Most people love a visit to the movies. A modern digitally equipped cinema is without doubt the best place to watch a film. The scale of the screen and the crystal clear display combine with the professionally installed sound system to transport us away from our hum drum lives and immerse us in the exciting world that the film creates for us.
A visit to the movies can be a truly breathtaking experience, but is it possible to recreate this in the comfort of our own homes? If you would like to do this you will need to invest in one of the many home cinema systems currently available digital cinema.
Home cinema systems usually combine a display (normally an LCD or Plasma screen) with a source (Satellite decoder or Blu-ray player for example) and a sound system (Digital Amplifier or Receiver and speaker system). This will allow you to go some way towards recreating the movie experience in your own home, of course how successful this is achieved will be directly related to your budget, the time spent on planning your system and the effort spent on installing the equipment.
The cornerstone of all home cinema systems is the display so anyone thinking of embarking on such a project should invest the highest portion of their budget here. In order to enjoy the experience fully you must look at getting the best size display possible. This can be achieved with a more traditional LCD or plasma screen but projectors are becoming increasingly popular as pricing makes them a real alternative to a large screen. Make sure you buy something that is HD ready and includes a free to air digital tuner. If your budget allows look into the possibility of a 3D display as 3D films and television are set to be a growth area in the next 10 years.
As far as the source for your system goes you may already have a DVD player which will suffice to get you started. In future you may consider an HD source, this includes Blu-ray players, many games consoles and of course some satellite decoders. An HD source will provide higher quality pictures and sound, something all home cinema systems need.
The final part of your home cinema system is the sound reproduction system. You can buy reasonably priced solutions that include a powered sub-woofer and satellite speakers, these speaker systems would be the first step into hearing the sound track of your movie in the way the director intended. If you have a larger budget a dedicated amplifier and up to eight separate speakers will provide the optimum experience. However you must take on board that complex home cinema systems will be expensive and take some effort to install successfully.
The best thing about a home cinema system is that it can be built up and added to over time, this will allow any movie buff to progressively gain more enjoyment from watching films at home, then all that is required is a good supply of popcorn!