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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How to Find a Good Home Theater Dealer

EH Staff
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Because a home theater is not an off-the-shelf purchase, it can require a significant investment—and not just with the price tag. A big part of your home theater investment is doing your homework and educating yourself. The most important phase of your home theater purchase is getting connected with the right dealer.

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The Most Out-of-This-World Star Trek-Themed Home Theater

Rachel Cericola
Home Theater Ideas: Star Trek

Located in Palm Beach County, FL, this home has taken the topic of Star Trek home theater ideas to the final frontier. Considered one of the best in the themed theater category, we definitely think it’s worth another peek.

As you can tell, the anonymous owner is definitely a sci-fi buff. However, being a “Trekkie” is

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The Importance of Multichannel Surround Sound

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When you’re talking about home theater, what’s more important: a big picture or big sound? What if you could only choose one? Most people are undoubtedly drawn to an enormous screen than a suite of boxy-looking speakers. That’s their eye-candy. But having that big sound is what makes the movie really come to life.

Big

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DIRECTV Creates Tiny Set-Top with Big 4K Features

Rachel Cericola
DIRECTV 4K Genie Mini for 4K TVs

While we’re still waiting for actual 4K TV broadcasts, DIRECTV is looking to spread the wealth of existing Ultra HD programming to any of the 4K TVs you currently have at home.

This is assuming that you have more than one. If that’s the case, check out the company’s 4K Genie Mini, a box that can

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Build a DIY Home Theater or Hire a Professional?

Rachel Cericola
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Home theater enthusiasts are often conflicted: Should they tackle the design and installation of a home theater system themselves or leave it to a professional? Some people are hardcore home theater enthusiasts and are also do-it-yourselfers. The true DIYer wouldn’t even dream of having a pro come in to help build a home theater—and with

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Multipurpose Media Room Rolls Out a Vegas Vibe

Home Cinema Installation: Surreal Systems

One of the best times to integrate technology and think about a home cinema installation is during a renovation. In this case, the homeowners were expanding their home to create a space for family fun and for entertaining guests, and part of the high-tech package would include custom-installed A/V products tied to a professional control

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3 Dolby Atmos Receivers for Under $500

Rachel Cericola
3 Dolby Atmos Receivers for Under $500

Just a few months ago, you probably wouldn’t have seen the words “affordable” and “Dolby Atmos” in the same sentence—anywhere. However, we are finally starting to see some of those Dolby Atmos receivers come down in price.

Are they cheap? Well, no. However, Dolby Atmos is not really meant to be a cheap experience. After all,

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How One Touch Delivers Outdoor TV by the Beach

Rachel Cericola
How One Touch Delivers Outdoor TV by the Beach

Entertaining outdoors can add a little something to the experience, especially when your backyard overlooks Laguna Beach. However, this homeowner still wanted the option to gather guests around an outdoor TV. Instead of making a big screen part of the permanent landscape, the installer came up with a solution that would create the ultimate al

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New Epson Projectors Make Home Theater Affordable

Rachel Cericola
New Epson Projectors Make Home Theater Affordable

Putting a home theater together can be daunting. There’s the research, the installation, the tweaking, the late nights, and then more tweaking. Of course, one of the most stressful parts of the process can be the cost.

Looking to alleviate some of that pressure, Epson is stepping in with three new projector options. Of course, we’ve seen plenty

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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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Latest Denon Home Theater Receivers Include Dolby Atmos

Rachel Cericola
The AVR-X4200W Denon home theater receiver.

If you want to have a truly immersive audio experience (like the kind that gives you goosebumps), think about upgrading your A/V room to accommodate one of these new 3D sound formats. That means you’ll need actual encoded content, as well as extra speakers and a compatible receiver.

There are a slew of Denon home theater receivers

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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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