Whether you call it home theater, home theatre, or home cinema, it is becoming a popular home entertainment option around the world, but what exactly is it? Home theater is a home entertainment option that provides the consumer with an exciting viewing and listening experience. Home theater refers to a setup of audio and video equipment in your home that tries to duplicate the movie theater experience. However, what do you need to know in order get that experience?
There is a lot of hype and confusion as to what you really need to enjoy home theater. Read the following useful home theater tips that will help cut through the hype and misconceptions.
Many consumers are led to believe that 1080p is the only high definition resolution. However, although 1080p is the highest resolution currently available for consumers on wide basis, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p are all official high definition formats. So why all the confusion - and what is the deal with all the talk about 4K? It turns out that not all high definition is created equal. Read more:
720p vs 1080p
720p vs 1080i
1080i vs 1080p
All About 4K Resolution
Video Resolution - An Overview
The internet is quickly becoming an intergal part of the home theater experience, but is also causing confusion for consumers as to how to add the internet to their home theater, what content is available for access, and if it is even worth the effort. Check out some basic tips that will get you started in enjoying the benefits of accessing content from the internet, and a home network, on your TV and home theater system. Read more:
Guide to Internet Home Theater and Network Media Players
Have you shopped for a DVD Recorder recently (2011) and have found slim-pickins on store shelves? It is not your imagination. While DVD recorders are thriving in other parts of the World and Blu-ray Disc recorders are all the rage in Japan and being introduced in several other markets, the U.S. is being left out of the video recording equation; and it is being left out on purpose due to restrictions imposed in the U.S. on what consumers are allowed to record and on what storage medium. For the full story on this, read my article: The Case of the Disappearing DVD Recorder
3D is the latest buzzword in home theater, and depending on who you talk to, it is either the greatest thing to hit home thaeater since sliced bread or the biggest consumer electronics folly ever. Obviously, the real truth is somewhere in-between, as 3D TVs and other 3D-enabled devices are selling - just not as fast as some manufacturers may have hoped.
However, before you plunge into 3D there are things that you need to know in order to get the best 3D viewing experience. Despite what you may have heard from detractors, it is possible to have a good, as well as comfortable, 3D viewing experinece with the right setup and well-produced 3D content. On the other hand, if 3D really isn't your cup of tea, that is OK too. Read more:
Complete Guide to Viewing 3D at Home
Best 3D Blu-ray Disc Players
Best 3D Plasma and LCD TVs
The iPhone and Android phone are more that just a phone. It seems that a whole industry has popped up to enable the both types of devices to be used for a variety of tasks. One interesting way to use an iPhone or Android phone is as a remote control for home theater components and home automation systems. If you are an iPhone or Android phone user, check out some interesting remote control and related apps
that you may be able to take advantage of.
"I would jump into home theater in a minute if it weren't for all those speakers and wires". I get an increasing number of inquiries regarding the use of Wireless Speakers. Running those long and unsightly speaker wires running all over the place can be annoying for many. As a result, consumers are attracted by increasingly promoted home theater systems that tout "wireless speakers" as way to solve this problem. However, don't get automatically sucked in by the term "wireless". Read more:
The Truth About Wireless Speakers for Home Theater
What is Wireless Home Theater?
5.1 channels has been the standard in home theater for quite some time - In fact, most DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies contain 5.1 channel soundtracks. However, when buying a home theater receiver these days, once you get into the $500 range and up, there is an increasing emphasis by manufacturers for delivering 7.1 channel equipped receivers. Although 7.1 channel receivers are not required, they can provide additional setup options, such as in a large home theater room.
On the other hand, even if you don't need to use the full 7.1 channel capability in your home theater setup, 7.1 channel receivers can easily be used in a 5.1 channel-only system. This frees up the remaining two channels on some receivers for other uses such as Bi-amping, or to run a two-channel stereo 2nd Zone system. Of course, another option is to just leave the extra two channels turned off. Read more:
5.1 vs 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receivers - Which is Right for You?
Home Theater Receivers and the Multi-Zone Feature
Surround Sound Formats