Home theaters have been with us for what it seems like forever and during all that time their basic concept pretty much remained the same.
However, the things are stale only at the surface and like any other thing that is rooted in the world of tech, home theaters are exposed to some pretty rapid developments. The rise of smart technologies and IoT (Internet of Things) just made the whole thing a lot more interesting. So, let’s take a look at what’s brewing in the world of big-screen home entertainment.
Multipurpose entertainment space
As the time goes by and big screens and sound systems are becoming more affordable, home theaters are finding a way into more homes than ever before. However, not all of the home owners have a privilege of reserving an entire room for home theater. Therefore, a growing number of home theaters are no longer elaborate theater-like setups, but more of multipurpose entertainment hubs that are integrated in a room with the inclusion of two basic home theater elements – huge TVs and sound systems.
Soundbars, soundbars everywhere!
With the new home theater systems’ main goal being to perform and fit the smaller space rather than to impress, one has to reexamine the clutter and complexity of five-to-seven speaker systems. Modern soundbars may not be just as powerful solution (especially if you don’t include a separate subwoofer in the entire system), but they are more than capable of producing rich, satisfying audio. It’s really no wonder that they’re becoming the go-to compact home theater solution.
Smaller space doesn’t always have to mean constriction to only one screen. On the contrary, multipurpose nature of modern home theater systems often entails the need for multi-screen setup, mostly due to gaming needs. But, even if you haven’t touched a gamepad in your life, you have to admit, the volume of available entertainment content is ginormous – having multiple screens allows you not to be restricted to only one option at the time.
Implementation of operating systems like Android and iOS caused an upheaval in the world of mobile phones and forever changed the face of the entire industry. As expected, it was only a matter of time before smart technologies crossed over the mobile device boundaries and conquered other realms. Today, although smart TVs haven’t made a similar impact like smartphones, they did open the doors to interesting innovations like TV browsing, TV gaming, and live tweeting, and underlined the need for multi-screen setups.
4K TVs with HDR
Big screens have always been an essential part of every home theater setup. However, until recently we had neither devices that would justify such huge dimensions, nor the content that would look good on them. These days, both these things have changed, so TV wall mounting companies like Universal Home Theatre have their hands full with gargantuan 4K-capable TVs. Another exciting technology that is slowly becoming a standard is HDR (High Dynamic Range) that reproduces a wide range of brightness levels and makes the whole experience even better.
Although it’s been disregarded as sheer gimmick and written off countless times before, 3D technology proved to be quite stubborn, and it seems it’s just recently started to make a strong household presence. This makes very much sense because 4K content, streaming capabilities, smart technologies and 3D are all intertwined and develop at the similar pace and in the same direction. Today, you finally have a quality 3D content that is actually watchable on a home TV that doesn’t require an elaborate setup and additional equipment.
As we can see home theaters are no longer meant only for movie marathons and huge sport events and dwell much deeper into mundane activities. Furthermore, new technologies are constantly reshaping the way we consume our multimedia and brining new treats to the table. Where will these two interesting developments eventually lead us remains to be seen.
April 25, 2017