A home theater system (also called home entertainment center) is an assemblage of a widescreen television, a DVD player and a surround sound system in such a way as to give a cinematic experience in the home. The entertainment center is all about high quality sound and video.
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A home theater from the definition above consists of 3 major components. We will now go through all the components one after another.
The widescreen television is an essential component of a home theater. These TVs display movies in more realistic colours adapted for the human eye. Most widescreen televisions have diagonal screen size of greater than 30”.
Widescreen televisions have an aspect ratio of 16:9. This makes them to be more rectangular in shape compared to conventional TVs that have aspect ratio of 4:3. This aspect ratio gives you a more realistic viewing experience with your home theater.
Most widescreen televisions are either High definition (HDTV) which is recommended or enhanced definition (EDTV) for tight budget.
The vision of a more realistic audio and video from a home theater would have been impossible without the DVD player. DVD players as the name implies playback video in the high capacity multimedia format called the DVD. Most DVD players can also playback CD, however do not assume this feature especially if you intend to playback VCDs and audio CD.
In order to take advantage of the theatrical experience that a home theater offers, the DVD player must have progressive scan (EDTV) or high definition (HD) capability. DVD players are now getting cheaper. With less than 12,000 naira you can buy a very good DVD player.
SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM
Surround sound system (also called the home theater sound-system) is the sound equivalent of the widescreen television. A home theater is all about theatrical video and sound. While a widescreen TV delivers high quality video, a surround sound delivers high quality audio for your home theater.
A surround sound system usually (but not always) consists of 6 speakers and some sort of audio system. The speakers are positioned in strategic locations in a room (usually seating room) in order to give a realistic experience.
You must not by your home theater components as single components. All-in-one home theater systems are also available. Most will consist of a speaker set, an audio system and a DVD/blu-ray player. You will most definitely buy your TV as a separate component.
Some good all in one home theater systems include Samsung HT-TX250, Samsung HT-TX120, and LG Champaign home theater systems.
A home theater is surely going to improve your movie viewing experience. Watching a movie in your home theater is simply breath taking, with crisp pictures and 3D sound gives all the thrills of a real cinema.