Home theater systems are the latest rage in modern technology. Taking movie-watching and even every-day TV programs to a whole new level, home theaters are the ultimate in affordable, functional and high-end technology, and it seems like just about everyone and their brother is interested in getting one. The great thing about home theater setups is that they are so accessible, but this can also be a negative thing: people who run out and buy up the cheapest system they can find that is expertly marketed will inevitably be disappointed with the poor quality results it produces, while those who go for the most expensive (thinking that is must be the best) are equally likely to waste unnecessary money and suffer from “buyer’s remorse.”
Don’t feel like all home theater manufacturer’s are out to scam you; these unfortunate scenarios are simply a byproduct of carelessness and impatience. “Doing your homework,” so to speak, on the current home theater technology might take a small time investment, but it could end up saving you hundreds or thousands you might otherwise spend on unnecessary features you didn’t fully understand. There are a certain specifications that are especially important ones to consider when looking at home theaters, and while reading up on the subject you should try to pay the most attention to these. These include HDMI inputs, digital surround sound, clean power, and others.
Before you even think about a home theater setup, however, consider what you plan to use it for. If you invest in a top of the line HDTV and 7.1 channel surround sound, and only watch old VHS tapes on it, you’re in for a sore disappointment. The videos that you watch must be designed with the new technology in order for the home theater to be able to display it, for example HD-DVD or Blu-Ray. The same is true for TV; if you’re not using HD digital cable, HD digital satellite, or Over-the-Air (OTA) HD then you’re not going to see much benefit from a bunch of fancy, expensive new equipment.
A home theater system is a great tool in and of itself, but in order to truly benefit from it you must understand how it works, find the one that is best suited to your particular needs and apply it correctly. Researching and understand the technology driving current home theater setups is imperative, and will ensure a system that serves you well and results in money well spent.