New Technology Makes For A Smarter Home Theater
Gone are the days of large DVD racks, clunky box speakers and a dozen remote controls. With streaming services, new audio system options (such as Atmos) and other new technology increasing video quality & connectivity, households are competing with cinemas for the best theater experience. Whether remodeling the home office or upgrading the family media room, watching the latest box office hit can now be done in the comfort of your home.
Home Automation: Connecting Your Media Room
How much you can do with automation, music especially, it’s endless. Many new systems tie into one app. Whether you use your TV, touch screen, remote – it’s exactly the same interface, for extra convenience. Home theater in regards to automation would refer to the ability to press a single button on a remote or with your smart phone to do things like turn on a movie, lower the blinds and set the lights to a specific level, all with a single piece of equipment that has the ability to talk to all the devices in the home. The newest format for surround sound is Dolby Atmos, which can be up to 12 channels and home theaters also have the option of 4K resolution, which is four times the resolution of standard 1080P.
For Your Viewing Pleasure
LCD and plasma TVs keep getting bigger, and what used to be considered large panels keep dropping in price. For those who appreciate the finer details of life and are always looking to get the ‘bigger picture’, the entertainment gadget of choice has to be the projector. All you need is a projector and a bare wall, and watching a movie or a game of football can become a larger-than-life experience. Even gamers have taken to linking up their rigs with high-speed projectors to enhance the feel of the gameplay. A number of 1080p or 4K-ready projectors are now available in the market, which, although on the whole more expensive than LED TVs, can prove to be a great investment and an invaluable add-on to your home entertainment system.
Here is a video slide show that has some great home theater ideas to get your creative juices going: