GOING to the cinema is not exactly an option right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a similar experience comfortably from your living room.
In order to do so, you will need a set of projector and screen, plus a sound system for clearer, surround sound.
Choosing a good projector may be challenging enough, as there’s a stark price gap between budget and high-end ones, and all of them to promise the same things.
Add to that the many nuances of sound systems, and it can quickly get difficult to know where to start.
Worry not, however.
Based on user reviews and confirmed by our team of Sun experts, here are the best home cinema bundles you can buy in 2020.
They all include everything you need to get started so you can just sit back, relax, and watch films in your own home cinema.
1. The cheapest home cinema bundle
- Projector: Epson EH-TW650, £399.99 from Epson – buy here
- Screen: Duronic Projector Screen MPS60/43, £69.99 from Amazon – buy here
- Sound system: Logitech Z906 , £216.99 from Amazon – buy here
Total price: £686.97
Our cheapest bundle still packs some serious power.
The Epson EH-TW650 is a small projector (it weighs only 2.7kg) but it’s a great bit of kit under £500.
This 3100 lumens, full-HD LCD projector delivers a bright and clear picture, with solid colour reproduction.
In terms of connectivity, the EH-TW650 features two HDMI 1.4 inputs (one supporting Mobile High-definition Link, a VGA port, two USB 2.0 (Type A and B), a composite video input, stereo analogue inputs and WiFi.
The blacks could be blacker, and this is the only downside of an otherwise excellent projector.
Duronic Projector Screen MPS60/43
The screen we have selected to go with the EH-TW650 is Duronic’s MPS60/43.
This is a 60-inch / 122 x 91-cm screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The MPS60/43 is made of a high-quality thick matte white fabric, and it features black borders which increase the feeling of contrast and the quality of the perceived image.
The screen can be installed on either a wall or ceiling using the fixtures provided, and has an ergonomic handle that makes it easy to unroll and roll it back up.
Logitech Z906 Sound System
A worthy successor to the loved Z-5500, the Logitech Z906 is arguably the cheapest sound system you can get for such a high-quality product.
Crisp sound, punchy bass and multiple stereo modes are only some of the features you’ll get with the Logitech Z906.
This 5.1 sound system has a sturdy built and has a powerful subwoofer, making it ideal for games and films.
It also comes with THX certification and 500W RMS power on tap.
The Logitech Z906 features one coaxial and two optical S/P-DIF inputs, but unfortunately no HDMI support.
Still, for a “cheap” option, this is an amazing sound system.
2. Mid-range home cinema bundle
- Projector: BenQ W2700 4K, £1,398 from Amazon – buy here
- Screen: Homegear 120” 16:9 HD/3D Electric Motorised Projector Screen, £109.99 from Amazon – buy here
- Sound system: Sony BDV-E4100 1000 W, £299 from Amazon – buy here
Total price: £1,806.99
Using the CinematicColor technology supporting DCI-P3, the BenQ W2700 is essentially capable of reproducing colour fidelity as accurately as professional projectors in the US film industry.
Weighing only 4.2kg and measuring just 38cm across, this device is also quite portable, making it perfect to carry around.
Moreover, the BenQ W2700 also has short-throw capabilities, which means you can place it anywhere between 3.00-3.96m away from the screen and still get a crispy-clear image up to 120 inches.
This ten-element, 2,000 lumens projector is also rather easy to set up, and a pleasure to control with the BenQ remote control, which has most of the functions you would expect from a mid-high range projector.
One thing to consider is before buying this projector is that, while colours in HDR films are remarkably straightforward to set up, it may be trickier to adjust the projector’s settings for non-HDR films.
Homegear 120” Projector Screen
Designed for gaming, home theatre experiences and professional viewing, the Homegear 120” Electric Motorised Projector features 3-layer construction.
A white PVC top, a terylene middle layer and a black PVC back mean light penetration is eliminated almost entirely, allowing you to enjoy richer and sharper images.
This screen also has a viewing angle of 160 degrees, which is good if you have a small home theatre with some seats placed not exactly in front of the screen.
Easy to set up by attaching the white plastic ends to either a wall or a ceiling, the Homegear 120” is also quiet enough not to be a bother when rolling down the screen.
Sony BDV-E4100 Sound System
A 5.1 surround sound system, the Sony BDV-E4100 features two tall speakers and two satellite speakers for an improved, dynamic sound.
With a powerful 1000W output, this sound system is specifically designed for blasting films and games at maximum volume without losing sound quality.
The E4100 connectivity compartment is great too, with 1 HDMI Output, 1 analogue audio input, one HDMI input, 1 digital optical input and multiple USBs.
It also has Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and thanks to its One-touch listening technology, you can share music from your NFC and Bluetooth enabled device with a touch on your home cinema system.
Last but not least, Sony knows how to make things look pretty, and it definitely shows in the elegant lines of the E4100 sound system speakers and control hub.
3. High-end home cinema bundle
- Projector: Epson EH-TW9400 4K, £2,548 from Audio Affair – buy here
- Screen: Elite Screens SB100WH2 , £177 from Amazon – buy here
- Sound system: Q Acoustics 3000i, £1,169 from Amazon – buy here
Total price: £3,894
A beast of a projector, the Epson EH-TW9400 is arguably the best home projector of 2019 for the price, and it still proudly retains its crown.
Despite not having a native 4K chip (that would make the device double this price), this projector uses Epson’s 4K Enhancement pixel-shifting technology to display that higher resolution, and it works remarkably well.
Weighing 11kg, the Epson EH-TW9400 is quite a heavy machine, but for the amount of technology it packs, it is more than worth it.
An adaptable, motorised lens allows you to zoom and focus, and shift the image between horizontal and vertical.
This 2.1x optical zoom lens also has a throw ratio of between 1.35-2.84:1, which means you can choose between several positioning options for the distance between the projector and your screen.
Featuring Epson’s 3LCD technology, this 2,600 lumens projector has three separate liquid crystal chips, and the result is an amazing detail level and colour fidelity.
With one USB 2.0, two HDMI 2.0s and Ethernet, the Epson EH-TW9400 allows for solid connectivity, and also supports HDR10 and HLG formats and active 3D processing.
The only downside of this otherwise excellent device is that the projector can be quite noisy at full power, but if you’re watching films at full volume, that shouldn’t be an issue.
Elite Screens SB100WH2
Designed to provide a quality screen without neglecting aesthetics, the SB100WH2 Sable Frame features Elite’s CineWhite and 1.1 gain front projection material in a 16:9 aspect ratio.
With a 180 degree viewing angle and fully black-backed front projection material, this screen is an ideal companion to a high-end projector like the Epson EH-TW9400.
The screen’s 2.7″ lightweight aluminium frame also has a dense black velvet finish made to absorb projector overshoot while increasing picture contrast for a polished theatre-like experience.
The SB100WH2 is also easy to set up via the tensioned rod and spring system included in the screen package.
Q Acoustics 3000i Sound System
Q Acoustics does not have the years of experience in making sound equipment of Sony or Logitech, but the company’s Q Acoustics 3000i series rivals them both.
This rich, full-range sound system offers clear and dynamic sound, and features Q Acoustics’ characteristic design, which is undoubtedly the company’s forte.
In fact, the Q Acoustics 3000i series comes in four different colours: Artic white, carbon black, English walnut and graphite grey.
In terms of setup, this sound system counts two bookshelf speakers, two floor-standing speakers, one centre speaker and one sub-woofer.
The 3000i series’ sound is excellent. The company’s point-to-point internal bracing technology reduces the vibration-induced cabinet resonance that can distort sound, with the result of an extremely pure sound experience.
Add in a powerful 150-watt amplifier and a high-performance 200mm driver, and you have one of the best sound systems for the price.
So you have chosen your home theatre set up and you’re ready to start watching a film with your family or friends. Everything seems perfect, and yet something is still missing. To complement your home cinema choices, here are some accessories you may want to consider for a truly cinema-like experience.
Most professional and semi-professional projectors can be wall-mounted, and that is often the easiest option.
If that doesn’t work for you, however, you will need a stand for your home cinema setup.
Essentially, the things to check out when buying a projector stand are the weight supported and that its height can be regulated.
Some stands are also foldable and include in the package a handy bag for transportation. Perfect if you have a portable projector and want to carry it around.
- Shop projector stands at Amazon here
A good popcorn machine will help you match the big screen experience.
We’ve rounded up some of the best popcorn makers for you to choose from.
Home Cinema Seating
Needless to say, seating is a crucial part of a great home cinema experience.
Replacing old furniture with home cinema seating will make your home look more like a real cinema.
Individual cinema-like seat starts from £130 each on Amazon, so they are not exactly cheap, but they’re worth it to step up your home cinema experience.
- Shop home cinema seating at Amazon here
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