Robert Silva is an avid home theater enthusiast, with a lifelong interest in the subject, beginning as an electronics major in high school, then as a fervent electronics and audiophile hobbyist throughout his life. Robert has written for About.com since 1998, and has served as its Home Theater Guide since May of 2000.
Robert has had extensive experience in electronics and home theater component sales with several major consumer electronics retailers, including past stints at Circuit City, Incredible Universe, Fry's, and Best Buy, as well as past experience working in video production/editing, and in digital film restoration and colorization.
Beginning in late 1998, Robert covered the general subject of Home Electronics for About.com, but, since the year 2000 Robert has focused on the topic of Home Theater, covering important home theater related news and events, such as the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association EXPO (CEDIA), as well as writing product reviews, buying guides, and important reference articles that cover home theater basics for his growing readership.
You can also read more about Robert's current and past work on his Google Profile: Robert Silva.
From Robert Silva:
Things that have influenced my home theater pursuits include: Widescreen cinematography, surround sound, my past experience doing historical film research, and supervising 2D computer animation projects for a digital film company.
I have always been fascinated by Film, TV, stereo, computers, and other gadgets. I remember our first family TV in 1953, a B&W Admiral. In high school, I enrolled in the electronics program, which led to my experience in video production and editing, film research, computer animation production, consumer electronics retailing, and audiophile pursuits. These interests have resulted in my involvement with home theater, both as a hobbyist since the days of the Laserdisc in the mid-70's and as a reporter on the subject since 2000.
My goal is to share the excitement of the home theater experience by empowering consumers with informative news, product reviews, and easy-to-understand resource articles.