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What is Home Cinema?

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What is Home Cinema?Home Cinema is the name given to an audio visual system that recreates, or attempts to recreate the big screen, surround sound experience found in a commercial cinema, in your own home.

Whilst there is no particular type of equipment that is actually mandatory in a home cinema system (sometimes called a home theatre), there are some vital elements that every system will need for it really to be considered a home cinema:

  • Surround Sound: This creates the sound effects that gives the impression of being in the middle of the action and help creates an immersive engaging experience. It is normally achieved through a total of five speakers (three front speakers and two rear/side surround sound effect speakers) and a subwoofer to create the well known 5.1 surround sound. However, this is not a pre-requisite and many systems are capable of producing a virtual surround sound effect through one, two or three speakers;
  • Screen: The screen is the other vital part of a home cinema system, whether it be a plasma, LCD, CRT or a full projector set up. The actual size of the screen is not particularly important – it is much more relevant to consider how close you actually sit to the screen, and the quality of the source. For example, a 32″ screen may seem small to some, but in a bedroom from 4′ away it would it could look massive!
  • Source: The last vital part of the system is actually a source and this can be anything from a DVD Player or Blu-ray player, to older sources like VHS and laser-disc, or non physical mediums like Wi-fi media streaming.

To create your own home cinema can be a relatively straightforward process of simply adding an inexpensive £100 all in one system to your existing television, or you may want to go the whole hog and invest in a complete separates system – the choice is up to you, and your budget!

We have plenty of articles that may help, including a guide on getting started in home cinema, and more compelling reasons on why you should buy your own system and even how it can save you money!

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