Practical Home Theater Guide
explains it all
No more driving to the crowded movie theater...
true cinematic experience within the comfort of your home is a reality!
Are you in the market for a new HDTV or AV receiver? Would you like to have a true understanding of the latest TV specs without the hype that often the latest technology? Do you know what it takes to enjoy the best 3D TV experience?
Would you like to know how to go about designing a home theater within the limitations of your budget, or how to select the best projection screen for your needs? Are you confused by the different audio formats? Help is here!
Practical Home Theater Guide is set to serve as a comprehensive guide to home theater—from the art and science of home theater design, to home theater systems installation and product reviews; all articles are complemented by easy-to-follow information and practical installation tips.
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Home theater systems can do a remarkable job towards achieving a great cinematic experience in the home.
It is all about an intermix effect brought together by the TV or projection screen, the home theater sound, and the overall room decor. These all play a key role in the cinematic experience.
Through the information published on Practical Home Theater Guide, we show you that it is all a question of selecting the appropriate gear and of following the necessary implementation principles for a correct home theater setup.
It is not true the bigger an HDTV is, the better, or that you will enjoy better sound by pumping more power into your sub-woofer! Just follow through the articles appearing on Practical Home Theater Guide to discover more.
We hope that Practical Home Theater Guide will serve as a comprehensive reference source with easy-to-follow information on all aspects of home theater. Our aim is to help you achieve through your own home theater system that same magical experience we enjoy at movie theaters. We are therefore presenting a series of informative articles and setup guides that discuss the various aspects of home theater.
Practical Home Theater Guide covers various sections targeting specific areas of interest:
- HDTVs installation guides
- Product reviews
- Home theater video projectors
- Projector screens
- Multi-channel sound systems
- AV receivers and wireless speakers
- Home theater calibration and setup discs
- Power supplies and equipment protection
- Digital and satellite TV systems
... and more.
Each section includes the relevant home theater guides that discuss in detail the respective design criteria, setup constraints, equipment selection, and overall equipment integration. Related home theater system reviews are also included, while links to manufacturers' sites and major online suppliers are provided whenever possible.
Home Theater Design: We are also featuring an interesting series of Home Theater Design guides that takes a full 360o approach to the subject, starting with the basics in design concept, to final implementation.
Topics covered include: basic home theater room planning budget constraints and available space, room acoustics, lighting, room decor, home theater seating, screen size, equipment and speaker placement, home theater wiring, etc.
On our part, we are committed to continue developing this website into a complete resource of free home theater guides and product reviews.
We hope that you will enjoy and profit from the articles appearing on Practical Home Theater Guide.
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Practical Home Theater Guide Site Map
Website Index - Main Site Categories
HDTV Guides: Plasma, CCFL & LED LCD TVs, OLED, and CRT
Plasma Television Guide
If you want a videophile-grade picture for less, the Plasma TV is surely your way!
LCD TV Guide
Discussing LCD HDTV sets - both CCFL and LED - starting with the basics of LCD TV technology to flat panel TV installation.
OLED TV Guide
OLED TV sets are turning out to be among the biggest attractions in the latest electronics shows. This is no surprise; they deliver the best TV picture irrespective of display technology but… Discover more in this OLED technology guide.
Miscellaneous HDTV Guides
A series of guides covering digital television - from converter boxes to DTV antennas.
Comprehensive online guide to Digital Satellite TV
Digital satellite TV is delivering entertainment to millions in the USA; it represents a great choice to complement your home theater and a great source for HD broadcast content.
We experienced 3D in movie theaters; now 3D has come to the home thanks to the latest 3D HDTVs but... It takes more than just a 3D TV to enjoy the best 3D viewing experience; more in this series of 3D TV guides.
CRT TV Guide:
The days for the CRT TV are over but there are still millions of CRT TVs in US households. This comes to no surprise as CRT TVs are relatively robust and offer excellent picture especially with respect to LCD TVs.
Flat-Panel TV Reviews: LCD, LED and Plasma HDTVs
LCD TV Reviews:
Covering some of the best LCD HDTVs—from expensive LED LCD TVs to affordable LCD televisions in the so-called 'value category', often incorrectly referred to as cheap LCD TVs!
Plasma TV Reviews - discovering the best plasma televisions!
A series of plasma HDTV reviews covering some of the best yet affordable plasma television sets available on the market.
Best HDTV Roundup
Helping you pick the best HDTVs irrespective of brand or display technology.
Projection Systems: Guides and Product Reviews
Complete guide to front and rear projection television systems.
Projector reviews designed to help you discover the best business and home theater projectors.
Rear Projection TV Reviews
A selection of Rear Projection TV reviews covering major top-selling systems for home theater use.
Home Theater Screens
Usually the last to be considered; many even choose the cheapest available, but this is a BIG mistake...
DIY Projection TV Guide
There was a time when video projectors were super expensive and many tried to experiment with DIY setups to produce a big TV image on a wall. This is no longer so but it is still fun producing a real life-size TV image for just a few bucks! DIY projection TV can make this a reality but...
Home Theater Audio: Multi-Channel Sound
Guide to Home Theater Sound
Covering Dolby and DTS surround sound formats, THX certification, DVD-A, DualDiscs, and SACDs. In the process, we also discuss speakers and AV receivers as detailed below:
Covering multi-channel audio speaker requirements, speaker buying tips, speaker placement, and speaker specs.
Home Theater Cables: AV Interconnects and HDCP
Home Theater Cables: Guide to AV Connectors and Speaker Wire
Do not underrate the importance of quality home theater cables; the quality of your AV connectors and speaker wire will impact system performance. Read here to discover more.
HDCP: A Guide to the most debated Digital Content Protection
Discover what HDCP is all about, why it impacts HDTV viewing, and how it works. Is there an alternative to noncompliant HDTV devices - what about the use of HDCP strippers?
Home Theater Guides: Home Theater Design, AV Racks, and System Setup
Towards a Successful Home Theater Design
A correct home theater design is crucial for an immersive movie experience. Discover more in this series of home theater guides.
Home Theater Setup DVDs
Calibration discs can help you get the best out of your system without calling a professional. Discover how setup DVD discs can come in handy during equipment setup.
Guide to Audio Video Equipment Racks
AV Racks come in all shapes and sizes, and helps you keep your gear organized and safe, essential for long-term trouble-free operation. But AV racks represent more than a storage space for your system components...
Home Theater Pictures Gallery
A collection of Home Theater Pictures submitted by Practical Home Theater Guide visitors, to help you discover what others have done to build their home theater masterpiece.
Movie Posters - a great way to re-live your favorite movie magic!
Movie posters can help recreate the magic of the movie theater in the home. Learn more about the fascinating world of movie pictures, poster sizes, poster books, and poster light boxes.
Wireless Home Theater: Headphones, Speakers & Media Players
Guide to Wireless Headphones
Ever told to turn it down? Wireless headphones may be a solution - especially when combined with Dolby Headphone technology.
Wireless Home Theater: A Buying Guide to Wireless Speakers Systems
Wireless speakers offer greater flexibility when in-wall wiring is not an option. This wireless speakers guide should help you identify the best solution for your needs.
Wireless Media Players
Are you ready to expand your wireless networking from a simple home-office to a fully integrated wireless home entertainment system? Today's wireless media players make this easily achievable.
Home Theater Books and Magazines
Home Theater Magazines and Books - Reviews and Suggestions
Grab a few magazines and home theater books, and you are on your way to avoid costly mistakes when planning a home theater or making a purchase.
Free Electronics Catalogs
Now you can get some of the best Electronics Catalogs covering top electronic gadgets and home theater gear, free of charge. More info here.
Power Protection Solutions
Power Protection in the Home Theater
There is more to power protection than protecting your gear. The problem is that power protection does not come cheap; at the same time, a correctly implemented protection system represents the most effective insurance for your gear. In this series of articles on power protection, we discuss the use of power line conditioners, surge suppressors, and AC regenerators as part of a power protection system in AV applications. We also investigate the possible use of the cheaper computer UPS as part of a home theater power protection solution on a budget.
Home Theater Resource Directory
A selection of home theater guides and informative articles from specialized home theater sites, with links to related web resources.