Home theater systems are generally easy to setup these days, thanks to interfaces like HDMI and wireless technologies getting a bit more mainstream. Once your home cinema system is all setup, you can pop in your favorite DVD title or Blu-ray title if you have a Blu-ray player and watch how amazing your HDTV brings out the visuals in vivid colors with the right brightness and contrast that match your room’s ambient lighting. But if you compare your system with the high-end crowd, you will quickly realize that there are so many other possibilities if you have the required components. Fortunately, getting there isn’t so bad and it does not involve replacing every single component with a higher-end model. There are some ways that you can expand your multimedia system without shelling out too much money from your pocket.
Adding Internet and Networking
HDTVs are meant to last a very long time and if you carefully selected a budget model and you are happy with it, then you won’t have to worry about upgrading anytime soon. But if your TV lacks Internet connectivity, you may feel left out and replacing your TV with one that has those embedded features isn’t a smart move where there are some alternatives that closely emulate that. If you do not have a Blu-ray player or AV receiver, you have a second chance in adding Internet and networking features so you can stream content online or from your networked devices. All it takes is to check out the product features and see how far they take the Internet experience. Since the component will be plugged in your display anyway, it will look as if your TV can connect to the Internet. The only catch is that both devices must be on but that is not a problem especially if your TV and media player are the same brands.
Getting your Gaming On
Today’s consoles are considered members of the home theater family and fortunately, all of these modern consoles which are currently the Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 all have the capability of connecting to the Internet. This means that if both your Blu-ray player and your TV have no Internet features, a gaming console can still complete things and then you have the benefit of playing all of your games on the big screen. No matter what your preferred console is, you will definitely add Internet to the mix. You can even get multiple gaming consoles so you can enjoy a wider variety of games to play. If a gaming console is too expensive for you, throw in a cheap home cinema PC and you can enjoy some casual gaming.
Going the 3D Route
2010 was a huge year for home theater enthusiasts when 3D technologies were introduced. However, the reception was mixed because the technology was too expensive and there is a limited amount of content. But now, there are mid-range models that have 3D features so you have a good opportunity to upgrade your entry level components to some futureproof wonders if you do have plans to upgrade this year. There is more 3D content now and it is shifting towards games as well. Many displays also have a function that converts 2D into 3D.
These are just some of the choices that can greatly expand your home theater setup. Don’t forget that there are accessories out there such as 3D glasses, wireless USB dongles, webcams, and others that can really add some value to your home theater system.