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Best DVD Home Theater 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated April 1, 2019
Best DVD Home Theater of 2018
Come with me. Many brands have introduced dvd home theater on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice. After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made. The “Total” indicates the overall value of the product.
Test Results and Ratings
№1 – HDMI Coax Extender 200m MiraBox HDMI Extender Over Single RG59 RG60 Coax Cable 1080P 200m Lossless No Delay for DVR DVD Home Theater
Why did this dvd home theater win the first place?
I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days.
Why did this dvd home theater come in second place?
Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
Why did this dvd home theater take third place?
It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great!
DVD Home Theater Buyer’s Guide
Fed up with the terrible warbling noise your flat-screen TV makes? You’ve come to the right place.
Upgrading your TV sound can be as easy as plugging in a sound bar, but first you’ll need to buy the right one. In this guide we’ll look at the different types of home audio systems available, from sound bars to stereo speakers to full-blown, amped-up, surround-sound speaker packages. Here’s what you should be looking for to best suit your needs.
Step up to a surround-sound system
If you’re looking for something that sounds better than a sound bar, the best option is to put together your own system with an AV receiver and surround-sound speakers.
The Sony STR-DN1070 is a talented all-arounder offering excellent home-theater and music performance
Bluetooth and wireless streaming
Features and inputs are overrated on sound bars, with one big exception: built-in music streaming.
Bluetooth is the easiest way to wirelessly stream audio from your smartphone or tablet. It works with the music stored on your phone and any music app (think Pandora), plus it’s platform-agnostic — nearly all iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets have built-in Bluetooth. If your music experience these days revolves around your phone, you really want built-in Bluetooth in your sound bar.
While it’s possible to add Bluetooth later with an adapter, it’s not an ideal solution.
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Despite its ubiquity, Bluetooth does have its issues: namely you get message alerts interrupting your music and the music cuts out if you leave the room with your phone. The way around this is to get Wi-Fi streaming. There are several competing “open” standards, including Play-Fi, AirPlay and Chromecast — not to mention proprietary manufacturer ones such as Sonos — so it’s worth investigating these options before you buy. The most cost-effective right now is Google’s Chromecast — and even if your sound bar doesn’t have wireless, you can add it with the purchase of a
Do I need to use the remote that comes with the sound bar?
While most sound bars include a remote, they’re pretty crummy quality, and most manufacturers instead rely on you to program the sound bar to respond to commands from your TV’s remote.
In theory, it’s not a bad idea: nobody wants another remote to deal with. In practice, it’s sometimes more problematic. After you disable your TV’s internal speakers, some televisions display an annoying status message whenever they receive volume remote commands, which will happen if you’re using your TV remote to control your sound bar.
A super budget alternative
Dialogue is a little more forward and bass is a bit punchier than that of the Take Classic, which may make this a preferable compact pick for some.
If you want to go even cheaper, the Monoprice Premium 5.Home Theater System 1056is almost identical to the Energy, though the Monoprice speakers use spring clips instead of the better binding posts of the Energy, and they lack the Energy’s glossy finish. The Energy speakers also have a more neutral sound, though some will appreciate the punchier bass and more present dialogue of the Monoprice system. The biggest difference is that the Energy speakers have a better warranty and include keyhole mounting brackets whereas the Monoprice speakers do not.
Also, Monoprice often has stock issues with the the 1056system, so if you see those speakers available, grab them quickly. A number of readers asked recently if Monoprice is phasing out the 1056system in favor of the newer 1377Premium Select system, but our contacts at Monoprice assured us that is not the case. We tested the 1377system, and we think it sounds too bright and thin. If you still want a great-sounding system, we recommend that you wait.
This offers the best audio quality you can expect from a soundbar, has a user-friendly interface and a wide range of input options.
If a compact speaker system like the Paradigm Cinema 100 just isn’t compact enough for your space, or you don’t want to run wires across your room for each speaker, a soundbar is a good alternative for living rooms.
For people who want the best audio out of a simple package, the Paradigm Soundscape is our pick for the best living room home theater soundbar. It offers the best combination of audio performance and connectivity features—including Bluetooth—of any soundbar Wirecutter tested.
With that kind of quality comes a premium price. The Paradigm Soundscape costs more than many receiver and speaker combinations, but that price gets you a very large and clear soundstage with crisp dialogue and vocals and good bass—even without a subwoofer. In testing, the Soundscape demonstrated a flatter frequency response than any soundbar we listened to. That flat response contributes to the rich midrange of the speakers.
You won’t mistake this for a surround system, but you’ll get a good, enveloping audio experience.
The speaker’s digital signal processing does a decent job filling the room for a surround-like experience, but it’s not an artificial-sounding faux surround. You won’t mistake this for a surround system, but you’ll get a good, enveloping audio experience.
The Paradigm connects to your TV’s optical audio output, rather than via HDMI, but that isn’t something we think most people will hold against it. If you want more bass, Paradigm lets you add a wireless subwoofer of your choice.
While the Paradigm Soundcast is our first choice for people who use their living room systems mainly for home theater, the Sonos Playbar is another great choice for people who spend a lot of time listening to music in their living room.
Our favorite media streamer
The Roku Streaming Stick is the best media streamer for most people because it offers the largest selection of streaming content, a clean and responsive user interface, and a useful search function.
Even though a Blu-ray disc provides a better picture and better audio than streaming services, we know most people depend on streaming for most of their viewing. And though it’s true that most Blu-ray players, most TVs, and most AV receivers include a few streaming video and audio services built in, we believe a separate box remains the best way to get your online media. After researching and testing every major streaming media player, we think the Roku Streaming Stick—with the largest content selection for the money and the most customization options—is the one you should buy.
Few TVs, AV receivers, or Blu-ray players will offer near the number of streaming media services as a dedicated device, especially the Roku Streaming Stick, which currently features more than 2,500 channels. The Roku interface is particularly easy to navigate, too. True, some of the channels on Roku are junk, but even the obscure, quirky ones can be fun to check out. In addition to all the expected channels, you’ll find some genre-specific ones catering to lovers of horror, western, sci-fi, cult films, and more, often with free content (sometimes ad-supported). Roku also gives you access to your own media stored on a computer or NAS box.
The biggest competition to the Roku Streaming Stick is, honestly, other Roku players. The company announced a new lineup of media streamers in September 201We’re testing some of them now, but we don’t think that any will be a better choice for a home theater setup than the Streaming Stick. If you end up choosing a 4K TV instead of one of our projector picks, we suggest looking at the Roku Premiere+ if you need an Ultra HD source.
The remotes that come with your devices do a good to fair job of operating the device it was designed to operate, but if you’ve ever done the remote shuffle just to watch a movie, you can understand the appeal of having one remote to control everything in your home theater. There’s really very little competition in the do-it-yourself universal remote market anymore. When we set out to test the best DIY universal remotes, we were mostly testing different Logitech Harmony products against each other, ranging from the basic Harmony 350 to the full-fledged smart home platform of the Harmony Elite. Our reviewers settled on the midrange Logitech Harmony 650 as the best universal remote for most people. The 650 can control up to eight components in a home theater (which is probably more than you have anyway). It supports more than 6,000 models from a multitude of manufacturers, which means it’s very unlikely that you’ll have something it can’t control. A small LCD screen helps you navigate the remote, making operation easy.
However, the Harmony 650 is only an IR (infrared) remote. Most of your components operate through IR signals, but some—including the Apple TV, Roku 3, Playstations, and Xboxes—prefer Bluetooth or IP control. If those products are an important part of your system, you might want to step up to the Harmony Companion or Harmony Elite.
Logitech’s Harmony software (which runs on both Windows and Mac computers) guides you through the setup process in which you select the products in your system from a series of menus, check off how they’re all connected, and then assign them to activities. Once programed, you control your home theater, not by individual component, but by activities. For example, you press the WATCH BLU-RAY button on the remote, which sends out all the commands to turn on the projector, Blu-ray player, and AV receiver, while switching everything to the proper inputs and outputs. A single click of the OFF button will then shut everything down.
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Step Finding the system
Right now, there are two ways to bring Atmos to your home: either buying a TV that straight-up supports Dolby Atmos, or building a sound system of your own out of Dolby Atmos-capable equipment.
If you’d rather just expand the home system you already have, major audio manufacturers like Onkyo, Denon, Yamaha and Pioneer all make audio/visual receivers capable of processing Dolby Atmos audio tracks, with few distinctions for the layman between the mid-tier models.
The key point here is that as long as you have Dolby Atmos content fed through a Dolby Atmos player to a pair of Dolby Atmos speakers, you’re all set.
For our one-day experiment, I went with an Onkyo TX-NR74receiver and its SKS-HT595.1.home theater in a box, which is five speaker units with surround sound and a subwoofer.
But why did I choose Onkyo’s package for this setup instead of a Klipsch or purely Pioneer pairing? The SKS-HT59has front left and front right speakers that do double duty as both left and right channels as well as the additional two height channels needed for Dolby Atmos, which was great for my small San Francisco apartment.
This means I didn’t need to completely rewire my entire living room and saved myself a bunch of time. Now, down the road, I could see myself switching to a slightly more powerful setup, a 7.1.or even a 7.1.setup (left/right audio, center, two sets of L/R surround, a subwoofer and four ceiling speakers), but I decided not to get greedy on my first time working with Atmos.
If you’re still a bit hazy about where to start shopping for Atmos products, Dolby offers a handy catalog of all the current Dolby Atmos-ready products.
Step Wiring and configuring the system
With system in hand, it came time for the fun part: wiring. Like most systems, Onkyo’s HTiB (or home theater in a box) comes with color-coded cables. Match positive ends to positive terminals of the same color, and you’re in business.
The only real difference between Dolby Atmos and your run-of-the-mill speakers is that the former will have two sets of terminals – one for front left and right audio and one for height left and right – instead of one. Make sure both are connected to the proper terminals on the receiver.
Once the stars have aligned and your speakers are connected, run the setup on the receiver to calibrate the the system.
I won’t walk you through whole setup process for your system, but make sure when you select a configuration you choose something with three digits (e.g. 5.1.or 7.1.2, etc), which indicates that you want to enable Dolby Atmos.
After you’ve got your system placed perfectly comes the moment of truth.
Surround Sound Formats
You may notice that surround sound systems are referred to in numbers, such as 7.surround sound. This lets you know how many speaker components the system has. A 7.setup boasts eight channels: seven discrete main audio channels, divvied up among seven speakers, and one channel fed to the subwoofer for the low notes.
A 5.surround sound system includes the left and right speakers to sit in the front near the screen, one center channel for vocals, the left and right speakers for either side of your seating area and the subwoofer. The speakers flanking you while you enjoy your audio attack are known as the surround speakers.
A 7.surround sound system has the same basic setup as the 5.1, but also includes a right and left back speaker positioned behind the viewer.
The 9.setup adds another pair speakers to the 7.mix. While the speakers in a smaller setup (in front of, to the side of, and behind you) allow sound effects to freely travel left and right, forward and backward, it takes two more speakers, each mounted a few feet above a corresponding left or right front speaker, to give the noise some opportunity for altitude. Height gives music and audio effects another axis, creating a more immersive experience.
Any of these systems can also incorporate multiple subwoofers, upping the number on the right side of the decimal point. Got a pair of subwoofers? Put them on opposite walls so you receive bass from two directions. Four subwoofers should take up one point each on a diamond surrounding the listener, creating a web of thumping and rattling that will catch anything in the middle and ensure it gets a good shaking. What good do all of these subwoofers do? They even out the bass response and make your movies and music thump a little harder and crisper. One of the first recommendations you will hear from home theater buffs is to add at least one subwoofer if you are rocking a 5.1, 7.1, 9.1, etc setup. It makes a massive difference.
Like a doctoral student collecting new skills, prestige and a series of letters to add to the end of a signature, your sound system can continue to advance into the future. Dolby Atmos, a leap forward in audio technology that breaks from the traditional channel-based system to free the various audio objects in a soundtrack and allow them to move about and come at you in three dimensions—including from above your head—can prompt you to turn your 5.system (one center channel, four speakers, and two subwoofers) into a 5.2.by adding four speakers to ceiling mounts or four speakers that direct sound up to bounce back down toward the viewing area. No longer tethered to a pre-assigned output, these sounds can move to come from the direction that best serves your movie-enjoying experience.
Too much? Your ears (and friends) may disagree, but that’s OK. Keep it simple with a 9.system, creating an encircling perimeter of speakers anchored by two subwoofers.
Must-Have Surround Sound Features
There are several essential components necessary for anyone looking to showcase what a home theater system can do. The cinema-experience-level technology available to everyone these days should get you excited about letting your speakers off the leash to really run wild.
THX-certified standards ensure that the sound being created on the movie-makers’ end is getting its due with the audience on the other end. A production company can pull out all the stops in crafting a scene where a shot ricochets off of a dozen metal objects scattered around the room before hitting the target, but if the system meant to broadcast that intricate series of sound effects is incapable of properly handling the load, nobody’s going to be ducking to avoid taking a bullet to the skull. Be sure to invest in THX-certified speakers—such as the THX UltraSeries from Klipsch, which earned the highest possible certification rating. Boom.
Consider a setup that can best deliver the free-range, real-world-emulating, three-dimensional sound experience of the gotta-have-it-if-you-care-about-movies Dolby Atmos experience mentioned above, including a speaker that bounces everything off of the ceiling, raining down noises and music to soak you with sound effects. We tapped out at a nine-speaker system in our initial explanation of this audio gift to humanity, but the technology can work with up to 34—repeat: 34!—so we’re sorry/not sorry to say that you don’t stand a chance against that level of audio power (but why would you want it any other way?). The Klipsch Reference Premeire Dolby Atmos enabled RP-280FA speaker has a built-in elevation channel that does nothing but blast away at the plaster over your head. Actually, it does do one other thing: win awards.
Klipsch emphasizes Wide Dispersion Surround Technology for all of its surround sound speakers, which ensures the best sound, no matter the home theater system setup. Can’t get fit the speakers exactly where you want them? Don’t worry. You’re still going to feel like you’re in the middle of the action.
Wireless vs. Wired Surround Sound
Wireless surround sound is ideal for people who prize both performance and simplicity. You can place the speakers anywhere without worrying about connecting them to the amplifier or hiding the evidence of those connections.
The fact that wireless systems can hold their own against their wired counterparts is evidence of how far technology has come since sound first electronically made its way from a source to a speaker.
If you’re considering a wireless setup, know that time is of the essence. That means the more modern your speakers, the better. Older wireless systems operated on technology that could interfere with or be disrupted by other wireless signals in the home. They also tended to be more expensive and not as reliable.
Today, wireless technology has advanced to the point that it can deliver the goods. Just know that you will need a special control center. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry: It’s smart enough to start pumping out the sound you want within minutes of leaving the box.
One of the biggest differences is the sound experience. When you go to see a movie in a quality movie theatre, you’ll hear the music, sound effects and dialogue not just from the screen, but all around you. A standard movie theatre has three speakers behind the screen — one to the right, one to the left and one in the centre, and several other speakers spread out in the rest of the theatre. In this surround sound system, you hear different parts of the soundtrack coming from different places. When somebody on the left side of the screen says something, you hear it more from the left speaker. And in a movie like “Star Wars,” you hear a rumbling swoosh travel from the front of the theatre to the rear as a spaceship flies toward the camera and off the screen. You are more involved in the experience of watching a film because the world of the movie is all around you.
We also enjoy going to the movies because we can see everything so well. Film projectors present very large, clear pictures. The detail is much sharper than what we see on an ordinary 21-inch television, and the movement is much more fluid. We may not consciously recognize this, but it does make a significant difference in how we enjoy a movie. When we can see more detail, we are more engrossed in the world of the movie.
Surround speakers produce atmospheric, ambient sounds such as rain drops, the rustling of leaves, or footsteps crunching on gravel.
They also work with other speakers to deliver spectacular directional effects, like a locomotive rushing by, or a bullet zinging past. They really help put the viewer in the center of the action.
Many Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks provide a dedicated channel of deep bass (sometimes known as low frequency effects, or LFE). This bass is what makes the entire soundtrack feel larger, fuller, and more lifelike and gives special effects like thunder or explosions.
Since most speakers can’t deliver that level of bass on their own, a subwoofer is needed to ensure that the home theatre system delivers crucial low-frequency impact. A subwoofer is also a wonderful way to enrich music listening it can round out all types of music, from classical to jazz to rock to R&B.
Surround sound format
Between the two companies, there is a dizzying array of sound options. So here’s what you need to know:
DTS encoding uses less compression than Dolby encoding. This means that DTS sound is clearer and sharper
However, DTS encoding is also less commonly used on DVDs and television broadcasts. Most DVDs have some Dolby sound options, and some also offer choices for DTS sound
Fortunately, a lot of A/V receivers support a wide range of Dolby and DTS options. When choosing a receiver, you should decide on two things: whether you want DTS support and how many speakers you want to use for your surround-sound setup.
The most common options are 5.1, 6.and 7.surround, named for the number of channels. The “.1″ indicates a channel for a subwoofer. The subwoofer channel carries low-frequency sound to give a bass boost and create a rumbling effect for certain special effects sounds, such as explosions and trains. These are the typical speaker setups and formats that will support them:
5.(speakers + subwoofer): A 5.surround-sound setup includes left, centre and right front speakers. It also has left and right surround speakers. Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS 5.all support this format.
6.(speakers + subwoofer): A 6.setup takes all the speakers from 5.and adds a rear channel. Dolby Digital EX uses this format, splitting the one additional channel into left and right rear speakers. DTS-ES, on the other hand, uses a rear centre speaker. DTS Neo:can also support a 6-channel format.
7.(speakers + subwoofer): At the rear Dolby Pro Logic IIx has separate channels for the left and right rear speakers, rather than splitting one channel and directing it to two speakers.
AV Receiver & Amplifier
The audio/video (A/V) receiver and amplifier assembly in a home theatre does the same job as the receiver and amplifier assembly in any stereo system. It receives signals from various input devices, like a VCR, DVD player or satellite dish. It interprets and amplifies those signals and then sends them to output devices, i.e., your television and sound system.
A home theatre A/V receiver and amplifier assembly actually combines several different components. Some even have a DVD or other media player built in. You can generally assemble a superior home theatre system by buying the components separately, but most people buy a unit that does all these jobs because it is more cost-effective.
The path of the audio and video is pretty straightforward. The source component (DVD player, DVR, etc.) feeds a signal to the receiver unit. You choose which input component you want to feed to your output unit, and the preamplifier selects this signal and amplifies its line level a little bit.
A THX-certified home theatre costs a good bit more than an ordinary home theatre, because THX-certified components are mainly top-of-the-line equipment. If you want a superior entertainment system in your home, you don’t need to worry about THX systems. This sort of system is a luxury purchase, for connoisseurs driven to get the best possible sound out of their systems.
For a small room
Think compact. You can go in for an all-in-one DVD home theatre system. Many of these systems are designed to be decor-friendly, especially in smaller spaces.
If you prefer to mix and match, consider pairing the receiver and DVD player with a home theatre speaker system containing satellite speakers and a subwoofer. These systems blend nicely into most rooms, and usually deliver plenty of sound to fill a small- to medium-sized space. Another option is to use in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, along with a floor-standing sub, to supply sound.
In a small room, the lack of available space may limit the choice of TVs. Fortunately, LCD and plasma flat-panel TVs can be mounted on your wall, and take up zero floor space.
For a medium-sized room
There are a lot of options here. Some prefer the more unobtrusive option of a DVD home theatre system for this kind of space, while others opt for the performance advantages and flexibility of separate components, like a DVD player and a receiver, and hand-picked home theatre speakers.
When choosing a TV, you can go for super-slim flat-panels, or choose from the increasingly slender big-screen or CRT TV sets available.
For a large room
Bigger rooms place greater demands on a home theatre’s audio capabilities. Using floor-standing speakers can help the system rise to the challenge. You can also opt for stand-mounted bookshelf speakers instead.
When buying an A/V receiver, consider the quantity and quality of amplifier power. Keep in mind that a receiver with high-current power can deliver more clarity and realism.
Since you don’t have to limit yourself to a space-saving slim design, you have a lot of options. Go for a DVD player with top performance.
The bigger the screen, the more impact the home theatre will have; go for the biggest TV the room layout and your budget will allow. A big-screen TV is an increasingly popular option. If you don’t want the TV to occupy a lot of space, go in for a plasma or LCD flat-panel TV with a larger screen, or even a front-projection TV, which can offer the biggest image available, yet enables discreet ceiling-mounting.
Support Surround Sound Formats
Your home theater receiver should support all the surround sound and multichannel audio formats you want to hear.
Dolby Digital: Widely used in DVDs and digital television broadcasts, this 5.1-channel surround sound format includes five channels of audio and a low-frequency effects (LFE) channel dedicated to delivering bass sound effects in the Hertz to 120 Hertz range.
Dolby Digital EX: Featured on more DVDs each week, this 6.1-channel extended surround format from Dolby includes six channels of audio and a low frequency effects (LFE) channel dedicated to delivering bass sound effects in the Hertz to 120 Hertz range. It can also play back Dolby Digital 5.content.
DTS: 5.surround sound format that competes with Dolby Digital. It is an optional format on many DVDs and multichannel audio recordings.
DTS-ES: Optional 6.surround sound format on many DVDs and multichannel audio recordings. It is backward compatible with DTS and competes with Dolby Digital EX.
DTS Neo:6: Format that creates five or six channels of audio for surround sound setups from matrix stereo recordings. It can also create a 6.surround sound experience with a rear channel from 5.1-channel surround sound recordings. It competes with Dolby Pro Logic II.
Dolby Pro Logic: Many video games can simulate surround sound with an adapter kit, digital audio cable, and decoder.
Dolby Pro Logic II: Create a 5.1-channel surround sound experience from stereo recordings or four-channel Dolby Surround audio from TV shows and VHS tapes.
Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Create a 7.surround sound experience from your stereo, 5.1-, or 6.1-channel recordings.
THX-Certified: THX isn’t actually an audio format that needs a special decoder, but if you’re a movie buff you probably still want THX-certified equipment. It uses proprietary equalization to realistically recreate a THX movie theater experience and meets specific standards for power, frequency response, and acceptable levels of distortion. THX Select-certified equipment can deliver cinematic performance in rooms up to 2,000 square feet and THX Ultra-certified equipment delivers theater-quality performance in rooms up to 3,000 square feet.
THX Surround EX: Surround sound decoding format that can create a 6.1-channel surround sound experience from any home theater audio source. It natively supports Dolby Digital EX and Dolby Digital and can also be used with DTS-ES, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic, and Dolby Pro Logic II. For best performance you’ll want a 6.1-channel surround sound receiver and speakers.
The back packaging of your favorite DVDs, multichannel audio recordings, or video games will list the surround sound formats they support.
DVD-Audio & SACD DVD-Audio and SACD require decoding at the source. You’ll need an SACD player to listen to SACDs or a DVD player that supports DVD-Audio to listen to DVD-Audio discs. Both can also contain Dolby Digital and DTS material that your receiver can decode.
Make the Right Audio & Video Connections
Replace the cables that come with your HTiB with high-quality cables that carry audio and video signals more reliably and allow less noise. Your receiver should have inputs and outputs for all the devices you want to hook up, including your DVD player, CD changer, satellite TV receiver, and AM/FM tuner. These hookups determine what type of cable you need to buy.
Speakers & subwoofers
Buy speaker cables to connect your speakers to your receiver and purchase separate subwoofer cable for the best low-frequency sound. To find out how much speaker cable you need, measure the distance between each component that needs a cable connection, taking areas that need extra length (windows, door frames, corners) into consideration. Buy cables on the long side; usually at least two feet more than you think you need.
Old-school audio & video
Line-level inputs support analog audio connections from many devices including your stereo. Use coaxial RF cable to connect your standard TV antennae, VCR, turntable, or tuner. If you want to connect a turntable that does not have a built-in phono preamp, make sure your receiver has a phono input. Although you don’t need to run standard video through your A/V receiver, consider a receiver with composite video and S-video inputs, used by many devices, such as camcorders, with video outputs. Four-pin S-video cables will help you connect your device and your receiver. Use composite A/V (RCA) cable to transfer analog audio and video signals from a DVD player or VCR over a single cable connection. If you want to listen to Dolby Pro Logic, you’ll also want an RCA connection.
Transfer digital audio from digital music players, progressive-scan DVD players, or HDTVs to your receiver with a coaxial digital cable (75-ohm) or optical digital/fiber optic cable. Match the inputs on your receiver to the outputs on your audio source. Also make sure you have enough inputs to support multiple audio sources if you want to connect more than a few devices.
Connect your progressive-scan DVD player or HDTV to your receiver’s component video inputs with a component video cable. Component video cables split a video signal from your DVD player, VCR, or HDTV tuner and process the signals separately for improved picture quality. Most cables need to have 1megahertz or higher bandwidth, but cables used for HDTV require 30 megahertz of bandwidth or more.
Some receivers also offer higher-quality DVI inputs or HDMI outputs. A DVI connection allows you to transfer digital video from your HDTV tuner, HDTV-ready TV, or DVI-compatible DVD player. Most home electronics use DVI-D cable. HDMI transfers up to eight channels of audio to your 7.1-channel surround sound system along a single cable. Many HDTV tuners and HDTV-ready TVs support HDMI connections, which are backward-compatible with DVI.
Speaker power handling
Different manufacturers use different power-handling specifications. Only compare power-handling ratings when looking at HTiBs from the same manufacturer to find out if one set of speakers can handle more power than another.
Peak power: Indicates how much power a speaker can handle in short bursts.
RMS capacity: Indicates how much constant power a speaker can handle over a long period of time.
Minimum recommended power: Indicates the minimum amount of power needed to efficiently drive a speaker.
A long thin speaker containing many drivers designed to mount under a TV on a wall. It can produce virtual surround sound and makes for a nice clean installation. Typically paired with a subwoofer, these systems range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and you do indeed get what you pay for.
As always, you get what you pay for. Going to a big warehouse store and getting yourself a Home Theatre in a Box is at the low end, shopping on-line or in specialty stores will take quite a bit of time and not necessarily give you a cohesive system. Professional Electronic Systems designers are trained to design systems with the best value in mind, regardless of budget.
As always, the more you spend the better the system will perform, realizing bigger and sharper images, clearer sound, longer life span and system flexibility. Use half the budget for speakers as this is will give you the most bang for your buck.
Your room will play a big role in which type of system you decide to purchase. For instance; you wouldn’t invest in a huge speaker system if the room is tiny.
If the rooms sounds “echoey” or a bit uncomfortable (bedrooms sound comfortable) your home theatre system will not sound great, regardless of how good or expensive the components and speakers are.
Acoustics is a large subject that can’t possibly be covered here, just know there are lots of solutions that are inexpensive, easy to employ and easy to live with.
There is going to be a lot of wiring – more than most people realize. Wires for each speaker, electrical wire for sub woofer, electronics and TV, as well as wires interconnecting the components. A professional electronic systems contractor will usually be able to hide all the wiring, even if the house is already built and you think it is “impossible” to hide the wires. See our hiding technology for some examples.
What You Watch
There are many sources to choose from whether you want to watch Blu-ray movies, Video games, Television programs or streaming from the internet. Each media will usually require a separate component and should be considered in the planning and budget stages.
Choosing Your Speakers
With thousands of speakers to choose from, and since stores can only carry a few, side-by-side comparisons are difficult and not that useful anyway. For one thing, their room will sound much different than your room at home so to figure out speakers we usually start with the room size, then décor, then expectations. Then we see if the budget matches the criteria, if not we revise things until we have a fit.
Receivers and amplifiers are rated in watts per channel. A typical specification (or spec) for an A/V receiver is 100 W × 5, meaning that each of the five channels can deliver 100 watts.
Ideally, all channels would be capable of delivering those 100 watts simultaneously, but this is usually the case for top-of-the-line models or separate power amplifiers.
Where to Start
First, you’ll need a broadband connection to the Internet.
Next, you’ll need one home theater component that can connect to the Internet
If you have an existing home theater setup but no components that can connect to the Internet, you can add a dedicated box. Some of the better-known examples include:
Plain Old Broadcast TV
Somewhat surprisingly, over-the-air digital TV broadcasts may offer the best HD quality after a Blu-ray Disc. If you were able to receive analog TV through an antenna in the past, you are able to get digital TV now. Not much of an option in Canada unless you are in a major centre.
Games become even more involving when you play them on a home theater system. Simply connect your game player to the receiver, and select it as you would any other source.
Cutting the Cord
Canceling your cable or satellite TV service may be a viable and money-saving option, depending on your viewing priorities and your location. Ideally, you’ll need the following:
Of course, if your cable or satellite company is also your ISP, cancel only the TV service.
Choosing the Right Video Display
When choosing your display, the main considerations are the display type (LCD, plasma, projector), screen size, and resolution.
Smoother motion which is particularly good for watching sporting events and a very wide viewing angle with a much larger “sweet spot”
Get a GREAT universal remote control. Make sure it actually is easy to use. Designs differ greatly! Make sure the person selling you this item really knows their stuff – we re-do a lot of systems that were supposed to be simple to use and were anything but simple.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Number of surround channels Depending on the audio enthusiast inside you, and the amount of money you are willing to spend, you could go for a regular 5.1-channel surround sound setup or for a better 7.1-channel setup. The former has two front left and right, two rear and one centre surround, and one subwoofer, which explains its 5.nature. On the other hand, the latter has two more rear effects speakers that highly enhance the overall impact of the surround system.
HD or Non HD HD or High Definition has caught on worldwide faster than a wildfire, as it offers much higher audio and video quality using Blu-ray as the media of choice. The older standard definition setup uses DVDs as media but is restricted to a maximum video resolution of 720 x 480 pixels. Blu-rays, on the other hand, can currently support resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080 pixels, and is commonly known as Full HD. A High-definition setup will render you the ultimate movie experience. Be assured that you will enjoy movies much more than you would on DVD.
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HDMI and 3D pass-through
HDMI pass-through means that the audio and video streams passing through the A/V receiver are not processed. The receiver will only pass those streams to the display or TV. As the receiver cannot process the audio, HDMI pass through does not allow transfer of HD audio. For that, you have to depend on Optical audio, which only supports DTS (Digital Theatre Systems) and DD (Dolby Digital).
In case of 3D pass-through, the 3D signals require higher bandwidth compared to the ordinary 1080p signal. The latest version of HDMI 1.is 3D ready. A/V receivers with 3D pass-through accept the 3D signals and pass it to the TV via HDMI out. However, it doesn’t mean that the A/C receiver converts 2D to 3D. For that, you’ll need to connect a Blu-ray player directly to your TV.
Surround Sound Processing
For first time home theatre buyers, the wide range of surround sound options can be quite overwhelming. Almost all of the latest A/V receivers can handle Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks from the HDTV broadcasts, Netflix, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, etc. That’s not all, Dolby DTS-HD and Dolby True HD are also supported by the latest home theatre receivers, thus allowing you to enjoy pure and immersive surround sound experience right at home. To add more punch to your music listening experience, some home theatre receivers also come with a host of equalizer presets. Component and Composite video Almost all A/V amplifiers are equipped with component and composite video connectivity ports. Having these input ports ensures backward compatibility, thus allowing you to connect your outdated audio / video devices such as VCR, CD / DVD players.
Having Ethernet connectivity in the A/V receiver offers multiple benefits, such as easy update of the receiver’s firmware and online music streaming. With DLNA, you can also access to content on your home network and stream music from your smartphone, tablets, etc.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your DVD Home Theater wisely! Good luck!
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