Creating a home cinema in our home
More and more homes are developing movie rooms for movie fans. Companies that manufacture audio and hi-fi equipment are constantly developing their products and launching newer models to meet the needs of home theater owners.
We can create a movie room almost anywhere, but there are some important things to keep in mind when creating a movie room.
How do we get started creating our cinema room?
1., The first and most important task is to optimize the room acoustics!
Even if we get the best sound and performance audio and hi-fi products, we will not be satisfied with the sound in unfavourable acoustic conditions.
We are lucky if we have the opportunity to take acoustic aspects into account when designing and building the room. When constructing buildings, we establish the acoustics of the room by using sound-insulating building materials and double-glazed windows.
If we cannot do this, it is only possible to treat the acoustics of the room afterwards.
Room acoustics are also affected by the shape, location of the rooms and the type of walls and coverings. The walls, ceiling, glass and tiled surfaces reflect the sounds, creating an echo. The situation is similar for hard tiles or wooden floors. It is worth insulating the walls and ceiling. Plasterboard and soundproof wallpapers, as well as suspended ceilings, can improve the sound of the room somewhat. Furniture and home accessories can also absorb all the sounds, but rather in the high ranges. However, professional acoustic products are needed to absorb and properly control the echoes that produce echoes.
For acoustic purposes, thicker, denser, heavier, porous materials are suitable, so don’t forget cardboard, foam or sponge wall panels!
Sound-absorbing wall panels, diffusers and bass traps in the corners can significantly improve the acoustics of the room.
Place dense, thick acoustic curtains in front of windows or doors. These home textiles not only reduce external noise, they also have sound-absorbing properties.
Lay soundproof carpets on the floor surface for perfect results.
The best solution for treating the room is to ask an acoustic expert for advice and a survey. This way you can determine exactly where, how much and what type of acoustic product to put.
2., Quality audio and sound system
A wide range of speakers, subwoofers and home cinema receivers is available to customers. Depending on our financial possibilities, we can choose from equipment belonging to various price categories. It’s worth buying premium quality devices, but not always the most expensive hi-fi device is the best. If you don’t want to be disappointed with the sound, get at least mid-range products.
Find out, read tests before buying hi-fi equipment.
The surround effect will be real with a 5.1 sound system, so this is something to think about.
3., Positioning the speakers
The way the speakers are placed and their distance from each other and from the listening position matters a lot in terms of sound. Keep the speakers about the same distance apart and do not place them directly against the wall or corner. If your cinema sounds optimal, try several placement options to set the ideal sound for your speakers.
4., Appropriate darkening
We can only experience the perfect cinematic experience if we achieve perfect darkening. This requires blackout curtains. Acoustic curtains can also be used as blackout curtains due to their thickness and dense weave. They are able to exclude light up to 100% in sufficient thickness. This way we can feel like we are in a real cinema.
5., Cinema room equipment
The cinema room can be made comfortable with armchairs and sofas. It is best to use darker shades for the wall. We can further enhance the cinema atmosphere with movie posters and pictures of our favourite actors. These can even be photos and posters printed on sound-absorbing acoustic panels. In this way, they not only act as a decorative element, but also improve the acoustics.
6., Perfect visual world
LCD TVs and projectors also have their pros and cons, everyone has to decide for themselves which audio device will be the best choice for them. It is important to adjust the screen size and resolution to the size of the room if you want a clear visual world.
7., Appropriate lights
Wireless, smart lighting is best in cinemas, so you don’t have to bother with extra cables and we can adjust the lights comfortably.
8., Cable Arrangement
Arranging and routing the cables properly is also very important in the cinema. With the help of cable ducts, we can arrange a lot of cables. If possible, the cables can be routed into the ceiling or behind the wall coverings. Do not forget about surge protectors in the event of a power failure!
9., Wireless connections
Most of the smart devices we install when building a home theater system have a wireless Wi-Fi connection. Therefore, it is essential to have the right Wi-Fi connection in our cinema. If necessary, you can even get a Wi-fi signal amplifier to avoid problems due to poor signal strength.
10., Order is important
In addition to the armchairs, we don’t need too much furniture in the cinemas, just for the audio and hi-fi equipment, but we also need shelves to store movies, DVDs and other stuff so we can keep things tidy.
You can see that an expensive TV and a few speakers are not enough to make a cinema room. We think through everything thoroughly in order to create the perfect cinematic experience!