Building your very own cinema-inspired set-up at home is on many people’s bucket lists. With fancy TVs, sound bars and other exciting pieces of technology becoming more accessible for people’s wallets, a well-designed home entertainment system can bring out the very best in your favourite movies and TV shows. But, where would you start?
First things first, where are you going to set up your home cinema?
One of the best spaces in the home would have to be the basement. It’s naturally dark and,thanks to being underground, sound is less likely to travel further than the room, so you won’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbours. But not everyone is lucky enough to have this additional space.
If you’re setting up in your living room or other area in your home, you’ll need to consider the lighting and sound performance. If it’s generally a bright and airy room, you may need to invest in some high-quality blackout blinds or curtains to make the most of the visual element. And, if you’re living in an apartment, terraced or semi-detached home, you’ll have to consider your neighbours too.
What types of tech should you be looking at?
There are so many options when setting up your home entertainment system; whether you want to go super simple or as high-tech as possible, there is something for everyone. From a control perspective you could adopt an Amazon Echo or Google Home system so you can control the sound or what’s playing with nothing more than your voice.
Where your TV or screen is concerned, you’ll have to look at what space you have to work with. If you’re going for the full cinema experience, you can pick up screens for a relatively inexpensive cost. If you’re looking at a TV, think about the kind of budget you have to work with and what alternative payment options there are out there for you. TVs can range from a few hundred pounds into the thousands, so it’s important to purchase an item that fits with what you can afford.
A speaker system can make or break your home entertainment system. Get the wrong one and either the sound quality won’t be good enough for your movie nights, or it’ll disturb your neighbours beyond belief! For a powerful wireless audio solution, sound bars from Sonos will do the trick. Most connect through Wi-Fi and are controlled through an app on your phone or tablet, meaning less cables and a pretty sleek-looking sound system.
Build the home cinema system of your dreams
When it comes to the latest smart home entertainment devices, there are so many different options to choose from, in a range of different price brackets, so you’re sure to find something that fits your requirements and budget.