I think it’s probably fair to assume that most people reading a web site like High-Def Digest have some interest in home theater, at least as a concept. But do you actually watch movies in a dedicated home theater room, or is your high-def display set up in a multi-purpose family room?
Recently, I was browsing through a discussion forum on another site not terribly dissimilar to ours, and was surprised to find a very active thread in which people complained that they wished they hadn’t wasted a lot of money building home theater rooms in their homes, because it turns out that they don’t like watching movies in the dark and never use the rooms. They prefer instead to watch TV and movies in well-lit family rooms, often with windows open and other activity buzzing around them while they multi-task on their tablets and smartphones.
The idea of that feels completely alien to me. I don’t understand it at all. As readers of this blog know, I spent a lot of time and money last year building a proper home theater in my basement. It’s my sanctuary from the distractions of the world. When I watch a movie, I want to focus on that movie. Even though, with newborn twins in the home now, I don’t get to use the theater room as often as I’d like at the moment, I don’t regret any of the work I put into it, and fully intend to spend a lot more time there in the future.
Does that make me a dinosaur in our multi-media age? How do you watch movies?