As anyone who has been to the movie theater in the last few years surely knows, digital picture and audio have replaced traditional film in nearly all facilities. Every part of the projection process is automated – creating lower labor and material costs for theaters. These tools help them stay in business in a world that tends to visit theaters less often for entertainment. With digitization working so well for commercial movie watching, it was only a matter of time before the trend made its way to the home theater system.
Smaller, Slimmer, Sleeker
Visually, going digital has a profound effect on the home entertainment system. By abandoning bulky technology (i.e. stationary, high-fidelity speakers) in favor of smaller wireless speakers operating via wireless Internet or Bluetooth connectivity, professionally installed set-ups can take up less room and still provide excellent sound quality. Digital television screens are thinner and lighter. Most components are wall mountable and the controls can be integrated into smart phones, tablets, and even voice controlled!
An Immersive Experience
Of course, some consumers may worry that losing the bulk might mean losing the power behind their technology. However, digital entertainment gives the user more options than ever before for a truly immersive viewing experience. Some ways this can be achieved are:
- Wireless controls to customize the sound, display and other components from anywhere in the room or home.
- Speakers that can be mounted on walls, ceilings and in corners to create a surround sound effect that rivals commercial theaters.
- Displays with multiple screens, dynamic wall mounts or full-wall presence gives users a feeling of complete immersion in whatever they’re watching, whether it’s a blockbuster movie or their team’s biggest game.
Of course, not every user wants an entire wall of media. The beauty of today’s home theater system is that it is truly customizable, with technology to fit every need and budget. Enjoying favorite shows and events at home will never be the same and Americans are happy to ride the digital media wave forward to see where it takes home entertainment.