There is nothing quite like having your own cinema set up at home. Being able to enjoy blockbusters any time, no overpriced food and drink, pausing the film if you want a cup of tea, and if anyone is talking or kicking your chair at least they are family or friends!
Cinema rooms and systems can come in all shapes and sizes, they can be based around a big television screen or a projector and can be a dedicated room or a multipurpose room. You can have full surround sound, with big speakers all around the room, hidden on wall, in wall or in ceiling or have a virtual surround sound system from a soundbar.
A lot of people think that they need a big room for a home cinema, which isn’t the case. Modern projectors can project high-quality images from a relatively close distance, so most rooms can be turned into a home cinema. The demo room in our Sussex showroom is only about 3m by 4m and houses a projector, a 92" screen and surround sound set up quite easily!
We change a lot of underused rooms such as spare bedrooms, attics and garages into home cinemas, but if you don’t have one of those then we can install a system into everyday rooms. Using a drop-down electric projector screen and discreet speakers means that a living room, office or games room can easily double up as a great home cinema.
Whilst TVs are getting bigger, and we do a fair few cinema rooms using just a large TV now, projection still offers the best value. At the time of writing this one of the largest TVs made for the residential market is the Sony 100" ZD9 television which will set you back around £60,000, and that isn’t including a surround sound system or installation. You could get a great Epson or Sony home cinema projector, a screen, a sound system and a control system installed for prices starting at less than half of that. There are a lot of different projectors and sound systems available meaning we can put packages together starting from around £5,000 up to reference grade cinemas depending on your needs and budgets.
It has been said that half of a movie is in the sound, and we completely agree. Having a great sounding and immersive set up can transform the thing you are watching, putting you into the middle of the action and bringing a film or tv show to life.
When you watch the classic scene from Jurassic Park where the water is rippling with every thud of the T-Rex getting closer you want a deep realistic sound, not a tinny ping from the distance. Watching films like The Greatest Showman or Bohemian Rhapsody can be a completely different experience depending on the sound system you are listening to it on.
When we are initially talking to most clients they have thought about the picture, but very rarely given any serious thought to the sound which is just as important and should be given equal consideration.
One thing that puts people off installing a good sound system is the thought of large boxes sitting around the room, but these days that doesn't have to be the case. Of course you can still have traditional speakers, but there are loads of alternatives including speakers that look like pictures and even speakers we can hide in the wall or ceiling.
Good quality modern projectors aren't just for movies, they are great for TV as well. With shows such as Game of Thrones now becoming hour long blockbuster films with the sound and special effects to match, and sporting events being recorded in great quality high definition with surround sound there is even more of a reason to invest in a big screen set up with cinema surround.
Once you have your new cinema installed you will need to be able to control it. If you have a projector, electric screen, Sky box, Blu-ray player, Apple TV, surround sound amplifier and maybe a TV as well you could have seven different remote controls and need a degree to work it. We inherit customers all the time who have spent a fortune on a cinema room but never use it because it is too complicated. Investment in a simple to use smart control system is one of the best things you will do. We can programme one remote to work everything, and offer one button start up, so pressing watch movie turns everything on and sets everything up ready to go just like magic.
We offer a complete installation service to make sure your equipment is correctly set up, so you can get the best out of it. We can work with other trades to deliver great media and cinema rooms.
Our preferred projector partners are Epson and Sony, with both offering some fantastic home cinema products. With prices ranging from around £2,000 to £65,000 there is something for every budget and quality.