Top 5 Tech Trends in Home Theater Systems
Top 5 Technology Trends in Home Theater Systems
Technology is taking the world by storm. Everything from how we communicate to how we read news is changing dramatically. Entertainment is no exception to this either. In fact, technological innovations become commercially viable because of their mass-entertaining appeal. Home theater system is one such innovation and like any electronic device, they are undergoing upgrades too. Some of this new technology will have you jumping with excitement, while others will make you wonder why no one else thought of them before. Whatever may be the case, home theater systems are going to get a lot cooler than they are and these home entertainment packages will get the best audio and video to your system.
Wireless Audio Systems
Yes, you read it right. This is what we have always wanted to do. To get rid of those pesky wires that we keep tripping over. Things get especially worse when you have a 5.1 speaker system, which has even more wires. Soon, you will be able to say Goodbye to all that nuisance, thanks to Klipsch. Unlike the current products in the market that only have one or two wireless subwoofers, the Reference Premiere Wireless Home Theater System by Klipsch will make the entire speaker system wireless.
A wireless transmitter hub controls the signals to all the speakers in the system. All you need to do is connect your device – a DVD-player, Blu-Ray player, or a streaming device to this hub. Each of the speakers and subwoofer need to be connected to a power source. That’s about it. The idea has already found its takers, and a number of manufacturers are prepping their R&D departments to work on the technology. It won’t be long before some or the other manufacturer will have this out in the market.
Advent of 4K Ultra HD
At present, 4K is the darling of TV lovers. People love it, manufacturers love it, industry observers love it, and even the video streaming companies love it. While the first 4K TVs hit the market as early as 2013, they are yet to gain traction. The major reason for this is that the TV industry is yet to settle upon the standards for the technology. This also means that the early adopters of this technology could not and will not be able to enjoy all the benefits that their 4K TV, as they lack HDMI 2.0 and HEVC recording.
Moreover, OLED technology is getting cheaper too. It is a possibility, one which we hope for, that by the time industry standards set in, and the Ultra HD spreads its wings across the markets, they will be significantly more affordable than the fortune that they cost now. In anticipation of this incoming trend, content providers such as Netflix, Comcast, DISH, Amazon Instant Video, and others, are already providing the 4K option to their customers. What’s more, if things go at the pace they are currently going, we will even have Ultra HD Blu-ray player by the end of this year, or by the beginning of 2016. Keep your breath on hold, because this is going to be awesome!
World’s First Wireless High Resolution Player
Sharp has revealed the prototype of the wireless high-res player, SD-WH1000, back in 2014. Now things get real. By the end of this year, the SD-WH1000 will be sitting proudly in stores across America. The device can not only stream high resolution videos, but also high resolution audio wirelessly, and that too without compressing it. In other words, you can stream 1080p resolution video and 24bit/96kHz audio over your home network and home theater system. You can control all of this from the Sharp Mobile app, which is available both for Android and iOS markets.
Real TVs Have Curves
Curves are catching up, and are here to stay. People’s opinion towards this technology can only be explained in a superlative degree – either it is touted the worst, or the best. There is no middle ground. There are many takers for this technology, and companies such as Samsung and LG, are betting a fortune on their success. People sitting in these companies are not fools either. They know they are playing with fire, and have placed enough insulation for the job. They are now into curved screen TVs that can actually stretch back to flat screens at the press of a button. Pretty slick, huh? This is not even in the experimental stage, as both the companies have happily shared such a TV with the world.
While these two companies are trying to be the “early birds” of the curved TV market, other companies, notably Sony is taking a step back on this one. Although Sony had also released its own curved TV, recently it has changed its strategy and decided to focus more of its energy on thinning its TVs. Some people just like it thin.
Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED)
In January this year, at the CES 2015, LG wowed the audience with its 4K OLED TV. The images were sharper, crisper, and more vivid that what we have ever seen with any other technology. We have to agree that they are a significant step ahead of the LED and LCD TVs. However, LG continues to be the only TV manufacturer to have such high hopes from the technology that is wrought with serious performance issues. The single biggest issue with OLED is that the organic compound used in the fabrication of the OLEDs degrades much faster, up to four times, than the compounds in LCDs and LEDs. This is especially true for the compound producing the blue pixels. Consequently, due to deterioration the pixels, the colors displayed on the TV lose their quality and get distorted.
OLEDs are widely used by manufacturers in smartphones, mainly because smartphones have a much shorter lifespan compared to TVs. While most of us will not bother to change our TV even for a whole decade, we tend to throw away our smartphones only after 2-3 years of usage.
Nevertheless, the potential of OLED is immense. OLED screens are capable of producing far darker blacks than any other technology. They also have minimum blurs even during lightning fast scenes in movies. An interesting aspect of OLED is that they are highly flexible and wafer thin. If manufacturers (mainly LG) manage to overcome its shortcomings, then the days are not far when we all will have Harry Potter-style live paintings and portraits in our homes. It would be really cool to watch the Muggles, who visit you, watching such portraits in awe.
We are at the brink of seeing mind-blowing home entertainment technology. The technology is already here. Once the industry decides what to adopt and what to drop, these innovations will hit the market in a big way. Brace yourselves for a spectacular and breathtaking future that is ahead of us.