Most folks agree that the home theater enthusiast is under threat from an ever-increasing variety of interactive communication, media, and multi-tasking applications vying for their attention. Fewer people (especially the younger generations) take the time to sit still and watch a film uninterrupted, let alone listen to music undisturbed.
The most basic instinct in life is to reproduce, to perpetuate the species. Therefore, as A/V fans, our prime directive is to make sure that we do not become extinct. But how do we accomplish this goal?
In the animal world, it’s a simple numbers game: reproduce like crazy, and hope that enough of your offspring survive to adulthood so they can likewise procreate. As enticing as that sounds, I suspect the answer requires a somewhat more delicate approach. Education is the key, and just like reading to your kids, the home is the best place to start. Those of us with kids need to not only set an example, but share the home theater experience with our children.
The set-up routine on receivers has become so fool-proof that I let my kids navigate through the menus (with close adult supervision, of course). Older equipment that might have ended up on a shelf in the garage now goes into my teenage son’s room (although my wife still draws the line at putting a subwoofer in there). If I end up watching every Pixar film 100 times, so be it. It’s a small sacrifice to make for the survival of the species.