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The Evolving Home Entertainment Center September 27, 2010

Filed under: Entertainment — modrox @ 3:40 pm

There’s a good chance that the home entertainment center you have today is quite different from the one you had ten, five, or even a couple of years ago. The 80’s and 90’s styles are becoming more and more impractical now as wireless technologies and flat screen televisions have become mainstream.

As a kid, our home entertainment center was a simple cart that housed the TV and a VCR. Not very impressive, but it worked fine. I think it might have had a little storage shelf, but I have no idea what was put there. There was no such thing as a remote control so every time we wanted to change channels we had to make a little trip across the room to switch channels. Of course, there were only three channels so it’s not like we had to change it that often. Thankfully, TVs grew up and so did the places people put them in.

When I got out on my own and got a TV it just lived on a simple table. That worked fine for a single guy. But marriage changes lots of things. Soon we “had to have” a better place to put the TV because my wife wanted to be able to close it off from view. So, woodworker that I am, I jumped to the rescue. I built a home entertainment center that was a thing of beauty to behold. Solid wood, plenty big, retractible doors, lots of storage, and a massive open cavity to house a ridiculously heavy TV. LIke other large entertainment centers, this one was great for what it was. Plus, the top had lots of display space for knick knacks.

Last summer when the old bazillion pound TV died we opted for one of the new flat screen models. Even though the screen was much larger, it weighs much less. I love that! So, what did I do? I took my circular saw and busted a move on the old home entertainment center.. I sawed it down big time. What I ended up with was just a small remnant of the old one. I can’t close it off from the rest of the room, but why would I want to? I don’t. Some people are even more minimalists than I am. They mount their TV on the wall and just use a small cabinet for components. Now that’s what I call a home entertainment center. Easy on the back and more floor space. Sounds like a winner to me.

The only thing I can think of that would make me want any sort of cabinet type home entertainment center in the future is if I were to get one of those fancy schmancy lifts that hook onto the TV and allow it to recess into, and lift out of, a nice wooden cabinet. I would consider that. Especially if it had a remote control to run the lift. That might be too good to pass up.

Who knows what the next evolutionary step will be. Maybe holographic TV or some other technology that will make a home entertainment center all together obsolete. For now I am content to be rid of the old big unit, enjoy my current setup, and just wait and see what comes next.

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Home Entertainment on a Budget July 4, 2010

Home entertainment system means the things which are a complete entertainment package in any home today. Buying of home entertainment today has become a regular job and today most of the families can afford a home entertainment system.

In this world where people do not have time to relax by going out for a movie or just for the purpose of relaxing, the home entertainment system provides a wide range of relaxation for these people. Home entertainment includes a home theatre which is no less than a theatre screen. DVD players are also included in this home entertainment system. Plasma television has a great demand today. Home entertainment is now in the grip of most of the families as the price of this has come down a lot in the recent years. People today can enjoy the surround sound, digital picture quality just like the theatres sitting at home by paying only once while buying the home entertainment. But the home entertainment model has to be chosen very carefully so that the person buying it does not get cheated. Before purchasing a Home entertainment system one must decide which brand to buy, which brand is good. One should always consult a person who has knowledge about the Home entertainment system before buying one; this will help in choosing the right system and making the correct decision that too in budget.

To choose the model one must follow certain things. The Home theatre should be one which can be adapted to new technologies. This includes audio as well as video mediums. The stereo system is a nice choice. The speaker system allows having the sound in any part of the house. The power should also be checked before buying the thing. A Home entertainment must be chosen in such a way that it matches the person’s entertainment preferences. The Home entertainment system should be able to handle the old methods like tapes.

The most important thing which must be kept in mind before buying a Home entertainment package is that one must purchase the best he can afford; it is useless to buy a system which costs less and is of inferior quality, it is simply wastage of money. It is better to buy an expandable system and then the features can be added continuously and it can be updated with time. This will also serve the budget purpose. People with limited budget can try this method as it will be of great advantage. Cheap Home entertainment systems if purchased will incur loss. One part after the other will stop functioning and will require frequent service. Servicing will demand more money and it will cost even more than the price with which the whole system was purchased.

There are many such Home entertainment systems which come in low costs. Cinema-in-a-box is system which is available with DVD player and surrounds sound at an affordable cost. The cost of Plasma and LCD TV has gone down dramatically in recent years. Big systems should be avoided in small rooms. CRT TV’s are the most mature technology in television today but are often bulky although they are far cheap than other kind.

 

The 411 on Your Home Entertainment Center May 13, 2010

Many people choose to enhance their viewing experience by improving their home entertainment center. You should know how to install it if, to get the most out of it.

Now there are many people that bigger is better, subscribe, but the size of television and placement really depends on which room you are in. Personally I think TV should not be more than “the wall that is placed on. It will, I believe, the best viewing experience. This would be the rule, the more room you can be put in place, the more plasma TV to be.

First, you have the right to assemble your new TV and you’ll need the knowledge of low-end tools such as drill and a level. The level is really the key to your plasma TV hanging, if your media because plasma are not in, it will take to visual experience.

This can be extremely difficult, especially in an old house, because many times the house will not be just, and so the TV can look askance on the wall, but can still be perfectly level. Honestly, even if the temptation is there to make the TV line with everything else in the house, it is more important to ensure that it is precisely because this will make for a better viewing experience.

Do not get overwhelmed, just make sure that you are the right tools and follow the instructions. Once you’re there, you can enjoy your viewing experience.