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Selecting a Video Display for Your Home Theatre System

Selecting a Video Display for Your Home Theatre SystemMan has always been engrossed with anything that has to do with technology. Perhaps the idea of creating something new and discovering the answers to questions that will make life easier make him all the more engrossed with the techy stuff. In the same manner, home electronics has long become a fascinating topic for discussion for both the consumers as well as technology fanatics all over the world. While electronics that deal with daily necessities like lighting, heating and communicating, still, what has been most enticing is that which that has constantly been a part of the home theatre system.

HD technology has produced a huge new surge of components and sound systems that are continuously being re-invented and re-developed. To accompany these technological devices, a good home theatre system requires a fully functioning video display unit that produces vibrant images every time. However, with the number of available technologies out in the market, what would be the best for your own home theatre setup? What variables do you need to consider before selecting one for your home theatre room?

What could be considered “best” would definitely depend on who would be appreciating it. Just about everything—from the big screen entertainment systems to the projector screen can be purchased to enhance a home theatre design. Preferences, nonetheless, are normally given to specific devices for a number of reasons. A number consider one that would give sharper pictures. For others, it may be one that would be easier to work with. Still, others select one that can be easily maintained. Selecting the proper mix of all these qualities will aid one to find the best type of video display to complement a home theatre design.

To start off, let us consider the big screen technology. Normally, home theatres are assessed not only by the quality of the equipment that makes them up, but by the size of the screen that is the main focus in the whole home theater setup. Televisions come in all shapes and sizes these days. However, the widescreen TV sets are by far the kings of the set. The only problem that big screen TVs have faced is the quality of the images that they project. There are occasions that the images would not be as sharp as if it were viewed on a smaller screen, specifically when images are projected from certain angles. With the recent innovations and with HD technology leading the way today, such difficulty was addressed. Big screen TVs now almost always give crisp and clear images. The differences now would now depend on the types of screens.

Plasma TVs are definitely the most appealing of the big screen televisions. With their sleek designs, any home theatre will be looking at its best with one of these. But then again, while style and picture quality that it produces are the best, there are some technical problems that manage to come up with plasmas. These include the connectivity of the set to the other devices that complete the home theatre setup. In case you plan to have a number of output cables to be attached to your TV, you should consider selecting another type of TV set instead, unless you can also have an outside electronic box installed to wire multiple connections as an intermediary. Another consideration would be the cost of this type of video display device, as buying the same size plasma will cost more than bulkier TV type.Selecting a Video Display for Your Home Theatre System

Because of this, some opt to have a projector screen instead, which could also bring a real cinema appeal to the home theatre. A projector can often give the clearest image possible with current technology. However, you would need to know exactly what will work best with the conditions of your home theatre design. There are various color screens that are available in the market, the primary of which are white and grey. White is perfect for a theatre in a windowless room, while grey should be used if there is ambient lighting or sunlight that will affect the quality of the images projected on the screen. There are also related problems with the projector screen technology, however. For instance, there are models that run loud which could be distracting. Another consideration with projector screen technology is that the screen has the tendency to become rather hot, that it can be more difficult to maintain on the other hand.

Moreover, the technology employed by each video display type is also important to look at. A number of people like LCD screens, but others still prefer CRM technology. Perhaps the best resolution you can get is 1080 p, which is rare among plasma screens, but are readily available in other types of video display devices.

Thus, before you select what you think would best fit your home theatre design, you would need to find the conditions that meet your home theater set up and ask the right questions to the seller of the available brands and types available before purchasing one. For a practical home theatre guide, consider this affordable home theatre guide.


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Posted on June 25, 2013 by Alphonso Soosay 0 Comments Short URL

Home Theater System: Audio and Video Requirements

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Every fully functioning home theatre system has three basic components– the television or the video display, the sound system, and the source player (provides the picture and the sound). Even now that a cable or a satellite TV is almost always found in every home, still, additional equipment and/or features are installed most of the time to increase the utility of a home theatre set-up.

These are the three major electronic advancements that had been making movie-watching, playing games with an Xbox, or listening to your favourite sounds more gratifying as well as meaningful, and are considered the basic components of a home theatre system.

Now, let me describe these components or elements one by one.

First, consider the visual element. Current innovations that allow video display options are available depending on your personal budget and tastes.

Rear Projection Televisions, which are also known as RPTVs, provide a reasonably-priced screen-sized TV than a television with a larger screen and separate video projector or screen arrangement. As the term applies, with the RPTV the images are projected or reflected into the TV screen from behind it. Not like in a movie theater where a projector is placed in front of a big screen.

At present, there are three types of RPTV technology: CRT, LCD and DLP.

With a CRT or Cathode Ray Tube projection system, there are actually three tubes, each projecting one of the basic colors via a light magnifying lens through a mirror that reflects the image onto the television screen. These colors combine with the help of quality wirings, CRT size and a good lens to provide very high resolution images. By the end of 2012, these big-box screens had finally come to extinction when Mitsubishi, the last company to make and sell RPTVs, announced the end of its TV business.

Another type of rear projection TV is the LCD or the Liquid Crystal Display Television. An LCD TV is both a rear projection and a flat screen. However, LCD rear projection TVs are more compact than the CRT and use less power.

Still another type of RPTV is the DLP or the Digital Light Processing Projection TV, which uses chips to project images onto the TV screen. These are normally designed with a larger rear display and are not flat.

Finally, the Plasma TVs, that are designed to allow different gases to be trapped between two panels of glass, and also an electronic signal that can modify these gases to allow them to display a picture. These televisions are produced with a sleek and thin design and can produce excellent resolution. Plasma TVs create images that display perfectly without any blur.

Whatever, video display you intend to add to your own home theater set up, make sure you measure the location where you are to place the TV that it would fit perfectly there once set up.

Let us now look into the audio elements of a home theatre system.

As you are well aware, the sound system contributes much in the level of enjoyment and functionality of your home theatre set up. What then, would a good audio system require?

Receiver. This feature takes the audio signal, and also, most of the time, the video signal, and channels them to the proper feature of the system.

Amplifier. This feature is what builds up the signal strength before it is routed to the speakers. Most of the time, an amplifier is already built in a receiver, however.

Surround Sound Speakers. Typically, surround sound speakers comes as a set of five for most home theater set ups– a center channel, a right front, right rear, left front and left rear. These speakers, when properly positioned, will make the sound come from the appropriate direction.

Finally, the data or signal source, the third basic element of a home theatre system.

A basic DVD player is a usual signal source in most theater system set ups. The signal coming from the player contains the video data as well as the audio element from the 5.1 surround sound system. Your cable box or digital satellite also works as a signal source for the home theatre.

All these signal sources can be used in one system with the proper wiring and remote programming to give you an excellent viewing or audio experience through your home theatre system.


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Posted on May 30, 2013 by Alphonso Soosay 1 Comment Short URL