Home Cinema System – How To Go About Choosing The Home Cinema That’s Best For You
What is the best home cinema system currently on the market?
The problem with this question is that it’s only ever relative to the time of writing of this article. So we need to find a better question before we answer.
What is the best home cinema system for me based on my requirements?
Now this would be a lot better and something we can not only answer but give you some guidelines on the way to choose the home cinema system that’s best for you, so here we go.
There are certain criteria you need to keep in mind when determining which system is best for you and these will consist of the following:
* What is your available budget?
* What size and type of room you have to work with?
* Are aesthetics an issue in the room?
* The type of movies you like to watch?
So, let’s look at these criteria one by one to find the best home cinema system for you.
What is your available budget?
I always feel this should be one of the first questions you ask yourself when looking for the best home cinema system for you.
It’s perfectly ok to have a range in mind rather than an exact figure but try and avoid going out with no idea because you are then going to be prone to buying on impulse and making decisions based on what you see that day rather than what you have already planned out.
What you are going to find is that there are certain cut off points for different types of home cinema systems based on the price range and in general you are probably going to be able to categorize them into only about 5 categories which I suggest below:
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* Below £1k
* £1k – £3k
* £3k – £5k
* £5k – £10k
* £10k +
Yes, there are lots of systems above £10k and the price can literally go up as high as you imagine but after £10k you really start getting into an exponential curve where a lot more money only gets you a small amount of improvement.
You will also find that over this price the cost starts to increase by all the ‘add ons’ that you include over and above the standard sound and video requirements such as seating, decoration, acoustic treatment etc.
So try and keep one of these five price ranges in mind when you go out looking for the best home cinema system for you.
What size and type of room do you have to work with?
This will give you some ideas on the physical size and style of the speakers and TV or projection units you are going to be looking at.
Bigger does not necessarily mean more expensive and nor does small mean cheap but you need to have an idea of the size of your room to determine your requirements.
The type of room will also dictate what you look for when buying such as whether it’s going to be a multipurpose room or a dedicated cinema.
In most cases I would suggest that it’s going to be a multipurpose room and so naturally you’re probably not going to want large speakers taking up space during the times it’s not being used as a home cinema, or maybe you will, this is something you’ll need to consider.
Are aesthetics an issue in the room?
By this I mean are you or the people you live with going to want to actually see the speakers, projector, TV or projection screen or would you prefer them to be discrete so that they are non-obtrusive in the room?
If you are looking for discrete then you need to be thinking about ways to hide these items and this needs to be taken into account in your budget.
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You might want to look at ceiling speakers which are flush with the ceiling and painted the same colour so that they disappear.
You could also look at recessing the TV into some furniture so that it only motors up when you need it or having the projection screen recess into the ceiling when not in use.
This is all possible but you will need to increase your budget in some instances to make this happen.
The type of movies you like to watch?
This sounds like a strange thing to think about but it’s actually very important when choosing the best home cinema system for you.
The reason is because if you only ever watch romantic films and you’re not at all into big Hollywood blockbusters then you are probably not going to need a subwoofer speaker at all or if you do it’s only going to need to be a small unit rather than a beast.
Likewise, if you watch lots of dark horror movies then you are probably going to want to look at getting a TV rather than a projector because unless you get the room really dark and/or pay a lot of money for a really good projector you are going to find that dark films lose a lot of the detail when you watch them.
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This is something most people wont think of right at the beginning but is vitally important to getting the best home cinema experience for you based on your likes and dislikes.