Having the “Cinema Experience” at home is not a new-age concept. When Kodak’s 8mm Film Projector became more affordable back in the 1950s, the ability to share home movies became a popular entertainment staple for the “Family Night.” Commercial films would make their way onto the home reels, creating the need for a Theater Room in order to compensate for the poor audio quality of the time. Today, there is no need for a separate room to enjoy theater quality sound. All that’s needed is a little bit of time, patience, and a sound system that’s perfect for the intended entertaining space.
Unlike the home theater systems of the previous century, today’s home theater systems boast crisp, clear sound, and high-definition resolution that delivers a crisp image; better than what the average television offers with its simple built-in speakers. A standard theater setup comes with an Audio and Video Input Device, Audio Processors (in the form of an AV receiver), and at least two speakers with a range of 5.1 to 7.1 surround sound. The choice of display can be anything from a standard television set, a flat screen, or even a projection screen and projector. However, having the equipment isn’t all that is important. The proper housing space is key to achieving that “crisp movie theater sound”, so when planning to install a home theater system, find an area that allows maximum sound magnification and is able to safely house your investment. Having the best system imaginable is not going to change the fact that it’s in the area in the house with the worst acoustics imaginable.
Finding the right system and its installation should not be a hassle. When shopping around for a theater system, keep certain things in mind like the set budget, the size of the space you intend on installing the theater system into, how much power the system will draw off the power grid, and whether or not the installation will be difficult. Don’t gravitate towards the biggest and most expensive-looking system. Look at each system individually and their customer reviews. Find the one that has the best reputation and reliability that fits your specific needs. Also, keep in mind how much power the system will need to use; it’s never a good thing when the circuit breaker trips as soon as the system is turned on. The instruction manual should also be simple and easy to follow, making self-installation quick and relatively painless. Keeping to these simple guidelines will make the planning and shopping for your home theater system relatively stress free.
It isn’t that hard to obtain the “Cinema Experience” in the comfort of one’s own home. 50 years ago this would have been unheard of, but now with the home cinema systems components becoming more affordable and easier to install, transforming the living room into a miniature movie theater with sound rivalling a full-sized theatre is an easy feat.