Multimedia Livingroom: Movie
My livingroom is in fact a small, but fine, home theater that features even Dolby Digital and dts multi-channel surround sound. The "heart" of the theater is a Yamaha Receiver which is connected to a Yamaha DVD Player and a small JBL cinema system.
The receiver is equipped with a DSP that contains decoders for Dolby Digital and dts. Of course, it also contains a Dolby ProLogic decoder for analogous Dolby Surround sound. After decoding, the sound can be processed to simulate certain surroundings like, for example, a concert hall or a jazz club.
As a screen serves a stereo TV on which I like to watch science-fiction shows like Babylon 5, Stargate SG-1 and Star Trek. You should read The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 to get a closer view of all aspects of this impressive five year story. Have a look at TV MovieOnline (German) to see what is currently running on German TV stations.
Since 1992, I have my own VCR, so I taped all the episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager and all Star Trek movies. As a physicist I am also curious what scientists from NASA found out about The Science of Star Trek.
Other movies I recorded include action & science fiction movies like Die Hard, Indiana Jones, Independence Day and Stargate. I also like to watch European comedy movies like the ones with Louis de Funes (France) and Carlo Pedersoli and Mario Girotti ("Bud Spencer" and "Terence Hill", both from Italy) and the series M*A*S*H.
The DVDs I collect have to include at least Dolby Digital 5.1 sound in English and German. Examples are the Lethal Weapon box, Star Trek VI-IX, Terminator 2, and the James Bond Movies with Pierce Brosnan.
© Dietmar Knoll (E-Mail) 2001-10-17, latest change: 2004-11-18