Like most of you who read Cinematical, I love movies. Thinking about them, reading about them and dreaming about them. But mostly, I just love watching them. Movies can take us to new worlds, introduce us to new characters and situations we've never encountered before, teach us, inspire us and entertain us – all while glued to the edge of our seat in a darkened room. But if you're also like me in another way, leaving the house to go see a film at the local multiplex is often a frustrating and unrewarding experience with ticket prices, parking, people on cell phones and crying children to contend with. So, what's a movie lover with some cash burning a hole in his pocket supposed to do?
Well, instead of braving the highways, fighting for parking, being abused by the price of tickets and popcorn and then having to watch your movie while some idiot breaks up with his girlfrieid via cell phone during the climactic chase sequence, you do what many people are doing these days: you put together your own screening room at home to watch movies. Last year, just in time for the holidays, I gave you some tips about essential home theater gifts for the film buff on your list. At that time, I made an effort to keep costs at a certain level or below so as not to put too much of a strain on people's already taxed holiday finances. This time, however, we're going to throw things like cost right out the window and flush with all that tax return dough, we're going to put together the "ultimate" home screening room without much thought to cost. So, with that in mind, let's get to it and spend some money!
Determine Your Budget & Make a List-- Obviously, you could spend almost as much money as you make in a year on high-end components and the rest of the things that would go into the ultimate home screening room. And even though we're not giving much thought to money this time, you should still consider where to allocate your funds and what general budget you want to hit -- just so you have a guideline. So, the first thing you should do is think about how much money you want to spend and what you want to spend it on. When putting together your screening room, there are a few essentials that every screening room needs to have in order to function at the level we want it to. As this list goes on, we'll get to them.