Written by Laurence

How do you choose a home cinema set?

A home cinema set is an all-in-one device for watching movies and television. But what do you need to keep in mind in order to make a good choice? We're happy to help you choose the best home cinema set for you.

Choosing a home cinema set

Home cinema set in use

At first glance, home cinema sets seem very similar. To make a good choice, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How many speakers do you want?
  • What do you want to play?
  • Do you want a set without wires?
  • Do you want to stream music?
  • Do you want to watch videos on demand?
  • Do you only want one remote?
  • Do you have the right HDMI cables?

How many speakers do you want?

How many speaker do you want?

A 2.1 home cinema set has 2 front speakers and a separate subwoofer. A 5.1 set has an extra center speaker for speech and 2 rear speakers for surround sound. A 2.1 system is easy to place out of sight, but if you want a real movie theater experience it's best to choose the 5.1 system.

What do you want to play?

Play Blu-ray, DVD, CD, and 3D movies

Most home cinema sets have an integrated Blu-ray player. This saves room compared to a separate one. On top of that, it's easy to use since you don't have to switch between devices. A Blu-ray player plays all types of discs.

*Plays Blu-ray, DVD, and CD

  • Also suitable for 3D movies

Don't want wires?

Wireless rear speakers

Choose a wireless home cinema set if you want to limit the amount of cables in your home. The best option is to choose wireless rear speakers, so you don't see any cables. A wireless subwoofer is a good choice if you want to the set more freely.

Do you want to stream music?

Stream music

Smartphones and tablets have Bluetooth. It allows you to wirelessly stream music to your home cinema with a range of about 10 meters. An iPhone or iPad allows you to also use AirPlay. AirPlay uses your WiFi network, expanding the range. DLNA makes it possible to stream music from a network drive, PC, or laptop.

Do you want to watch videos on demand?

Watch videos on demand

Smart TV isn't just for TVs. It's also included with some Blu-ray players. Via apps, you can watch on-demand programs, movies, and series. You have to connect your home cinema set to the internet, either with a cable or via WiFi.

  • Watch Uitzending Gemist
  • Rent on-demand movies
  • Unlimited movies and series with Netflix

Do you only want one remote?

Remote

You can operate your home cinema set and TV with the same remote if the devices are by the same brand and if they both support the functions HDMI-CEC and ARC. Each brand has its own name for HDMI-CEC, such as AnyNet (Samsung), EasyLink (Philips), SimpLink (LG), VieraLink (Panasonic), BraviaLink (Sony), and AquosLink (Sharp). If HDMI-CEC isn't an option, a universal remote is just as convenient.

7. Do you have the right HDMI cables?

HDMI cables

Connect your new home cinema set to your TV with the latest High Speed HDMI cable. That way, you can be sure all functions work properly.

  • Suitable for TV audio (ARC)
  • Suitable for 3D images
  • Suitable for 4K Ultra HD images
Laurence
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