Despite the current recession, the home cinema market has continued to grow over the last three years.
The UK’s AV Magazine, which has plotted the peaks and troughs of the industry since 1996, predicts that in 2012, the AV market in the UK is expected to grow by around four percent, excluding any bonus from The London Olympics. Therefore the home cinema market is strong, resilient and showing real signs of growth!
There are two ways to install a home cinema, you can either do it yourself, or if budget permits, hire a professional installer. We have put together a simple guide to home cinema installation using professional installers.
There are a number of home cinema installation providers in the UK, therefore you have a choice in who you choose to deliver this process. Use the Internet to source a supplier but consider the following things:
What to consider
Choosing and installing a home cinema system is an expensive and complicated process, therefore unless you are a qualified engineer or electrician, outsourcing this process to a professional is the simplest, and most pain free solution.
There are three stages to sourcing home cinema installation using professional installers:
The three stages of home cinema installation
This is essentially the ‘planning’ stage. This is the most important stage as thorough and detailed planning leads to a successful installation.
You will get many hours of enjoyment from your system, therefore take some extra time to make sure you plan correctly. Examples of bad planning are things like buying a screen that’s too big for the room, purchasing the wrong cables, buying non-compatible components, or under-estimating the total cost of a home cinema project can all put an installation on hold.
Although your professional PM should steer this process, it does not hurt to have an idea of the things you need to spec out. Therefore consider the following:
What to consider as part of your spec…
Once you have chosen your solution, you will be in a position to discuss installation dates.
It is in your best interests to be at the installation so that you can project manage the process. If you are using different manpower for installation and electrical works, make sure that you have co-ordinated them to be on site at the same time.
The first stage of the installation is using the detailed cabling schedule project plans to ensure correct placement of power sockets, cable positioning, speaker plates, wall boxes etc.
Next is the placement and fitting of all of your component parts e.g. items that are to be fixed to the floors, walls & ceilings (e.g. plasma wall-mounts, projector ceiling mounts, sensors or brackets and any In-wall / in-ceiling speakers).
Finally, when the room is a dust free, the electronics are installed and connected. Make sure that the installer programmes the remote control and the sound and picture to your personal preference. It is vital that you complete a final test before the installer leaves the site to ensure that the system is working correctly.
To sign off the installation, you need to be certain that you are happy with the installation and how to use the system going forward.
A complete home cinema installation service does not stop at the installation. A professional job is where an on-going service is provided to give you peace of mind. Therefore make sure that the handover is thorough and includes the following:
What should be a part of the final handover
Enjoy your new system!!