The home cinema room, once a commodity of the super-rich, is now more than ever much more accessible than ever. The cinema, it’s an experience many of us enjoy, however, just as many don’t enjoy going to the cinema, despite loving the big screen experience. Here are the main reasons why you should consider investing in a home cinema room:
Any movie, anytime on the big screen
Whilst the experience of a cinema visit a good evening out, you can control when and what is on the big screen. You’ll be able to kick back and relax with reasonably prices snacks, rather than turning your cinema experience into an expensive treat.
Best seats in the house
With your own cinema room, you’re always guaranteed the best seats in the house. It can be annoying after you’ve paid so much money, only to find out that the cinema is packed at your left with a terrible seat.
Are you a gamer?
If you’re a bit of a gamer, your home cinema will instantly become a hit with your friends. Your home is going to be the number one gathering for a get together with your friends, and you’ll appreciate some time alone to immerse yourself in the large screen gaming experience.
Increase your home value
You may not be planning to sell your house for many years, but installing a custom home cinema will add value to your home. If you build a new attachment to accommodate it, it won’t remove any current space, instantly adding value.
Link to home automation
If you have a bigger budget, you may want to consider Control4 home automation. Linking a home cinema into things like your doorbell, lighting and sounds means you’ll be able to completely control your cinema experience. Ensuring you never miss a moment, you’ll be able to automatically pause your movie if someone’s at your door, plus being able to make use of a limitless amount of home automation features.
We’ve outlined everything you need to know about installing home cinema below.
How to set up a home cinema room
Designed purely for entertainment, you’ll need to make sure you get everything right when it comes to the electronic components of your home cinema room. You’ll want to consider home automation, as this will improve the home cinema experience.
The most important element, the home cinema screen is likely to be your biggest investment when installing a home cinema. The size of the room will dictate the screen size, but people with larger rooms tend to opt for 16 to 18ft screens. If you’re a sports fan, you may want to opt for multiple screens to ensure you don’t miss any action.
Smart TV or projector
While the size of the screen is one thing, knowing whether you want a traditional style TV, or a projector is another. While the larger screens are going to cost far more than projector screens, these can change size depending on the space you project them. However, when compared, TVs are far better when it comes to brightness, contrast and screen resolution.
The cinema experience relies on sound. It’s the second most important element. Therefore, getting audio right is crucial. As a minimum requirement, you’ll need a source, such as a DVD player, an audio/video receiver or preamplifier/processor with a multichannel amplifier and five or more multichannel speakers.
On top of these key elements, there are a few smaller items you’ll need too.
- Universal remote – one of these remotes will remove the hassle of several remotes and the chances of losing one
- Surge protectors – as you won’t know what power outage might occur, these are a necessity you may not have thought of
- Wireless – make sure everything is wireless and can be connected. It’ll help to remove the issue of wires while making everything easier to control
Of course, the equipment isn’t the only thing you’ll need to think about. Other elements will play a key role too.
Adding a home cinema room can be expensive. That’s why it’s important to figure out how much money you have before jumping in. You can even talk to people who’ll be able to advise you on what you can do with your budget, and how best to spend it.
This will determine how big your home cinema will be. It’ll also impact on your budget. After all, if the screen is small, or if you’re only opting for a projector, the cost could be lower. However, if you have a huge budget, you may want to add additional space to your home to accommodate a lavish cinema experience.