Entering the world of home theaters can feel overwhelming with the amount of technology that has been introduced over the past few years. With different kinds of TVs and sound systems popping up every year, knowing what fits your needs and desires isn’t easy. New developments in Internet streaming services and the “App-ocalypse” have connected the home theater like never before, making it easier to watch what you want in your own home.
In order to make your planning process a little easier, we’ve compiled three of the latest trends to take advantage of to optimize your home theater experience and get the most bang for your buck.
Lampless LED Video Projectors
For many home theater connoisseurs, a projector and a screen larger than a Volkswagen Beetle is a necessity. It can be pricey, but it is the best way to get close to the real feel of a movie theater. Recently, LED technology has led the way to the development of lampless projectors. Not only are these lampless projectors more energy efficient, they last longer and provide the same sharp image as their counterparts with lamps. A typical high-def 1080p projector is going to run you anywhere between $1,500 and $5,000, even up to $10,000 for the top-of-the-line products. While this is an expensive direction to go, many home theater experts say that the goal of a home theater is to re-create the movie theater experience, and this is the only true way to achieve it.
Getting Streaming Services in your Home Theater
Perhaps the biggest change in the way we consume media is the introduction of streaming content from the Internet straight to your TV. This used to be accessible only through certain devices such as game systems. This process used to be an expensive one, but with the explosion in streaming media outlets, it is more accessible and affordable than ever. Now, Smart TVs have apps like Netflix and Hulu pre-installed and ready for out-of-the-box use. A cheap option to add streaming services to your system if you do not have a smart TV is the Google Chromecast. This flash-drive-sized device allows you to stream anything to your TV, using your phone as the remote control, and retails for around $30. If you are looking to go with a more traditional way of streaming content to your theater, most Blu-ray players now come with Internet capabilities, and are able to stream services like Netflix.
The Right Sound System
Besides the projector or TV itself, the most important part of your home theater is the sound system. Most of the products being introduced to the market today are wireless and compact, which gives you a lot of flexibility in setting your system up. To provide the best quality, most systems have between 5-7 speakers with a subwoofer, but sound bars have provided an alternative to this expensive route. A sound bar is a single speaker bar that provides surround sound to those who do not necessarily want to install an entire system. They are a perfect idea for those who are trying to create a sleek feel in their home theater without sacrificing sound quality. Sound bars are also much more affordable than a traditional speaker system, running between $200 and $1500.
Advancements in all of these areas of technology have greatly increased the options you have when installing your own home theater. Whether you want a modern home theater with a flat screen with sound bar, or a retractable screen with a top-of-the-line projector, our SafeT Systems home theater and audio/visual experts can help design the theater of your dreams.