Due to the current global circumstances, people are spending more time around their TVs than ever – this means that having the ultimate home cinema experience has never been more important.
Going out to watch a film in the cinema is fun but, not only is it impossible at the moment, but you also may want to just watch your favourite movies or TV shows in the comfort of your own home.
A home theatre is the perfect way to have the best of both worlds, so we’ve put together some tips to take into consideration when creating your own home theatre.
Think About Lighting
One of the most important things to take into account when watching TV is lighting. Harsh and bright lighting impacts your viewing experience, since it diminishes picture quality. Similarly, too little light can be harmful to your eyes.
The light from your TV doesn’t stay the same throughout the whole film either; the level of brightness changes quite rapidly which, in a dark room, will make your eyes feel tired quickly. Eye strain can make them dry as well, and many people complain it also gives them headaches.
When you see a film in the cinema, you are usually focused on the screen only. At home, your concentration levels are lower. You get up more, look away from the screen often or look down at your phone during the movie too. Your eyes may have more difficulty adjusting to the light changes, which is why you will need lighting in specific places.
In addition, natural lighting can cause glare on the screen, so you may want to draw the curtains or close the windows to be able to see the screen and enjoy the film.
Ceiling lights are often too bright for a good viewing experience, as they also cause reflection on the screen. Ideally, you’ll want to have a smaller light turned on, or even a floor lamp. This way, the lightning doesn’t shine on the TV screen nor above you.
You can also consider investing in dimmable lights. They’re great all round, not just while you’re watching a movie; dimmable lights can be accurately controlled, meaning you can reduce or increase brightness as you prefer. This will help you to create a wonderful cinema atmosphere.
Some people even get starlight ceilings, which allows them to “have the lights on” during the movie but which creates a gorgeous night sky effect and makes you feel like you’re watching a movie under the stars. No matter the type of lighting you choose, you can be confident that our cheap OLED TVs – as well as our cheap 4K TVs and our many other TV screens – will look great no matter what.
Location of Your Home Theatre
Once you narrow down the room that will host your home cinema, it’s time to choose the specific location.
Most people will want to add a home theatre to their living room, but it’s important that you consider footfall when watching TV. For example, will people walk in front of the screen while you’re watching it? To prevent this, place a coffee table between the sofa and the TV or, if you have the space, dedicate a whole room to your home theatre.
Additionally, do you have space in the room to add a good sound system or to add a cabinet with all your movies? If not, ensure that you select a spot with ample space around it for all the ‘extras’ you want to get, which will help to make it a more realistic cinema experience.
Get a Great Sound System
This is a must-have if you plan on creating a home cinema. There are many different types of sound system to choose from, so you need to pick the right one for your space. A soundbar is very easy to set up and can produce great sound that simulates a surround sound system, since it bounces around the room – just what you need when building a home theatre!
However, if you want speakers instead, you can actually create a surround sound system. For this, you’ll need front speakers to go on either side of the TV, a central speaker that helps dialogue to pop out, and satellite speakers placed around the room to make you feel like you’re there with your favourite actors.
This is about sound isolation as well. How important is it for you to keep sound out of the room? If the room you chose doesn’t provide much soundproofing in general, you may want to pick another location for your home theatre.
If you live in a noisy area, this may be more difficult, but shutting all windows and closing all doors may help – your glazed windows may need to be checked if you can’t keep out most of the outdoor noises by closing them.
What’s the Best Seating Position?
Another very important consideration is where to sit, as the viewing angle matters; anything greater than 40o and the screen will probably feel too big for the room (or you’ll feel that you’re too close). However, an angle below 30o will make it difficult to see what’s going on in the screen.
A good rule of thumb is to site between 1.5 and 2.5 times the diagonal screen measurement away so, if you combine this with a viewing angle that is within 30o, you’ll have a great experience.
Choose the Perfect TV
Without the perfect television, how else will you enjoy your home cinema? Buying the right TV for your home will depend on how much space you have. If you sit too far away from the screen, then your eyes will have trouble seeing the difference between 720p and 1080p. Similarly, sitting too close to the screen makes it difficult for your eyes to take in all the action.
So, take into account how far you should sit from the TV when deciding the screen size. If you have a 50-inch TV, for instance, such as those in our cheap smart TVs range, you can sit between 7.5 feet and 12.5 feet from the screen. If you have a small room with little to no space, Sony’s 16k screen may not be for you!
The quality of the image is another key element to consider. OLED screens offer true blacks and fantastic colour and contrast. 4K TVs have a gorgeous picture with a fantastic resolution, perfect for all types of movies or TV shows. It’s up to you and your personal preferences.
If you’re looking for the perfect TV for your home theatre, we have a wide range of high-quality cheap TV deals that are sure to meet your requirements. Get in touch on 0121 769 2623 to start enjoying your brand-new home cinema today.