Which home cinema mistakes annoy you the most?

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    1. Slinkywizard

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      I'm always looking around at other people's home theatre/cinema setups on YouTube – looking for ideas, comparing, and just out of plain curiosity.

      One thing I keep seeing, though, is projectors set up in rooms with white ceilings, light carpets, white seating, white posters on the walls, all of the above. I've steadily been through the process of removing/replacing every light coloured object in my dedicated room over the last year, and the difference in available contrast is frankly staggering. And yet, you see these (sometimes extremely expensive) set-ups with light walls/carpet/ceiling/objects cranking their potential contrast ratio downward by magnitudes. It irritates me. Not least because often the people who built it or who own it will mention their extremely expensive projector's excellent contrast ratio/black levels. Not with a white ceiling, beige carpet and 12-odd predominantly white movie posters it isn't, mate. :laugh:

      So, question is: What home cinema mistakes do you see time and again that irritate you?
       
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    2. Jase

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      Centre speakers in less than ideal positions. Either stuffed in a cabinet, too low, too high, set too far back on a TV bench, on the floor....:facepalm:
       
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      Agreed on the projectors with white ceilings and white walls.

      I’m not against these types of rooms when they are used in a living room environment, but in a dedicated cinema room they are a complete no no.

      Other things that annoy me:

      speakers in front of the screen, getting in the way of the image.

      Any type of lighting coming from AV equipment, especially when placed in front of the main screen area.

      Projecting onto a wall with a top end projector.
       
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      TVs left in shop-display ‘vivid’ mode, surely?!
       
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      I would second the centre speaker comment especially when it is an expensive and good quality speaker.
       
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      Ooh, yes! Good one. Cover those LEDs, set displays to 'off' for the love of God!
       
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      Haha! Yes! Amazing. Can't believe I'd forgotten about this one. I'm freshly irritated just thinking about it! :laugh::rotfl:
       
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      TV not equidistant to the Speakers. Maybe one speaker is on the other side of a door to the rest of the kit. Gives me palpitations
       
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      Tv screen not level!!!
       
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      Giving the lady of the house the remote control.

      I like the idea of having a room turned over to home cinema, would really like that myself. However looking at photographs of rooms that are far too small for the massive floorstanders that are shoved into a corner. I feel like setting up a KEF R900 rescue society.
       
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      Or mounted far too high on a wall, (or above a fireplace).
       
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      guilty on the fireplace one! Will you let me off, I reckon it looks pretty decent;)!
      IMG_5573.jpeg IMG_5574.jpeg IMG_5576.jpeg
       
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      My room is only 5mx4m, and there are 15 speakers and a 125" screen in there. The result? The world's most cosy IMAX. Small-ish rooms can be really good if done right, IMO. Both picture and sound in this room are JAW-DROPPING. (Excuse the awful panorama photo – makes everything look weird).
       

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      One that drives me mad is TV mounted above a very tall fireplace, usually in an expensive house hence the tall fireplace so you need to crane your neck just to watch the bloody thing and then they try to find a centre speaker to sit on this shallow mantle forcing the telly further towards the ceiling.o_O

      Another is a sound system with huge tower speakers and the smallest centre speaker imaginable just so it sits in their TV cabinet. Seriously guys it’s the centre that does about 90% of the sound track.:facepalm:

      But the one that really drives me nuts and my brother-in-law is 100% guilty of this is mounting all the front speakers LCR in the width of their modest sized flat screen TV, in his case a 42”. Like come on that close you won’t notice any real separation between any of the channels, just fit a sound bar, it will look far nicer.
       
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      I know of a set up that uses six speakers all mounted just under the ceiling with the centre below the TV. Perfect for atmos effects so I've been told.
       
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      I agree with all of the above but one of my own is that I really get wound up when people spends thousands on a setup and do nothing to treat the room they are putting it in to.
       
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      Sound bar not centered!!!!
       
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      Why do you think she's crying?
       
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      I'm not sure half of these mentioned are "mistakes" as much as they are "realities of living with a woman"...

      Just as much as incorrect placement of components has been mentioned, "overtly correct" placement of components gets me. I.E. when an AV setup is in what's clearly a multi-purpose lounge, yet everything in the room revolves around where the screen and each speaker should be positioned to the millimetre.

      The ocean of LEDs in the dark is something that triggers me though... especially when it seems like someone has gone out of their way to show the gear off in a "look at all of this kit I have" fashion, because you can so easily do something about it. A roll of electrical tape is <£1, and you only need an inch of it.

      Another one is that I have a few colleagues that have invested a fair few quid in a "cinema" setup including a half-decent projector only to project onto a white wall... I just keep schtum.
       
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      speakers positioned so they look nice or so they fit in/on a cabinet, especially the centre speaker.. why do some people not experiment with angling the centre up and experiment with angling/ toeing in or out any of thr other speakers instead of placing it flat on the cabinet or shelf

      TVs mounted high and flat and not angled down slightly... why do some people mount the tv so high ehen there's plenty of space below
       
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      People who buy the latest thing because it's the latest thing, don't set it up properly, then complain because it doesn't look/sound right.

      E.g. any people buying a new TV will buy a 4K model, then continue to watch the SD channels on SKY because the SD channels with HD alternatives (BBC, Ch 4 etc) are higher up the program planner.
       
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      why do so many people still have a fireplace and put the tv in the corner..is the central heating not good enough? cant they swsp...put fireplace in corner instead... its understandable if its an old old and its already made..but the new house refurbs and extensions...
       
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      Tell me about it, originally the Sky Q was to be mounted vertically behind the TV but Sky said the unit would overheat and as the false chimney was already built and in place my only option was as you see it here.:facepalm: :(
       
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      They are the same ones that go to Tesco and look for the £3 bargain DVDs.
       
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      "My phone says it does Atmos, so if I want Atmos I just watch it on my phone"

      Where to even begin with these people?
       
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