Hi-Fi & Home Theatre Buyers Guide
WHAT DOES 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MEAN?5.1 surround sound is the most common home theatre configuration. This is produced by 5 speakers circling the room producing full-range frequency and 1 sub woofer for low frequency (Bass) to make sure the ground rumbles when a car explodes on-screen!
The are two main sound-encoding surround sound formats:
- Dolby Digital
WHAT'S AN AV RECEIVER?Commonly known as an "Amp" or "Amplifier", the receiver is the central hub and integral element to any home theatre setup. It's the bridge between your blu-ray player and your TV & speakers. AV Receivers process both the audio and video signals from HD devices (blu-ray, dvd players etc.) and transmit the picture and sound to your TV & speakers.
WHAT IS HDMI?High Definition Multimedia Interface - HDMI is the best way to get the best possible picture & sound from your HD media device (e.g. Blu-ray player) to your TV screen and home theatre speakers. HDMI cables simplify your home theatre system by connecting media devices via one HDMI cable each and one HDMI cable from your receiver to your TV. This means no more messy cabling behind your TV and you don't have to worry about where to plug everything in.
HDMI cables carry both Full High Defintion Video AND Digital Audio signals from:
- Blu-ray players
- DVD players
- Video Game Consoles
- Foxtel HD
LIFESTYLE SYSTEMSLifestyle Systems are Home Theatre Systems which use a DVD/Blu-Ray Player instead of an A/V Receiver. Lifestyle systems are beneficial for their easy setup and affordability however they can be restricted in the number of components/devices that can be connected as well as which speakers are compatible.
WHAT IS BLU-RAY???Blu-ray is the next generation of DVD. A blu ray disc plays your favourite movie in Full HD. It can hold up to 50GB of information as opposed to 4.7GB on a DVD. This means far superior picture & sound quality. Blu-ray discs can only be played in blu-ray players. BUT THIS DOESN'T MEAN YOUR DVD COLLECTION IS USELESS! Blu-ray players can play DVDs and even upscale the picture quality so they look their best on your Full HD TV.
PVR - PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDERA PVR is a media device which records your television programs in a digital format. You can most commonly record direct to an in-built hard drive or blank DVD. Some new PVRs can also record to USB sticks and SD memory cards. The most common forms of PVR are DVD Recorders and Hard Disc Drive Recorders which connect to your TV or receiver seamlessly through HDMI.
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