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Home cinema measurement guide

Here are a few things that you need to consider when you’re measuring up for a new home cinema system.

So you’re thinking of getting a home cinema system to take your TV’s sound to the next level, but you’re not sure on the best setup for your space? Well don’t fret about it, with our easy to follow guide, you’ll be all clued up and you’ll soon feel like you’re at the cinema or in the middle of the big match.

It's all about that space

It’s important to make sure there’s plenty of space for your speakers since each home cinema system is different, and they come in all shapes and sizes. A typical set up is 5.1 which has four speakers, a central receiver unit and a subwoofer. This means you have two speakers to place on either side of your TV, with the receiver just below it. This leaves two other speakers to place at the back of your room so they’ll give you a true surround sound experience.

More speakers will give you a better audio experience but you don’t want to clutter your living space. Think about where speakers could comfortably fit in your home, and you’ll know how big a system you should buy.

Choosing between wired and wireless

Your speakers need to be connected, which sometimes means trying to find a way to hide the wires and keep the room tidy and safe. If you’re using a wired connection for your speakers, check the wires can be tucked away without any problems.

You might want to think about having wireless connections, particularly for any speakers that are behind you when you watch TV. Be aware they’ll still need to be plugged into the mains power, but it cuts down on the cables around your room. Keep your eyes peeled for the Wireless Rear Speakers feature when shopping home cinema systems with us. Just click on the product and scroll down to Wireless Connectivity under Product Specification.

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If you're having second thoughts...

If you’re still thinking about taking your TV’s audio up a notch, but not on the scale of a massive home cinema system, you might want to check out our range of soundbars. These fit under your TV and provide great sound quality in a compact package.