About Home Theater

Home Theater, also called home cinema, is an entertainment set-up that attempts to replicate the cinema experience in your home.

Home theater have travelled a long distance since the 1950s when playing movies at home became popular due to the Kodak 8mm film projector becoming affordable. Home movies or home video underwent a paradigm change with the introduction of laser disc in 1980s. Things further changed with the development of DVD video format, 5.1-channel surround-sound speaker system, high-definition TV and 3D television.

Currently, a typical basic home theater set up comprises of video and audio equipment such as a DVD player, standard definition television of 27 inch screen size and a surround-sound speaker system with a subwoofer. Expensive choices include Blu-ray disc player, home theater computer or digital media receiver streaming devices with a 10-foot user interface, HD video projector and a 100-inch or more projection screen and a powerful audio system with five to seven surround-sound speakers and equally powerful subwoofers. With the advent of newer technologies, advanced home theaters have 3D capabilities.

Creating a home theater, the layout and size, is a personal choice. The minimum equipment requirement is a video display device (TV or projector), audio reproduction or a home theater receiver, speakers, subwoofers, cable TV, DVD player or any other source component and a universal remote control. Besides, it is obvious that you need a room, connection cables and furniture for sitting viewers.

A home theater is a great way of getting access to high quality audio and video content and can be as basic as a source component and a AV receiver. The receiver is the heart of the home theater system to which you connect everything including your TV. It serves as a radio tuner, a preamplifier that controls the selected audio/video source and a multichannel amplifier.

You can purchase individual components and set up a home cinema using a basic home theater design that has input devices plugged into a processor unit (an all-in-one AV receiver), which in turn is connected to audio and video output equipment (normal LCD or projection TV and a speaker system). The other option is to get a home theater in a box or all pieces from one single manufacturer. Buying individual components has its advantages as it allows one to research each component and buy the one that suits individual requirements. A classic example is that the choice of speakers depends upon the size of the room.

It is also possible to set up a home theater in a backyard given proper outdoor atmosphere. Depending upon the use, an outdoor home theater could either be a temporary set up with foldable screen or a permanent set up with a large projection screen and a dedicated audio set up.



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