Personal Entertainment with DVDS and Home Theaters

DVDs and Home Theaters are two consumer electronic devices that give movie theaters a run for their money in the nearest future. Why not? Ease, convenience, comfort, and the ability to hit the Replay button is something most people do not want to pass out on.

Ever since DVDs hit the market, every possible movie, show, program, exercise material, tutorial, even school courses is preserved in one of these digital versatile disks. Long before DVDs came to be known as digital versatile disks, it translated into digital video disks as it was exclusively used for movies and videos. As new inventions came out, it morphed into being a versatile tool owing to the fact that this disk can now store more than movies only. Hence, home theaters are just the right partners for the booming DVDs.

1. What is a DVD?

DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disks. It is an optical disk storage media format that can be used for data storage including movies with high video quality. A DVD player is the device that translates the stored data as in a movie into your television set.

2. What to consider in buying DVDs and DVD players?

Assuming that you now know what DVDs are, you are interested in renting movies in DVDs, copying, burning and shrinking your own DVD movies, you are ready to buy your first DVDs. There are certain types of DVDs that you have to keep in mind before, losing your wallets. For purposes of just using the DVD for your PC and TV, for the same basic function, the choice is very straightforward.

However if you are looking into making your own movie, you need a DVD player-burner, one that plays and records. The DVDs that you feed into this player-burner come in two formats: 1) DVD-R or DVD-RW Format and 2) DVD+R or DVD+RW Format.

There really is no main difference in the physical features of these two. However, as to the functionality, DVD+R/+RW has a 100% compatibility with all other DVD players. There are also differences in the built-in defects of both as well as in their prices. For purposes of this article, we will not be discussing deeper technical aspects.

DVDs look exactly like CDs (Compact Disc). However, DVDs are sturdier and are not affected by magnetic fields unlike VHS and CDs so that they can be used repeatedly as many times as you want and the quality of the picture or movie will still be the same as the first time it was recorded.

Blu-ray is the latest format of DVDs jointly by developed Blu-ray Disc Association and other leading electronic manufacturers to give a better HD experience.

3. How to choose the right equipment of a home theater

Home theater is a combination of the television set and the DVD player placed together connected to a power provider that gives entertainment in the comfort of the home. Home theaters simulate the movies in a way that you can get good sound quality, big screen, and good picture quality as if you were watching the movie in a viewing room before it gets shown on the wide screen.

In order to obtain the movie theater ambiance in your own home, you need to have at least three of the most important elements: A big screen TV for clear picture quality, a device that splits the surround sound signal to the speakers, and at least four very good quality speakers. And the last being, a place within the house, where you can be relaxed and fully entertained by the movie you are watching.

If you have these electronic devices, you can have a fairly good home theater. But just like everything else, everything depends on how much money you are willing to spare. On the other hand, if you already have some of the equipment to build a home theater, all you need is to upgrade your system to a better one or to one you will feel comfortable with.

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