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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Hooking Up Home Theatre

What is Home Theatre?
Since the mid- to late-1990s, home theatre systems have rapidly grown in popularity, as consumers have looked for ways to enjoy movies at home the same way they do in traditional movie theatres. With the advent of the DVD player, having true at-home theatre-quality sound production has now become a reality. This technical article will help explain what home theatre is and how it can be set up.

So what exactly is home theatre? A home theatre system enables you to reproduce the sound and video quality of a commercial movie theatre in your own living room. Prices for home theatre systems can be as low as a few hundred dollars or up into the tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, creating a home theatre of your own requires only a few components. A basic home theatre system consists of a television, a DVD player or stereo VCR, an A/V receiver that supports surround sound, and five speakers.

What do you need for a Home Theatre system?
What devices/components are needed for a home theatre system? The most basic components for a home theatre system would consist of a video display (TV, rear projector, front projector, etc…), a surround sound A/V receiver (analog), and a stereo Hi-Fi VCR (typical red, white and yellow connections). When creating more elaborate home theatre systems, components such as DVD players, Super Audio CD players (SACD), Super VHS players (SVHS), or digital surround sound receivers are some of the more common components to see. When it comes to how many speakers? What kind of speakers? There are many different options. The most basic setup would have five speakers: 2 front speakers (left and right), a center channel, and 2 rear speakers (left and right). Higher end speaker setups would consist of up to 9 speakers: 2 front speakers (left and right), a center channel, 2 mid-rear speakers (left and right), 2 rear speakers (left and right), a center rear channel, and a subwoofer.

How do I hook up a Home Theatre system?
Hooking up a Home Theater system is a lot easier than it sounds. The fundamental rule when connecting the components together is that all the cables are connected, OUT to IN. The sound or the video signal will transfer OUT of a device, a DVD player, CD player, VCR etc., and IN to another, surround sound receiver or a video display.

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