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Save money on nights out with TV tech to suit every budget
Cinema nights are hard to beat. A precious slice of escapism where the big screen, atmospheric sound effects and plot are the only things that matter - and the popcorn, of course.
But when did you last go? Prices are making people think twice about the flicks, with 1 in 2 citing costs as the reason they didn’t go to the cinema, according to YouGov
With a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) costing as much as £47, why not recreate the cinema experience at home? Sure there’s an upfront cost, but you’ll be saving in the long term.
Here’s everything you need…
1. Super-sharp 4K HDR TV
These TVs pack in 4 times as much detail as a Full HD television to offer amazing picture quality. Expect sharper and more realistic images with more detail and depth thanks to the 8 million pixels packed into the screen. Latest models also benefit from a cutting-edge video technology called HDR, or high dynamic range. This vastly improves contrast and colour range.
When you’re watching a dark, shadowy movie like Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, expect heaps more detail emerging from the blackness. And the moon and city lights shining brilliantly against inky black skies.
The LG OLED C6V is as good as TVs get. Not only does it have 4K and HDR, it uses a type of screen called OLED – what is OLED?
This means it’s incredibly thin and can create the deepest black colours around.
On a budget? The Samsung KS7000 offers big-screen 4K HDR and cutting edge Quantum Dot technology for a great price. Get the Samsung KS7000
2. Next-generation Blu-ray and 4K discs
Home cinema enthusiasts have been getting more from their HDTVs with Blu-ray since the mid-Noughties.
Now there’s a new generation of Blu-ray players and discs designed to work specifically with 4K HDR TVs. When it comes to picture quality at home, this is the crème de la crème – the best of the best.
Why? That's because Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K discs deliver your movies with 4 times the resolution. Expect brighter colours and more detail between light and dark scenes with HDR technology and a much wider colour range.
20th Century Fox, Sony and Universal Pictures are all releasing movies in 4K Blu-ray – browse our top titles. Don’t miss…
- The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, with its breath-taking landscapes.
- The Lego Movie gets the best from HDR with its vibrant, eye-popping colour.
- The Martian starring Matt Damon takes you deep into outer space – and the visuals are spectacular.
The Panasonic DMP-UB900 is an outstanding 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player with a 5-star review by What Hi-Fi?
You can enjoy movie nights with incredibly vivid colour, sharp contrast and intricate features. Pick out nuanced detail in clouds, skies, reflections and shadows.
On a budget? Enjoy superb 4K Blu-ray picture quality, plus The Revenant and The Martian movies thrown in, all for a lower price with the Samsung UBD-K8500
3. Movie theatre-style surround sound
One of the best bits about the cinema is the atmospheric sound effects. Crashes, bangs - sound comes from all directions, stimulating your senses and stirring your emotions.
But you can go some way to replicating it, with 5.1 surround-sound audio at home. This has 5 channels (or speakers), plus 1 subwoofer. Sound is separated and sent to different speakers.
Create a 5.1 system with Bose…
- Create a wide sound-field in stereo across your room with the SoundTouch 300 soundbar
- Sound comes from behind to put you at the centre of a 5.1 system with Virtually Invisible 300 speakers
- Enjoy deep bass sounds cinema-style with the Acoustimass wireless subwoofer
On a budget? Try this LG soundbar. It’ll bring movie nights to life with proper Stereo sound but without the wires and cables. Get the LG wireless soundbar
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