Defining the Home Theater System

These days more and more people are setting up their own home theater systems. This is due to the rapid advancement in technology over the last few decades and the fact that it does not have to be an extremely expensive endeavor. Provided you are careful about what you buy and that you do not get caught up in the so-called “WOW factor” you should be able to install a great system on a reasonable budget.

Home theater is the term that is used to describe a complete audio and video system set up within a home environment. This system should consist of a video display, which is a TV, and surround sound. The latter is made up of speakers in the front and rear left, right and center positions, thereby creating a circle of sound. In surround sound, you are able to discern different parts of the soundtrack coming from different places. For example, when someone speaks on the right side of the screen, you will hear it more from the speaker on the right. For some movies, such as Star Wars for example, surround sound allows you to hear a rumbling ‘swoosh’ sound that moves from the front of the theater to the back. This would not be possible without surround sound and it makes the whole experience of watching a movie far more entertaining and enjoyable.

Up until not so long ago the best way to see a movie was to go to a movie theater. When VCRs were introduced on the market it made it possible for people to rent and buy their own copies of the movies they wanted to see and watch them in the comfort of their own homes. But as great as this was the fact remained that the TVs back then just could not give the same enjoyment and experience as the huge screen at the movie theater and the surround sound systems. Televisions back then usually had small screens with less than great picture quality, and the speakers put out poor sound that did not compare even remotely with the sound one experienced at the movie theater.

But these days more and more people are turning their living rooms and TV rooms into home theaters. Whereas this involved a projector and a screen in the past, which was too pricey for many people, nowadays technology has made home theaters easier and more affordable to set up. There are people who choose not to go to the movie theater anymore once they have a home theater because the latter offers advantages the former does not. For one thing, it is quieter and you do not have to be disturbed by other people making a noise while you are trying to enjoy the movie. Many of us have paid for a movie ticket and looked forward to a movie that we have wanted to see only to have the whole experience spoiled because of other people in the theater.

When you undertake to set up your own home theater, it is advisable that you make use of the information that is available on the different products on the market. By doing so, you will ensure that you make informed and educated choices to be able to enjoy your entertainment with family and friends for many years to come.

How Can Movies Educate Your Kid?

Parents often wrongly believe that movies are solely a source of entertainment and have no other significance at all. However this perception is highly flawed as movies nowadays are offering educational insights which cannot be given through traditional means of education.

So why movies should be used as source for education? The logic over here is quite simple children mostly despise education and movies on the other hand are fancied by children. Therefore movies can be a good source for education as children watch them without giving the parents a hard time.

Choosing the right movie for your kids is important as parents should pick a movie that offer a balance content of entertainment and education. Characters such as Barney and Dora are very famous among the younger lot. The World Wide Web offer a wide range of kid’s movies online, so one can search for shows which offer educational entertainment.

Mathematics has been a hard subject for children but with shows like Barney and Dora helps children learn shape of triangles, circles and learning counting. This is education through entertainment as the level of attention is maintained by the characters and the show also educates the younger minds.

Kid’s movies online offer a wide range of movies and some of which can be viewed on free sites. From engaging in storytelling that makes history relevant and meaningful to illustrating complex scientific principles with detailed animations and contextual explanations, movies can give children more insight and understanding than lecture or textbooks alone.

Movies and films also provide a substitute way to educate children with learning disabilities or other problems, and to teach English as a second language (or other languages). Before you select any movie to educate your child you should go through all reviews to know more about film quality.

That is why many teachers conduct group exercises such as watching movies and then asking the children to write a report subsequently on what are the learning points in the movie. Educational movies should not be interpreted as purely educational as they also offer the value-added benefits of education.

Also the educational movies come in the range for all age groups which is for infants to teenagers and offers perspectives on music, culture and education. These movies can also be a test for adults to check how updated they are with modern day education. The famous shows are you smarter than a fifth grader is a good example in this regards.

The 5 Most Important Features of a Home Theater System

Going to the movies for a family night is becoming quite expensive. My families favorite thing to do is movie night, so we have compromised. We now have movie night at home. Each of the kids get to pick a movie, and my husband and I pick a movie. I can leave the video rental store with everyone happy and spend around $10. We come home have pizza for supper and then later have microwave popcorn while we watch the movie together.

One thing that you may want to invest in is a Home Theater System. Features to look for in a home theater system become very confusing if you are not familiar with them. The sound system is what will draw you into the movie and you will hear sounds from different speakers surrounding you.

The first experience in a movie theater is the sound. The quality of sound will draw you into the movie and make the experience more real and amazing. A quality surround system can be purchased at a great price if you do some shopping around. Features you need to look for when purchasing a home theater system are:

1. Price compared to quality. There is truth in the statement that you get what you pay for. However, with that in mind, do not pay high dollar for a system that you can get the same features with a less expensive system. Educate yourself and shop around. You can do your research online or go to stores and listen to different systems.

2. The quality of the sound is important. You want your surround system to fill the room with rich sound, not just blaring distorted noise. There is a big difference in systems when it come to this. Even at lower volumes the sound should be pleasing and full.

3. A reputable brand that offers reputable customer service. The installation of home theater systems can be daunting. You want to make sure you have access to helpful and courteous service.

4. The style and design of the system. You do not want to purchase a system and then get home and hate the look of it in you living room. Old surround systems had large boxy speakers and were not very eye appealing. Today, it is amazing the high quality sound can come out of such a small speaker.

5. Compatibility with your other components. Read the fine print and make sure your tv, dvd player, blu ray player etc. will be compatible with the home theater system that you choose.

Don’t Shrug Off This Movie!

“Atlas Shrugged, Part I” Is An Intriguing Event

As a book, Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” stands as one of the greatest works of literature in history. As a movie, “Part I” is pretty good… the performances are at least OK, and the faithfulness to the story is outstanding. But as an event, the release of this movie is nothing short of amazing.

“Atlas Shrugged” is an account of what would happen if the push toward collectivism was allowed to attain success in America. It’s eerie how close the real events in our nation are coming to those warned of in Rand’s book, which she wrote as a story instead of as a philosophical dissertation in order to more artfully (and impactfully) make her point. What if the “progressives” were able to continue to incite the masses, through class warfare, to hobble the productive and “eat the rich?” And what if the productive members of society – those hard-working idea generators who create jobs and wealth for all of us – were to simply walk away? Go on strike? Stop holding up the world, like a shrugging Atlas?

Everybody thinks they could do a better job of running their company than do the owners… but could they, really? Could those who’ve been “trained” (through years of dependence behavior) to wait for others to sustain them actually sustain themselves if the bosses suddenly disappeared? You know the answer. And so do the millions who’ve read “Atlas Shrugged” since its publication in 1957.

I heard an interview the other day with one of the movie’s producers. Apparently, they tried to buy advertising for the movie on all the major networks, just like all big Hollywood producers do. But every network rejected the ads “for (unspecified) editorial reasons,” except for one (luckily for the producers, that one network is Fox, which regularly trounces the others in ratings). The producer diplomatically said he’d have preferred a more detailed explanation for the rejection. I will go further, and say I would wish network executives could find a less chicken-crap way to come out and proclaim their statist leanings.

So you have to look pretty hard to find an ad for this movie. I think that’s reason enough to go see it… why don’t the networks want you to?

Meanwhile, you also can’t find a good review of the film… and I can assure you it’s not as bad as the liberal critics make it out to be. It’s a pretty good movie… but the reviewers have decided, since they don’t want you to absorb the content, to sell out any remnant of objectivity they ever had and over-shred the execution of the production. Again, you have to ask yourself: why don’t the movie critics want you to see this movie?

Finally, you have to search high-and-low to find a theater brave enough to buck Big Hollywood and actually show the movie. But when you do, and if you go see the movie, you’ll be surprised. I’ve seen it twice now – once with my daughter on a Thursday evening (not a prime showing), and again with my son the other day during a Sunday matinee (also not “prime time”). On both occasions, the person at the box office told me it was their number-one attraction (among a dozen offerings). Both times, the theater was packed (on Sunday, there were people sitting in the aisles). And both times, the end of the movie was greeted with serious applause. When’s the last time you had that experience at the movie theater? And again… why don’t the theater executives want you to see this movie?

Over a hundred years, “progressive” collectivists have taken substantial control of all institutions in the U.S. which influence public opinion: the government, the news media, the education and labor communities, and even the entertainment industry. They simply don’t want you to see this movie, because they like presenting only one side of the argument – the “compassion” of big government and entitlement spending. They don’t want you to see a fair presentation of the other side – the inherent viciousness and authoritarian failure in what begins with such well-intended compassion.

Constitutional conservatives are derided by the elites who now control those influential institutions. They’ll tell you we’re just putting forth crazy paranoid conspiracy theories. You don’t need to work so hard, they’ll say… don’t start your own business, we’ll take care of you with handouts! You don’t need to worry your pretty little head about such silly things as hyper-inflation and world war… everything’s fine! You don’t have to produce anything… we’ll get those who do produce things to share them with you, at the point of a gun! No, they’ll constantly assure you, there’s no conspiracy here. Everything’s fine. Go back to sleep.