Everyone enjoys a good night in watching some of their favourite films. Now it is even easier to replicate the cinema experience in your own front room through home cinema systems. Normally, a home cinema system would consist of five speakers and a subwoofer, known as a 5.1 system. However, it is not always possible to accommodate five speakers and a sub into your living room, especially if it is quite a small space. It is possible to recreate the cinema effect through a smaller system known as 2.1 home cinema system. These systems only require two speakers and a sub woofer, with the speakers usually placed either side of your television set.
Being a smaller system, a home cinema 2.1 lacks three of the speakers of its bigger 5.1 counterpart. However, manufacturers have come up with clever ways to manoeuvre the sound coming out of the two speakers in a 2.1 system to create a similar surround sound effect to a 5.1 system. It is not the same as having a full on 5.1 system with speakers situated all around you, but if you are on a budget or if space is an issue, it is an excellent alternative. One of the major plus points of a 2.1 home cinema system is its simplicity in setting up. There is a significantly less amount of wires to run around your living room because there are only two speakers and a sub woofer to position in your home cinema system, and with wireless home cinema packages available as well, this can be made even easier. As mentioned earlier, the speakers only need to be placed on either side of your television set, so there is no need to worry about where to hang, position or place speakers at various points around your room. The sub woofer does not need much positioning either, with an ideal place usually found behind the television or next to the speakers. Generally, the further away it is from the walls, the better.
In terms of the picture quality available in a 2.1 home cinema system, there is again a choice for you. There is the more standard DVD system that plays regular DVDs through your television with the added bonus of surround sound. Or if you have an HD television, you can choose to buy a Blu-ray DVD player to watch films in highest quality picture possible. Blu-ray home cinema systems would provide you with the highest quality picture along with phenomenal sound to create almost the best 2.1 home cinema system available. And with technology advancing even further, it is now possible to recreate some of today’s most high tech films in your own home through a 3D Blu-ray player. For this though, you need to ensure you have the right equipment. To utilise your 3D Blu-ray home cinema system, you need a HD and 3D ready television set as well as 3D glasses. Once you have these, you’re not far from making your home cinema system one to truly rival your local cinema.