Yes, after years of temptation and refusals our family home is finally getting a home cinema. The kids are getting older and us parents really enjoy watching good movies. But we simply think that going to the cinema on a regular basis is getting very expensive. For a family of 4 we get little change out of $50 which quickly adds up if you go once a month.
So we have decided to tidy up the garage, get rid of tons of trash that has accumulated over the years and to kit it out with a home cinema. There are few things top of our list that we have now ordered and it should be arriving within about 5 days; so we are quite excited!
The first thing we ordered was a Samsung 50 inch 3D TV. This is something that we have been contemplating for a while, and prices have just plummeted so much in the past year that we couldn’t turn down a sale price of $800. I can remember paying more than that for a 28 inch tube TV about 15 years ago!. We got a demonstration of it at our local electronic store and it is really awesome. The 3D is pretty amazing and the HD quality video is amazing!
The TV came with a 3D Bluray player so that was one less thing for us to have to put on our list. The player will also play regular BDs and DVDs so we can still watch all our older movies that we have accumulated. And now we can enjoy them all over again in our home cinema. What we did need to get was a surround sound system. Rather than go for a standard one we decided to spend a bit extra to get a surround sound receiver which we can plug the 3d player, TV receiver and Apple TV directly into. At $400 it was a bit more than we had budgeted for, but then we have saved considerably on the furniture.
The furniture is the next thing we had to look at and we found a really cool entertainment wall unit. Basically it will neatly house the TV, all the set top boxes, 3D player, Apple TV, surround sound and speaker. So there will not be cables hanging all over the place causing an eye sore.
We also got a nice new couch and some recliners and bean bags so that there is no shortage of seating space, especially when we all get together for a movie night or when the kids have friends over. In total we have spent about $2,500, which is a lot for just some entertainment equipment. But as a family we really enjoy movie nights, but with the cinema being so expensive we just didn’t like going more than once a month. Now we can have movie nights once a week and the whole entertainment system will have paid for itself in less than 2 years.
Let us know if you have a nice home cinema and also if you have some good movie recommendations!