A visit to the movies could be a truly breathtaking experience, but can you really recreate this in the comfort of our very own homes? If you would like to do this you need to invest in one of the many home cinema systems currently available.
Home cinema systems usually combine a display (normally an LCD or Plasma screen) with a source (Satellite decoder or Blu-ray player for example) and a sound system (Digital Amplifier or Receiver and speaker system). This will allow you to go a way towards recreating the movie experience in your house, of course how successful that is achieved will be directly related to your budget, the time spent on planning your system and your time and effort spent on installing the gear.
The cornerstone of all home cinema systems is the display so anyone thinking about embarking on this type of project should invest the best part of their budget here. As a way to enjoy the experience fully you need to look at obtaining the best size display possible.
This can be achieved with a more traditional LCD or plasma screen but projectors have become increasingly popular as pricing makes them a real alternative to a big screen. Make sure you buy a thing that is HD ready and includes a absolve to air digital tuner. If your allowance allows look into the possibility of a 3D display as 3D films and television are set to be a growth area within the next 10 years.
As far as the source for your system goes you might already have a DVD player that will suffice to truly get you started. In future you may consider an HD source, this includes Blu-ray players, many consoles not to mention some satellite decoders. An HD source will provide higher quality pictures and sound, something all home cinema systems need.
The final part of your house cinema system may be the sound reproduction system. You can purchase reasonably priced solutions that include a powered sub-woofer and satellite speakers, these speaker systems will be the first rung on the ladder into hearing the sound tabs on your movie in the manner the director intended. When you have a larger budget a dedicated amplifier or more to eight separate speakers will provide the optimum experience. However you must undertake board that complex home cinema systems will be expensive and take some effort to install successfully.
The best thing in regards to a home cinema system is that it can be built up and added to over time, this can allow any movie buff to progressively gain more enjoyment from watching films in the home, then all that is required is a good supply of popcorn!