Too Many TV’s? Never!

Posted by admin on 01/02/2011

Sixty years ago, just a few homes in every street had a TV set. Today, the average home has three or four TVs and perhaps several other devices capable of displaying video. How does the use of these compare to how TVs used to be?

When TVs first became popular, they were large and bulky items, too heavy to easily move. They were stand alone and contained their own speakers, and channels were chosen through a tuning dial. There were no digital controls in sight. Modern TVs are now commonly digital, and may run off internal or external speakers, and can display far more than just TV. They are now complete home entertainment systems. The beauty of the modern home entertainment system is that it can all be linked together. Gone are the days when a person had a music centre, alongside a TV, VCR and perhaps a computer.

Instead we have computers that play music, video streamed from the internet and DVDs too. We have terrestrial, cable and satellite TV, and some people have stand-alone music players too, such as iPods and other MP3 players. These can be run on their own, but this can get a little messy.

With many of them sharing the same needs-for example a set of speakers to output sound, it makes sense to try and link them together and run them through the same speakers.

When tying together a TV and computer, especially when connecting other devices as well, an amplifier can be useful. This not only can improve the quality of the output when compared with playing the media source directly, but also gives greater control to the whole set up. Instead of having to control the computer output sound, TV and DVD separately, all three can be controlled through the same device, with a single remote control.

Other features may be made available through an amplifier too, such as automatic muting when switching from one input to another so that it doesn’t suddenly blast out. Some may come with inbuilt radio tuners, and be capable of taking other inputs too, such as from one of the many modern games consoles.

With the increasing number of devices that are now sold and run together, the need for storage for them grew. Modern media units are able to hold a TV, DVD player, amplifier and often a large number of CDs or DVDs. Yet with flat screen TVs being so trim, there is no need to have a dedicated unit, with them instead being able to be fixed to a wall, up out of the way.

A wide range of brackets are also available that allow flat screen TVs to be mounted to a wall. Other brackets will mount speakers, computer monitors and other home entertainment equipment as needed. This negates the need for having bulky media centres to display your equipment, and helps too to keep the wires tidy and out of the way. These brackets are easy to mount and may allow you to tilt and move your TV with ease.

Wall mounted brackets are the perfect complement to the modern home media system.