What to look for in a home cinema

December 4th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
What to look for in a home cinema

With long evenings ahead there is nothing nicer than all watching a movie together in your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford home. A new luxury home cinema sound system has recently been launched that costs £200,000 for the technology and at least an extra £65,000 to cover installation costs but fortunately you can do it for less.
High tech surround sound is the thing you really pay for until now, Meyer's professional sound systems have not been available in home cinemas in the UK. Andy Willcox of Meyer Sound's said: 'The goal of all this technology is to envelop the audience and transport then into the story. 'The viewer really shouldn't be thinking whether a sound is coming from an overhead loudspeaker or from the sidewall.'
But if you're looking for a home cinema with a more modest budget, the discerning shopper should be able to put together a good home cinema kit for around £14,000, according to Simon Lucas, editor of What Hi-Fi? magazine. This could consist of a Yamaha RX-A3060 multichannel amplifier, an Oppo UDP-203 4K UHD Blu-ray player, a PMC Twenty 23 5.1 speaker package and a LG OLED65E6V OLED TV.
But this system doesn't have a projector, says Lucas. 'There are pros and cons to using a TV verses a projector. Undoubtedly projectors are better value if you want a truly massive picture - to get a 100 inch TV (the Sony projector is easily capable of beautiful images at 100 inches plus) you'd be looking at something upwards of £15,000.  'But a projector needs a screen, and it needs darkness in order to work properly, and it doesn't have TV tuners, smart apps or any of the other stuff a decent TV comes equipped with.'