If you have a dedicated room for a home theatre system, there are other things to think about. You may want to soundproof the room. Acoustic sound batts can cost around $80 for 3.6m2. Acoustic foam will absorb sound and may cost around $825 for a 5 metre length. Some types of plasterboard can also soundproof a room. For more information, read Soundproof Your Home with Plasterboard.

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Also think about furnishings, lighting, floor coverings and heavy curtains if there is a window in the room. Furnishings can be anything from a comfortable sofa to a row or two of chairs. Lighting should have a dimmer switch so you can turn the lighting down when you're watching a movie. Furnishings can be anything that suits your purposes and allows space for everyone to enjoy a movie. Some homeowners even buy theatre style chairs to give the room a more authentic theatre feel. Others use sofas or matched chairs and the chairs may be in one, two or more rows depending on the number of people who use the home theatre.

Do your costings for a home theatre first

A home theatre can be inexpensive or very expensive. Decide what type of home theatre you want and you can buy a good system for the living room at a reasonable price. If you want more, you will have to pay more for a more sophisticated home theatre system.

If you decide to dedicate a room to a home theatre, you have more than the cost of a home theatre to think about. Soundproofing may be necessary and lighting, furnishings and a floor covering are needed. The cost for a home theatre in a room can be high, but if your budget allows, having a dedicated room for a home theatre can immerse you and your family in a movie and with soundproofing, no one outside of the room can hear the movie and you won't hear sounds from outside the house.

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The cost of a home theatre can be anywhere from under $500 for an inexpensive system to $10,000 or more for a dedicated room with a projector and screen. A room doesn't have to cost that much, but it may lack soundproofing and you may need to buy less expensive furnishings. For a family, a couch or several chairs may do, but don't forget to make the room comfortable for everyone and arrange the furnishings so everyone can see the screen.

In a smaller room, you may not need to purchase a projector and large screen. A large screen TV may be all you need, but if you're buying a home theatre, don't skimp on the TV because it is a big part of the viewing experience. Between a large screen TV and the surround sound of a home theatre system, your family will feel like they're in a movie theatre in your home.

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