Home Theater Technology Explained

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Some of the home theater jargon can be confusing and easily misunderstood by a newbie to the home theater field, these definitions should help you choose the right product for you!

HD DVD Guide

Component Video Connection

Connection allowing optimum picture/video quality by increasing the horizontal screen lines for a denser picture.

Digital Coaxial

Digital audio connection for improved Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound.

Digital Natural Motion

Philips technology that makes on-screen movements smoother and helps to eliminate screen judder.

Dolby Digital 5.1

Enjoy multi-channel surround sound from six totally independent channels of digital sound including sub-woofer channel.

Dolby Pro-Logic

Creates a surround sound effect using 5 speakers. The two rear speakers share the same channel of sound.

Dolby Pro-Logic II

A reproduction of Dolby Digital 5.1 from traditional 2 channel sources such as TV

HDMI (High Definition Media Interface)

Digital connection capable of carrying digital sound and picture between two sources such as DVD player and Plasma TV.

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)

Technology that uses liquid crystal movement to improve brightness, colour and contrast and allows for a slim design that can be wall mounted if desired.

Nicam Stereo

System capable of delivering CD quality stereo sound.

Picture Enhancement

Many different picture enhancement technologies exist, all improve the resolution giving a clearer, sharper picture. Most companies incorporate their own picture enhancement technology into their designs.


By using thousands of tiny lights (phosphors), plasma technology allows for a slim, modern design, which can be wall-mounted if desired.

Progressive Scan

By scanning individual lines in sequence, rather than alternate lines, the clarity of digital images is improved, giving clearer, flicker-free images.

RGB Scart

Advanced SCART that gives improved picture quality by splitting up the signal colours.


21 pin connection which enables transfer of pictures and stereo sound between audio/visual equipment.


High quality connection method for video transfers with S-VHS video recorders, camcorders, DVD players, etc.

Virtual Dolby

A virtual system that creates a surround sound effect using only two speakers.

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