Updated: Dec 14, 2020
The problem with home cinemas
In a perfect world, we would all like to replicate the projector, 1000 watt sound system, elaborate seating arrangement, and acoustic space of a full-size cinema, albeit at a smaller scale. Those with unlimited budgets can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to create the perfect space. The rest of us have to work within our means with a flat-screen TV, a reasonably powered audio system, and the space that is available in our homes. The good news is that today’s audio systems sound better than ever and the new generation of TVs is bigger yet more affordable than just a few years past. This means that creating a great home cinema has never been more affordable. But no matter how good the sound system, unless you follow the lead set by commercial cinemas of managing the acoustic space by controlling excessive reverberation and first-order reflections, your room will short-change your listening audience from experiencing the full impact of your Home Cinema.