Anamorphic: Is it Worth It?
Whilst it may sound like some weird alien or insect, anamorphic projection is a method of displaying video content that recreates the cinematic effect you get at the cinema, through your home system, removing those irritating ‘black bars’ and delivering a truly immersive experience.
SONA design and install many projection home cinema systems for our clients, ranging from multi-purpose family or media rooms, where the projection system is completely hidden from view, to bespoke private cinemas that out perform commercial theaters.
Generally, we describe a media room as a multi-purpose space – where the primary function isn’t just watching something on the big screen and the room isn’t focussed on just TV or film. These rooms can feature pool tables, and are often spaces where friends and family congregate to relax, with the entertainment system there as background rather than the main event. This compared to a dedicated cinema, where the room is designed around the screen and the associated audio equipment to deliver the best possible audio and video experience.
As a general rule, media rooms do not demand as high a level of technical design or performance and virtually all of SONA’s media room installations that feature a large projection screen use a screen that is the same shape (or ratio) as your conventional TV – 16:9. This means that the width of the screen is 1.78x the height and most projectors feature a chip (the part that produces the image) of the same ratio.