Home cinema

What is a Home Cinema Composed of?

Your home cinema is basically composed of receivers, a
screen, speakers and amplifiers. We will look at each
component in depth.

Receivers – This is the very heart of your home cinema
because all of the other parts are connected or wired to
it. The receiver works as your controller.

If you select a low-quality receiver, this can jeopardize
the pleasure of your home cinema system. The receiver
should hold digital or optical audio ports and should even
be able to adapt to the older style cabling.

The price of your receiver will depend upon its amplifier
supremacy as well as its detailed feature set. You want to
make sure to always buy a good quality receiver. This will
ensure that you have a wonderful home cinema experience.

Screen – Another vital component of a home cinema system is
the screen. There are basically four types of screens:
permanent, portable, manual pull down and electric. Each
screen has its good and bad points.

Speakers – The speakers for your home cinema convert
electric signals into sound. You will be able to reproduce
quality audio by having a hi-fi surround system.

Amplifiers – Another way to look at your amplifiers is by
saying they are the minds of the home cinema.

Most amplifiers can be distinguished by several
characteristics such as gain, slew rate, settling time and
aberrations, output dynamic range, bandwidth and rise time,
noise and efficiency and linearity.

There are a lot of different model to choose from so be
careful when you make your selection.

These are the basic components that you will need to have
when setting up your home cinema.

The Makings of a Home Cinema

You home cinema should combine the features of a video and
an audio system in order to replicate an actual movie
theater in your own home. The home cinema is becoming
increasingly popular today.

You classic home cinemas should consist of a large,
high-class HDTV – capable television. You may rather have a
video projector.

The quality audio system is achieved with a high fidelity
surround sound system. It contains at least 4 speakers as
well as a subwoofer in order to have the proper sound

Your home cinema consists of a proper arrangement of a TV,
DVD, VCR and a set of speakers. The home cinema is supposed
to mimic the natural movie house situation.

There are all types of ‘home cinemas’ on the market today
which differ in size, capacity and, of course, price. You
should do a thorough assessment first and then purchase
your home cinema system.

The sky can very well be the limit as far as home cinemas
go, so make sure that you stick to your budget.

You can get a great deal of information about home cinemas
on the Internet. This Information Highway will get you full
information regarding different models, different makes,
features of different models and much more.

Before actually purchasing a home cinema, you should know
about the different components that you are going to need
for your home cinemas such as a TV, screen, receivers,
amplifier, speakers and more.

There is a great deal to consider when you are thinking
about constructing a home cinema within your house. The
best advice to follow is -Think before you leap!-

Setting Up your Projector for your Home Cinema

In order to capture the greatest cinema experience, you
should give some thought as to where you shall place the

There are basically three ways that you can set up your
projector. They are: table top, ceiling mounted or wall

Make sure that when you buy your projector that it is able
to be mounted as you want.

Table top – Does the projector match the decor? Is the
noise that the projector makes low enough? Do you think
that the projector will be suitable for the screen size?

Ceiling mount – You must first make sure the mount fits the
type of ceiling you have – vaulted or flat. Is it fairly
easy to install the cables and the power that is required?

Do you need to have a mount with a quick release? Are you
able to move the mount in various positions? Mounts will
vary in drop height from the base. This may give you some
idea as to how low from the ceiling your projector must be.

Wall mount – This can be similar to a ceiling mount or you
can have a special AV rack.

These are some things to consider when you are wall

- Can the mount support the projector’s weight?

- Is it able to be adjusted for sideways and height

- Will the mount fit in with the decor of the room?

- Will the location you have chosen for the projector
produce the desired screen size?

When building your home cinema, positioning the projector
is critical in order to you to have a wonderful experience.

How to Get the Best Home Cinema for your Money

Choosing a home cinema can be a difficult task as there are
so many brands available. This will help you gain a little
insight as to how to choose the best home cinema for you
within your budget.

Display – It seems that the most popular and least
expensive option is to choose a CRT TV. Many experts agree
that this option will give you the best picture quality. A
28 inch screen is best. However, realize that other options
are available.

DVD player – Make sure that you get a good DVD player, and
make sure that it is able to read most disc formats. Be
wary of inexpensive DVD players and brands that you have
never heard of.

Sound system – If you do not know what you are doing, it
may be very difficult to attain the perfect sound. The best
solution is to get a theater-in-a-box.

They are not only easy to install, but you will have all of
the necessary sound components. If you are buying each
component separately, you have other factors to consider.

Where exactly will you be putting your sound system? Is
your room big enough to accommodate large speakers and a
heavy subwoofer? Will it blend in with the surroundings?

About the speakers – The only thing you need to know is
that you must have a center speaker, at least two rear
speakers and also a subwoofer.

Where will you buy your home cinema – The first thing to do
is to make use of the Internet to check out different
prices. Check for stores around you and see if you can get
a demonstration of a home cinema.

Shop around and you will surely be able to find the best
home cinema that is within your budget.

Home Cinema -vs- Movie Theater

Let’s face it; we all love to go to the movies. What would
the advantages be of having a home cinema over going out to
the movie theater? Here are several for you to think about:

Ticket cost – The price of a movie ticket these days seem
to be like the gas prices – they are constantly going up.

A family of five is going to have to part with about $40
just to see a movie once!

Food cost – You can add a minimum of $20 for just the basic
popcorn and drink. In your own home cinema, you can have
whatever snacks and drinks you wish and not have to worry
about the inflated beverage and food surcharges.

Cleanliness – The floor at the local movie theater is
littered with popcorn kernels, sticky soda pop residue and
you may even find wads of bubblegum on the chairs and the
floor just waiting to be sat in or stepped on. Your home
cinema can be as clean as you like it.

Comfortable seating – Seating at the theater is space for
attendance and not for comfort. In the typical home cinema,
comfort is the key.

You can lean back in an overstuffed leather theater
recliner and not have to worry about rubbing elbows with
your neighbor!

No cell phones – I am sure you have been to the movies and
seen some teens chatting on their cell phones. Even though
the theater asks you to turn off all cell phones and
pagers, you can hear someone’s phone ring at just the
critical part of the movie. There will be none of that in
your own home cinema.

These are just some of the advantages of having your own
home cinema. Can you think of any more?

Home Cinema Seating

When thinking about your home cinema, you want to make sure
that you and your guests are comfortably seated before the
movie starts.

You certainly do not want to be sitting in a hard, straight
backed chair or a sofa that you sink up to your eyeballs
in! The most important feature to consider when picking out
your home cinemas accessories is seating.

Once again there are many styles and colors to choose from.
Some seating can be quite pricey, so, again, you must work
with what your budget will allow.

When you are choosing seating for your home theater, you
should also consider whether you would like to have cup
holders or not.

It is certainly a convenience to have a cup holder, but
wouldn’t it be possible just to set your drink on the
floor? Ah, yes, then there is the inconvenience of having
to bend over to pick up your cup and missing a critical
part of the movie!

If you are not concerned about the price, you could
consider getting a cushioned rocker. You can purchase
either a velour or Nusuede rocker for about $1,250.00, and
a leather rocker will run you about $1,800.00 for a single

If you may be considering alternative seating, especially
for some of your more rotund guests like me, you may want
to go with an Apollo or Aurora ottoman in either doeskin or

The price of the Aurora is about $370.00 which would be
easy on the pocketbook if you are on a budget. The price of
the Apollo is somewhat more at $912. Leather will cost you
a little more.

There is a wide range of seating choices that you can find
on the Internet. Make sure that you find seating that is
totally -you-!

Home Cinema Accessories

Accessories can make a big difference. Don’t leave out the
home cinema when it comes to accessorizing.

Whether you wish to implement a full-scale themed motif or
just want to put a few extras in your home cinema, just
realize that even small things do make a difference.

Dream a Little Theme – Themed home cinemas are growing more
and more popular. Your themed home cinema should make a
statement about your personality.

Let your creative juices flow and try to be original.

Working with Walls – The walls of your home cinema will
allow for easy and inexpensive space for your theme

You could add framed posters from some of your all-time
favorite movies. Illuminated frames and cases can be an
enhancement to any poster.

If you wish to keep the sound from bouncing all around the
room, then one accessory you could add to the walls would
be acoustic paneling.

Bring up the Lights – Creative lighting will add a
tremendous effect to you home cinema. You can turn your
ceiling into a dramatic and starry universe with a
fiber-optic Star Kit that is available from HTMarket.com.

It is easy to install and not that expensive. You may also
wish to add atmosphere to your home cinema by placing
accent sconces and floor lamps in strategic places.

Completely Floored – You can choose your carpet based on
the overall theme of your home cinema. Carpeting will also
help with the acoustics of your home cinema.

If you are working with a limited budget, think about
installing carpeting on the ceiling and the walls of your
cinema to minimize reflection.

This is just some food for thought when it comes time to
accessorize your home cinema.

Going -In- to the Movies

Home cinema is a term used synonymously with home theater.
It helps to make you feel just as if you were in a movie
theater as it seeks to reproduce cinema quality picture and

Technically speaking, a home cinema could be as easy to
arrange as a television, DVD and some speakers.

It is fairly hard to specify what the difference is between
a -home cinema- from a regular television and stereo.

Most consumer electronics experts agree that a -home
theater- integrates a high-quality picture with surround

If you happen to have a home cinema, you are trying to
capture a real -cinema experience-. Therefore, you would
need a higher sophistication and quality set of components
over that which an average television can provide. Setting
up a home theater would include getting the following

1. Input devices – You should have one or more video/audio
sources. HD DVD or Blu-ray are preferable.

2. Processing devices – A stand alone AV receiver can be
chosen or perhaps you would prefer a Preamplifier and Sound
Processor. The choice is yours.

3. Audio output – You must have anywhere from 2 to 11
speakers with an additional subwoofer.

4. Video output – You must have a large HDTV display. There
are several options to choose from: Liquid crystal display
television, plasma TV, video projector, CRT TV or a
rear-projection TV.

5. Atmosphere – In order to improve the cinema feel, you
should have comfortable seating and organization.

There you have it! These are the basic things to have when
you consider having a home cinema. Pretty soon you’ll be
saying, -Let’s go ‘in’ to the movies!-

Get It in a Box to Go!

Many high-quality home cinemas are put together from
component pieces that are purchased separately in order
give the home cinema enthusiast the best combination of
equipment with regards to cost.

It is possible to buy everything you need to set up your
home cinema in one convenient box.

This will usually include a set of speakers in order to get
the surround sound effect, an amplifier and tuner in order
to adjust the volume and select video sources and sometimes
even a DVD player.

Even though these kits fall far short when you compare it
to a home cinema that is custom-built, you have to admit
that they are inexpensive as well as easy to set up. You
only have to add a TV and some movies in order to have a
simple home theater.

Some home cinema enthusiasts will have a dedicated room in
their home just for a home cinema. These advanced
installations usually include acoustic design elements that
are very intricate.

It includes a « room-in-a-room » construction which isolates
the sound and provides an almost ideal listening

These more sophisticated installations are often called
« screening rooms ».

A person who is completely involved in home cinema can even
go so far as to completely recreate an actual movie

They can have a projector which is enclosed in a projection
booth, specialized seating can be bought, a person could
have a theater organ or a piano and curtain hanging in
front of the projection screen.

Throw in a popcorn or snack machine and you will feel that
you are actually in the movie theater!

A Common Problem with a Home Cinema

The home cinema will certainly keep you home more often.
You can forget about those long ticket lines and sitting in
a large crowd.

However, there are some common problems that can be run
into when you have a home cinema. Here is just one of them:

Sound quality – If you are experiencing poor sound quality,
does this necessarily mean that the merchandise you bought
has a defect? No, not all of the time.

The first thing you should do is check the speakers’ wiring
to make sure they are properly connected at both ends. If
that proves that nothing is wrong, then you may have a
problem with the speaker or the amplifier.

The best way to determine the problem is to hook up the
speakers to the stereo. If the sound comes out great, then
you have a problem with the amplifier. If there is very
little improvement, your problem is with the speakers.

Another reason that you may be having a sound problem is
that the system is not compatible with the television that
you have. This should have been checked out before you
bought the system, but since the problem is there, you
should have a professional take a look.

It just may be that your speakers are grounded. You cannot
miss this problem because there is a hum coming out of your
home cinema system.

There are several reasons this can happen: ground loops,
bad cables, improper grounding and faulty equipment that is
caused by an electronic motor or a dimmer.

Poor wiring or speakers, grounding or even incompatibility
are just a few of the problems you may run into which can
affect the sound of the home cinema system. The minute you
notice any problems, do not panic, but instead try to
isolate the problem.