A Step-By-Step Guide To Home Theatre Systems
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Published by TOP4 Team
Imagine watching theatre-quality movies and larger-than-life sports and playing arcade-style games all in the comfort of your own home. Well, you can with a home theatre set-up. And with our simple guide through the techno-maze you can select just your perfect system.
The visual display is one of the most critical components of a home theatre. Obviously, bigger screen equals better experience, however you need to consider space, quality and budget.
With TV screens becoming larger, it’s important to look closely at the space you have to house your set. Slimline designs such as plasma and LCDs (Liquid Crystal Display) are perfect for rooms with limited space or as a centerpiece in minimalist-style living areas. Bulkier models such as rear projection TVs and front projection system are more suitable for larger spaces.
To work out your viewing distance, diagonally measure your TV screen. Then multiply this figure by three. The answer gives you the rough distance you should allow between seating and the screen.
Shape of Things To Come
Until recently, the television screen was square and broadcast in a 4:3 ratio. This is being rapidly replaced by a new 16:9 format also known as widescreen. Soon all Australian programs will be broadcast in widescreen format. This will mean any program viewed on a conventional television will have black lines at the top and bottom of the screen commonly known as ‘letterboxing’.
In a few years, all TV broadcasts will change from analogue to digital format. This will mean you'll receive a sharper, clearer picture and better sound quality. Existing televisions can be upgraded to digital simply by purchasing a digital set-top box that converts the analogue signal to digital.
Home Theatre In A Box
For the budget-minded, best option is the home theatre in a box. This includes five speakers, a subwoofer, a DVD player and an in-built receiver to power all the speakers. It’s easy to set up but doesn’t include a TV.
If you already own a DVD and/or TV and can afford to invest in quality pieces, it is wise to purchase items in stages. A home theatre include three key elements: DVD, AV receiver, and speakers. The receiver is the engine of the system that powers and brings all the equipment together so it’s worth investing a little more money for the better quality you will receive.
Setting Up Surround-Sound System
-Place your couch in the middle of your two rear speakers.
-Check that your front speakers and the centre channel have been magnetically shielded so that they don't affect your TV’s picture.
-Put carpet under the subwoofer to reduce floor vibration and conflict with the neighbors.
-Always position speakers in front of flat walls.
-Experiment with placement and angles until the sound’s great.
-To avoid the confusion invest in a universal remote to rule over them all.