If you are planning to purchase and integrate a home theater system into your home, you need to make sure that all the pieces fit together harmoniously. Simply purchasing the best equipment in the market is not enough. Keep in mind that the chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Here are some of the most common mistakes that you need to avoid during this process.


Never purchase the receiver first. You may be amazing with a particular receiver due to its features or appearance, however, it should not be the first component that you pick out. Instead, choose your speakers first, to match the room and keep within your budget. Next, choose the amp (or receiver) which will match your speakers. Since you are planning a home theater, make sure that you select your screen or video display before you purchase so everything fits properly. Finally, leave yourself some time to change your mind just in case you have doubts or make changes before paying for everything.

Wrong Gear for the Room Size

There is nothing inherently wrong about choosing heavyweight speakers and amps for a relatively small room. Most of the time, overkill is a good thing, whether it is for wattage or horsepower. What we do not recommend, however, is purchasing a low-powered system with low-sensitivity speakers and insufficient sub-woofage for a huge room. In most cases, speakers with a sensitivity rating of 86 dB @ 1 meter will not work well in a 5,000 cubic foot room, no matter the size of the amplifier.

Not Budgeting Wisely

One of the most important things you should keep in mind is that you have to match components to one another. Do not spend a highly disproportionate amount of money of one component, to the detriment of the others. For example, do not match a $4,000 receiver with LCRs that are only $500 each. Remember again that you must pick the speaker for the room and the application, and then choose a corresponding amplifier.