Home theater is really just a tossed around term for a particular approach to home entertainment. But, who wants a definition anyways,. It’s what you see and feel and “experience” while entertained at home. Todays world is content rich with high profile free and paid vendors.
What we feed to our display is another topic, but we all know where it comes from. For example: Cable boxes “Comcast, At&T Uverse, Direct TV, Dish Net”, High definition blu ray discs, Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Apple TV, Computers and video game consoles such as xBox, Play Station and Wii. Generally, a home theater setup is a combination of electronic components designed to recreate the experience of being in a movie theater. The more speakers and bigger the better.

To see how home theaters do this, let’s take a look at the original model — the movie theater. When it comes to picture and sound, the theater can offer an amazing experience we just don’t get at home. That’s usually why people will pay to go to the movies, even though renting a movie is cheaper. There are a few main components that make watching TV and going to the movies very different.

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One of the biggest differences is the sound experience. When you go to see a movie in a quality movie theater, you’ll hear the music, sound effects and dialogue not just from the screen, but all around you. If you’ve read How Movie Sound Works, you know that a standard movie theater has three speakers behind the screen — one to the right, one to the left and one in the center — and several other speakers spread out in the rest of the theater.

In this surround sound system, you hear different parts of the soundtrack coming from different places. When somebody on the left side of the screen says something, you hear it more from the left speaker. And in a movie like “Star Wars,” you hear a rumbling swoosh travel from the front of the theater to the rear as a spaceship flies toward the camera and off the screen. You are more involved in the experience of watching a film because the world of the movie is all around you.
The second chief component of the theater experience is the large size of the movie screen. In a theater, the screen takes up most of your field of view, which makes it very easy to lose yourself in the movie. After all, you’re sitting in the dark with only one thing to look at, and everything you’re looking at seems much bigger than life.