Hi, my name is Paul.
Welcome to The Home Cinema Guide.
They tell me that I need an 'about me' page on my website. That people are interested in the person behind the keyboard.
Are you really? Well ok, I guess they're right......because here you are, reading this page.
Well, what can I say? Er.....hello!
Is this the bit where I give you my life story? Hmm, I've not written something like this before, but I'm sure I can come up with something. How hard can it be? Let's see what you think about my first try.
How about this?
Paul was born in London, England in 1874.
His mother worked in a circus and his father built Big Ben. He has 12 sisters, 15 brothers, 56 nephews and 148 nieces.
He is now happily married to his 8th wife, and lives in London with his 12 daughters, 14 sons, 8 cats, 16 dogs, 36 chickens...........and a fish.*
How am I doing? Pretty good huh? I think I'm getting the hang of this already. This is going to be easier than I thought...
Ok, ok, just kidding!
Stick with it though, I'm sure I'll get the hang of this by the end of the page. Let's face it, it can only get better.
* this is all true.......except for 1874, the circus, Big Ben, 11 sisters, 15 brothers, 55 nephews, 147 nieces, 7 wives, 11 daughters, 14 sons, 8 cats, 16 dogs, 36 chickens...........and the fish!
Ok, but seriously folks, they tell me that you want answers to some questions.
Like, "Who the heck do you think you are? Writing a website about home cinema technology. It's outrageous! Why should I believe a word you say?"
Oh really. You're a bit pushy aren't you? I didn't ask you to come around here you know!
(****Note to self: try not to offend the readers too much****)
So why should you take this website seriously? Well......it's either my word....or Panasonic's! (no offence Panasonic - just my idea of a little joke).
(****Note to self: try not to offend the hardware manufacturers either. Gosh, it's a tricky business this website stuff****)
Well you have a point I guess, I suppose it makes sense to give you an idea of my background, but I haven't stolen all this information from Wikipedia you know..........well, not ALL of it.
So since you're asking, I do have a pretty good background in this stuff if I say so myself (and I do).
I have worked as a sound, lighting and audio visual engineer for around 20 years.
During that time I have worked in recording studios (small time - calm down, I don't know anybody famous), theatre, television and audio visual installation companies.
At home, I have also spent more time than is probably healthy installing, configuring, testing, de-rigging, fixing, tweaking, re-installing again (and sometimes using) various pieces of hi-fi and home cinema equipment.
Yes, that's right, I'm one of those people who likes to read the manual!
So you see, I have picked up the odd thing or two over the years.
The main point is, I'm not trying to make myself out as a world expert on all things AV - goodness knows there's enough of those about (all with a different opinion usually).
But that also doesn't mean I don't know what I'm talking about.
However, after struggling with this technology myself for more years than I care to think about, I know that there aren't many places that you can go that try to explain this stuff in simple terms. So I thought I'd give it a go.
Hopefully you'll find some interesting and valuable information here, and you will have an easier experience the next time you are buying a piece of audio visual technology.
You know, it is worth spending a bit of time trying to understand the technology a little bit, because the hardware available these days is absolutely fantastic. There's no need to be afraid of the technology like many people I've met over the years.
You can also ensure you save yourself some money by buying the right equipment for you - and then make sure you get the best out of it when you get it home.
The information presented here has been acquired from a mixture of hands-on experience and research - and is hopefully written with some clarity and humour.
I've made as much effort as I can to make sure all the facts are correct and that the technical stuff is accurate - and the information here should be useful to you wherever you are in the world. An article doesn't make the site until I'm confident with the information on the page. However, if you find something here you think is incorrect, then let me know and I'll look into it.
So that's who the heck I am, and that's why I've built this website. So there.
Anyway, I've given it my best shot.
I hope you find something useful here....and just in case you're getting bored with the serious stuff, here's another picture of a fish!
All the best.