Here's what you need to bring Hollywood home.
well-darkened room is essential for any home cinema experience,
particularly when using a projector. Invest in some thick curtains such
as Ikea’s Marjun for 399RMB; or just add lightweight Minglu reflector
curtains (39RMB, www.jd.com). They lock in heat as well keep out light,
so you’ll be kept toasty at night.
With 3D movies still all the rage
in Hollywood, it could be worth
investing in a 3D projector. There
are plenty to choose from, such as
the top-of-the-range Epson 5030UB
which offers stellar 3D quality. You’ll
need 3D glasses too. For the least
hassle, look for those that match
your projector brand.
A more affordable 3D option is
the BenQ W1070+ (7,499RMB,
www.jd.com), an industry
favourite. It’s fully HD and
wireless, which means
you’ll never have to deal
with tangled wires
again. For glasses,
the BenQ 3D Active
www.tmall.com) are a
Bigger is not necessarily better for
acoustics, since powerful speakers
can overwhelm a small space. The
most classic speaker arrangement
for bringing movies to life in the
home is what’s known as the 5.1
channel configuration: five speaker
units and a subwoofer, positioned
to the front and rear of the room,
wrapping the viewer in surround
sound. Many brands offer a
home theatre in a box (HTIB),
which bundles of all the parts
required to recreate this effect,
such as the Samsung HT-E353K
Pull-down screens are the handiest
and most practical, disappearing
into the ceiling with a quick tug,
restoring your living room to its
original state. Projector screens
start at around 72 inches and
219RMB (HongXin, www.jd.com).
Motorised automatic projector
screens are also available and can
be only slightly pricier than their
To keep things hassle-free when setting up your equipment, get the projector fixed to the ceiling, out of the way, so you don’t have to repeatedly put it on a stand and readjust.
Measure up before buying. For a 150-inch screen you’re going to need to put the projector between two and five metres away.
You’ll wonder why you ever paid the
extortionate prices at the cinema
for what is essentially just grains
of corn in a bowl, when you can
make it yourself in
(yes, there are
generations of this
technology) – the Maxhler MSLAY105 (219RMB, www.tmall.
com) – requires only a handful of
dried corn, available from the local
supermarket, and a sprinkle of
flavouring mixed in before it fills to
the brim with puffy white balls.
luxury of this piping hot snack on
demand will make you one of the
most popular hosts around.
If you’re looking for online
services to stream or
download films, Netflix and
Amazon Prime are obvious choices
for access to a wide selection of
overseas material (with a reliable
VPN service, that is). But there’s
plenty of local choice from Chinese
providers that are fast-loading and
are either free or require a cheap
subscription (we’re talking as little
as 10RMB per month) for full HD.
Popular platforms include PPTV,
iQIYI, Youku and Baidu Internet TV.
While a huge library of foreign TV
shows is available, their options for
Western movies are often limited.