Category: Home theater

The Best Home Theater Systems in 2020 (part 2)

KLH Kendall 5.1 Speaker System

KLH’s mission is audiophile-worthy speakers at affordable prices. And its latest line-up embodies that mission. The Kendall 3-way floor-standing speakers included in the system represent KLH’s new flagship models. Beautifully finished in American walnut and black oak veneers, each consists of custom drivers made of Kevlar, anodized aluminum, and big magnets. They look beautiful and sound great.

The KLH Story Center Channel Speaker puts the most major action front and center with crossover circuitry that is made from high-quality components. The two Beacon surround speakers do a great job with the left and right rear channels of the system.

This Package Includes: 2 KLH Kendall Floorstanding Speakers, Windsor 12 Subwoofer, KLH Beacon Surround Speaker Pair, KLH Story Center Channel Speaker, Available in Black or Walnut

Reg. Price: $2,796.95

SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Package

Over the last 20 years, SVS has become one of the most respected brands in the industry of home theater. Initially known for their award-winning subwoofers / sternum-vibrating / room-shaking, new SVS systems now can compete with anyone with the SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 home theater package being a great example. The package’s compact is easier to fit in a smaller room and can turn it up and boom: make it become the Hollywood Bowl.

Each SVS Prime Satellite speaker has the size of a loaf of bread, containing a one-inch tweeter and a 4.5-inch midrange drive. They are small but punch like Roberto Duran. The 12-inch driver in the already legendary will have you holding on to your seat. It’s small and neatly tucks into any corner.

Another big advantage of SVS’s package is gaming. If you really want to put yourself in the middle of a Call of Duty or Gears of War battle, the SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Package is for you.

This Package Includes:  5 Prime Satellite Speakers and SB-1000 Subwoofer

Reg. Price: $999.99

The Best Home Theater Systems in 2020 (part 1)

If you are planning to purchase a home theater systems to relax while practicing the social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, consider our picks for best home theater systems in 2020 to choose from.

1. Sonos 5.1 Beam Surround Set with Voice Assistant: The Smartest Home Theater System

It seems that Sonos is intent on sweeping the field. Considered as the upstart among industry giants, now Sonos is doing for home theater what they did for multi-room music with quite impressive results.

According to CEPro magazine, the Sonos Beam 5.1 Surround Set is everything you may expect from the world’s leading wireless audio company. Highs are crystal clear and dialogue through the Beam Sound Bar – the system’s centerpiece – is eminently understandable and consistently front and center.

In addition, the system is whip smart, coming with an impressive feature set. It’s totally wireless save for the HDMI output and power cord. The Sonos app remains the best and also smartest app in the industry with Apple Airplay 2 included. It streams just about everything through more than 50 music services that are supported by Sonos. Add Amazon Alexa and/or Google Assistant voice control, adding a look that is stylish, unobtrusive, and made to blend in – and you have got an excellent option. Not only for truly immersive 5.1 surround sound, but also for great-sounding music. Although it’s a little bit pricey, it is worth every penny in our opinion. 

This Package Includes: Beam Compact Smart Sound Bar With Voice Control, 2 OneSL Speakers for Stereo Pairing and Home Theater Surrounds, SUB Wireless Subwoofer, Power Cords, HDMI Cable (Available in Black or White)

Reg. Price: $1,456.00

2. Bose Soundbar 700 with Bass Module 700 and Surround Wireless Speakers: The Best Wireless Home Theater System

Every component of Bose Soundbar 700 is part of Bose’s new family of smart wireless speakers. With Amazon Alexa built-in, you can control the system with simple voice commands.

This Package Includes: Bose Soundbar 700, Bose Surround Wireless Speakers, Bose Bass Module 700, Power cords, Optical cable, HDMI Cable

Reg. Price: $1,797.00

Three quick things to consider when selecting a home theater system

There are three types of home theater shoppers. Some love the process and dive in head first, researching how different component combinations deliver different results, reading about all the options, and much more. Others may care less about details, options, and specs – they just want an awesome home theater. And then there is the biggest group: everyone in the middle. However, doing some research is always necessary. Here are three quick things to consider when selecting a home theater system.

1. This is not about TVs.

It’s the question we get most: “So, what exactly is a home theater system?” And although a good TV and/or projector and screen are key to the experience, a home theater is all about sound. Or more to the point: the sound so real, so lifelike and so 3-dimensional, it suspends disbelief and puts you in the action. The bigger and better the sound, the bigger and better the experience.

2. What you need:

A typical home theater system includes a home theater receiver (where the power comes from / what everything connects to) and speakers –  including (but certainly not limited to): a center speaker, right and left front speakers, right and left rear speakers, special effect speakers (or height speakers) for Dolby Atmos, and a subwoofer or two.

3. The three distinct types:

The type of home theater system you choose will depend on several factors, but here’s the good news: there’s a home theater solution for every situation. The three types include:

  • Pre-packaged home theater systems (aka home-theater-in-a-box). Very easy to set up and everything matches.
  • A home theater system made up of separate components. More customizable with respect to design aesthetics and sound.
  • An installed, dedicated, and custom-designed home theater. Where we gut the whole room and start over – new walls, new ceiling, built-in components, luxury theater seating and lighting, cinematic touches throughout, and so on. (What we call “the whole shootin’ match.”) Pricey, yes, but more common than you might think.

10 Steps to Set Up A Professional Home Theater (part 1)

To design a home cinema, you need to have in-depth knowledge of the design, know how to organize things as well as make the smartest choice. A few tips to building a professional home theater will help you feel better in the first step.

1. Find an appropriate area in the house

Choose an appropriate space and can bring the highest projection effect in your home. Remember that if the cinema room is shared with other activities, the entertainment experience will definitely be reduced. For example, the kitchen will be mixed with the noise of the cooking process, the smell of food invading. And the living room will be very difficult to control the light and even the noise between family members. All of this can affect your entertainment experience.

2. Remodeling the ordinary room into a professional movie room

Repairing a door room such as installing floors, painting walls or installing ceilings is the next thing you need to do to set up a professional home cinema room. In addition, you need to pay attention to the degree of outside light control and the surface area used to install a projection screen or directly onto a wall (considering the use of a projector).

3. Control of ambient light

Ambient light means light from outside the projection room such as from other rooms or light through a window. It may affect the quality of the image projected on the screen. So, you still need to control the light in this room.

On the projector side, you’ll need a high-brightness video projector if you intend to use it in a room with lighting or unable to control the light. But the best way to deal with ambient light is to simply block it from before it starts. You should choose a space with low light such as a basement or windowless room. If you can’t do this, limit the light to the curtains and turn off the electricity

Home Theater: How to Choose The Best Projector

The central and most important central equipment for a home theater is a projector. Unlike office projectors, home projectors usually have a wide aspect ratio of 16: 9 and are designed specifically for movie projection.

When deciding on a projector, you should not rely too much on the specifications given by the manufacturer as they tend to be overblown to reality. It’s best to look for information about the machine through the reviews of experts, or from the tech community, and then watch the demo of the machine directly at the shop selling projectors.

Usually, we can easily distinguish home projectors from office projectors. Office projectors often have a high brightness of over 3,000 lumens due to being used in a bright office environment. However, the contrast of the device is quite low, below 3000: 1. Whereas the projectors have lower brightness because they are used mainly in dark rooms, but give very realistic colors and tens of thousands of contrast.

With the development of technology, the quality of home cinema projectors has been constantly improved, and besides, the price has been pushed down to an unprecedented affordable level.

With an investment under $ 1300, you can consider already popular models such as Optoma HD25LV, BenQ W1070 or ViewSonic 7820HD. These projectors all have Full-HD resolution and are equipped with 3D projection feature.

With a higher investment of $ 2100, you can consider high-end models such as Epson TW8100, Optoma HD8300, BenQ W7000 or Panasonic PT AE8000. Of course at this price, the quality can satisfy even the most demanding audience.

A major concern of projector users is the lifetime of the projector lamp. This issue is currently being addressed by projector vendors. And the lamp life has been increased to over 5,000 projection hours. This means you can enjoy thousands of movies without having to consider replacing the light bulbs. The price of genuine light bulbs currently ranges from 200 to 300 USD depending on the company.

As for the camera body, carriers usually offer a 2-year warranty, especially up to 3 years. In order to be assured of using the device, the advice given to users is to choose reputable suppliers and have a good after-sales warranty to buy the machine.