It was over 25 years ago we completed our first Home Cinema Installation project, since then we have built Cinemas in Stately Homes, Penthouse Apartments, Beach House, and homes new and old.
Today Home Cinema is more than a screen and a projector. Some of our work involves multi-room music, TVs, dedicated streaming services, DVD and Blu-ray players, smart lighting, and other smart home elements including voice automation On this page we will walk you through some elements to consider when creating a great home cinema system.
Before you even start looking into equipment, you have to select the right space for your home cinema system.
Space can make or break the cinematic experience. It will also influence the types of equipment that you need. If you're looking for a private cinematic experience for you, consider getting the home cinema system installed in your cellar or your own dedicated cinema room. This type of room is perfect for sealing yourself off from the world and enjoying a great cinematic experience.
If you're looking to share the cinematic experience with family or friends, you might put the home theatre system in your lounge or family room. This is great for gathering up everyone together for a family movie night. You want to use your home cinema system to help display visuals and music at parties, you can set it up right in your living room.
Your home cinema should be enjoyable to spend time in. You're going to need to design your room with the perfect combination of comfort and style to get the most out of your home cinema experience.
The decor is going to depend on which room you chose to set your cinema up in. If you're going with a family-oriented home cinema room, you're going to want to make sure the room is replete with sofas and blankets. Choose colours that are warm and inviting, able to support people for longer periods of time. If you have enough space, you might even be able to recreate the cinematic experience by setting up different levels of seating.
After you've picked your room and designed it right, it's time to figure out where you're going to put your new large screen. The traditional projector and projector screen is still the ultimate way to bring the cinema into your home, however today you have plenty of options on how to spec your room.
Some people opt for a large HD TV for everyday viewing, whilst also fitting a retractable projector screen to bring major sporting or films to life, allowing them to combine the best of both worlds in one room. Projectors can be mounted hanging from the ceiling, in retractable projector mounts or you can opt for a short-throw laser projector. We are happy to discuss all the options with you, that way you can be sure that you have the best solution for your home.
Designing the best space for your Home Cinema in your home is something we have been doing for 25 years, and you ill be amazed at the technology available.
Sound is such a key element to your home cinema experience, thinking back to when you sit in the cinema and they play the Dolby Atmos intro, it feels like the entire room shakes and re-inforces just how important the audio element is to your experience.
Something you also might not have considered if you've never had a home cinema before is speaker placement. Where your speakers end up can greatly influence the cinematic experience. We can calibrate your room to ensure you have the correct amount of speakers in the right place. Depending on the project the speakers can be mounted in walls and ceilings or free standing.
Audio is something we have done for over 50 years, and we have access to systems from Bowers & Wilkins, KEF, Triad, Martin Logan. Our installers are fully CEDIA certified so you know you will get the right result.
If you've just been watching movies off of Netflix on your TV (and before that, renting movies) your whole life, you might not have put a lot of thought into lighting. However, lighting can vastly influence your movie-watching experience.
The wrong lighting can make a screen look too washed out and obscure the finer nuances of cinematography. Lighting in the film is hyper-important, and if you want to appreciate works of film as they were meant to be seen, you have to have a great lighting system.
Automation has also become an important part of home cinema, voice activation, automatic curtains, and blinds all add to the feeling of escapism and theatre.
Martins Hi-Fi offers a full project management solution with all of our Home Cinema installations, our aim is to remove the worry and stress related to juggling multiple contractors and ensuring the correct equipment is ordered, delivered on time and stored safely before being delivered to the site.
On completion of your build, you and your family are given time with our installers to talk through and learn how to operate all the cinema's features and how to get the best out of your investment.
We also offer a comprehensive follow-up package of maintenance, software upgrades, and servicing, and as part of your aftercare, all call-outs in the first year are free.
To contact us either call 01603 627010, email Marcus@martinshifi.co.uk or click to chat with us on the website.
CEDIA accredited, design and installation engineers, with over 25 years of experience in working in homes throughout the UK,
Martins Hi-Fi is a fully certified member of CEDIA, an industry body representing accredited custom installation specialists, providing assurance and peace of mind to customers of the high-quality standard of work carried out by its members.