DIY or Home Cinema Installation?

Home Cinema Installation

 

Have you ever been watching a movie at home, either on a disc or from your favorite streaming service, and get the sensation that the film is not as dramatic as it was in the theater? The writing may be the same, the performances as impactful as ever, but something about the presentation just feels off. If so you are not the only one. This is why many homeowners are opting for home cinema installation, in order to recreate that box office feeling from the comfort of their own home. In the following post we will be exploring the various components of the home cinema and hopefully help you decide whether home cinema installation is right for your home!

The Screen

 

The two broad categories of choice you have for the screen are either a) a television or b) a projector. This is broadly down to personal preference. The projector will give a slightly more authentic movie experience, but depending on the exact makeup of the room you plan to have your home cinema in, it might be less practical than a television. For example if you plan on having a massive screen than a projector is probably going to make more sense than a television of that size. On the other hand for smaller rooms, using a television is much more practical and has less setup involved. In addition televisions will often have higher resolution than most commercially available projectors. Both of these options offer high quality visuals for your cinema experience, choose the option that is right for your home.

 

Sound

 

The other big component of the home theater is sound. This is a crucial component of your setup to get correct as it is the sound quality that really elevates the home cinema from being just a room with a nice screen, to a movie theater in your basement. This can also unfortunately be one of the most intimidating parts of home cinema installation. Amazon alone has over 700 options of home cinema speakers. Here are a few tips on buying speakers as well as how they should be placed once purchased. Firstly, most home cinema speaker systems use 5.1 surround sound. This means that there are five full range speakers placed throughout the room in addition to a low range specialist speaker. Your woofer should be placed directly in front of where you are sitting, and will usually be placed right below the screen. Two speakers should be placed in front of you on either side of the woofer facing you and two speakers should be facing you from either side behind you. What this setup allows for is the “movement” of sound across speakers. So for example if a plane flies from one side of the screen to the other the speakers will try and replicate the sound of a plane moving from left to right, or whatever the case might be. Now while this may have given you a general guide as to where your speakers should be placed in actuality the exact best place to put them is really going to depend on the size and shape of your room so feel free to experiment with the exact placement. In theory the speakers should all be equidistant from the listener. One final tip about sound is to ensure you don’t buy speakers labeled bipole or dipole, as these are incompatible with the surround sound features that you want in your home cinema.

 

DIY or Home Cinema Installation

Now while it is more than feasible to perform home cinema installation by yourself; there are many companies for whom home cinema installation is their specialty. Hiring one of these companies can save you the hassle of having to deal with the technical aspect of setting up your home cinema. In addition these companies can help you decide what speaker setup is right for your particular home and help remove confusion as to which of the many sound systems would be best. Hopefully these tips will help you make an informed decision on whether a home cinema is right for you; as well as help you determine what the best possible setup is for your home.

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