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Four living room essentials for the ultimate AV experience

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Appliances Online

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With technology changing so quickly, it can be hard to stay on top of the latest trends and keep your television and audio visual gear up-to-date.

You invest a lot of time, energy and most importantly money when purchasing a TV and accompanying equipment, so you want to make sure that you get it right – after all, you don’t want to be changing it in a few years’ time because the technology is outdated.

So how can you make sure that you get the best audio-visual experience possible?

The TV

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the best television for your home – and it doesn’t always come down to products specs.

Firstly, what will be your primary use for the TV? If it’s to view sports programs or to play video games, then a plasma screen can offer a clearer picture than Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) or LED varieties.

But if you prefer to watch movies or TV shows, LCD or LED screens can help to reduce glare in less than ideal lighting situations, as well as coming in a wider range of sizes than plasma TVs.

Another deciding factor is the location of your television – will it be a prominent feature hanging on your lounge room wall, or will it be tucked away behind a door in the study?

The room where the television will be housed will also determine the size and specifications of the screen. Ideally, high definition screens should be viewed from a distance that is at least 1.5 times the screen’s diagonal measurement. You want to be able to sit comfortably and view the screen without having to strain your eyes for a clearer picture.

The DVD player

We’ve come a long from having to rewind and fast forward video tapes on a VCR – these days, sitting down to enjoy a movie involves DVDs and Blu-rays.

One of the reasons why Blu-rays continue to grow in popularity is that they can store five times more information on the one disc. Picture and sound quality is improved, menu features are added and the number of viewing options increases.

The home theatre system

Of course, if you want to take the guesswork out of trying to connect a set of speakers to a DVD or Blu-ray player and your television, a complete home theatre system may be the way to go.

A designated home theatre system allows viewers to be completely immersed in the action, with impressive surround sound complimenting the high-definition visuals on your LCD, LED or plasma television.

Including speakers for the front, rear and centre – as well as a subwoofer for bass tones and DVD or Blu-ray player – these packs can help consumers to easily find equipment that will not only work all together, but will also have a universal aesthetic.

The finishing touches

Now that you have all of the major pieces of AV equipment ready to go, the last thing to prepare are the finishing touches.

After spending a significant amount of money on a TV and home theatre system, surge protection may be able to offer you peace of mind that your investment is going to last. These power boards are designed to protect electrical devices in the event of a voltage spike, absorbing the increase in energy so that it doesn’t travel through to your plasma television or Blu-ray player.

Some other AV accessories to consider may be some spare sets of 3D glasses for when guests come to visit, a universal remote control to operate all of your equipment from the one device or a sturdy TV wall mount to hang your latest purchase.

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