Future Shop Ltd.

Future Shop Ltd.

April 17, 2008 16:17 ET

Future Shop Ltd.: Home Theatre Trends and Buying Tips

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - Future Shop -

Highlights / Key Facts:

Market Trends and Issues

  • 2008 Flat panel sales are projected to be 2.75 million units.

  • Hot screen sizes are 46" and 52". 47% of the flat panel market is 40" and above.

  • LCD is growing faster than plasma.

  • Total Flat Panel Market grew 72% (2007 over 2006).

  • LCD growth - 84.4% growth (2007 over 2006).

  • Plasma growth - 30% growth (2007 over 2006).

All figures are from the Consumer Electronics Marketers of Canada (http://www.electrofed.com/councils/CEMC/index.html).

Future Shop Home Theatre Expertise

Future Shop Home Theatre Buying Guide: Get 360 degree expertise on everything HD. The perfect high-definition (HD) setup involves four key areas: Sight, Sound, Source and Support. That's why at Future Shop we have all the HD technology you need and highly trained technicians to get your HD home theatre system set up right. http://www.futureshop.ca/learnmore/BuyersGuide/en/hd360.asp?langid=EN

High definition (HD) is the new standard for home theatre entertainment. For the best possible HD experience, you need to address four key areas: Sight, Sound, Source and Support. At Future Shop, we refer to this as 'HD360'. http://www.futureshop.ca/marketing/hd360/default.asp?logon=&langid=EN

Which is better Home Theatre in-a-box or a system built from stand-alone components?

Both types of home theatre systems have great benefits. It really depends on your budget, space and other requirements.

A home theatre in-a-box (HTIB) will take up less space, be simple to use, and will often reduce the amount of remote controls needed. Instead of having to turn off multiple devices, having the receiver and CD/DVD player in one unit means that one touch of the power button is all that's required. It also means less cable mess. A boxed system also usually comes with speaker cables, saving you the cost of getting them separately.

With an HTIB, you can be sure that the speakers will all match each other and the receiver. However, it's not just cosmetics. The various components are designed to work together, so you're getting a cohesive system both stylistically and functionally, with no weak links in the chain. In short, a HTIB system is an all-in-one solution.

Separate components.

On the other hand, for those who know what they want, stand-alone home theatre components - such as receivers, Blu-ray players and speakers - provide the best flexibility and sound quality. For example, you can have small or large speakers, and choose certain brands or features to suit your needs. While, HTIBs usually come with a subwoofer and five or more small satellite speakers - fine for movies or gaming - music aficionados would benefit from having four matching three-way speakers.

Standalone receivers generally have more inputs and outputs than an HTIB, meaning more potential to add extra components, such as gaming systems, high-definition players (Blu-ray Disc), and digital cable or satellite receivers. You also get more choice of features, such as receivers with multi-room or multi-zone functions, or even satellite radio readiness.

If you're still not sure which is better suited to your needs, decide upon one or two key requirements, and a Product Expert at your nearest Future Shop can help put together the right system for you.


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