Buying the best home cinema system:
Buying a good cinema system will bring you a whole new world to watching films. Which is probably a good question…
The best home cinema systems bring the surround-sound of the cinema into your home. When you watch a film in the cinema, speakers placed around the walls project the sound from every angle to make you feel as if you’re in the movie or on the concert.
A good cinema system recreates this experience by positioning several speakers around your living room. It then decodes the surround-sound information stored on DVDs, Blu-ray discs and transmitting by some TV programmes to deliver an immersive sound that makes watching films and TV far more enjoyable.
Picking the right home cinema system can be a challenge. Get it wrong, and you will be disapointed.
Here we will show you what all the features mean, and how to select the best home cinema for your needs.
What makes a good home cinema system?
- Amaizing Sound quality – The best home cinema systems give you top quality audio, clear and realistic surround-sound affects that will make you feel inside the film.
- Easy to set up – Wiring up several speakers and positioning them around your living room can be difficult. If the amount of cabling is an issue, look for a wireless system.
- Easy to use – Look for a home cinema system with easy to control features.
What type of system should I buy?
- All-in-one systems – Also called ‘home theatre in a box’, this is the easiest way to get a home cinema system. It contains everything you need to get started; the amplifier, speakers, cables and instructions on how to hook it all up. A DVD or Blu-ray player may also be included.
- Separate Components – You can buy the components of a home cinema system separately;
- DVD or Blu-ray player.
This bespoke route may appeal to the committed audiophile or home cinema enthusiast wanting to perfect their set-up. It also easier to upgrade different components over time. Buying separate components will be however, more expensive.
- Soundbars – Soundbars cram several speakers into a long bar-shaped box that’s mounted below or alongside your TV. The sound to each speaker is then electronically processed in order to recreate a virtual surround-sound effect despite the lack of rear speakers. This bars are probably the easiest set up, hovever the sound will be good but never as a system where the speakers are all over the room.
Other thing we should look at is the number of speakers.
Packages are available as 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 and 7.1 systems, which refers to the number of speakers.
- 2.1 and 3.1 systems – A basic home cinema set-up is the 2.1 system, which sees two speakers placed to the left and right of your TV set, and a subwoofer placed elsewhere in the room. A 3.1 system adds an extra front speaker that helps boost the sound of dialogue. You won't get true surround sound with either of these systems, but you should experience a significant improvement compared to built-in TV speakers.
- 5.1 systems – this delivers full surround sound with three front speakers, two rear speakers, a subwoofer and usually a DVD and/or Blu-ray player.
- 7.1 systems – this adds two more rear speakers to the 5.1 layout. However, with few 7.1 Blu-ray disc available to take advantage of these extra speakers and the challenge of fitting so many speakers into your room, this system is only for the true home cinema enthusiast who has the space and budget to suit.
SHOULD I GO WIRELESS?
- If you are looking for a easy set up.
- If you do not have a way to hide the cables.
Below you can see a video of one of the best Sounbar systems on the market:
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