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.