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A guide to building your ultimate home cinema

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Having a cinema in your own home is the dream of many. To be able to relax with a beer without the rustling of teenagers’ popcorn and losing your shoes to sticky floors is a very attractive proposition to anyone. As with a lot of electronics however, in practice the prices are astronomical and it is difficult to know whether you are getting quality for your money. To help you choose all the elements of your dream home cinema, here is a quick guide.

Choose a reputable supplier:
It can be tempting to get as much equipment as you can for as little money and there are always cheaper alternatives. However, it may be important to get all the help you can with the installation and upkeep of your home cinema system. Websites such as HiSpek Electronics have fully trained AV technicians who will come to your home and install the system for a reasonable price. This will enable you to utilise your system to its full potential

Sound System:
A basic choice for your home cinema sound system is between 2.1, 5.1, and the less common 7.1 surround systems. The 2.1 system, which utilises two speakers is usually the preferable choice for those with a smaller space for their entertainment centre. Although it is possible to down mix 5.1 formats to play effectively through 2.1 systems, many consider 5.1 or 7.1 the superior set-ups. 5.1 uses six and eight speakers including subwoofers respectively. A third option is a sound bar which pack the capabilities of 2.1 or 5.1 systems into a single long speaker. These are perfect for the small scale home cinema.

Another choice you need to make is between a big screen television or projector plus screen. Although they aren’t cheap, a decent projector should get you a bigger picture for your money than the equivalent HD TV. For purists, projectors will give you a more cinematic experience. The only downside is that a projector set up will require more installation. You will need to ensure the projector is fitted at the optimum distance away from the screen. Also, it bears keeping in mind that you need a dark room for a projector to work to its full capacity.

Go 3D:
For that extra wow factor, you may want to consider adding a dimension. There is now a wealth of choice of 3D Blu-Ray players, HD 3D Smart LED TVs and 3D projectors on the market. If you are thinking of entering the world of 3D it is worth considering the number of people you want to invite to your home cinema. They will all need 3D glasses.

Here’where you can deviate as much or little as you want from the cinematic environment. Some prefer to keep the experience as authentic as possible by installing theatre-style seating but it is worth considering alternatives.

To ensure you truly relax in your new home cinema you’ll need snacks. Get a drinks fridge in the room, a popcorn maker installed or just ensure youre stocked up with sweets.

Brought to you in association with HiSpek.