Home theaters have allowed movie theater quality audio and visual entertainment to be enjoyed in the home. In addition, technological advances have increased the number of devices available for home theaters. There are numerable components to consider when setting up a home theater system. Digital cable, flat screen televisions and Blu-ray readers have added to the options. Wireless networks have increased the versatility in setting up home theaters. Home theaters may be assembled with a few devices or it may include the renovation of an entire room. Home theaters may be customized to preference of the audience and the possibilities are limited perhaps only by the size of the room.
Some manufacturers have met the demand for home theaters by producing an all in one device. These home theaters have the benefit of being simple to set up. Their plug and technology allows them to be assembled and in operation in only a short time. The all in one home theater include a receiver and several speakers.
The receiver acts as a relay for other digital devices including televisions, radios, CD players, DVD players and even computers. The user selects the source and the audio is transmitted to the speakers and the video to the television screen. The all in one home theaters are a cost effective means of producing high quality audio in a small space. For larger areas, additional speakers may be needed.
Some of the more advanced home theaters include large screen, projection systems. This is a combination of a projector and screen that is best used in a dedicated room where the lighting can be controlled. There are many types of projection systems available for home theaters. The screens come in a variety of materials to complement projector types and may be fixed frame, pull down or motorized.
The more recent flat panel televisions have become popular components for home theaters since they offer high quality visual in a variety of lighting conditions. They are also a more affordable option. The newest trend in home theaters is 3D capable HDTV. These require the use of 3D glasses. A 3D capable Blu-ray player will be required for watching movies in 3D.
The sound systems for home theaters are typically designed to produce surround sound. This entails the use of 5 speakers, two on each side in the front and two on each side in the back with one in the center. Some more elaborate home theaters may include up to 7 speakers. Speakers used in home theaters are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some are available as free standing towers or bookshelves while others are thin and may be mounted on the wall. Other types are designed to be mounted inside the walls or ceiling. New technologies such as the sound bar have also improved the sound quality for home theaters that generate the sound from the television speakers. The sound bar manipulates the acoustics by bouncing sound off the walls, creating a surround sound effect. They are useful in home theaters with limited space.