Tips For Choosing a DVD Projector For Use in Your Home Entertainment System

A lot of people, when they set up their home entertainment systems, don’t even bother to consider buying a DVD projector. This is a big mistake. While this item will not always be the right choice, it certainly has its good uses. For example, did you know that the video picture quality of a DVD projector is very high in quality? Some people even prefer them over plasma screen TV’s.

One basic thing you will have to consider is where do you want to mount it? Some projectors can attach to the ceiling, while others will have to be rested on top of a table or some other object. I am of the mind that it is better to hang it on the ceiling because then it’s out of the way. No one is going to step on it or knock it off its surface. (Nor will they be able to spill anything on it!)

You will have to set a budget, too. If you are very serious about setting up a first rate home entertainment system then I would suggest setting aside about $500 for a DVD projector. You may very well be able to do better than this, but you certainly don’t want to get caught in the trap of buying one that will not give you a great viewing experience.

I would say that those are the two single most important factors to consider when buying a DVD projector. Issues of brand and model quality can be easily sorted out by reading some reviews or going into the store and trying it out for yourself.

Onkyo HT-S3200 5.1 Channel Home Entertainment System

As HD media becomes more and more accessible to the average Joe, consumers are finding that its just as important to get a HD capable home entertainment system as it is in getting a HD capable wide-screen display. Vendors like Onkyo have listened and responded with affordable yet high performance systems like the Onkyo HT-S3200 5.1 Channel Home Entertainment System. Although the Onkyo HT-S3200 is just the entry-level model in the company’s current line-up, the system boasts plenty of features including HDMI video and the ability to switch up to three HD sources and three audio-only sources.

Although the Onkyo HT-S3200’s setup is manual, the system’s out-of-the-box sound is good enough to not require the usual speaker volume-leveling. The system can accept up to three HDMI sources with one digital coaxial, two optical inputs, and the choice to use analog inputs (RCA) for any selected source. This means you can hook up to three HD video devices and up to three audio-only devices with space for two component sources as well. The system is optimized for users who already have a few video sources such as a next-gen game console or Blu-ray player so it doesn’t include a disc player of its own.

Audio decoding offers standard DVD modes such as Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS, DTS 96/24, and DTS Neo:6. Other features include an AM/FM radio with up to 30 presets and an optional port for an iPod dock on the receiver’s rear that must be purchased separately. You can also plug a portable device into the receiver’s front-panel 3.5-millimeter line-in jack.

The Onkyo HT-S3200 can also make use of a B speaker system turning it into the perfect party player. The Onkyo HT-S3200’s receiver also features Audyssey EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume without an auto-setup option that results in a fuller and richer sound with three levels of dynamic range compression. Overall, the Onkyo HT-S3200 5.1 Channel Home Entertainment System offers great sound and a nice feature-set at an even better price.

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