A home theater is a room or space designed to recreate the experience of watching a movie in a commercial cinema. Home theaters, media rooms and home theater systems come in many varieties and prices, but all include a surround sound system, large display (such as a flat panel TV or home theater projector) and high-quality source components (such as a 3D Blu-ray player or high-definition video server).

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9 Top Home Theater Receivers for Under $1,000

Rachel Cericola
best home theater receivers

The AV receiver (also known as the AVR or home theater receiver) isn’t the prettiest piece of a home theater system, but it’s certainly the most important. It’s a magical place where all of the audio meets all of the video and sends music and soundtracks to your home theater speakers.

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2 Bars Collide in This Multipurpose Media Room

Rachel Cericola
2 Bars Collide in this Multipurpose Media Room

There are a lot of reasons to have a home theater or a multipurpose media room. Most people appreciate watching a movie without lines, cell-phone chatter, and sticky floors. Some people just like being able to get their drink on, all while entertaining in the privacy of their own home.

This homeowner wanted a media room with

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220-inch Outdoor Home Theater Screen Entertains Entire Community

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Some people build an outdoor home theater to entertain friends and family on warm summer nights. However, this homeowner really built his space for the masses.

This Southern California homeowner doesn’t just have an outdoor home theater. It’s a nearly-commercial level amphitheater with a custom-built 220-inch motorized projection screen, 20 speakers, fully automated landscape lighting,

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The 10 Toughest Man Caves and Their AV Systems

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Harley best man cave

Some guys love power tools. Some love cars. Some are happy with a comfy chair, a remote and something to nosh on. Then there are those who need to go above and beyond—to create a space that most men only dream about. So what’s a man cave anyway?

Today, we call these spaces “man caves.” In

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Onkyo USA Prices Dolby Atmos Receiver Under $600

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Onkyo USA Prices Dolby Atmos Receiver Under $600

Dolby Atmos is a 3D-style sound format, which makes it possible to experience sound from every angle—including overhead. However, if you want to have immersive sound, you’re going to need the proper equipment.

A Dolby Atmos-capable theater needs extra speakers to accommodate those extra channels, as well as a good receiver. Onkyo USA is giving us

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