What’s the difference between a Home Cinema and a Home Theatre? No it’s not a joke, but a straightforward question I was asked the other day by someone looking for advice on which home cinema system to buy.

The term ‘Home Cinema‘ is fairly widespread and people tend to know what you’re talking about when you mention it. For us British it is exactly what it says it is – a cinema in your home. A screen, preferably big, and surround sound. So when people mention ‘Home Theatre‘ do they mean it is a theatre in your home complete with stage, curtains and spotlighting? Of course not, but it can be a little bit confusing.

There seems to be quite a widespread use of the words Home Theatre from the manufacturers themselves, so if they can’t get it right, what chance do we stand?! If you visit the Sony website, you will see that their home cinema section lists their exactly that – their home cinema products. But visit the Samsung website and in the Home Cinema section, they have listed Home Theatre products. Whilst most home cinema fans will know the difference, newcomers can get confused, so Samsung need to make their message a little more consistent to prevent putting off precisely the people they are trying to sell their products to.

Here at Home Cinema Buyer, any products we review which have the word ‘theatre’ in them get replaced with ‘cinema’ to prevent any confusion.

So there you go. If you didn’t know already, a home cinema is exactly the same thing as a home theatre. Unless you’re American, when its home theater!

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