1.1 Planning Tools
The Budget determines the highest level of Digital Mojo one can obtain during a planned phase.. technology is used to cost out components so that you can get the best bang for your buck; when purchasing digital components.
This chapter presents the theater elements and relationships and is intended as an introduction to the things that you must consider in your theater plan. technology also provides the critical link to the interests of key family and friends when sharing the Language for the Whole Digital Thing!
These are not hard and fast rules, just an approximate measure of how most true digital theater budgets are spent. And, as you can see the initial cost difference for a projector and a 101 to 110 inch screen is only $500! Of course, in the long run the projector will prove to be more costly because of the need to replace the projector bulb every other year ($350); but the experience is well worth the added cost if you have the room! A good comparison would be the cost for 2 people going to the movies every weekend:
Tickets (2) = $30.00
Snacks = = $15.00
Gas, etc. = $ 5.00
Total = $50.00 per weekend
$50.00 x 4 weekends = $200 per month x 12 months = $2,400
Going this route with the numbers implies that a new Digital Entertainment system could be paid for with 2 years of savings gained from not having to attend the monster-plex to enjoy movies. But, we never just went to the movies it was dinner and then a movie which would add another $50.00 to the night. In this case the cost of dinner and a movie for the year is about $400 per month x 12 months = $4800, and viola! One year of savings pays for a digital system that will last a long time.
Of course I know that eliminated going out on date night probably has its own drawbacks, but being able to watch any movie you want anytime you want has something to say for itself. I have been conducting extensive research on these and other subjects related to Home Theaters since about 1999. The first thing I learned is that some people use the term Home Theater much too loosely! The impression I got was that the simple addition of a large screen TV (40+”) and one of those “in the box” speaker and receiver setups is a home theater. Not!
A home digital room takes a lot more than a TV, 5 speakers and a receiver. The following categories can be used to rank digital equipment services and purchases. The ranking are a little subjective based on my experience planning and building my own theater. The basis was to determine how much I had to invest in digital technology, initially just get technology started and eventually when all plans are implemented.