Only a few years ago, having a home theater meant a nice television, a VCR, and a remote control. However, times have changed, and there are tons of components that can go in to a home theater. It is important to have a nerve center for it all, and there are many choices to go with. To give you a better idea of what is available, we’ve gathered seven different equipment setups for home theaters below.
This little device is designed to be the center of your home theater. It can connect your television, sound system, media player, and game system into one device and eliminate the confusion. If you have a collection of remote controls and use them all, a receiver can eliminate all of those extra remotes. A good one can also provide cinema quality sound in a room up to 2,000 cubic feet.
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a plain receiver. There are many that go above and beyond the normal functions of a standard receiver. There are some which can play music, Blu-ray discs, and can even act as streaming devices for sites such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and others. Some even offer apps for your smart phone so you can use it as a remote.
Some home theater enthusiasts note that having only one receiver detracts from quality by not using a separate amplifier, or device for increasing the output of power and surround sound. If you have a larger home theater and want to deliver impressive sound at high volumes, a separate amplifier might be necessary. In addition to the amplifier, another common separate component to a receiver is a surround sound processor. Sometimes called a sound preamp, the processor works with the amplifier to boost the audio and video.
There are many remote controls out there that promise to be universal, yet few which can do it. However, with the help of a home theater professional, you actually can program your most used devices into one remote without the hassle of a receiver.
If you have the newest console from Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony, you might already have a receiver for your home theater. These systems have the ability to input several home theater components and allow you to control it all through the game controller or remote control. Game consoles can also offer loads of streaming options with your subscription, as well as the option to play Blu-ray DVD’s. Some even offer apps such as Netflix, sports highlights, and even Skype.
There is an app for just about everything, including home theaters. In fact, a visit to the iTunes store shows many options in the home theater app arena worth checking out. These apps allow you to do everything from turn on your television to record a show to adjust the sound. Choose expertly and wisely.
Home Automation System
Don’t stop at a receiver. There are amazing home automation systems in which you can control just about everything in your home from one place. These systems allow you to operate your home theater, air conditioning, lights, doors, garage, security cameras, and more. Best of all, you don’t even have to be home to do these things when using a home automation system.