Your home theater system is a great escape without ever leaving your home. Whether you want to enjoy the latest Netflix show, your favorite movies, or you’re cheering on the Golden State Warriors from the comfort of your Brentwood, CA property, a private cinema or media room is the place to kick back and relax.
But while yours may already be optimized for stunning picture and sound, you might not have the latest upgrades. Here, we’ll break down some of the most innovative technologies to enjoy in your theater this year. Keep reading for more!
You probably already know about OLED, 4K, and HDR. Those are the technologies that help make images look hyper realistic. Ultra HD, or 4K, adds pixels and reduces deterioration so you can see details intensely. High Dynamic-Range widens the gamut between the brightest white and deepest black, so you have a greater range of visible color. And OLED cuts out the middle man and lets the LED both light and color your images, so you can enjoy truer black.
All of these technologies are essential to modern video displays, but this year the focus is on size, flexibility, and even more pixels.
LG was a frontrunner at this year’s CES mainly for two major developments. They unveiled their first 8K display. As you can imagine, 8K is quite an upgrade over 4K, though it’s not clear whether it will be necessary in most home applications. However, in larger spaces, you’ll certainly get a boost in picture quality.
The other new product was even more exciting. The TV manufacturer once again showed off its concept for a rollable TV. The screen can roll up like a poster when not in use, allowing you to save space. And while their rollable TV isn’t quite ready to hit the shelves yet, rumor has it that we’ll see it in stores before the end of the year.
This year is the year of immersive audio. While this concept, 3D audio, has been around for a few years, it has yet to catch on in many homes.
Formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X have been competing for dominance, but a lot of homeowners haven’t upgraded their systems to accommodate the new technology. However, with a home audio upgrade, you can enjoy a system as robust as you’d experience in a commercial theater -- no matter the size of your private cinema.
Both Atmos and DTS:X use a combination of multi-channel (speaker) distribution and the natural audio reflections in your room to create an experience that’s larger than life; fully immersing you in sound.
And the good news is, Atmos has begun working with component manufacturers to make the compatible technology ubiquitous across all your devices, from displays to receivers, even computer audio components.
If you haven’t upgraded with immersive audio, 2019 is the year to do it. Have questions about your next home theater system upgrade? Click here or give us a call at 213-232-4702 x1.