Home Theater Trends

home theaterHome theaters have come a long way. Home theaters today look significantly different than those a mere 10 years earlier. The technology that makes up the home theater (the TVs, screens, projectors, graphics and sound) are continually changing and advancing.

Like other forms of technology, the home theater seems to change every year.

Home Theater Trends

If you’re one to show off the latest and greatest technology in your home theater (or you want to be), here are some home theater trends you don’t want to miss:

  1. 4K With HDR

Yes, 4K TVs were so 2016. What were once the new highly priced standard of superior home movie watching, 4K TVs have become more affordable.

4K TVs offer viewers a screen resolution of four times that of a standard 1080p HD TV with more than 8 million pixels per image (compared to 2 million for 1080p HD TV). Home theater buffs flocked to get a 4 K television. Chances are, you have one yourself. If you don’t you’re missing out on the clearest display of your favorite movie or TV show.

Nowadays, there are companies like Kaleidescape that allow viewers to buy, download and play their favorite movies compatible with 4K with high-dynamic range (HDR) movie players. With both TVs and movies offering 4K formatting, any home theater buff would go amiss if they weren’t utilizing the amazing viewing experience with 4K technology.

If you have a 4K TV (and you should), it needs to have high-dynamic range (HDR), like a 4K movie player from Kaleidescape. High dynamic range enhances the effects of 4K movie and TV viewing experience through clear resolution. High dynamic resolution offers a wider range of colors and brightness levels than even traditional video, allowing one to easily adjust the resolution for the brightest colors and best viewing experience.  

  1. Sound Bars

Yes, superb speakers are essential for a home theater. Surround sound has been a staple of home theaters for many years.

With homes, and, therefore, home theaters becoming smaller, speakers and audio units have also gotten smaller. They do, however, have the same high-quality, crystal clear sound. 

Towers, speakers built into walls and ceilings and now soundbars are ways you can enjoy your favorite movie without sacrificing limited space in your home theater room.

Soundbars are narrow, horizontal speakers that lay just underneath the TV. Sound bars today have multiple movie audio “codes,” integrated Bluetooth, and a built-in wireless subwoofer.  The newest speakers can now stream music and audio from a smartphone, tablet or computer.

  1. Ultimate, Universal Remotes

Every electronic gadget comes with its own remote. If you’re serious about your home theater, you probably have many remotes because only rookies would buy a home theater package.

Universal remotes came out many years ago to remedy the problem of multiple remotes. Today’s universal remotes can be programed onto an online database, allowing multiple devices to also be programmed using the same remote.  This can let you do more in less time.

Modern universal remotes can be in the form of one’s smartphone or tablet. You can now program all the components on the go with the gadget you always carry around with you.

  1. Second Screen

In today’s chaotic world, it’s easy to miss so much great entertainment. It’s often overwhelming with all the shows out there.

At-home theaters today provide so more than simply watching movies. Many with home theaters also watch their favorite TV shows and sports games there as well. With all the popular shows and sporting events, home theater owners have become drawn toward utilizing the multiple screens. 

Modern home theater screens allow viewers to not only watch multiple things at once (picture in picture you can say), but now viewers can synch their computer or smartphone to the TV and watch the soccer game of the century while watching all the live tweets coming in on your Twitter account or play a quick game of Zelda while watching an episode of Breaking Bad.

A second screen allows for the multitasking that we all enjoy doing so we can make the most of our time, when we’re not watching our favorite movies.

  1. Smarter TVs

As you’ve already found out, TVs are getting more sophisticated and smarter. What started off as big screens morphed into flat screens which then led to high-definition TVs. Now we have 4K TVs that are Wi-Fi enabled, come with a built-in camera, features multiple screen viewing, wireless connectivity to smartphones, app stores, console-less online video games, and voice-based interfaces.

Modern smart TVs are slowly turning into big-screen computer monitors. This allows for the ability to multitask easier.

  1. Multi-Use Space

If you’re like most people, chances are your home theater room is in an extra room in your home. Few people have the luxury to have both a spare room and a designated home theater room. Because of this, the home theater is slowly morphing into a multi-purpose room. More people are opting for traditional living room furniture, décor and furnishings than things you’d likely see in a traditional movie theater.

Even the walls are painted with lighter, more neutral colors instead of the dark, bold colors of a theater. More and more families are using technology like Roku and Apple TVs in their “living room” home theaters. In comparison to a designated projector that might be found in a dedicated home theater room.

  1. Networking Media

Current figures show one-quarter of home theaters utilize an Internet-connected Blu-ray player. The Internet will only play larger and larger roles in home theaters in the future.

Even if you don’t realize it, your home theater is likely already Internet connectivity dependent. Do you have a smart TV, dedicated streaming services (YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, etc.), or networked gaming consoles? If you do, you know you can’t enjoy your favorite show or movie without an Internet connection.

You may have a home Wi-Fi network already, but is it enough to handle the high Internet browsing usage for your home theater? In many cases, a plain wireless network won’t optimally work for streaming and watching videos and movies. Consider instead to use private ethernet connections.

The home theater experience has improved and progressed rapidly over the last few years. This is due to enhanced TVs, screens and audio equipment. Some of the latest home theater trends include 4K HDR TVs, soundbars, advanced universal remotes, utilizing split screens and paying more attention to what the networking configurations are.