What is Home Theater?
The term Home theater (also referred to as Home Theatre or Home Cinema), is a setup of audio and video equipment in your home that tries to duplicate the movie theater experience.
Application of Home Theater
The application of this definition can vary widely, however. Many consumers are intimidated by the term “Home Theater” as they think this means a lot of money, equipment, and cables running all over the place.
Custom Home Theater
At its most complex, you can indeed have a custom built home theater that costs tens of thousands of dollars with a high end video projector, high end DVD player(s), separate amplifiers for each channel controlled by a master preamp or controller, in-wall speakers, and a couple of subwoofers that can just about shake down the entire neighborhood.
Practical Home Theater for Everyone
However, in reality, home theater as actually applied in most homes, does not consist of an expensive custom installation, nor a lot of money. A home theater can be something as simple as a 27-inch TV, a basic DVD player, inexpensive stereo or AV receiver, and speakers. Whatever type of system you end up with, as long as it provides the entertainment options you need and like, then it is your “Home Theater”. You can have a home theater in just about any room of the house, a small apartment, office, dorm, or even outside. The option(s) you choose are up to you.
Also Known As: Home Cinema
Alternate Spellings: Home Theatre