Home theater systems have increased in popularity over the past couple decades. From surround sound to flat screen TVs, home theater seating and everything in between, consumer’s love for all things bigger, better, and louder isn’t going away anytime soon.
So what is the new trend in home theater systems? In a study done by research firm GfK in the first half of 2015, the one trend that stood out is that TVs are getting bigger and cheaper. The home theater market in general is still booming, with the ultra high definition TV sector growing the most rapidly.
The same study reported back that the most popular features for sound systems are wireless connectivity and simplicity; with all in one soundbars showing the most growth in the sound system market.
A representative from Elite Home Theater Seating, a company that specializes custom-made theater seating for residences and cinemas, said, “Home theaters aren’t going away. With the increasing popularity of McMansions, the prevalence of home theater systems and seating is also on the rise. Some of our most popular theater seating options are power recliners, ‘cuddle couches’ and luxury leather theater seating. People want home theater systems and people want home theater seating. It’s all about comfort and convenience.”
Tech Hive talked about the next big thing in home theater audio systems in a recent article. The article touted a new type of sound system better than surround system: Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. These new types of sound systems can be likened to the difference between 2D graphics and 3D graphics, and the result is immersive sound. Different than traditional audio, which plays sound with a particular speaker on a 2D plane, the new immersive audio technology treats each sound as its own individual object. For example, an airplane, a bird chirping, the sound of sizzling bacon, and so on would each be treated as their own individual objects with this new technology. The result is game-changing, completely immersive sound.
Tips for Home Theater on a Budget
The convenience of having a home theater system appeals to people of many backgrounds and financial statuses. Here are a few tips for creating your own home theater on a budget.
- Shop the Black Friday sales. It’s that time of year again and Black Friday is on the near horizon. Walmart and Best Buy are two stores that usually have killer sales on electronics on America’s favorite shopping day.
- Shop for a big screen TV on the cheap. If the research study done by GfK is accurate, now it’s cheaper than ever to upgrade to a bigger TV without breaking the bank.
- Take advantage of technology. If you don’t have the cold, hard cash to invest in a lavish home theater system, use streaming content and cheap apps to your advantage. Affordable devices such as Roku and Google’s Chromecast are an important staple in any home theater, because the possibilities for streaming content, movies, TV shows, music, and more is nearly endless.
- Consult with a professional. Although it may seem contrary to saving money, consulting with a professional in the home theater industry could be a big help in the long run. Professionals can give you the best advice on sound systems, seating, TVs, and technology when it comes to your home theater. It’s better to do it right the first time.
- Save money with Smart devices. By monitoring your power usage using smart devices, you can save money and energy over the long run.
In short, society’s need for convenience and instant gratification has made home theater systems a mainstay. Now, they’re even more affordable than ever before.
[Photo credits to: Elite Home Theater Seating and Tech Hive]