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Your Dream Home Theater System - How to Choose the Right Components : Going out to the movies is becoming a very expensive activity. Not only have ticket prices gone up in the last few years, it seems that drinks, popcorn and candy have all had price increases. Couple this with the drop in prices on high end electronics and recent advances such as Blu-ray, and it is no wonder that ticket sales and continuously been dropping off as more and more people are opting to set up Home Theaters. Todays dream home theater consists of three things. First a television or projector, a 5.1 or 7.1 sound system and media playing device, normally a DVD player but more recently Blu-Ray players. This is a simplification of the home theater setup, there are a multitude of options and decisions to make in creating your dream home theater. This article will help you grasp a simple of understanding of the major components Television or Projector - There are plenty of options here. When considering a television, you must decide on whether you want a plasma screen, and LCD, DLP, or rear projection television. CRT or Cathode Ray Tube televisions are almost obsolete in todays home theater systems. Each of the aforementioned types has its own advantages and disadvantages. If you want a screen with great flexibility in placement, high quality picture and the price is not a major factor - then a plasma screen is your best option. If space is not a major factor and price is, you can find great prices on high quality rear projection television sets. In either case you need to purchase a high definition television, they are almost standard in larger screen televisions today. High definition is defined by a pixel count of 720 dot per inch (DPI) or higher. In order to take advantage of Blu-Ray quality, your TV should have a pixel count of 1080 dpi. Among 1080dpi sets you have a choice between 1080i and 1080p. The i stands for interlaced, and the p stands for progressive scan. These terms refer to how and how often the pixels on the screen are refreshed. 1080p televisions provide a higher quality picture, and will of course cost extra. The extra cost is well worth the cost in my opinion. The most recent advance in high definition televisions is 120 Hz sets, these new sets are supposed to better handle motion, especially in regards to watching sports. Whether its worth the extra cost is up to you to see for yourself. I imagine that given a couple of years 120 Hz will become the standard. At a minimum, I would recommend a 1080p television for your dream home theater. Sound System - This is potentially the most complex portion of your dream home theater setup. I say potentially because you can purchase a high quality home theater in a box and end up with a respectable sound system for your home theater with minimal fuss, or if you want to extract the maximum quality sound out of your system and are willing to pay what it takes; then building your own system from quality components is definitely the way to go. HTIBs or Home Theaters in Box are sometimes maligned by audiophiles as not being serious home theater sound systems, but a little research will show you that in recent years these pre-packaged systems now have components worthy of being part of a dream home theater system. If you want to build your own system the options and decisions youll be faced with are numerous. But the homework and research is well worth the final reward. Having a high quality picture certainly makes watching a film more enjoyable, but a great sound system takes you out of the confines of your living room and puts you in the middle of action. An audiophile quality sound system can whisk you away to the deep jungles of the Amazon, or put you in passenger seat of a heart pounding car chase through the streets of Los Angeles. A high-powered subwoofer will provide that heart thumping, seat shaking experience with each crash or explosion. Many will skimp on the sound system at the expense of a high quality picture, but they are truly missing half the experience of a dream home theater. Media Player - Normally this is a DVD player or more recently Blu-Ray players. When buying a DVD player, you should choose one with a video signal upconversion to 1080p. Ask your salesperson if the player uses Faroudja Video Processing, this is considered the best upconverting technology. Most Blu-Ray players will upconvert DVDs. If you are willing to pay between $200-$500, then a Blu-Ray player is definitely worth considering. The format war between HDTV a Blu-Ray is over, so a Blu-Ray is a safe bet. Blu-Ray is also capable of providing highest quality lossless audio (True-HD or DTA-HD Master Audio), allowing your dream home theater sound system to really shine. Eventually Blu-Ray will become the standard home video standard, but the good news is that they will play all your old DVDs as well. But if you are like me, once youve gotten used to Blu-Ray quality, its hard to go back plain old DVDs. This is just a quick overview of the major components. There are several other things to consider when building your dream home theater, such as cabling, speaker wire gauge, dipole /bipolar speakers vs. direct radiating just for starters. My recommendation is that if you research and make a well thought out decisions on the major components mentioned here, then many of the choices on the ancillary equipment and parts will begin to fall into place, and creating your dream home theater will be that much easier.
5 Tips To Get You Prepared For Having Your Dream Home Now : If you are a homeowner, or even a potential homeowner, chances are good that you have visions of owning your dream home in the future. The way the economy has been since about 2008 - 2016, many people have been forced to either put off their dream home plans, or have given up on them completely. The good news is this, never before have there been so many options available to homeowners, and new buyers, that having your dream home now may be a distinct possibility. In fact, this article will outline several courses of action that could put you in your dream home a lot sooner than you think. 1. Step away from the computer. The trouble with many people is that they dawdle around looking for their dream home, but spend all of their time looking at prospects on their computers. In fact, according to experts, more than 90 percent of potential buyers spend most of their time online looking for a home. For getting leads, this is great, but at some point you need to close the computer, go out, and look at houses. 2. Educate yourself on markets and trends. A lot of finding your dream home is a matter of watching the market and being able to predict when the prospects of finding such a home are good. You should understand market values so that when a deal does present itself, you are ready to pounce on it. 3. Watch for low interest rates. Dawdling can also cost you in another way: taking too long to take advantage of low interest rates while they last. 4. Get pre-approved. You can get yourself into a good position to buy the home you want, as soon as you find it, by getting your loan application started now, and determining what that amount is before you start looking. In fact, many buyers are now putting themselves into an ultra-competitive position in the market by going beyond the pre-approved stage to become fully-approved before making a purchase. Not every lender offers this possibility, but many do. When they do, take advantage of it! This will make you a more valuable buying party to the sellers. 5. Consider remodeling. When it comes time to start thinking about buying your dream home, a lot of options probably come to mind. Unfortunately, one option that is very important often eludes most people, remodeling an existing home. The truth is that remodeling can solve a lot of different issues related to home buying and selling. First, of course, if you decide to remodel instead of buying a new home, you can create practically anything you want in your dream home from your existing home. Another reason for a remodel, even if you decide to sell, is that remodeling can help you to correct many problems that might exist that buyers will want to reduce the cost in order to fix. Finally, remodeling a home provides good return on the investment, whether you decide to stay in your home, or you decide to sell it.
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