Creating a Home Theatre
There was a
time when the only decent way you could see films was to go to your local
cinema or movie theatre. With the invention of VHS tape, it became possible to
watch films at home, either recorded from the TV, or by buying the film on a
VHS tape. The quality of the picture and sound on VH tape was pretty abysmal,
and so if you wanted to have a full filmic experience there was nothing for it
but to go to your local movie theatre.
have changed! With huge Plasma/LED screens available, digital reproduction is
now available to us all. Not only that but you can simulate the cinema
“surround-sound” experience in your own front room with friends and family. A
“home theatre” sounds grand, but it can be as grand or as modest as you want.
What you go for will depend mainly on two things; your budget and the size and
layout of the room you plan to install the home theatre system in.
But are we all
on the same page here? What is a home theatre system? It’s actually whatever
you want it to mean! Generally speaking, a home theatre system is a combination
of electronic components designed to recreate the experience of watching a
movie in a theatre. It’s normally composed of screen, a dvd/Blu-Ray player plus
set top box, and then speakers to give you a surround sound experience (five
speakers for 5.1, and more for more sophisticated sound systems).
install their home theatre system in their lounge- because it is often the
largest room in a home, and it’s likely that you already have a sofa and
armchairs there for you and others to watch films together.
necessities to create your home theatre are a minimum 27-inch or larger
television, movie playing device (DVD/Blu-Ray is recommended), speakers, a
surround sound capable stereo receiver, all the cables and connectors and a
high-quality surge protector.
should be the focus of attention and positioned at eye level (when sitting
down)- I’ve seen some affixed high up a wall and you get neck strain by the end
of the film!
should be positioned in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and
there are usually programmes for you to test each speaker and the “boom box”
woofer for the bass frequencies.
If you want to
go the whole hog then you could install electric curtains that can be opened or
closed with a remote, and even make sure that half-way through the film you
have a popcorn break! One consideration
you’ll have to ponder is how many people could be looking at a film. Some
screens are better viewed directly in front, and aren’t so good seen from the
edge angles. When looking at a screen in a shop, walk right to each edge of the
screen to see how the picture changes if at all. Finally, the more you pay for
your screen, the better the reproduction will be… the blacks will look black
and not shades of grey!