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The cinematic experience is something that everyone enjoys and whether you’re a film fanatic or just love going to the cinema, a home theatre system will bring the magic of the big screen back to your home.
Check out our introductory buyers guide on what’s available when it comes to having your own home cinema system.


The Sound Quality

A cinema wouldn’t be a cinema without amazing sound quality that submerges you into a film and delivers clear and realistic audio. Any speaker system that is additional to your standard TV speaker will make a noticeable difference but there are few options to choose from…

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1) All-in-one. The full home theatre systems are perhaps the easiest option as they contain everything you need to bring home the cinema feel. Each package comes with the amplifier, speakers and cables, with most also containing a DVD or Blu-ray player, some even have both, so all you have to add is the TV.


2) 2.1 and 3.1 systems. Each of these systems come with simply two or three speakers that you can place wherever you want. Available wirelessly, they are the standard systems for a home cinema and are ideal if you want a step up from what your TV speakers offer. Plus, you can always buy an amplifier or subwoofer separately to add to the system.

3) 5.1 and 7.1 systems. These systems are just one step down from the home theatre systems and comes with five or seven speakers for full surround sound, coupled with a subwoofer and some also come with a DVD or Blu-ray player to complete the set.

4) Soundbars. These create a virtual surround sound is a more condensed way of having surround sound as just have one long bar rather than having several speakers dotted around your room, however this does mean there will be no rear speaker. Some do also come with a subwoofer or 3D Sound Plus for an even more powerful audio projection.

The TV

Home cinema systems can be fitted to most TV’s, but HD televisions are recommended for better clarity. However, if you want to get the full experience then a specifically designed cinema TV is definitely worth taking a look, especially if you love 3D. Smart HD televisions with Cinema 3D, like the LG Full HD 3D Smart TV’s, are ideal as they offer high quality viewing whether you’re watching a film, gaming or watching standard TV, and are available for a range of screen sizes from 32” to 55”.


A Blu-ray player is the icing on the cake when it comes to having a home cinema. Thanks to the HD up-scaling of DVDs a Blu-ray player means that through a HD TV you can enjoy any standard definition film in full HD, and relish in high-quality digital sound when connected to a home cinema system.What would you have in your home cinema?


  1. There are TVs bigger than 55″ too, and Plasma TVs are still highly regarded in the industry.
    No mention of HD projectors which are extremely affordable now. Also modern amplifiers now cater for 7.2, 9.2 and even 11.2 speaker layouts..

  2. Why no mention of native HD content on Blu-ray discs?
    Why no explanation of surround sound formats, in particular compressed (usually DVD) and non-compressed (usually Blu-ray)?
    Why no discussion about how to connect the components, in particular using HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) or the digital audio output from a TV to enable TV sound to be heard through the surround sound system?
    Advice on speaker placement?

  3. If you’re looking for something that sounds better than a sound bar, you’ll want to put together your own system with an AV receiver and surround-sound speakers.

  4. Sorry but isn’t this supposed to be “Buyers Guide to a Home Cinema” and yet it’s more like write down the info from a cornflake packet.

    I’ll only pick up on one point from the above blog but there are so many holes as others have pointed out.

    Point 3) which says “5.1 and 7.1 systems. These systems are just one step down from the home theatre systems”

    What planet is the reviewer on? 5.1 and 7.1 systems are better than “All-in-one systems” and “2.1 and 3.1 systems” and “Soundbars” period. So in the context of this review they are top of this bunch. However there are better systems including the new Dolby Atmos as recently reviewed by the gadget show.

    “All-in-one systems” and “2.1 and 3.1 systems” and “Soundbars” are at best, compromises on the surround sound experience and should only be considered on basis of budget and/or if [5.1; 7.1; 7.2 etc..,] wiring is not a viable option. Many of the fairer sex do not like wires trailing and to be honest who can blame them.

    If you want sensible HiFi solutions don’t read this blog, look at the specialist mags.

    TV’s LCD/Plasma/LED all have there advantages and disadvantages and all in there own way are respectable visual options. My mate has an 80″…., yes 80″ Sharp TV not my cup of tea picture quality wise, but a nice TV. I am just waiting for HD broadcasts to become the norm instead of a few channels, and for 4k video to become the defacto standard instead of 1080p.

    Buying any TV HD must be high on the priority list and by that I mean at the very least that it comes with Freeview HD or Freesat HD.

    The difference between LCD and LED TV’s is the way the screen is backlit. Older LCD sets usually achieve backlighting with •Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (CCFL) technology, whereas newer LED sets are LCD TV’s that use LED’s to do the job of the CCFL backlighting.

    The argument over LCD/LED TV’s and Plasma rages. Bottom line is that many rave on about the picture quality of Plasma TV’s, particularly the contrast range [difference between light and dark] but then Plasma is usually more power hungry. LCD/LED TV’s are usually lighter, thinner and produce pretty good pictures.

    My advice would be rather than listen to me, for down to Curry’s or John Lewis and see for yourselves and then make a decision.

    Alright I have been told to get off my soapbox.

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