What to look for when buying a Home Theater

By on July 27, 2010
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Mr. Ojha from Panasonic shares some valuable knowledge on what to look for in a home theater.

Home Theaters come in different shapes and sizes- from the 4 Tall Boy speaker configurations (4 Tall floor standing speakers) to a Sound Bar (a bar that gives you 2.1 channels or 5.1 channel virtual output). Buying a new Home Theatre there requires several factors to be considered and below, I highlight some of the factors that I recommend you consider before making the payment.

Home Theaters have made their way to TV lounges primarily because of their aesthetic appeal. Therefore, a design matching your flat screen is recommended to add to the aesthetics. And if aesthetics is high on your list, then I suggest to go for the Sound Bar option which looks incredibly sexy and delivers high quality sound with a simple connection. Sound Bars are wall mountable and can be mounted below your flat panel TV.

Panasonic has 2 Sound Bar models- the HTB500 and the HTB10. The BT500 offers dynamic and powerful bass sound from the Kelton Subwoofer, while the HTB10 offers a simple and clean solution. Both these models provide you with clear and crisp vocals thanks to the Bamboo Cone Speakers on-board. Connecting these to your TV is through a simple HDMI cable.

If you prefer a more elaborate configuration, then I suggest our PT980 boasts stylish and glossy design speakers. These slim-sized speakers offer powerful and rich sound with heavy bass performance to bring out the best in cinematic experience. The PT980 goes a step further by allowing you to use it as a docking station for your iPods and iPhones as well.

Continuing with the integration, If you have a Panasonic display, then using out VIEra Link technology, you can have complete control over the Home Theatre, or for that matter other AV devices connected by HDMI cable to the TV, using the VIEra TV remote control. Also, the the new ARC feature lets you enjoy the TV channel sound from your Home Theatre speakers without the need for any addition cables.

If your TV is a Full High Definition TV (1920 x 1080p), you will want to invest in a Blu Ray Home Theatre so you can enjoy the Full HD Blu Ray Movies. Again, Panasonic has two Blu Ray Home Theaters to suit different room sizes. The BT735 is a 4 Tall Boy speaker model, while the BT235 is a 4 Satellite Speaker model. Both these models playback Blu Ray movies and offer a myriad of exciting features to match your Blu Ray experience.

Like always, do plenty of research to ensure that you are happy with the picture, sound and networking solutions on offer from the Home Theatre you are thinking of investing in. Panasonic has on offer a variety of Home Theatre models to suit from large lounge rooms to small bedrooms and with a bank of features to maximize your cinematic visual and audio experience. For more details on Panasonic Home Theatre models, visit panasonic.com.me or visit your nearest electronics outlets.


Hitesh Ojha is Deputy General Manager - CPBG, Consumer Electronics Department, Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa FZE.

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