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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5 Best Home Theater Receivers Under $500

Grant Clauser
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Despite the growth of powered soundbars and sound bases (or stand speakers—whatever you want to call them) that have been replacing traditional surround sound speaker systems, the home theater receiver is still the master of the media room.

Home theater receivers, or AV receivers, range in price from under $200 all the way up to $2,000,

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Home Theater Surround Sound Goes 3D with these Dolby Atmos Speakers

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by Rebecca Day

You used to set up a home theater with surround sound: 5.1 channels, then 7.1, and speakers played back audio signals assigned to each channel to approximate locations of sounds mixed for a movie soundtrack. That was then. Today, there’s object-based audio, which gives filmmakers the tools to determine exactly where a

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DTS:X Unleashed on Home Surround Sound Systems

DTSX surround sound systems

You’ve probably already heard of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D, both new home theater audio formats based on audio objects rather than audio channels (as in 5.1 or 7.1 channels). Now, a new object-based format is here from DTS called, DTS:X.

DTS had actually hinted about this format in late 2014 and even gave fleeting demos

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Build a DIY Home Theater or Hire a Professional

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While some big box retailers may try to convince you otherwise, a home theater isn’t just a large TV and a soundbar, and it takes more effort than setting up a speaker in every corner of the room. In fact, a home theater isn’t only the equipment; it’s the room. That’s part of what makes

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6 Tips for the DIY Home Theater Builder

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by Phil Lozen

There’s not many things quite as satisfying as building something yourself. For home theater enthusiasts, that means taking that bonus room upstairs, the corner (large or small) of the basement, or maybe even the whole garage and transforming it from an empty, dank, dark space into something magical, ready to whisk you off

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