Theater-hungry homeowners have always craved the latest home theater technologies, and recent innovations in screens, displays, projectors, and other home theater solutions have brought video to a new echelon.
Video transitioned from NTSC broadcast and the DVD format, which offered a resolution of 480p. Audio wasn’t far behind as it transitioned from Pro Logic II to Dolby Digital and what was then DTS surround sound.
More recently, we’ve transitioned in and out of 3D, 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus to 4K with High Dynamic Range, and immersive audio that includes Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D.
Now through the capabilities of the HDMI 2.1 format, we are sitting on the cusp of 8K at 60Hz, 4K at 120Hz, better gaming experiences via HDMI’s Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) provisions.
It also shouldn’t be overlooked that broadcasters are in the early stages of the ATSC 3.0 format, which will improve the viewing experience in several ways.
The home entertainment category is especially susceptible to the supply chain crisis because there are so many individual components required. Despite that ongoing problem, the once-forgotten “home theater” category continued its strong comeback in 2021 likely driven by the ongoing house-bound public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download your copy today!
Quality Video Solutions for Home Theater Projects
The Maestro X7 is a 9.1.6-channel processor that provides a choice of Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced, as well as seven HDMI 2.0b inputs.
Available in a choice of aspect ratios, sizes and screen materials, the Cinema Contour incorporates a wide, black frame and Da-Lite’s Pro-Trim Finish that minimizes light spillage.
The 9.2-channel AVR-X4700H is rated to deliver 125 watts per channel, and it is compatible with 8K, HDR10+, eARC, VRR, and ALLM. The receiver also offers Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D and DTS:X immersive audio capabilities.
The Aero Lift 100 is a recessed projector lift that’s capable of handling projectors up to 100 pounds. The Aero Lift 100 is UL rated, and it comes with a standard wall switch, and IR or RF remote control options.
Delivering 8.29 million pixels and brightness levels as high as 2,500 lumens, the new laser-based projector from Epson also includes HDMI 2.1 to support 48Gbps, eARC and more.
Hisense is a relative newcomer to the home video market, but its turnkey Laser TV products are redefining installation possibilities. The ultra-short-throw, 4K Laser TV is available in 100- and 120-inch, and delivers bright, vivid images.
The Compact Terra 18 (18TB) works with Kaleidescape’s Strato C Movie player to store uncompressed 4K movies with immersive audio to deliver the highest levels of audio video quality.
The 8K TV is a benchmark display that incorporates the company’s famous OLED technologies. The TV also includes LG’s α9 Gen 3 processor that helps to deliver Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG content.
The MX180 AV Processor incorporates seven Ultra High-Speed HDMI ports (five inputs and two outputs) that support 8K at 60Hz and 4K at 120Hz. Integrators can configure the processor in ways that include 15.1- or 9.1.6-channel surround sound.
Available in a variety of sizes, the CL-listed Metra fiber cables support 48Gbps for the transmission of 8K at 60Hz, 4K at 120Hz, immersive audio, eARC, ALLM, QFT and VRR.
Catering to entertainment as home living extends outdoors, Peerless-AV states the XHB553 outdoor display withstands temperatures from -31 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The product carries an IP 66 rating, and produces up to 2,500 nits of brightness.
Samsung’s QLED products incorporate advanced contrast mapping with back-light unit technologies to increase brightness level gradations from 12 to 14 bits for greater control of its mini LEDs. Anti-reflection technology and premium matte finish limit light distraction on The Frame screen by reducing glare.
With screen sizes up to 160-inches diagonal, as well as a choice of housing colors, aspect ratios, and power methods to enable the screen’s motorized functionality, the Solo Pro 2 blends style and convenience. SI offers 12 housing finishes, and integrators can specify from 12 screen materials.
Known for its combination of sleek industrial designs and image quality, SIM2‘s CRYSTAL 4 SH uses a precision lens that’s coupled to a laser-hybrid light engine. The TI DMD 0.66-inch chipset enables a 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD) resolution and the projector can produce up to 3,600 lumens of brightness.
The company’s flagship projector produces a whopping 10,000 lumens of light, along with high contrast and HDR with wide color gamut of 100% DCI-P3. With low heat and a compact chassis, the GTZ380 incorporates a newly developed native 4K SXRD panel with improved light stability and a new laser light source.
Stewart’s new ambient light rejecting (ALR) screen uses a 1.3-gain material. Integrators can custom configure the Phantom HALR Plus in electric and fixed frame versions, and with Stewart’s Micro Perf X2 THX Ultra technologies for acoustically transparent versions.