Moving pictures have always fascinated people. The early zoetrope and praxinoscope amazed people a century and a half back. The silent movie and then the talkies mesmerized people, and in a few short decades had replaced the theater as the most popular entertainment medium. The television brought the magic of theater at home, and inspired fear of the demise of movies. The fear was premature, however. The ambience of the big screen, the high resolution pictures and the life-like sound system could not be reproduced from the simple television. Although television technology improved leading to bigger screen sizes and better sound with more speakers, the theater ambience was irreproducible; until the home theater came into contention.
The home theater is a conglomeration of devices that recreate the effect of the movie theater at home. This includes a viewing device (either a large screen television, or a projector and screen), a playing device (typically a DVD player), and a comprehensive sound system that provides what is termed ‘surround sound’. The total product is an ambience that is equivalent to the movie theater, with many attendant advantages missing in the theater. For example, you can view any movie any time you want. You can invite your friends and loved ones and entertain them. You do not have to bear the hassle of going out of your home as you get theater experience from the convenience of your home. You can rerun any scene you missed, or you liked particularly. You save money in the long term as you don’t have to buy costly theater tickets. A perfect product for the movie buff or those who like relaxing at home, the home theater has attracted tremendous interest in recent years.
The thousand and one combinations of speakers and screens, brands and companies have created a flood of choice. There is something for everyone, and home theater prices can range from the low to the exceptionally high depending upon what one is looking for. While the scare of the television proved premature, the home theater is a true rival of the movie theater. With prices decreasing and availability increasing, home theaters are making a dent in the long term prospects of the movie theaters. This section of the directory is a perfect guide for those willing to invest in home theaters. With links to vendors catering to all types of demands and many other helpful resources, this section is sure to help you in finding the right home theater for you.