Going to the movies can be quite an ordeal sometimes, For example, first there’s the queueing, and then you find yourself paying almost as much for the drinks and snacks as you did for the tickets.
When you do finally get to sit down, you then have to put up with the rustling of wrappers and slurping of drinks all around you. So, wouldn’t setting up your own home cinema be a more than viable alternative, especially when it’s this easy?
Step 1: Choose Your Room
First, you’ll need a suitable room. The expert advice is that it should be rectangular with as little natural light in it as possible. Maybe there’s nowhere suitable in your current home – so why not think about moving? Interest rates are low and, if you search on an online broker like Trussle to help you compare mortgages, you could find some deals that make it surprisingly affordable to move into somewhere with the ideal space for a home cinema – like an unused loft room or basement.
Step 2: Arrange the Lighting
Hopefully, the room has few or, ideally, no windows. But, if it does have them, then it’s a question of putting up blackout blinds. Then install lighting that can be easily dimmed – Philips Hue Smart Lighting is a great choice as you’ll be able to set it at exactly the level you want – and if you have a smart speaker in your home, you’ll even be able to use voice control to adjust it. Although, not during the movie!
Step 3: Sort Out the Sound
Getting the right sound for the cinema is also critical, and you should take the size of the room into account. For smaller rooms, a high quality soundbar may be all that’s needed as some of the best ones can provide the sensation of surround-sound. But, for the real thing, it’s essential to install a multi-speaker system consisting of a combination of front, centre, and satellite speakers, plus a sub-woofer for the extra low-frequency sounds.
Step 4: Choose your TV
Last, but definitely not least, it’s time to decide what TV will be most suitable to complete the system. You’ll find a huge choice out there and it can be quite confusing; so make sure you do your research.
You could choose an OLED TV on which each individual pixel generates its own light. This has a number of benefits, including blacker blacks and brighter colours. This type of TV also offers a wider viewing angle and, because the screen is ultra-thin, it’s ideal for rooms where the space is tight.
Alternatively, look into installing a HD 4K TV if you want pictures that are up to four times sharper than standard HD screens. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have space for a 65” TV or above, you could even consider the 8K version.
After you’ve put the kit together, it’s just a question of installing everything and getting it wired up – you might want to bring in a professional for this. Then all that’s left is to get out the popcorn, put your feet up, and enjoy!