Have you ever been to a cinema and thought to yourself, “Man, I wish I had a cinema like this right at home for movies and gaming?”
While you won’t be able to move an entire cinema into your house, what you can do is try to replicate and enhance the experience right in your living area.
Home theatre equipment, furniture and decor could easily add up to tens of thousands of ringgit and you can’t just settle for cheap stuff either as the quality might just bug you enough to distract you from the movie. But just because I can’t afford it, doesn’t mean you can’t.
Here’s a list of the 5 must-haves for the ultimate home theatre experience.
1. OSIM uMagic Massage Chair
No one would be able to fully enjoy a movie standing up but if you’re gonna sit down, why not sit down with style and comfort? And the OSIM uMAGIC massage chair can offer you just that.
No one can enjoy a movie while they are feeling tense and pressured, fortunately, the OSIM uMagic has massage movements that are similar to an actual skilled masseur. You’d think that there is someone actually massaging you with the right amount of finger pressure and grip—perfect after a long day of work so you can chill in your home theatre.
Only drawback is it might be so comfortable that you’d fall asleep, but don’t worry, we won’t blame you for that.
To experience the tailored programs that are installed in the massage chair—such as ‘Chill Out’, ‘Lumbar Care’ and ‘Sports Recovery’—you have to pay close to RM14,000.
2. LG OLED TV
If you ever thought that there can never be a more beautiful imagery given by today’s Full HD LED TVs, LG will prove your thoughts wrong with their OLED TVs. If you want to have the ultimate cinema experience, this TV might just be your best bet. The LG 55EC93OT OLED TV is a 55-inch curved TV with a screen that will bring movies come to life.
Curved TV screens are no gimmick, it is a well known fact that hemispherical screens, such as the IMAX dome screen used in theatres, provide an image large enough to fill your field of vision; thus providing an enhanced feeling of immersion and motion (now you know why you have to pay more to watch a movie in an IMAX theatre).
OLED stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode, in which the material responsible for emitting light is a film of organic compound. When used for a TV, it does not require backlight like most other TVs which allows it to reach a deeper dark colour and higher contrast compared to LED TVs.
In a cinema, the lights are switched off so that there is no lighting distractions and your eyes can adjust to what’s being shown on the screen. With an OLED TV, however, because the screen itself is already a perfect black, switching off the lights isn’t even entirely necessary. Yes, that means you don’t even have to watch your movie in a pitch black room just to be able to watch the movie clearly.
In other words, an OLED screen makes any type of display look even better than before and that is precisely what you’d need for your home theatre.
With the built-in webOS, you can easily access YouTube, Spotify and many more apps without the need of an Android TV or Apple TV. The TVs is practically bezel free, bringing the cinematic experience back to your home.
Plus, it is crazy slim at just 4.3mm at the thinnest section.
This sexy baby retails at RM10,999.
3. HOP-6A Popcorn Machine
When it comes to a home theatre, you’d want it to be as close as possible to a commercial cinema like Golden Screen Cinemas. You could sit down on a comfy chair in a dark room with all those high-end equipments but you’re definitely missing one thing. Popcorn, and lots of it.
The HOP-6A is a popcorn maker that looks like the one you see on American TV shows in the late 80s/early 90s being used by street vendors, which is good as it not only makes popcorn, it makes for a perfect decoration to make you feel like you’re in an actual cinema.
All you have to do is add some oil, some sugar and some uncooked corn and wait for it to pop.
The HOP-6A Popcorn Machine is priced at slightly over RM1,000.
4. LG Mosquito Away Inverter V Air Conditioner
Mosquitoes can get pretty annoying at times. One moment you’re enjoying a movie and another, you hear the buzzing sound of a mosquito hovering around your ear. It can get pretty frustrating, especially if your home theatre involves a dark room, which pretty much makes the mosquito invisible.
Introducing LG’s Mosquito Away Inverter V Air Conditioner, designed to not only keep you cool in Malaysia’s warm weather but to also repel mosquitoes. How do they do it? The air conditioners emit an ultrasonic wave that disrupts the mosquito’s ability to detect Carbon Dioxide which renders the mosquito inactive and eventually, they go away.
Pairing that with its self cleaning feature and efficient cooling, you have yourself a pretty damn good air conditioner.
The price? Its suggested retail price for the 2.0hp version according to Lazada is RM3,099.
Hey, if it’s able to repel mosquitoes, that sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
5. Down & Feather Quilts
Need a little extra comfort, warmth or both? You’ll probably need a quilt. Quilts that are made with 90% of duck down are not just light, they are also very soft, fluffy, and insulates you while absorbing moisture so you don’t get sweaty.
This way, you don’t have to worry about being too cold in an air conditioned room and have a more comfortable home theatre experience. Take your pick from the selections that are available at your nearest IKEA store.