This week we take a look back at how far home entertainment technology has come over the years. From three-tube CRT projectors to high-definition 4K, there are a lot of different technologies that make it possible for your media room to be a true cinema experience. We also take a look at the latest home cinema projection screens, from curved to ultra short throw, as well as a new audio setup that’s perfect for your movie-night needs.
CES 2023 has already given us some clues about what to expect from future TVs, with LG’s new G3 range already looking pretty impressive. The company is touting a new screen that can get up to 70% brighter than its traditional OLEDs and claims it’s capable of creating life-like colours with its deep black levels.
Samsung has also made a big noise about its new Neo QLED range, which it says delivers stunning visuals with dynamic picture quality and vibrant colours. It’s also got built-in power for 15-speaker systems and advanced room EQ processing using the likes of Audyssey and Dirac.
Other highlights include a new AV receiver from Sony that can stream Dolby Atmos content to speakers in your home and a portable wireless speaker from JBL designed to work with gaming consoles and offer immersive virtual surround sound. Samsung’s 2023 Ultra HD Blu-ray players also look like they could be worthy replacements for older models, with a few key upgrades.
For hardcore home theater enthusiasts there’s a streaming service called Kaleidescape that allows you to download movies at the same quality as the more compressed versions on mainstream services. It’s a hefty investment but it can save you money in the long run, plus it can make your media rooms look and sound more amazing than ever before. We’ve put together a guide to help you decide whether it’s worth the money.