Theatre and Home Cinemas
Designing Theatre and Home Cinemas for the 21st Century
When one stops to consider just how completely the digital camera has replaced its optical precursor or how the once ubiquitous Walkman, with its compact music tapes has gradually been replaced by the iPod and the smartphone, it is perhaps surprising that the cinema and, to a lesser extent, also the live theatre, have continued to present such a huge attraction in a world driven by digital technology with its vast choice of home entertainments.
The truth is that people still love the excitement of the big screen and the big sound that goes with it. They love the feeling that this creates – the sensation that they are not merely watching events but actually participating in them, and the IMAX format, together with the advances in 3D technology, have done much to intensify that illusion.
No longer do we experience the flickering effect as successive still images are passed through a gate at a speed sufficient to fool the brain into perceiving motion. No longer is the soundtrack delivered by multi-range speakers suspended on either side of the screen. Today digital projectors provide crystal-clear and rock-steady video, whilst surround sound does exactly what its name implies to create a fully immersive experience for the 21st century moviegoer. Even the volume of sound is automatically adjusted to match audience numbers and thus compensate for the damping effect caused by their bodies.
One cannot really hope to catch all new releases at a local movie theatre and, fortunately, home cinemas are able to provide us with the perfect means to catch up with the latest blockbusters as and when it is convenient. Not surprisingly, movie buffs would like the home-viewing experience to be as much like that in their local multiplex as possible and the past few decades have seen the reality merge ever closer with their expectations.
Just as in the case of the big screen, digital technology has also made it possible to develop the more compact equipment capable of comparable performance and suitable for use in the comfort of one’s lounge. The flat-screen TV has long overcome the limitation set by cumbersome CRT sets, while digital projectors and hi-tech screens have meant that picture size is now limited mainly by the size of the designated room. In parallel, speaker technology has undergone a quantum leap to produce sound bars that deliver simulated surround sound and wireless, ceiling-mounted units able to provide both a more discreet and a more authentic audio distribution option.
While new standards for both picture and sound quality continue to emerge on a regular basis, the latest technology to hit the theatre and home cinema market is streaming. It offers the consumer an exciting alterative to material stored on DVD and Blu-ray media by providing access to premium entertainment sourced from a growing number of service providers via the Internet. One notable advantage of this technology is that it allows a router or a set-top box to act as a hub capable of distributing audio-visual entertainment to multiple compatible devices.
Local leaders, in this rapidly evolving field, Elite Technologies can help you to enjoy, the highest quality, audio and video entertainment from the comfort of your favourite armchair.