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What is Immersive Home Cinema?

Ashley Said-Kirton
Using new technologies such as Dolby Atmos, 4K Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range, today’s home cinemas are like nothing you will have seen or heard before.
With performance that will outstrip any commercial cinema integrated into the fabric of your own home, a home cinema opens up a whole new world of entertainment for the whole family.
Whether your passion is film, music, sport, box sets, or gaming, a home cinema can put you on the edge of your seat, help you relax or enjoy family time. Whatever the mood, your new home cinema can not only match it, but enhance it.

Why immersive? Cutting edge images and sound

Immersive is a term often used to describe modern home cinemas. This is due to the introduction of new technologies which have pushed performance to new levels, and which draw you in to the content and surround you with sights and sounds simply not possible before.


Immersive sound

You may have heard of a technology called Dolby Atmos. This and other technologies like it (DTS:X and Auro 3D) are a new family of immersive surround sound advancements which produce audio in a completely new way and are already included in many commercial cinemas.
Moving way beyond the old ‘5.1’ systems, which used five speakers and one bass speaker to deliver a ‘surround sound effect’, these new systems use new digital recording and delivery techniques to produce sound that mimics the real world as the audio from whatever you are watching literally moves around you like sound does out in the real world. So, in that exciting action movie, the sounds from a helicopter flying over-head really do come from above, the expansive sound of the crowd at the big game fills the room so you feel like you are there, and music concerts come alive in a way not possible before. Gaming also takes on a new immersive quality that will see you lost in your favourite action-packed games.

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Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D, are now appearing on the content you love – be it via broadcast, Blu-ray discs or streaming services. An up-to-date home cinema puts you right in the centre of a rich audio environment that your ears won’t believe.
George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, once said, “The sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie.” With these technologies, this has never been more true, and we can place you right at the centre of the action.


Ultra-High Definition Images

Another area which has seen huge strides in recent times is in the level of image quality possible on super-sized TVs and with home cinema projectors. You may have heard of technologies such as Ultra High Definition (UHD), 4K or HDR (High Dynamic Range).
Moving beyond the jargon, basically what all these technologies mean is that manufacturers can now pack way more pixels and colours onto your chosen screen than ever before, delivering more life-like and vibrant content. Your new home cinema will be able to take advantage of all the new content that is being produced in these formats, and also give a fresh lease of life to content you thought you knew, as many of today’s products can ‘up-scale’ Standard Definition and High Definition content to the new UHD 4K standards.
To provide a little bit of perspective, you are probably used to watching ‘HD’ signals, pretty standard now for broadcast and disc-based content. HD technology delivers 1920x1080 pixels into an image at any given time, UHD – or 4K as it is sometimes called – delivers 3840x2160 pixels, four times the amount, providing a total of 8.3 million individual pixels! Images burst with vibrancy and life-like quality.
This new image format is now readily available for large screen TVs and projectors. If you want to know more about how the technology works, our experts can certainly bring you up to speed, but in short, your eyes won’t believe what they are seeing.

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So how do I get this huge slice of fun in my home?

The great news is, all this technology can be integrated into your home with the minimum of fuss and for a price that will surprise you. Today’s systems offer a huge variety of good, better and best options, so whatever your budget, we can find the right set-up for you.
The other great news is that installation is fuss-free and can be achieved without affecting the look of your home. Today’s speaker systems can integrate into walls and ceilings, so you will hardly know they are there at all – until they spring into life. However, there are also speakers that look so great, you may want to show them off.
Today’s projectors are compact but powerful, so can be installed without impacting the aesthetics of the home, but still deliver incredible images.
Get in touch today and let our experts design, install and deliver to your family the best and most enjoyable investment you will ever make in your home.


by Daniel Sait
Images courtesy of Pulse Cinemas