|Today’s home theaters combine the crystal-clear images of widescreen HDTV with high-quality surround sound to bring the magic of the movie theater home.
Want one? We can show you just how to get it.
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Great home theaters can be created in any room of the house — even rooms with multiple uses. As you consider television technologies, take into account the characteristics of your space.
Larger than Life
They don’t call it “the big screen” for nothing. In a darkened movie theater, the screen dominates your field of view. To get that movie feel at home, get the biggest display your space and budget can handle and make it the focus of the room.
See Clearly Now with HDTV
Today’s High Definition Televisions (HDTVs) bring cinema-quality images home. For a great home theater experience, you want HDTV. Learn about HDTV resolutions, and pick the one that works for you.
I Want My HDTV
When equipping your home theater, make sure your sound system’s Audio/Video receiver has inputs for all the ways you get HDTV content — like your cable or satellite boxes and your DVD player. And to be ready for tomorrow’s high-definition content, consider adding a Blu-ray Disc player for what many consider the highest picture quality available on the market today.
From the creak of approaching footsteps to the rumbling of a spaceship flying off, surround sound creates an immersive experience. Don’t forget the subwoofer for earthshaking effects. Going for the high-end? Carpet floors and curtain walls to kill echoes, and add sound insulation to prevent noise from escaping to other parts of the house or beyond.
Normal room lighting can cause a distracting glare, but complete darkness can cause eyestrain. Consider light conditions when choosing your HDTV. For best viewing, control outdoor light with blinds and curtains, and consider adding down-lights to the wall behind your screen. A dimmer switch can bring room lights to perfect viewing levels.
Comfortable seating is a must in any home theater. Consider how many people you need to seat, and organize for the best view of the screen. You can even get theater-style seats to increase the cinematic feel. Whatever you choose to sit on, don’t forget to take the proper viewing angle and distance for your TV into account.
Love It? Share It!
When you link your PC to your home theater, you can be the star. Share your personal content, such as photos, home movies and music collection on your best screen and sound system. With your home network, you can easily add Internet content to the mix — and your PC can still live in the office or bedroom. Equip your PC with a TV tuner to watch live or recorded television content (additional equipment may be required)!
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