Good movie theatres always make the movie better. If you have seen Avatar, Broken Arrow, Gladiator, the 2001 American epic war film Pearl Harbor or the James Bond film Quantum of Solace in a decent cinema hall, chances are the action scenes are still fresh in your mind. Of course, the buttery popcorn or the sound system that feels like its channeled directly into your temporal lobe—make viewing a great experience and chances are that you’ll come out feeling like you had a good time.
How about recreating a similar movie theatre-like experience within the walls of your home? After all, nowadays we catch up with a fairly large number of movies on our television sets, via our satellite connection, don’t we? Well, the Japanese electronics firm Sony has introduced a new DTH Theatre that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of DTH viewers for superior sound quality. The system is compatible with leading DTH providers like Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Sun Direct, Dish TV and Big TV. Most important, it is decently priced at R19,990.
Come to think of it, we are besotted with bringing in big screen televisions into our homes. While high definition televisions hog the spotlight in home entertainment (at home or in the TV showroom, we are mesmerised by the spectacular images these systems deliver), leaving audio as an afterthought for many people. But sound is just as essential as sight to an involving home theatre experience. This is precisely what the Sony DTH Theatre is trying to achieve; it promises to produce audio that brings your TV’s spectacular images to life. Does it actually deliver, let us find out.
At a personal level, I am always trying to re-create a movie-like experience in my entertainment zone; my TV room has a wall-mounted Sony TV, there’s a seven-year-old music system from the same brand, and I have connected the two Sony systems together with a lot of loose cables strewn around. A Tata Sky set-top-box brings to the table its own set of wires, making the entire area look pretty untidy. And to be very honest, while the images on the giant screen dazzle you, the missing link in my efforts to create a cinema experience is an audio system; despite my best efforts, the home-configured system disappoints.
Enter the Sony DTH Theatre system. Out of the box, Sony has really packaged this system well, especially