Home cinema systems
Home theatres or home cinema systems are theatres built in a home, designed to mimic commercial theater performance and feeling, more commonly known as a home cinema. Today, home cinema implies a real “cinema experience” at a private home.
Until recently, the best way to watch a movie was to go to a movie theater. The introduction of VCRs made it easy to rent or buy movies and watch them at home, but TVs just didn’t compare to movie theaters’ huge screens and surround-sound systems. Not only did TVs have comparatively tiny screens and lower quality speakers, formatting a movie to fit the screen got rid of a substantial part of the picture.
Now, more and more people are turning their ordinary TV rooms into home theaters. This used to involve a projector and a screen, and it was too expensive for most people to afford.
But advances in technology have given people more choices for home theater setups, and some people find that a home theater is quieter and more convenient than a movie theater — and the picture and sound are great.
What you’ll need for this room of rooms in home entertainment:
- Space to convert into a home cinema theatre. The size of the room will determine furniture, equipment and electrical requirements. Consider ambient light, carpeting, wall construction, how much free space is needed, where will the seating be placed in relation to the screen, and so on.
- The video device: this is the technology you will install that will project the image onto the screen. It is probably the most important component of your home cinema. Options include a large flat screen, rear-projecting TV, plat panel or LCD TV, video projector and screen combination. New innovations have also introduced the at home 3D experience.
- Audio: The next essential element of the movie theater experience is sound. The way this is implemented in a home theater system is with either an AV receiver or Preamplifier/Amplifier combination. Loudspeakers and subwoofers should also be considered for installation.
- Source components: these would typically include a DVD player, CD player, DVD recorder, cables, satellites, antennas and internet connections.
- Furniture: the ultimate seating is needed for your ultimate home cinema system experience. Install real cinema-like couches or chairs and enhance the cinema vibe in the comfort of your own home.
A home theater system is an exciting entertainment option that provides the consumer with an immersive viewing and listening experience. Your home theater system can be something as simple as a 27-inch TV and a home theater-in-a-box system, or a sophisticated custom-built system with video projector and in-wall speakers. However, there is a lot to consider in-between.
Sources: Home Theater About and How Stuff Works