Home theater use is at an all time high given all the streaming video choices families have these days from Netflix to Amazon to Hulu, as well as, traditional cable offerings and sports packages. Also, the price of the audiovisual equipment used in home theaters has never been more affordable. Here are some of the latest trends we’re seeing in home theaters…
More and more families are opting for dual and multiple screens on the same wall. Some are putting screens on different walls. Some are having a large projection screen drop in front of the multiple tv screens for larger viewing when they want to focus on just one screen at a time. Most of these multi-screen rooms are in an arrangement that can function as a party room.
Traditional home theaters are giving way to hybrid rooms called media rooms or game rooms, or family centers. Sound and displays are the key components to making these hybrid spaces a success. People are adding more traditional furniture like sofas, chairs, and chaise lounges in front of their screens instead of the more traditional theatre seats. Homeowners want to be able to use the room with and without the equipment being the focal point so hybrid rooms are popping up all over the country.
Integrated Social Networking
There is more than just traditional shows and sports being viewed on all these screens. Now some of the screens will have integrated social media on them so that homeowners can update their status while watching movies, shows, and sporting events. Some smart TVs are coming with this already integrated. Some people are casting their tablets or smart phones to the screens.
Home Networking and the Internet
A great deal of our media is coming from dedicated streaming devices, smart TVs, and networking gaming consoles. Meaning that the internet is becoming our most important source for entertainment. Some research points to 1/4 of homes having an internet connected Blu-ray player this year. The current streaming quality isn’t as high as Blue-ray or CD yet but that is going to improve each year. Your home networks are being pushed to their limits so having a well ordered and efficient network is crucial to having a good media room experience.
You just can’t beat the sound of topline soundbar speakers for sound quality. In-wall speakers are great for hiding equipment but when you have a more dedicated area for listening and viewing, more and more people are opting for sound bars. SimpTech Solutions offers state-of-the-art, custom, audiovisual solutions for residential and commercial clients including home cinema, multi zone audio & video distribution, digital media access, and outdoor living.
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