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How to create the perfect home cinema set up

Discover how to bring the cinema to your home

If like us you crave the big screen experience in the comfort of your own living room, you’ll know that a home cinema system is the cream of the crop. Whether it’s a set up out of the box or you’re constructing one yourself, we’ll give you the lowdown on where to put all that kit to immerse yourself fully in the heart of the action.

The full picture

Think of the TV as the centrepiece of your home cinema mastery. For a true big screen experience, you’ll need to get yourself a big screen. And, if budget allows, consider investing in some of the best picture quality around – we’re talking 4K Ultra HD, OLED and HDR. Trust us, you’ll be blown away by the detail, vibrancy and colour and it’ll make movie night even more spellbinding. Maybe a television just doesn’t quite cut it for you? If so, go for a projector and gaze into that 50-inch+ goodness.

Sounds good

Visuals sorted, now let’s hear it for the sound. Whether you’ve gone for a five, seven or a glass-shattering nine speaker system, positioning is essential to create a bellowing audio utopia. The centre speaker goes underneath your screen as this is where the dialogue will belt out from. Most people put the left and right speakers on either side of the screen. But, as a little surround sound hack, you could place them in the corner of the room. Put the rear speakers behind where you normally sit back and binge on your box sets and feel the sound hit you from all angles. And, finally, the subwoofer. That booming bass that it carries is non-directional, so you’re free to put it wherever suits you.

Get connected

The cherry on top of the home cinema cake is the trusty HDMI cable. It carries high quality audio and video signals to and from all the kit; the AV receiver, the speakers, any DVD/Blu-ray players or consoles and the screen. Phew, those cables have their work cut out but they will still bring you the greatest pictures and sound possible.

Now all that’s left to do is put your feet up, sink into the groove of your sofa and stay there for days while you enjoy your own cinema room. Don’t tell your boss we said that…