Home cin­ema

Windows Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 PERFECT VIDEO PLAYBACK -

We love home cin­ema set­ups. A quiet me­dia cen­tre PC , pow­er­ing a projector, and con­nected to a sur­round sound amp makes for a for­mi­da­ble en­ter­tain­ment so­lu­tion. For peo­ple from a PC back­ground, though, the au­dio side of things can get ne­glected, but if you’re en­ter­tain­ing the idea of a big screen, you’re go­ing to need a big sound­scape to match.

We don’t have space to ex­plore all the op­tions here, but a good place to start is a suit­able home cin­ema amp or re­ceiver with match­ing satel­lite sur­round speak­ers, plus a low-fre­quency sub­woofer. The next big thing is Dolby At­mos, which adds ver­ti­cal speak­ers to the mix, but even a 5/6/7.1-chan­nel sur­round sound op­tion is go­ing to be mu­sic to your ears.

One is­sue for PC au­dio is the dis­tinc­tion be­tween ‘gen­er­ated’ au­dio – from games, say – and pre-recorded DR M-pro­tected au­dio, for movie sound­tracks. The lat­ter typ­i­cally needs to be ‘passed through’ to the home cin­ema amp over a dig­i­tal con­nec­tion, else the DR M of­fers up the sound of si­lence. The flip side when us­ing a dig­i­tal au­dio con­nec­tion is that you only get stereo out­put for ‘nor­mal’ PC au­dio. The work­around is to use the au­dio jack’s ma­trix out­put, and de­code dig­i­tal sound­tracks to ana­logue.

Once you have a big screen, you’ll want big sound to match, from some­thing like this.

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