Who Is This Site For?
The aim of The Home Cinema Guide is to provide a place for less-experienced people to hang out. There are plenty of home theater technology forums with people who will laugh if you ask what an optical audio cable is.
There are enough audio-visual stores with assistants who like to impress you with their technical knowledge. But, just confuse you even more. Then, there are the ones who appear to know less than you do. It's not easy finding what you need sometimes.
I know. Been there, done that.
I'll try and explain the sea of acronyms and technical mumbo-jumbo in simple terms. It's not easy sometimes, but I'll give it my best shot.
I have worked as a sound engineer in music and TV studios. As a sound and lighting engineer in theater. And, in audio-visual services.
However, I'm not here to try and impress you with my vast knowledge and technical expertise. Who's got time for all that nonsense?
I'm not going to provide an encyclopedia of all the brands and manufacturers out there.
But, I will try and provide useful installation guides, simple buying advice and relevant product recommendations. All based on a mixture of hands-on experience and research.
Now, you might not give two hoots about what I recommend.
That's fine. Take whatever you wish from the information here and investigate further on your own. That's a great way to learn for yourself.
For those who just want an easier route, you should find everything you need here to put together a great home theater system.
I think it's important that everybody has access to good quality equipment. Not just those in the know.
What Is Home Theater?
So, what is home theater exactly? Well, it can be whatever you want it to be. It's difficult to put one definition on it.
It's a term for having a home entertainment system that can give us a real movie theater experience.
In its simplest terms, you would have a large screen display - like a flat screen TV or projector - and a good sound system. We can't have you listening to the sound through your TV speakers. That won't do at all!
These days, you can improve the sound of your TV by installing a soundbar with a subwoofer. Or, you can get a separate amplifier and speakers. There's so much choice.
For some people, the home theater experience requires a dedicated room with custom-made furniture. Motorized screens. Popcorn machine. Speakers that create the impression of a small earthquake in your house!
But, as with many things in life, size isn't everything. I don't discriminate here. Everybody is welcome, whatever your equipment or experience.
So, no matter if you're just trying to find out what an HDMI cable is - and if you need one. Or, if you want to build a setup that requires you to hire staff before you can show a movie. This guide has something for everybody.