Home Entertainment Systems – Selecting a Video Display for your Family

Home electronics has become a fascinating topic on the lips of consumers and technology fanatics across the globe. It seems that a good combination of equipment has become almost a rite of passage for some homeowners and in many circles of friends. While electronics that deal with such important factors as lighting, heating and communicating are all incredible and somewhat of a necessity, the real eye-poppers have always been part of the home entertainment scene. HD technology has created a huge new surge of components and sound systems are constantly being reworked, reimagined, and reinvented. To complement these technological pieces, a good home entertainment system needs to have a clear and functioning video display unit. But with so many available technologies out there to choose from, what is the best of the lot?

The “best” is really in the eye of the beholder, and also in the desired needs of the consumer. Everything from big screen entertainment systems to projector screens can be purchased to enhance a home entertainment system. However, preferences are given to certain devices for various reasons. Some may give sharper pictures, others may be easier to work, and yet others may simply be easier to keep maintained. Choosing the proper mix of all these qualities will help you find the perfect type of video display to make part of your system.

Let’s start by discussing big screen technology. Home theaters are often judged not only by the quality of the equipment that makes them up, but on the size of the screen that is the focal point of the whole home theater. Televisions come in all shapes and sizes these days, but the widescreen television sets are by far the kings of the set. The only problem that big screen televisions have faced is in picture quality. Sometimes the picture would not be as sharp as if it were viewed on a smaller screen, especially from certain angles. With HD technology leading the way now, that problem has been solved. Big screen televisions now almost always give crisp, clear images, but the differences lie in the types of screens.

Plasma television sets are definitely the playboys of the big screen televisions. With their sleek designs and sexy appeal, any home theatre will be looking its best with one of these. However, while style and picture quality are top-notch, there are some technical problems that tend to come up with plasmas. Mainly, these include connectivity, of which there are often limited choices or amounts. So for those who plan to have numerous output cables attached to a television, it may be better to stay away from plasmas, unless an outside electronic box is purchased to wire multiple connections as an intermediary. The other problem with plasma televisions are the price. While a big screen television of the same size, although boxy in appearance, may cost a pretty penny, buying the same size plasma will apply a noticeable increase in the price tag.

Increasingly popular video display equipment is projector screen technology. This brings a real cinema appeal to your home theatre. These can often give the clearest image possible with current technology, but you need to know exactly what will work best with the conditions of your home theater. There are various color screens that could be purchased, white and grey being the primary. White is perfect for a theatre in a windowless room, while grey should be used if there is ambient lighting or sunlight that could affect the image quality on a white screen. Some downsides to the projector screen technology is that many models run loud and hot, which could be distracting and lead towards poor maintenance quality.

Besides the types of video display equipment available, the technology employed by each is also important to look at. Many people like LCD screens, while many more prefer CRM technology. Perhaps the best resolution you can get is 1080 p, which is rare among plasma screens, but readily available in other forms of video display equipment. You simply need to find the conditions that meet you theater best, ask the right questions when you’re about to purchase the product, and of course have in your mind the picture of your ideal home theatre system.

-Ben Anton, 2007

Setting Up a Home Entertainment System – What Is the Best 60?

The most enjoyable 60 HDTV is the LCD as it provides a much clearer and sharper image than plasma’s or rear projection sets. There are so many reasons you will want to look LCD’s sets instead of the other ones available. Plasma as well as rear projection will not be as easy to repair as the LCD’s and the cost for repairing will be quite expensive.

When you begin, you will need to look at specifics of the sets in order to get the best 60 inch for your home entertainment system. You will need to look at the screen resolution, how you mount the set, the HDMI, and the cost.

Screen resolution will be found in 720p or 1080p. 1080p provides a much better image quality, which is noticeable in 60-inch sets. The smaller sets either size screen resolution is fine, as you will not really notice the difference.

LCD HDTV’s offer more options for mounting which can be placed on the wall or on a stand. This way you have more options than you would with a plasma set that is very touchy and can be damaged just by tipping.

HDMI also known as high definition multimedia input is a TV connection that allows large amounts of video and audio to pass through a bundled cable, which actually improves the picture quality. If you plan on using your Blu-ray player, gaming console, or your computer with your 60-inch then you will want to purchase a set with multiple HDMI inputs.

The good news is that you can find a 60 inch LCD set for between $1,300 and $4,000 which is much less expensive than other types such as the plasma.

The Future Rumba Cat Home Entertainment System – A New Innovative Invention Concept

The other day, I was at Starbucks and I was talking to the gal who was sweeping the floor, and I told her that Starbucks should get a Rumba to run around and clean the floor inside the Starbucks, so she didn’t have to keep coming out every 10 minutes and sweep all the crumbs off the ground. It turns out that the CEO and founder of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, has all the Starbucks throughout the country set a timer every 10 minutes so the employees know to come check the lobby.

Still, the Starbucks employee agreed that having a robotic Rumba, or even a couple of them running around would do the job. She doubts if anyone would slip and fall on them, because they could always put little lights and beepers on them when they got too close to a human. This got me thinking there might be another use for the Rumba robotic vacuum cleaners. As you know, cat owners are often reluctant to purchase a Rumba because they don’t want to terrorize their cat – even though some owners report their cats play with it all day long.

However, what if the Rumba had a pop up, morphing, non-puncture balloon system, one which would change shape from time to time in the form of different small animals such as a mouse, squirrel, rat, or rabbit? Then the cat would be able to chase the device around, providing a good amount of exercise, and some in-house cat entertainment. After all, if you leave your cat for many hours during the day and come back, at least your cat would have something to play with. Something to stalk, guard against, and pounce on.

Indeed, before we domesticated these little animals, that’s what they were doing in the wild, it’s in their genes, and they like to play. Why not provide a fun play toy such as a Rumba cat home entertainment system? As the Rumba came up to a piece of furniture which was too low, the balloon could temporarily deflate allowing it to get underneath, and then when it was clear of furniture it could pop up again in a different shape.

Would this be hard to create with all the space-age materials we have today? Absolutely not, this invention and innovation could be ready for market within six months, and I bet they could sell at least 10 million of them to cat owners all over the United States, and eventually the world. So that’s your invention of the day, now go out and make something. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.