5 Ways You Can Display Or Hide Your Home Entertainment System

Ten years ago, we could step into nearly any home and see a big screen television shoved inside a wooden entertainment center. Today, the flat screen super-thin Plasma or LCD TV mounted on the wall or used as part of the decor is everyone’s dream. So how do you make your home entertainment system integrate smoothly into how you want your room to look?

We have to find a way to hide the other devices necessary for a successful viewing experience. There are a lot of components that make up a complete home theater such as Blu-Ray and DVD players, set-top boxes for cable or satellite, video game consoles and surround sound systems. All these devices need to be connected to the television while being hidden and accessible. The best news now is that being able to hide all these components and integrating them into your room decor is a lot easier today than ever before.

The IR Repeater System is a Simple Way to Hide the Components of Your Entertainment System

By hiding your entertainment system’s components, you can make your television part of your decor. You will also be able to keep using the remote controls for each device or a universal one for all of them. You need to use an infrared repeater (IR) system. This system enables you to place your home theater devices out of view. These systems utilize an incredibly small device called the IR receiver. This is a small device that is placed close to the TV. This receiver will convert and route the signal to the suitable device. This means that only one tiny receiver is visible instead of all your necessary devices.

The Four Components Necessary for a Wired IR Repeater System Include:

1. IR Receiver
2. IR Remitter
3. The Terminator
4. The Power Supply

Using Your Television as Part of Your decor

1. Use Your Television as a Piece of Art – There is a TV that than can be used as a framed piece of art. The television displays a digital picture of your choice. You can turn this television into an aquarium, a fireplace or have it display your family pictures as a slideshow.

2. Hide Your Television Behind a Mirror – There are TV’s available that appears as a mirror when off. This is a great idea for the bathroom or bedroom as well as your great room. There are over 100 frame selections to choose from.

3. Buy the Mirror and Have it Cut to Size – You can even have a mirror cut to fit your existing television so you don’t have to replace it. This is a great option if you are already working with a remodeling company or local designer who can have it created to match your already chosen decor.

4. A TV in the Table – With today’s technology, having a television built directly into a desk or a table is extremely easy. You can even use the built-in keyboard on the remote to surf the internet and/or do business presentations.

5. Hide Your Television Inside an Armoire – Many people hide their televisions inside their armoires, especially in the bedroom.

If you are like most people, your home entertainment system is a valued part of everyday life. With suggestions like these, there are lots of ways for you to have your entertainment system without having a lot of unsightly components all over the place.

Tips For Choosing a DVD Projector For Use in Your Home Entertainment System

A lot of people, when they set up their home entertainment systems, don’t even bother to consider buying a DVD projector. This is a big mistake. While this item will not always be the right choice, it certainly has its good uses. For example, did you know that the video picture quality of a DVD projector is very high in quality? Some people even prefer them over plasma screen TV’s.

One basic thing you will have to consider is where do you want to mount it? Some projectors can attach to the ceiling, while others will have to be rested on top of a table or some other object. I am of the mind that it is better to hang it on the ceiling because then it’s out of the way. No one is going to step on it or knock it off its surface. (Nor will they be able to spill anything on it!)

You will have to set a budget, too. If you are very serious about setting up a first rate home entertainment system then I would suggest setting aside about $500 for a DVD projector. You may very well be able to do better than this, but you certainly don’t want to get caught in the trap of buying one that will not give you a great viewing experience.

I would say that those are the two single most important factors to consider when buying a DVD projector. Issues of brand and model quality can be easily sorted out by reading some reviews or going into the store and trying it out for yourself.

Onkyo HT-S3200 5.1 Channel Home Entertainment System

As HD media becomes more and more accessible to the average Joe, consumers are finding that its just as important to get a HD capable home entertainment system as it is in getting a HD capable wide-screen display. Vendors like Onkyo have listened and responded with affordable yet high performance systems like the Onkyo HT-S3200 5.1 Channel Home Entertainment System. Although the Onkyo HT-S3200 is just the entry-level model in the company’s current line-up, the system boasts plenty of features including HDMI video and the ability to switch up to three HD sources and three audio-only sources.

Although the Onkyo HT-S3200’s setup is manual, the system’s out-of-the-box sound is good enough to not require the usual speaker volume-leveling. The system can accept up to three HDMI sources with one digital coaxial, two optical inputs, and the choice to use analog inputs (RCA) for any selected source. This means you can hook up to three HD video devices and up to three audio-only devices with space for two component sources as well. The system is optimized for users who already have a few video sources such as a next-gen game console or Blu-ray player so it doesn’t include a disc player of its own.

Audio decoding offers standard DVD modes such as Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS, DTS 96/24, and DTS Neo:6. Other features include an AM/FM radio with up to 30 presets and an optional port for an iPod dock on the receiver’s rear that must be purchased separately. You can also plug a portable device into the receiver’s front-panel 3.5-millimeter line-in jack.

The Onkyo HT-S3200 can also make use of a B speaker system turning it into the perfect party player. The Onkyo HT-S3200’s receiver also features Audyssey EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume without an auto-setup option that results in a fuller and richer sound with three levels of dynamic range compression. Overall, the Onkyo HT-S3200 5.1 Channel Home Entertainment System offers great sound and a nice feature-set at an even better price.