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Simple Guide to Home Theater Systems

Simple Guide to Home Theater Systems

A home theater system is an entertainment system that allows you to experience cinema quality movies and sporting events in your own home. Systems can be however large you wish, but because of technological advancements, many home theater specialists can integrate them into your home automation system for ease of use by anyone. In short, the essence of a Home Theater systems is a screen, the surround sound system, and a devices to play it back be they a DVD player or signal receiver with anything beyond that being a matter of quality, quantity, size, and budget.

The Components:

1. The “Big” Screen

The first thing to consider for a home or business installing a Home Theater is to decide on what kind of screen you wish, with the standard choices being plasma, LCD or projector. Plasma screens currently deliver a high quality picture while taking up relatively little space and benefit from having their prices dropping each month. LCD screens are of near equal high quality, though usually suffer from the negative of being smaller. Projectors deliver the highest level images in conjunction with the largest screen, but they usually face the negative of requiring more maintenance in the form of changing your projector lamp annually depending on how often you use it and whether such a system is inside your home or outside around a pool or deck area.

2. The Theater-Quality Sound System

The sound system that will surround you can range from an inexpensive set to a collection of individual high quality speakers. It is usually recommended by home theater experts that you should try to acquire the best quality system you can afford so that the sound quality is best matched to the ever improving picture quality. At the very least, most systems should have five speakers – two at the back, two at the front and all four working in harmony with a sub-woofer, thought nine is now becoming the industry norm.

3. The Various Play-Back Devices Available

The playback device is most likely to be the DVD player, or even a gaming system or HD Cable Box or Satellite. It is usually the case that selecting a player that has progressive scanning capabilities will provide you with the best quality picture. It goes without saying that you could opt for a DVD recorder if you would like the additional ability to recording programs from television or your gaming system.

Designing the System that Best Meets Your Needs

1. Selecting the Best Room in your Home or Business

Home Theaters work best when they are used in a single specific-purpose room, but I have also installed systems around pool areas and outside on large-area decks. If inside, the room you select should obviously allow for as little natural light as possible. To protect from sound absorption or unnatural bounces, your room should be carpeted and it corners should be bereft of crannies and gaps to stop sound from bouncing around to produce an “echo” or muffled effect.

Typically, home theater experts work with architects if the system will be part of a new home in the building stages; but, it can just as easily set up in existing facility.

2. Automating the System for Ease of Use

The very best home theater experts have a showroom that can allow you to see first-hand the advancement in automation technology in regard to automating your home theater system to a degree that you will be able to control all aspects from the one remote control (perhaps even as an App in your phone) or from a wall-mounted panel. Automation is not limited to the home theater as you can also choose to automate the lights so that they dim or turn off when the home theater is operating. Similarly, automating your home entertainment systems also gives you the ability to play music in several different rooms at once for the complete concert hall experience. While it is less expensive to install wiring for your automation when you are already involved in renovations or building your home, wiring can be installed after-the-fact through retrofitting though that often suffers from the negative of being more expensive and obtrusive.

3. How Much Can Someone Expect to Spend

Installations of state-of-the-art home theater systems inside and out some of the most luxurious homes in the country have become common place with such systems becoming a luxury addition equivalent to what pools were years ago. That said, home theaters are limited only by what you can imagine and can range from very affordable to expensive, depending on where you are installing it, what you are installing, and what you want as your finished product or experience. An easy good-to-go system that you plug in and watch without any design considerations can be had for around one thousand dollars whereas a custom integrated home theater system can cost much more depending on the demands you place on the screen and the sound system and whether it is around a pool area or on a deck or inside your home or business. While a do-it-yourself approach might seem best, if you truly want to have the total home theater experience you may wish to consider consulting a specialist or doing more research.

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Simple Guide to Home Theater Systems

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