Everyone enjoys a trip to the cinemas, but by the time you’ve added up ticket pricing, popcorn and a drink, things can get costly pretty quickly. And what if you want to put your feet up? It makes you think, maybe it’s better to stay at home…
With the rise of streaming services, and technology becoming more and more affordable, it’s easier than ever to get the motion picture experience at home.
If you consider yourself a bit of a movie buff, it makes a lot of sense to make your own home cinema room, you can avoid cues, put your feet up and eat whatever you want.
However, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind to make sure you get the best cinema experience possible.
Your first consideration in setting up a home theatre should be the room. Generally speaking, home theatres take up a lot of space, so having the right dimensions is important. This is especially relevant if you choose to use a projector, which may require a throw space of over 4 metres to cast a screen size with a 150-inch diameter.
Another consideration is having a room that is isolated from the rest of the house. Non-dedicated home theatre rooms have to share the space with kitchen sounds, random lights as well as the goings on of the rest of the family, so finding a room with its own space is important. Basements, attics and spare rooms are great options.
Projector or Television?
When it comes to choosing the right screen for a home theatre, the biggest decision you have to make is whether to go with a traditional television or a projector. One of the main considerations here is the size of your room and the amount of light that it lets in. Both these factors will affect the performance of a projector and if your room is smaller and has large windows, you might be better of going with a large television. This isn’t much of a compromise, however, as televisions can range all the way up to 85 inches, and curved screen TVs are great for handling light issues as well as awkward angles.
If you have a lot of space and are able to effectively block out light in your dedicated cinema room, it may be well worth going with a projector, as they are adjustable and can range from 40 all the way up to 300 inches and beyond. This way you can adjust the projector to suit your room. Despite this, there are a few other factors to consider with projectors, such as mounts and cables, as well as coating the opposite wall with projector screen paint to optimise performance.
Surround sound systems are important for making your dedicated cinema room sound as authentic as possible. A 5.1 channel setup is necessary, which refers to three speakers in the front, two in the rear, as well as a subwoofer. 7.1 channel setups are also available but with extra speakers, it’s important to be able to situate them in the right place so that they sound optimal. Subwoofers on top of cabinets can create unwanted buzzing sounds, and speakers that are hidden behind furniture may not be able to project at their highest potential, so consider specialised mounts for each speaker and be sure to place subwoofers on the ground.
Soundproofing is important to optimise the acoustics of a room and to make the most of your surround sound system. Soundproofing can be expensive, however, if you are able to add extra insulation to your walls this will be a bonus. Alternatively, consider sound absorption. Carpet is better at absorbing sound than hardwood floors and minimising hard surfaces and adding objects like couches and curtains can also go a long way to improve your cinemas audio quality.
Lighting ambience is a big part of the cinema experience and the right lighting can make or break the mood of a home theatre. Consider fitting dimmer lights, so that you can adjust the lighting at the turn of a switch. Controlling natural light is also important, so if you have large windows, you may need to consider fitting curtains or blinds.
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