A home theater or home theatre is a theater built in a home, designed to mimic
(or exceed) commercial theater performance and feeling, more commonly known as a
home cinema. Today, home cinema implies a real "cinema experience" at a private
• Home cinema, commonly referred to as home theater or home theatre, are home
entertainment set-ups that seek to reproduce movie theater video and audio
feeling in a private home.
• Backyard theater, home theater in the backyard. Depending on the space
available, it may simply be a temporary version with foldable screen, a
projector and couple of speakers, or a permanent fixture with huge screens and
dedicated audio set up poolside. Due to the outdoor nature, it is quite popular
with BBQ parties and pool parties.
• Home theater in a box, HTIB is an integrated home theater package which
"bundles" together a combination DVD-Video or Blu-ray Disc player and
multi-channel amplifier (which includes a surround sound decoder, a radio tuner,
and other features), speaker wires, connection cables, a remote control, a set
of five or more surround sound speakers (or more rarely, just left and right
speakers) and a low-frequency subwoofer.
• AV receiver, often referred to as home theater systems or home entertainment
• Front video projector and projector screen, often referred to as a home
theatre or Home cinema.
• Home theater PC, HTPC or media PC is a convergence device that combines the
functions of a personal computer and a media center software which feature video
and music playback.
• Media center, refers either to a dedicated computer appliance (like a Home
theater PC) or to a specialized personal computer software, both of which are
adapted for playing various kinds of media (music, movies, photos etc.), and it
usually has a 10-foot user interface design to be used in living-room TV with a
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