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How To Build a 3D Theatre In Your New Home

August 25, 2017
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There are many advantages to having the 3D experience at home.

But building a home theatre in your new home is much more than just plugging in a 3D TV or a video projector in a spare room.

Here are some easy steps to creating a 3D experience in your very own home.

3D-capable TV or projector

This should be your starting point. TVs that meet 3D specifications include some LCD, OLED, Plasma (although discontinued by the end of 2014, still a great option), and then there are DLP and LCD-type video projectors.

All 3D-enabled TVs and many 3D-enabled projectors support 3D standards that are compatible with Blu-ray, Cable/Satellite, and streaming sources.

Keep in mind that consumer-based 3D TVs and video projectors also display in standard 2D as well.

Watching 3D via cable or satellite

It is possible to receive 3D content via HD-cable or Satellite, but you need a 3D-enabled cable or satellite box.

Your cable or satellite service providers can fill you in with all the details.

3D Streaming

If you have a 3D-compatible TV or a video projector, you might consider receiving your programming via Internet streaming.

Vudu is a provider that offers 3D channel viewing options that include select movie trailers, short films, and feature films that are available on a pay-per-view or purchase basis.

Netflix is the most popular movie and streaming service in the world, and unlike Vudu, its 3D options come with paid monthly subscription fee.

YouTube offers a lot of user-generated 3D content, but some of it is based on the Anaglyph system. It means that it can be displayed on and TV or computer monitor, but requires passive glasses with green-red or blue-red filters.

3D glasses

That’s right, you’ll need to wear glasses to watch 3D.

Luckily, the technology has gone a long way from cheap paper glasses that marked the pop culture of the 1980s. Today’s 3D glasses can be passive or active.

Passive glasses

Passive polarized glasses look like sunglasses and are big enough to fit over existing eyeglasses.

They are inexpensive to manufacture and, depending on the frame style, rarely cost more than $25.

Active glasses

Active shutter glasses are bulkier that the passive glasses as they have batteries and a transmitter that syncs the rapidly moving shutters for each eye with the onscreen display rate.

This type is more expensive than passive polarized glasses and range between $75 and $150, depending on the manufacturer.

The type of 3D glasses you need is determined by the TV or video projector you purchase.

For example, LG 3D TVs require passive glasses, while some Sony TVs required active shutter glasses and some require passive.

All consumer-based 3D video projectors require active shutter glasses. While some manufacturers provide glasses with a TV set or projector, for others they are an accessory that must be purchased separately.

Theatre-style seating

On a tight budget, any kind of comfy sofas and loveseats can do but if you want an authentic feel, you’ll want to invest in authentic New Yorker-style theatre seating.

A room that is 4m wide and 7m deep will easily take two rows of four seats. Use an old theatre trick and elevate the back row with a pre-built platform.

Genuine leather theatre seats with cup holders in the armrests are a real deal when it comes to relaxing and enjoying the feature programme.

A rounded up home theatre

A quality home theatre experience doesn’t come cheap. In order to get all the components right and create a truly contemporary home theatre system, it is best to hire professional installers.

They will be able to take into account the ideal room dimensions, wall construction, optimal size and types of video display, lighting controls, interior design, acoustics, theatre furniture and options that include free standing or concealed components.

In order to fully enjoy the immersive watching experience a 3D home theatre has to offer, many homeowners pay special attention to aesthetics.

By using in-wall LCR and in-ceiling overhead speakers they make the system blend into the environment naturally without sacrificing dynamic experience.

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