HOME ENTERTAINMENT by Joel Kopping
What is a home entertainment system? And why do I need one?
There are many answers to these questions and all of them
To some a Home entertainment system could be something as
simple as a bedside CD /radio that plays music with enough
clarity and volume to be heard above those daily sounds
around us. To others it could be a multi million Rand Home
theatre system complete with video projector, huge screen
and thunderous audio, although most of us would find our own
personal definition somewhere in between these two extremes.
On the question of why do we need a home entertainment
system, if we’re absolutely honest, we probably don’t need
such a system.
But and here is the important part, a
good system (not necessarily a big or expensive one) can
take us out of our daily grind for a short while each day
and place us in a magical and mystical world where anything
can happen. We can let beautiful music wash over us and
cleanse our soul or we can escape into another world where
What’s more we can do this at our leisure and comfort (no
broken seats or leftover popcorn on the floor) and we are
the masters of deciding when and where our audiovisual
escape will happen.
Building an entertainment system need not be too expensive
either and here we recommend choosing a few quality
components that you can add too later rather than spending
money on lots of cheap components that wont be able to
deliver on the promises made on the box.
Home theatre systems are high performance machines that just
like racing cars need to be tuned to deliver the ultimate
On the video side, we need to calibrate or “tune” you TV or
projector as the settings used in store and most pre sets
were designed to attract buyers in shops and not necessarily
to give the best image quality when you get your TV home.
What’s more, these settings can degrade image quality,
shorten the display life, waste energy and lead to viewing