Who doesn’t love movies? And with the options of home cinema projectors available today, it’s never been easier to create great entertainment in virtually any living space. Here are some tips to get you started.
Find the perfect space
Serious cinephiles won’t settle for anything less that their own dedicated home cinema room, designed by a specialist who’ll take care of absolutely everything. But there are other options. Today’s projectors let you transform any space into an entertainment zone that holds its own against a purpose-built home cinema. Elegantly styled, reliable and remarkably quiet, they don’t have to intrude into everyday living. So rethink that storage or extra bedroom as your own movie theatre and get ready for the show to start.
Choose the right projector
Here’s where the magic begins. The right projector brings more thrills and emotion to every movie, from latest releases to classic reissues and old all-time favourites. Give yourself a head-start by choosing a projector with true 4K resolution that reveals the finest details and can even upscale HD sources. And don’t compromise on contrast ratio, unless you’re happy with thin, washed out images lacking deep blacks and punchy highlights. HDR compatible models will reward you with an expanded brightness range and even richer, more nuanced colours.
Get the best out of your projector by pairing it with a screen the complements it. There’s plenty of choice out there, from simple wall-mounted screens to motorised drop-down models that magically disappear at the touch of a button. You might be tempted to skip buying a proper screen and project onto a white wall instead. It’ll do for occasional use, but there are drawbacks. It’s unlikely that even a pristine looking white wall will be truly flat – and those tiny imperfections cause shadows that play havoc with getting a really crisp picture. What’s more, ordinary white paint won’t reflect projected light as brightly and accurately as a specially coated screen.
Sound all round
Film directors will tell you that great sound matters as much as what’s on screen. So it’s no wonder that commercial cinemas have sophisticated multi-speaker systems that bombard audiences from all angles with ear-shattering volume and thundering bass. Fortunately you can achieve the same thrilling results on a much smaller budget. The chances are your source – like a satellite receiver or Blu-ray player – can output multi-channel audio. Pair it with a dedicated AV amplifier and speakers for a rich, room-filling surround sound. Also consider other tips like laying carpets rather than bare floors to soak up unwanted sound reflections.
Light it up
Submerge the room in complete darkness and your audience will struggle to find their snacks and drinks. Some ambient light always helps during the show. Try to keep light sources towards the back of the room, where they won’t distract from what’s on the screen. Dimmers are a great way to fine tune lighting levels precisely. Or go a step further with a complete room automation system that allows lights plus sound, room temperature and other functions to be adjusted from a dedicated control panel, smartphone or tablet.
Consult with our team of designers to create entertainment in any living space. We’ll help select just the right projector to match any room size, speakers that won’t rip a hole in your pockets and create an overall home cinema experience you won’t forget.