Home theaters make more sense these days as the investment you make in your home means you'll enjoy your home more, and increase it's value. It makes sense as we're not moving as often and we're entertaining at home more. Home theaters also save us time, as there's less planning than going out to the movies – no babysitters, the host doesn't have to drive and it's more comfortable that most theaters.
We've turned basements into playrooms, family rooms and sometimes a spare bedroom for many years. More recently man caves have come into vogue, and they're a lot nicer than the unfinished garage or basement. Then what do you get when combining one of the new home theaters, a large underground space and personality based on your favorite movie hero, a Bat Cave!
Home Theaters Keep Getting Better
The history of home theaters has been intertwined with advances in digital media since home movies began with Kokak 8mm film projectors in the 1950s. Over the years there have been significant improvements in audio systems, evolving to home videos with laser discs and VHS, and homeowners installing large projection televisions in their “viewing rooms”.
Most people understand the concept of home theaters even if they don't know what products are available today. Unless you're willing to invest in many hours of research, you're better off working with a company like DC Home Systems that understands today's home electronics, as there's considerable blurring between home theaters, home automation, streaming Internet content, web applications and more. We're entering the age of smart homes where technology extends far beyond home theaters. It allows us to integrate security, lighting, heating and cooling, with our entertainment components that are programmable and accessible anywhere.
Man Caves and Bat Caves
But wait, wasn't I talking about Halloween and bat caves? That's because DC Home Systems designed and installed a Bat Cave themed home theater system and it was a whole lot more than one of the home the
aters you've been hearing about. It's the Bat Cave Theater that's on HGTV (Episode HMDRS-304H) through November 25th with 2 episodes left — 11/3 and 11/25 at 5 pm e/p. According to DC Home System's blog, there are “… subterranean walls, embedded gems, dripping stalactites and lifelike bats and bugs” so is it anyone's guess why this show is airing around Halloween?
Nick Mark, owner of DC home Systems continues to describe the custom made movie screen, an Italian projector with a 35 pound lens and German made motorized leather seating but there's a lot more so if you want the details behind one of HGTV's shows, you'll have to visit Nick's blog and read all the technical details about … the Bat Cave home theater!
Basement Ideas Include Home Theaters
After Halloween comes Christmas and the latest technology tops the list of gifts each year, so what should we expect to see with respect to home theaters? Well there comes a time where it's worth admitting what you don't know and this is one of those times. While I might live on my computers (Mac) and take lots of photos and building my video skills (Nikon), my knowledge of home theaters is like most homeowners … but come back soon as I'll be talking to Nick Mark and getting his ideas for Christmas.
Do you think home theaters belong in every home?
Photo credits go to Jack Bingham Studio in Barrington, NH and DCHomeSystems.com.