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Kicking back and enjoying a film in the comfort of your own home: you can’t beat it. Today, more and more people are converting their spare rooms or garages into home cinemas, creating bespoke venues for the best immersive experience of watching their favourite series or the latest blockbuster.
But others are choosing to create media rooms, multi-purpose spaces offering a range of entertainment in a more flexible setting – perfect for watching films, the big match or gaming with family and friends.
But what is the difference between a media room and a home cinema? And which is best?
A home cinema is as the name suggests… a cinema created in your home and a space which is becoming increasing popular with serious film lovers who want to enjoy an unadulterated movie experience.
Home cinemas feature comfortable cinema-style seating, installed facing a screen larger than any TV, with home cinema projectors now able to deliver stunning quality images. Comfort is key whether it is for a marathon movie session or streaming a series binge watch with unobstructed views.
Most home cinemas will replicate the cinema experience, with natural daylight carefully controlled or completely blocked out to enhance picture quality and eradicate reflections and glare. Starlight ceilings or colour LED strips, and floor lights, add another cinematic element into your home.
State-of-the-art audio equipment is used to create a complete surround sound system to make it a truly immersive experience. You will be able to hear the effects just as the film director intended, from the quietest whisper to dramatic explosions. Many home cinema rooms are also acoustically adapted to not only optimise sound quality inside the room, but also blocking out obtrusive sounds encroaching from outside or from the rest of the house.
With a home cinema, there’s no compromise. Top-quality audio-visual entertainment in a dedicated home theatre.
Media rooms are also designed for watching films, listening to music or gaming but are that bit more casual and flexible, often created in spaces which are used for other purposes.
A large flatscreen TV or projector screen hidden in the ceiling might well be the central focus of your media room but it is a space with cosy adaptable seating where friends and family can meet up to watch a crucial match or enjoy a film together in the heart of your home. The adaptability of the seating means it can be arranged as needed depending on whether you are watching a movie or creating a gaming zone. A media room might even have a bar and a pool table. It’s more casual than a home cinema but no less fun.
Automatic blinds will stop the glare from the windows and modern audio-visual equipment is designed to ensure viewing even on the brightest of days. Top-quality audio equipment ensures great surround sound quality and can cleverly be integrated into the walls or ceiling to enhance the experience without getting in the way of everyday life.
Both a home cinema and a media room have their own advantages and the choice of which to go for depends entirely on your personal preference, lifestyle and the layout of your home.
For advice, a consultation or a bespoke design and installation created entirely around you and your own space, simply get in touch with the Clarke Infinity experts on 01277 624444. Or why not visit our Projects page for inspiration?