For years, the most popular form of entertainment was to go to the cinema or movie theater. These venues give the ultimate experience of big, booming sound and large, eye-popping screens, making you feel as if you were in the movie.
Then, when VCRs were introduced, having such entertainment at home became possible. However, regular TVs and speakers didn’t create the same experience that you get at the movie theater. Fortunately, there’s a newer kind of entertainment technology – the home theater system. In this article, we will discuss how home theater system works.
The term “home theater system” refers to a combination of audio and video equipment, set up at home, that tries to replicate the experience of being in a movie theater. When watching something with the aid of a home theater system, you are more immersed than watching a typical TV. But how home theater system works?
We can understand how a home theater system works by comparing it to a movie theater. Even when renting a movie is cheaper and easier than going to the movie theater, more people still choose to go to the movie theater. The reason is that movie theaters give the better overall experiences.
The sound is the major differentiating factor. In movie theaters, the sound is all around you. There are speakers to your right, left, center, and different speakers spread out to the other portions in the theater.
This is the surround system, where you can hear different audio coming from different places. The home theater system tries to imitate the movie theater’s surround sound experience.
A home theater system is composed of several speakers. The most basic sound experience in home theater system has 5.1 channels. The “5” refers to the several speakers located in the front left, front right, center, back left, and back right, while the “.1” refers to the subwoofer. Some people use several combinations of subwoofers to generate smoother bass to a larger area.
Movie theaters have huge, high-resolution screens. This screen takes up most of your field of view so it’s not difficult to lose yourself in the movie. Not mentioning the dark environment, it is only the screen that you will look at.
A home theater system tries to imitate the movie theater screen. Usually, a combination of video projector and screen projector does this. It creates a huge, clear image sharper than the images projected by an ordinary TV. With this quality, we can enjoy the movie and get more engrossed.
The electronic components are the “brain” of home theater systems. They accept the video and audio signals from different sources and dispense them to the respected speakers and display devices.
The electronic components are categorized into two: the separates and the AV receivers. The AV receiver places everything in only one chassis – a box that has all of AV inputs to attach the devices, the processors that decrypt the video and audio signals for output, and the amplifier that gives power to the speakers. Examples of receiver manufacturers are Yamaha, Marantz, Onkyo, and Denon.
The major source component in a home theater system is a kind of movie player such as Blu Ray player or a DVD player. The DVD player provides a good 480P image quality and a good surround sound, while theBlu Ray player gives a 1080P high definition video and high-resolution audio formats in DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby TrueHD.
Another source component is cable/satellite, which enables you to stream videos from different sources like Apple, Youtube, Amazon, and Roku through a network connection. Today, gaming consoles are also popular source components.
The cables are essential to the process of the home theater system. They may be annoying and ugly, but you should pay attention to them and even invest in extra cables. Most components need specific kind of cables, and even the high-end systems such as the Klipsch RF-42 II 5.1 need extra cabling.
The audio and video signals are transferred through the cables; this is why your system needs reliable cables. They must not distort these signals so ensure excellent viewing or listening experience.
A home theater system tries to duplicate movie theaters. It is composed of several audio sources and video sources such as a combination of speakers, video projectors, or large HDTVs.