With the advent of less expensive electronics, a home theater is more within reach for many people. Couple that with rising ticket prices at movie theaters, and enjoying films at home looks like the smartest way to go.
The idea is to replicate the movie viewing experience at home. This starts with basics such as a television, media player and stereo surround system. Some people take the experience even further with features such as plush seating and even popcorn machines.
It is common to begin the planning with what is likely to be the largest investment, the television. Size of the room is important as it might impose limits on how far away viewers can be seated. Viewing angles also must be considered.
Once a size is chosen, there is an ever-expanding array of technologies from which to choose. In addition to plasma, LCD, DLP and other options, home viewers now must consider not only high definition but also 3D possibilities.
Playback devices for movies can have just one purpose or several. Certainly there are machines devoted to solely to playing DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Video game console systems that have other functionality such as playing movies also are popular. People who choose a console as their playback device should factor in room to play games in their planning.
Great pictures deserve great sound. Sound systems with five or seven speakers are common, although up to 11 speakers plus subwoofers could be installed.
Containing sound also is important. Proper wall treatment will balance the sound inside the room, and soundproofing will keep it within the walls. Carpeting will absorb sound as well, preventing unpleasant echoing.
Finally, the home cinema experience can mimic the multiplex theater experience in comforts such as seating and concessions. Plush, adjustable chairs with cup holders add to the viewing pleasure. Home popcorn and beverage machines round out the amenities.