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To the layman, certain terms are thrown around interchangeably. However, there are key differences between some of our most popular products. One of the terms we see confused most often is ‘home cinema’ and ‘media room’. So what exactly is the difference?
Key requirements for a home cinema
Home cinemas, or home theatres, make up some of our favourite projects here at SONA. With the advent of streaming services and other media creators like Kaleidescape, home theatres are skyrocketing in popularity.
The home theatre is customised to offer that authentic cinema experience without setting foot outdoors. It also offers a number of other unique features.
Fully personalised controls
To create that immersive experience, the power is in your hands. This includes choosing your own settings, for example adding or taking away ambient light. Often, home theatres do not have windows – just like a real cinema – or we can incorporate automated blackout shades for the same effect.
Specialised acoustic treatment
Cinemas are designed to offer optimum sound quality, while preventing it from ‘leaking out’. The same goes for home cinemas – they are custom-built with sound considerations in mind. This may mean they take longer to build than other home technology projects, as installers technically have to create a ‘room within a room’ featuring special acoustic treatments. The speakers are also hidden for a better aesthetic effect.