Home Entertainment Systems – Selecting a Video Display for your Family

Home electronics has become a fascinating topic on the lips of consumers and technology fanatics across the globe. It seems that a good combination of equipment has become almost a rite of passage for some homeowners and in many circles of friends. While electronics that deal with such important factors as lighting, heating and communicating are all incredible and somewhat of a necessity, the real eye-poppers have always been part of the home entertainment scene. HD technology has created a huge new surge of components and sound systems are constantly being reworked, reimagined, and reinvented. To complement these technological pieces, a good home entertainment system needs to have a clear and functioning video display unit. But with so many available technologies out there to choose from, what is the best of the lot?

The “best” is really in the eye of the beholder, and also in the desired needs of the consumer. Everything from big screen entertainment systems to projector screens can be purchased to enhance a home entertainment system. However, preferences are given to certain devices for various reasons. Some may give sharper pictures, others may be easier to work, and yet others may simply be easier to keep maintained. Choosing the proper mix of all these qualities will help you find the perfect type of video display to make part of your system.

Let’s start by discussing big screen technology. Home theaters are often judged not only by the quality of the equipment that makes them up, but on the size of the screen that is the focal point of the whole home theater. Televisions come in all shapes and sizes these days, but the widescreen television sets are by far the kings of the set. The only problem that big screen televisions have faced is in picture quality. Sometimes the picture would not be as sharp as if it were viewed on a smaller screen, especially from certain angles. With HD technology leading the way now, that problem has been solved. Big screen televisions now almost always give crisp, clear images, but the differences lie in the types of screens.

Plasma television sets are definitely the playboys of the big screen televisions. With their sleek designs and sexy appeal, any home theatre will be looking its best with one of these. However, while style and picture quality are top-notch, there are some technical problems that tend to come up with plasmas. Mainly, these include connectivity, of which there are often limited choices or amounts. So for those who plan to have numerous output cables attached to a television, it may be better to stay away from plasmas, unless an outside electronic box is purchased to wire multiple connections as an intermediary. The other problem with plasma televisions are the price. While a big screen television of the same size, although boxy in appearance, may cost a pretty penny, buying the same size plasma will apply a noticeable increase in the price tag.

Increasingly popular video display equipment is projector screen technology. This brings a real cinema appeal to your home theatre. These can often give the clearest image possible with current technology, but you need to know exactly what will work best with the conditions of your home theater. There are various color screens that could be purchased, white and grey being the primary. White is perfect for a theatre in a windowless room, while grey should be used if there is ambient lighting or sunlight that could affect the image quality on a white screen. Some downsides to the projector screen technology is that many models run loud and hot, which could be distracting and lead towards poor maintenance quality.

Besides the types of video display equipment available, the technology employed by each is also important to look at. Many people like LCD screens, while many more prefer CRM technology. Perhaps the best resolution you can get is 1080 p, which is rare among plasma screens, but readily available in other forms of video display equipment. You simply need to find the conditions that meet you theater best, ask the right questions when you’re about to purchase the product, and of course have in your mind the picture of your ideal home theatre system.

-Ben Anton, 2007

Satellite TV Is the Perfect Addition to Home Entertainment Systems

Even though many people don’t want to admit it, their home entertainment systems are status symbols for them. Americans generally feel a sense of competition with one another, which is probably due to the fact that the country’s spirit that gets instilled in young people has always been pretty competitive. Whether you like it or not, that competition often transcends nearly all boundaries in society, so that even friends and neighbors feel competitive with one another. It’s quite common for people to compare themselves with their peers and to feel jealous or desire to cause others to feel jealous. Those feelings often crossover to the realm of home entertainment systems, especially with men, who often take a great sense of pride in the system they have set up. If you feel as though you’re competing with your friends, then it’s time to make sure you have a nice flat-screen TV and satellite TV service because everything else is secondary.

A lot of people spend time and money investing in surrounds sound systems, blu-ray players, video game systems and much more. All of those accessories are quite nice to own, but when it really comes down to it, the two most important parts of any home entertainment system are the TV and the service that viewers use to watch TV. These days, flat-screen TVs are becoming much cheaper so nearly every household has at least one, and many households have several. What some households lack, however, is satellite TV. Some people avoid signing up for the service because they think that their four basic cable networks and DVDs or blu-rays are good enough to keep them entertained, but most people find that that isn’t true. Most Americans have diverse interests, so there are typically several different shows they enjoy watching on TV, but those shows generally aren’t on the four bigger networks. Anytime you want access to more than those networks, satellite TV subscriptions are the way to go. With those subscriptions, viewers have hundreds of different channels they can choose from, which is the best entertainment option currently available. That’s why people who feel competitive always have this kind of service, because they know that if their friends don’t have it, then they have the superior home entertainment system.

Satellite TV is better than other entertainment packages in large part because of all of the perks that come with it. In addition to so many programming options, viewers also get their equipment and installation for free, and receivers come with DVR capabilities. If you sign up for DVR service, then you can make all of your friends jealous by recording plenty of great shows and movies to watch whenever you want. You may even record so many that you run out of space, but don’t worry because you can hook up a hard drive to the DVR and record even more content. If all of those things aren’t enough to make your friends jealous of your home entertainment setup, then the fact that you have access to the greatest number of channels being broadcast in high definition should. With these perks, your setup will certainly outpace your friends’ systems, and you’ll be much happier with your entertainment choices.

Hot to Build a Great Home Entertainment System and Save Space With Bose Audio

Home Audio systems usually required a large number of bulky components to be able to produce the desired quality in sound, and the price normally escalates with each component added. In most cases the bulk of the components come from large tower style speakers.

But that is not necessarily the case with the newer line of Bose Audio systems. Bose has produced several home audio systems that are no bigger than a typical boom box, but generate extremely powerful sound that rivals that of traditional home systems with arrays of large components.

The Bose Wave system is one such system, which comes in a single receiver with powerful built-in speakers and bass able to produce sound that can match, if not beat traditional home stereo equipment. The Wave system comes equipped with the usual capabilities like a CD player, MP3 player, digital AM/FM tuner, amplifiers and speakers all built-in and can also be connected to your TV set and DVD player, so you can enjoy a quality home theater experience.

Since this system is all digital, you’ll also have the added advantage of experiencing the full depth and range of instruments and vocals from today’s MP3s and CDs as well as CDs created on your computer and even support for the IPOD and other MP3 players.

The sleek and slim design is also very decorative and can complement any room in your house. When on, there is a large bright display panel showing song titles and artist names in a very elegant and colorful, but in a non intrusive way. You’ll also enjoy more options for placing your music system where its distinctive design looks best. That’s because the speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent interference from TVs or computer monitors.

As for the price, the system can actually save you money if you consider the cost per component that you would need to buy to assemble a traditional home entertainment system.

Most people purchase the wave system with space saving considerations, but if you are looking to purchase a system from scratch, meaning that you are not replacing an existing system, you’ll end up saving money by not needing to purchase extra components.

Bose also has had a long standing reputation for being a leader in audio entertainment and is considered a highly reliable brand, not to mention the sleek futuristic design of most of their products, which will earn you high praise from friends and family.

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