Creating the Perfect Home Cinema Setup
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Creating the perfect home cinema setup is not as easy as it seems and it’s certainly not as simple as just buying the equipment.
If your idea of a perfect Saturday evening is relaxing on the sofa in front of a great movie, then here are some tips to ensure you get the most out of the experience:
Laying out your room
When it comes to recreating that cinema feel in the comfort of your own home, it’s important to give some thought to the layout of your room.
A room that is ideal for a home cinema system is rectangular in shape. A little reshuffle of your furniture could make the room longer than it is wide, ensuring that the shape of the room is ideal for your movie viewing experience.
The placement of the screen is also extremely important. In much the same way as when staring at a computer screen, your TV should not be more than 15 degrees above your eye level. If your TV is any higher than this, your neck will become stiff.
Invest in the right equipment
It should go without saying, but if you’re looking to fully recreate that cinema experience in your own home, investing in the right equipment is paramount.
Fortunately, increased competition between suppliers of electrical goods is driving down consumer prices. For example, it’s really quite easy to find a cheap TV at Co-operative Electrical. In addition, if you’re really serious about making your home cinema that little bit more special, consider purchasing a projector.
While the TV, or projector, is a vital component in any home cinema, the quality of the sound is really what helps to recreate that cinema ambience. Rather than opting for one or two of the largest speakers on the market, it’s better to choose four or five smaller speakers and a quality sub-woofer. Spread the speakers around the room to make it feel like you’re really in a movie theatre.
Keep the sound in
A large part of successfully recreating the cinema experience in your home is about trapping as much of the sound as possible in the room. The extent to which you go to largely depends upon your commitment level. Some basic tricks are to lay down carpet, rather than laminate floors, as floorboards bounce the sound around, distorting it and taking away from the experience. Thick curtains are also beneficial in trapping sound in your cinema room.
Installing acoustic panels, padding, or insulation, will drastically help to increase the amount of sound that is trapped in the room. It’s a little more costly, but a necessity if you want to fully recreate that cinema feel.
With all your new equipment set up and ready to go, it’s time to talk about seating. If you really want to recreate that cinema feel, invest in some high-quality seating. Whether you prefer leather sofas or softer materials, comfort should be your number one priority.
Stay in control
If you’re creating the perfect home cinema set up, the last thing you want to do is have to get up every five minutes to make minor adjustments. Invest in a universal remote that controls all of your new equipment. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the latest releases.