If you go out to the movies these days with your friends or family, you can barely watch one without breaking the bank. At home, you can binge as many as you want — on your big TV, in your comfy clothes. Turning your living room into the place to be — whether you're on your own or with company — for a movie- and TV-watching marathon is a smart and fun idea that saves you money and stress. Here's what you need to make that happen.
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Someone asked me recently what home theatre setup I'd build myself if money was no issue. I'm not talking about an actual theatre — I'd rather just go to the movies for that — but here's what I'd buy myself. If you have an appropriately fat bank account, enough space at home and an afternoon to buy everything, here's what you should get.
Dear Gizmodo, I have a Denon amp/receiver which has just blown up and needs replacing (15 years old). It was connected to my TV, DVD player and Foxtel box with a 5.1 channel speaker system — I want to be able to maintain all of this, and reuse the existing speakers. In addition, I want to be able to bring the unit into the 21st century with wireless and music streaming. I would like to be able to add wireless speakers around the house and be able to control them via iPhone. Any advice would be welcome! Cheers, Glenn.
Buying a new TV is a great feeling. Your new TV looks great whether it's mounted on a wall or sitting on a home entertainment unit, and whether it's switched on and displaying beautiful video or switched off and looking all fashionable. But does it sound good? Perhaps. But it can sound a lot better if you hook it up to a sound system — whether it's a compact soundbar or a larger surround sound home theatre setup.
To combat piracy, giant screen TVs, surround sound setups and a wealth of streaming movies available at home, movie theatres have been pulling out all the stops to entice people back to the cinema. 3D failed miserably, but vibrating seats have gained some traction. Unfortunately for theatres, Tremor FX has now created a home version of their force feedback seats, giving people yet another reason to skip going out.
You may have spent a small fortune on the impressive home theatre setup in your living room, but when you're watching TV in bed, are you really going to settle for the crappy sound coming from its tiny speakers? Of course not. But skip the redundant bedroom surround sound setup and go with these SoftSound pillows which feature a wireless set of stereo speakers built right in.
It’s a strange feeling to spend the night in a hotel when you’re looking out over your own city. But there I was listening to the new digital audio line-up that Samsung first previewed at CES in January. The HT-F9750W 7.1 channel home theatre system; the HW-F751 vacuum tube Sound Bar; and the $299 DA-F61 portable Bluetooth speaker. Updated industrial design, warm sound and a distinct lack of wires are this year’s audio hooks. Here’s why that’s fine by me...
As a 50 year old high-end Japanese brand synonymous with high-end AV gear, it’s great to see Rotel take its highly regarded components to new heights — and commit to pricing and connectivity perfect for audio buffs on a budget. Real home sound goes beyond the dock and speaker. It begins with the right components. Here’s what you need to know.
If you love watching movies but hate the unwashed masses — and happen to have giant heaping truckloads of money — designers and interior architects can offer a simple solution: your very own deluxe in-home movie theatre. Here are some of the most amazing in the world, inspired by everything from Star Wars and Star Trek, to Paris and Egypt, to, well, OK a little more Star Trek.
Controlling your home theatre system used to be easy — you simply told your kid to turn the knob. But today's home theatre packed with feature-rich TVs, cable boxes, AV receivers and streaming boxes — and all demanding their own remotes — there's no way the little guy can keep up. It's time to replace your pile of remotes with an app that does everything they can do and more.
Sound bars don't immediately benefit from Wi-Fi connectivity the way music systems do, because you usually use them with your TV, and your TV isn't something you need to put in your pocket and walk around with. But that doesn't mean that Sonos' wireless music features don't benefit from its first sound bar. Just the opposite, in fact.
Sonos is aiming to revolutionise home theatre audio by taking all the high-quality sound you need and want, and cramming it all into one big ol' soundbar you can drop at the bottom of your TV. Sure, it will work with other Sonos units you have hanging around, the Sonos Playbar is also a starter piece that can stand alone. And for a soundbar, this sucker sounds good.
While it may look great in the store, your new flat screen is going to need to be calibrated once you get it home to deliver the best viewing experience. While hardcore videophiles will want to invest in a professional service, this new calibration app from THX covers the basic adjustments that the rest of us actually use.
Bowers & Wilkins makes incredible-sounding speakers. Fact. And while its original Panorama soundbar is no exception, the home theatre package was missing key connectivity in the way of HDMI inputs. The new Panorama 2 packs three-HDMI inputs and 175 earth-shaking watts into a gorgeous six-speaker array.