Taking Your Home Theater System on the Road with You

Taking Your Home Theater System on the Road with You

Bumper to bumper and stuck behind the wheel of your car during rush hour, this twice-daily ritual seems never ending. You find yourself having to leave earlier only to sit in traffic longer. The average American will spend at least 50 minutes a day commuting to and from work. That doesn’t include the time we need to take our children to school, where we are driving to on the weekends, and all the times we partake in America’s favorite passion, the road trip. Now there is plenty of home theater technology available for you and your family to stay entertained while on the road. In-Car Entertainment Often referred to as “ICE,” this is your vehicle’s in-car entertainment system. Most new cars from the major auto manufacturers come equipped with state-of-the-art ICE systems, but don’t worry if yours doesn’t. They are easily purchased and installed. You can have multiple screens in your center console and various other locations of your car. If a large console screen is too much for you, you can get the car stereo decks you may be used to that allows for various interface options. Surround Sound on the Road Every manufacturer in the car audio industry offers sound solutions that rival your home theater speakers. No matter the size of your automobile, it’s a controlled space that allows audio technicians to craft the ideal audio experience. There are even Bluetooth options for some speakers, so they can be placed any where in your car. If it’s listening to audio books during your commute or the family is watching movies, you can have that home theater...
3D Sound Is Placing You Right in the Middle of the Action

3D Sound Is Placing You Right in the Middle of the Action

For as long as we’ve pumped money into big screen televisions for our home theater, we’ve not only created the theater experience in our homes, but feel as if we are in the movie we are watching. The audio component is just as important as the visual technology. The only option you had available was running 12 or more speakers in various locations, then turn up the volume. Blowing your eardrums out in pursuit of total immersion may now be a thing of the past with 3D sound. How does sound become multi-dimensional ? What Is 3D Sound? 3D sound isn’t something new. It’s been around for over a century. The original intent of 3D sound back in the late 1800’s was to immerse the listener, transmitted over the telephone, in an orchestral performance. The listener is meant to be placed in the middle of the sound. Imagine you are listening to your favorite rock band, and you are standing in the middle of them as they encircle you. How 3D Sound Works Your mixer can now control each individual sound. There is no need for speakers to be placed everywhere. If a whisper was just in your right ear, you’d only hear it in your right ear. You could track the sound of a bird flying overhead. This multi-dimensional sound can be relayed to your ears, creating a sense of space and location, further adding to your home theater viewing experience. Today’s Use of 3D Sound There has been a massive increase in the production and use of virtual reality technology. Because an encapsulated visor provides the viewer...
The Future of Home Theater: Going Beyond 4K

The Future of Home Theater: Going Beyond 4K

It seemed like yesterday when you were saving pay check after pay check to buy the latest in television technology for your home theater. The best the market had to offer, a 4k television with 4,000 pixels, left you feeling like you were in the show or movie. You could even place your old television side-by-side with your new one and see the difference of clarity. The future was here! Flash-forward to today and at Wal-Mart you can purchase a 4K television for $430. These low prices mean there is a whole new generation of resolution technology coming our way, sooner than you may think. The 5 Newest Television Technologies Changing the Market Keep an eye out for these game-changing T.V. technologies: S-UHD OLED HDR Curved Televisions Smart Televisions S-UHD Samsung has created and patented the S-UHD technology for their flagship television models. S-UHD isn’t a completely new display technology, it’s an improvement upon the liquid crystal display (LCD) platform. Utilizing nano-crystal technology, also referred to as “quantum dots,” they expand how colors appear and their richness. S-UHD televisions will provide the most pure colors, the closest imaginable to reality. OLED OLED stands for organic light-emitting diodes and is a technology being utilized by LG and their high-end television manufacturers.  Quality of display is created by running electricity through specific materials, causing them to glow the colors required for a television image (red, blue, and green). The advantages for OLED screens allow for much thinner televisions to be produced. It is also easier to scale resolutions. This could potentially allow for you to purchase a wall-sized monitor that maintains...
Streaming Devices for your Home Theater

Streaming Devices for your Home Theater

Home theater technology has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. Blu-rays were touted as the new standard medium for home theaters. However, recent advances in technology have begun to eclipse the idea of HD movie discs in favor of streaming devices that allow access to the internet from your TV. Now, instead of purchasing physical discs of content you wish to access, you can stream almost anything from the internet onto your home theater screen. There are several strong options available for quality content at reasonable prices. Roku Roku was one of the first home streaming devices that connected HDTVs with the internet. With access to applications like Netflix, thousands of channels, and a comprehensive search function, Roku is one of the industry leaders for home theater streaming devices. The newest Roku 3 is much smaller compared to its predecessors and features an Ethernet port for fixed, consistent service. While the Roku is probably the most powerful streaming devices, it is also one of the most expensive. A cheaper, more stripped down version is available as the Roku Stick. Amazon Fire TV Amazon’s reach has been steadily expanding over the last few years. They’ve recently decided to enter the streaming device market. Their Fire TV platform is designed to compete with the Roku 3. It offers many of the same features at a similar size. It is designed to fully unlock all of the features of Amazon Prime. While it doesn’t feature as many apps as the Roku, it does come with an optional gaming controller and interfaces with Amazon for content. Much like its competitors,...
Light Bulbs with Bluetooth Speakers Can Transform Your Home Theater

Light Bulbs with Bluetooth Speakers Can Transform Your Home Theater

Sony has recently announced that it will soon release a product that could change the way your home theater system works. The engineers at Sony have figured out how to put Bluetooth speaker technology into an environmentally-friendly LED light bulb. This allows speakers to fit into spaces that only light bulbs could fit into before. The wireless technology makes it a great addition to any home theater or living room space. Control at the Touch of a Button The wireless Bluetooth technology allows you to control both the light and the sound from your smart phone or tablet. The speakers and light can also be controlled from a specially-enabled remote. This allows you to pause dim the lights and the volume to create a more intimate feel or to light up the room and pump up the volume for maximum entertainment capability. If someone comes to the door, you can easily mute the volume for the conversation and resume the volume with the flick of a finger Wireless Speakers By utilizing Bluetooth’s wireless capabilities, these new light bulbs potentially allow you to create perfect sound in any room. Imagine no more wires cluttering up the floor space or hiding behind furniture and under rugs. You can have sound from any place you would put a light bulb, allowing you to use the light rays to visualize the sound output. These light bulbs allow you to create your ideal surround sound setup with the added benefit of ambient lighting, all of which you can control from your smart phone. High on Luxury, Low on Impact Perhaps one of the best...
New OLED TV Technology

New OLED TV Technology

The rate at which consumer grade electronics technology is evolving is truly staggering. It seems that electronics companies are rolling out new products daily and some of it would be unthinkable even ten years ago. Many of the technological developments of the electronics industry will inevitably have some repercussions in the home theater market. One such example of a possible “game-changing” technology was unveiled recently by the Korean electronics company, LG. They have produced a prototype for an OLED television that is less than a millimeter thick and can be mounted almost anywhere using magnets. Last year, LG produced a prototype for a 22” OLED TV that could be rolled. The new ultra-thin design unveiled this year is 55”. This type of technology, should it be adopted by the home theater industry, could change the market forever. What Is OLED? OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. OLEDs offer superior quality compared to LED or plasma TVs. OLEDs eliminate the need for a backlight to brighten the picture. Each OLED can be powered individually to create the perfect picture and reduce strain on the eyes. By eliminating the parts needed for a backlight, OLEDs allowed engineers at LG to create the incredibly thin prototype TV. The commercial implications of this type of technology for the home theater market could be huge. Mounting with Magnets Perhaps the most impressive part of this new OLED prototype from LG is the installation process. Its light weight allows it to be mounted to the wall utilizing only magnets. Suddenly, mounting and installing a TV looks more like a teenager hanging a poster on their...