Tired of the hassles of crowds, baby-sitters, and waiting in line? Why buy a ticket when you can own you own theater? With new technologies such as HDTV and Dolby Digital® surround sound, you can have a theater in your own home that rivals the best cinema in town.


What It Does For You

A properly set up Home Theater will deliver all the potential of movies on DVD and Blue-ray --- quality you're missing if you're just watching TV.

You'll be able to experience movies at home the way the filmmaker intended, with film-quality images and cinema quality sound.

Whether you dedicate a room or want to blend your home theater into a family room or den, you can create a home entertainment center that everyone in the family will enjoy.


How It Works

The goal of Home Theater is to create a cinema quality experience in the comfort of your own home. Doing it requires more than just a big screen TV and some speakers.

There are two main parts of Home Theater: sound and pictures. The sound is actually the most important part because it creates the most important effect --- the feeling that you're actually in the environment on the screen.

The standard for Home Theater surround sound is Dolby Digital® (it used to be called AC3). It's far superior to its predecessor, Dolby Pro Logic. It delivers clearer dialog and a more realistic sense of atmosphere. It's sometimes referred to as 5.1 because there are 5 full range channels of sound plus another channel dedicated to low frequency effects, called LFE.

Producing high quality surround sound requires a Dolby Digital processor (often incorporated in an A/V receiver or preamplifier), 5 speakers and a sub-woofer, plus amplification for the speakers. The processor decodes the surround sound information from the DVD or Laserdisc movie, HDTV or satellite broadcast.

Creating the film-like images for Home Theater requires screen sizes from 32" to 10 or more feet. Direct-veiw televisions (CRT's), rear projection TV's, and video projectors can all be used, but quality varies greatly among different models. The best pictures are created through a combination of high resolution, accurate geometry, and proper color, contrast, and brightness settings. Having your system set professionally setup is worth the money.

Home Theater systems often have many pieces of equipment that must be controlled. Adding a programmable remote control to simplify operation is an investment that will pay off immediately in convenience and ease-of-use.

Automated lighting and window coverings complete the home theater experience. It's easy to incorporate control of these 'atmosphere' elements with your system controller.

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