With home theater, there is a big difference between a box solution and custom design. This three part article series will explore home theater basics and design.
The Home Theater Movement
What is home theater? This definition from WIKIPEDIA.ORG cover it fairly well we think: “Home cinema, also commonly called home theater or home theatre, refers to home entertainment systems that seek to reproduce a movie theater experience and mood, with the help of video and audio equipment in or outside a private home.Beginning in the late 1990s, and continuing throughout much of the 2000s, home-theater technology progressed with the development of the DVD-Video format, Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio (“surround sound”) speaker systems, and high-definition television (HDTV). In the 2010s, 3D television technology and Blu-ray Disc have ushered in a new era of home theater once again.Home cinemas can either be set up by purchasing individual components or a HTIB (Home Theater in a Box) which includes all of the pieces from a single manufacturer. The benefit of component purchasing is that one can attain improved quality in video or audio with proper knowledge and research. For instance, some speakers perform better in smaller rooms while others perform better in larger rooms and seating location must be considered. One of the challenges with buying all the components separately is that the purchaser must understand speaker impedance, power handling, and HDMI compatibility. Given these challenges, HTIB systems are a simpler and more cost-effective solution for many families. [READ MORE]
While Theater in a Box is one solution, it doesn’t work for everyone. Another challenge that a box solution has is that it may not work if the speaker density is too small or too great depending on the room. For example, let’s say that you buy a theater in a box, but it is designed for a much bigger room than the room that you want to install it in. You’re going to have to make sure your sound is turned way down on it or you can deafen yourself and your guests, not to mention all of the noise complaints from your neighbors particularly if you live in an apartment.
Custom Home Theater Wiring
Someone who can help you with custom home theater wiring is your electrician. They can not only connect the power cords necessary to power your home theater experience, they can also connect the audio and video components as well as tie them all into the mixer.
So remember, home theater keeps advancing and it is so much more than it was even a decade ago. So, customize your solution, and give yourself a true home theater experience.
For more information on home theater installation, be sure to read part two and part three of this series, or one of our earlier articles here.
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