Equipment Options

The environment in which you plan to put a home theater screen will often dictate the best size, shape and screen fabric to use. You can go with something that resembles a flat-panel TV or a unit that's motorized to only appear when it's time to watch a movie.
PHOTO COURTESY OF STEWART FILMSCREEN

The environment in which you plan to put a home theater screen will often dictate the best size, shape and screen fabric to use. You can go with something that resembles a flat-panel TV or a unit that's motorized to only appear when it's time to watch a movie. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEWART FILMSCREEN

Once you’ve settled on a room and have made the necessary structural and architectural modifications, it’s time to talk gear. A home theater will need plenty of A/V muscle to create an engaging, dynamic entertainment experience, so it’s important to have all the right pieces in place. What’s right will depend on many variables: the construction of the room, your viewing and listening style and your budget, to name a few. In this section of our Home Theater edition, we’ll present the numerous options available and provide tips on choosing the best types of products for your particular home theater space. You’ll learn how to choose the appropriate size screen, the right style of speakers and a projector that’ll work in rooms with bright lighting. Finally, you’ll hear about all the important features to look for in the various black boxes that’ll bring your big screen and surround-sound system to life.

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