The family room has had many names and styles through the years, but the media entertainment center has remained a constant fixture. From the earliest days of home entertainment, up to the present day, consumers have expected a media entertainment center to be both functional and fashionable, protecting their valuable equipment while enhancing their overall décor. Over the decades, the entertainment center has changed looks, but it still serves families, by protecting their prized possessions.
- In the 1950s and ’60s, consumers needed space for their radios, record players, and televisions. Much of this electronic equipment was built into a cabinet, which was stylish, but bulky.
- In the ’70s, hi-fi component stereos didn’t need to be attached to furniture, but offered higher performance. This set ’70s consumers free to pursue a groovy individuality, putting electronic components in unexpected places, like built into a cloth or carpet-covered headboard or a space-age-style media entertainment center. Because it was no longer necessary to be tied to one brand, consumers could pick and choose as they wanted, and became creative with their configurations. Eight-tracks were popular, adding another item to be housed in the home media entertainment center, along with the accompanying tapes.
- In the ’80s and ’90s, the term “home entertainment center” came into fashion. It described the large pieces of furniture that housed televisions, games, and stereo components. In addition, there were plenty of shelves and cabinets to store the large video tapes of movies, the hard plastic cases for cassettes, and tall vinyl records of music.
- Between 2000 and today, media has become more advanced, and takes up less space. Today, a media entertainment center is likely to include a space for a wall-mounted flat-screen television, or specialized storage for video game components. Movies, music and games require less space, and can be housed in attractive sleeves and cases, for ease of access and convenient storage. Often, a modern media entertainment center has a dedicated outlet, for convenience when plugging in your electronics.
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