How to turn your living room into a movie theater

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - February 4th, 2015
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Ah, the humble movie cinema, home of sticky, slightly suspicious carpeting, overpriced popcorn, and annoying teenagers who won't stop giggling no matter how many times they're shushed.

Don't get us wrong, going to the movies can be plenty of fun, but with today's on-demand and streaming video services, the thought of forking out $20 of your hard-earned cash for a ticket to the new Tom Cruise flick is becoming less and less appealing.

Fortunately, there is a better way. With a few clever investments, you can transform your living room into the kind of movie-buff's hideaway that would make Quentin Tarantino drool.

Step one: The screen

First things first, you need a decent screen that will do justice to the big budget flicks you'll be enjoying. You have two options here, you could either opt for a traditional television, or look to really capture that cinema experience by investing in a cinematic projector.

If you decide to go down the first road, you'll be spoilt for choice, as the latest TV models by big name manufacturers like Samsung and Panasonic offer better picture quality than you'll have ever experienced before.

For example, the LG 60" Full HD 3D Smart LED TV is a powerful unit that boasts the Triple XD Engine - a video, colour and image processing system that allows you to achieve unbeatable contrast and clarity, no matter what you're watching.

Alternatively, a projector can be a fun and worthwhile purchase if you're looking for a cool way to watch your favourite films. The only problem is you'll need a dark room - any sunlight that is allowed to filter in will dull the image quality and ruin the experience.

Step two: The sound

Now that you've sorted out your picture, it's time to organise your audio. While most televisions these days come with pretty good speakers built in, a surround sound system will really take your home theatre to the next level.

A good set of speakers is a great long term investment - as long as you take care of your audio set up, you can count on it to last for years. That said, speakers and audio set-ups aren't one-size-fits-all. You'll need to take into account the kind of content you'll be playing through the speakers, as well as the layout of the room they will be installed in.

If you're just going to be using your system in a small room, with four walls and not a lot of space, then a simple soundbar coupled with a wireless subwoofer is a strong, affordable choice. However, if your home theatre is going into a large room, and you're committed to achieving complete audio immersion, then a full-size speaker and amplifier set could be the option you're looking for.

Either way, it's a good idea to talk to an expert first, to get some advice on the best set up for your needs. With a little help, you'll be well on your way to achieving the home theatre you've always dreamed of (and ensuring you never have to step foot in a cinema ever again).

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