How to Create a DVD Home Theatre

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How to Create a DVD Home Theatre

There are many advanced devices available that deliver a cinematic experience in the comfort of the home. Televisions have become larger, so can offer a comparable experience to that of a real cinema screen. In addition to the television, a home theatre system includes speakers that create surround sound. If the television does not have an integrated media player, then a DVD player is often added to the system to play back films. The easiest way to create a DVD home theatre is to buy a complete set that requires a minimum amount of configuration. Advanced buyers benefit from selecting the components of their DVD home theatre individually because this provides flexibility and allows them to choose the best device for each task.

When creating a DVD home theatre, it is helpful to understand the individual components and the complete packages that are available. DVD home theatres are available from high street electronics shops, department stores, and some larger supermarkets, as well as online from eBay.

Choose a DVD Player for a DVD Home Theatre

The DVD player is the source of films in the DVD home theatre. Compared to VHS players, DVD players offer superior quality. They have disc menus that are accessible, easy to navigate, and allow the viewer to browse extras that are found on some DVDs. DVD players have a number of features that enhance the viewing of a DVD. The progressive scan method displays all the lines of a picture simultaneously to reduce screen flicker. For improved quality, the upscaling feature allows the viewer to watch standard DVDs in high-definition (HD) quality when connected to a HD-ready display.

Some DVD players are also digital receivers that transmit digital television. In that case, they have an electronic programme guide (EPG) that allows the viewer to browse programme listings and schedule their viewing. If the DVD player also has a recorder integrated, the programmes can be stored on blank DVDs or an internal hard drive. For small spaces, combination players that allow the viewer to play other disc formats, such as Blu-ray, are the best option. Sometimes a DVD player is integrated in the home theatre receiver that decodes and amplifies the surround sound.

Choose a Screen for a DVD Home Theatre

A large screen is the most visible part of the home theatre system and its size depends on the space available. The screen size is measured in inches and refers to the diagonal distance from one corner to another. Many modern televisions have flat screens, which means that they require less depth of space. Screens can use a number of display technologies. Each one of them has pros and cons that make the screen suitable for different rooms. LCD, LED LCD, and plasma televisions can be all mounted on the wall or placed on a surface.

LCD and LED Televisions for a DVD Home Theatre

LCD television screens consist of pixels that are filled with liquid crystal. Each pixel can be controlled individually in order to create different colours. LED LCD television screens also have a backlight that illuminates the pixels. However, the illumination may be only in the edges, in which case the television is said to be edge lit.

Plasma Televisions for a DVD Home Theatre

Plasma television screens consist of small pixels filled with gas, and they have no backlight. When an electrical charge goes into the screen, the phosphor inside it reacts with the gas and generates colours. Plasma technology is best for large screens.

Projectors for a DVD Home Theatre

The thinnest televisions are the modern OLED flat screens that can be as thin as a paper sheet. Slightly thicker displays are rear projection televisions. Another screen option is a front projector that displays the image on a screen or a wall. Its size is not fixed, so it provides the most flexibility. The projector is also portable and can be used in several rooms.

Comparison of Display Types for a DVD Home Theatre

The following table summarises the main features of the display types. It also compares the screen size, thickness, and mounting options.

Display Type


Screen Size (inches)

Screen Depth (inches)

Mounting Options

LCD television

Liquid crystal pixels with backlight

15 - 70

2 - 6

Wall or flat surface

LED LCD television

Liquid crystal pixels with LED backlight or edge lights

32 - 55

1 - 6

Wall or flat surface

Plasma television

Gas filled pixels and phosphor

37 - 70

4 - 8

Wall or flat surface

OLED television

LED technology

11 - 55

Less than 0.2


Almost invisible when not used

Rear projection television

CRT, LCD, LCoS, or DLP technology

50 - 73

15 - 17

Flat surface because of bulkiness

Front projector

Projects to a wall

40 - 300


Flat surface or mounted on a stand

Although the table displays ranges, a single television has a fixed display size. Only the front projector's screen size can be changed. Larger televisions, up to 120 inches, are best for the living room, while smaller screens may be best suited to the bedroom. However, the display choice depends on individual taste.

Choose Speakers for a DVD Home Theatre

Surround sound systems for a DVD home theatre could be either 2.1 or 5.1. 5.1 is true surround sound, whereas 2.1 is not.

2.1 Speaker Systems for a DVD Home Theatre

2.1 speaker systems have two speakers and a subwoofer for bass sounds. They are suitable for small living rooms. The two speakers are put on either side of the television or mounted as a single unit under the television. 2.1 systems are not true surround sound, so the standard 5.1 surround sound that comes from the home theatre system is down mixed in order to use the 2.1 speakers.

5.1 Speaker Systems for a DVD Home Theatre

5.1 speaker systems have five speakers and a subwoofer. This is true surround sound and is commonly used for the best DVDs. The five speakers are divided into two front, two rear, and one centre channel speaker, and placed in the room so that they surround the viewer. This set-up is the best for sound reproduction because each channel has its own loudspeaker, unlike 2.1 systems when the sound is downmixed. Some newer speaker systems also support 7.1 surround sound, but this format is usually used for Blu-rays rather than DVDs.

Wireless Speaker Systems for a DVD Home Theatre

Buyers who prefer not to have cables running across the room can choose wireless speaker systems or an all-in-one system. All-in-one speakers systems combine all of the channels in one unit, but create the effect of the sound coming from different directions. This offers viewers surround sound without actually surrounding them physically. An amplifier and decoder are also included in this unit.

Choose Accessories for a DVD Home Theatre

The accessories chosen for a DVD home theatre can make the content more accessible. A universal remote control reduces the number of remotes to one, as well as reducing clutter in the living room.

Choose a Complete DVD Home Theatre System

Buyers who do not wish choose and assemble separate devices can benefit from complete DVD home theatre system. These systems are usually known as home cinema systems. Although easy to set up, their main disadvantage is that it is more difficult to add additional devices later. Complete packages have ports for their components, so there may not be an input for an extra speaker, for instance, which means that the complete home theatre package is less flexible.

Components of Complete DVD Home Theatre Systems

Often a television is not included in the package for a complete DVD home theatre system because most manufacturers assume that the buyer already has a television. Audio-video receivers and speakers are included. The receivers often have an integrated DVD player. However, some may require a separate DVD player. Besides the devices, complete DVD home theatre systems have all of the necessary cables required for connections. When buying a complete DVD home theatre, it is important to check the list of its components in order to ensure that everything is there.

In a complete DVD home theatre system, all of the devices are compatible with each other and they can also be operated with a single remote control. The remote control operates the DVD player, changes the volume levels, helps to choose settings, and supports all other features.

Sound Quality of Complete DVD Home Theatre Systems

The speakers and amplifier in a complete DVD home theatre system are usually cheaper than when bought as separate pieces. However, these speakers sound better than television speakers because they provide surround sound. Most buyers find these speakers to be sufficient for their requirements. More advanced speakers can have automatic configuration that uses a built-in microphone to choose the best settings according to the room.

Buying a DVD Home Theatre on eBay

Before setting out to buy a DVD home theatre on eBay, decide which type you prefer, separate components of a complete package. After making the decision, you can insert your keywords into the search box that you find at the top of any eBay page. For a complete package, search for "DVD home theatre system" and for individual components type the keywords that are relevant to the components, for example, "DVD player". Once you receive the initial search results you can browse for more inspiration.

All of the necessary information should be included in the item listing. However, should you have any questions regarding the features of the item, delivery costs, or payment methods, feel free to contact the seller. As the home theatre components may be heavy and bulky you may also like to find a local seller who may agree to arrange a local collection in order reduce delivery costs.


With modern technology, creating a DVD home theatre is an easy way to turn the living room into a cinema. A DVD home theatre has a DVD player as one of its main components, which plays visual media from DVDs. The screen is the central part of the home theatre system and it is supported by a surround sound speaker system. Home theatre enthusiasts may prefer to choose the components of their DVD home theatre separately. In this case, the best DVD players have progressive scan and upscaling features. Televisions can use LCD, LED LCD, plasma, or the new OLED technology. It is also possible to use a front projector and display the films on a wall. The main feature of the television is its screen size, and this should be chosen according to the size of the room. Speaker systems are either 2.1, or 5.1 for true surround sound.

Alternatively, the DVD home theatre can be purchased as a complete package. All of the devices in a package are guaranteed to be compatible with each other, although a television is usually not included. Separate components, as well as complete packages that create a DVD home theatre can be purchased on eBay.

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