Wireless Home Cinema

Wireless technology has been used for computing for many years now, so it was inevitable that it would end up being used for home cinema as well. A wireless home cinema does not completely eliminate the jungle of wires found behind the television, but it substantially reduces the number of wires and connections required. Wireless technology also allows a home cinema to be integrated into a home computer network, allowing it to access media from digital storage devices and the internet. Several wireless components are needed to have an effective wireless home cinema.

A home cinema can be broadly defined as a high definition television combined with a surround sound system. There will often be other audiovisual equipment as well, like a Blu-ray player, DVD player, set-top receiver, or gaming console. As consumer electronics become more affordable, an increasing number of households are discovering the benefits of setting up a home cinema. Most setups are located in the living room, which can makes it difficult to conceal all the cables from view. A wireless home cinema is a better alternative because it has fewer cables and is more visually appealing.

A surround sound system is an essential part of any wireless home cinema. It creates the feeling of being at the center of the action shown on the screen. Anyone who has ever been to a movie theater will have experienced this amazing sensation. Five or more speakers are needed to create good surround sound, with at least two speakers positioned behind the seats. Laying out audio cables to these rear speakers can be a problem though, especially in open plan homes where there are few walls to conceal them. Wireless speakers help avoid this problem, but they still need power cables to nearby wall sockets.

Another important component of a wireless home cinema is a media player which can access a wireless computer network. A media player is a device that can read and convert digital media and then play it on a television. The high capacity and low cost of digital storage has seen a big change in the way people store digital media these days. Sharing music and movies across a home computer network is now common practice, mostly because it’s more convenient than using discs. With the help of a broadband modem connected to the network, a wireless media player can also stream music and movies directly from the internet.

Audiovisual (AV) senders allow the video and audio signals from a receiver or disc player to be sent to a television in another room. Most senders can also send back commands from a remote control to the equipment, with the help of small infrared repeaters placed in front of them. They use the same wireless frequencies as other wireless devices in the home, so there may be some occasional interference problems. While AV senders are not usually considered part of a wireless home cinema, they can be useful for avoiding the cost of buying extra equipment for a second or third television.

It’s still early days for wireless home cinema and there will be many new developments in the coming years. Currently, there are two wireless standards competing for the home market. One of these standards is WirelessHD and the other is the Wireless Gigabit Alliance, but it is still uncertain which one will prevail and become the dominant standard. One thing is certain, there will be a large number of wireless products released in the next few years. The days of crawling around on hands and knees attaching and hiding cables behind a home entertainment system are fast coming to an end.

This Wireless Home Cinema Review is Written/Updated on Jan 26th, 2011 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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