Home Theater Products

While constructing a theater in your home may seem like a challenge, the right products can bring it all together. Here are some key features to include in your home theater.
By: Mary Kenkel

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High-Def Television

If you decide to install a television in your home theater rather than a projector, you'll find that there are many options in a wide range of prices. Most of today’s TVs are high-definition, offering stunning high-resolution pictures of 720p or 1080p. Some of them even offer a 3-D experience. This 60-inch TV is SHARP’s first 3-D LEC LCD television for the U.S. market. Photo courtesy of SHARP Electronics

Remote Controls and Touch Panels

A universal remote or touch panel makes your life easier by eliminating the need for separate remotes for each system. Elan Home Systems offers state-of-the-art touch panels and a universal remote that will combine all your systems into one control.

Rope Lights

To prevent reflections on the screen, ambient lighting is the best choice for a home theater. Installing LED light strips or ropes, such as this flexible rope from CBConcept, is an easy, inexpensive way to recreate a real-theater experience at home. This versatile lighting can be placed on the floor, behind screens and behind crown molding.

Surround-Sound System

Surround sound is essential to a true theater experience. By placing at least five voice-matched speakers and a subwoofer around the room, such as this system from Audio Plus Services, you can create larger-than-life wraparound sound.

Blu-Ray Player With 3-D Capabilities

If you invest in a high-definition television, you'll want to match the quality with high-def sources. A Blu-ray player will provide the best picture possible, and some players now offer a 3-D experience. Samsung's BD-C7900 Blu-ray player has 3-D capability, web-connected apps and built-in wireless connectivity. It will even upscale your standard-definition DVDs into high-resolution movies.

Home Theater Wiring and Cables

Before setting up your home theater, make sure you have the right wiring and cables to connect your equipment. HDMI cables are perfect for audio and video HD performance, and they allow you to connect your smart phones, computers, camcorder and video cameras to your high-definition television. Photo courtesy of Monster Cable Products

Home Theater Seating

Comfortable seating puts the finishing touch on your home theater. Recliners are a popular option since they can be adjusted for ideal viewing, and some models now have built-in storage and drink holders, such as these red leather seats from CinemaTech.

HD Projector

If you want the largest screen size possible for your home theater, a projector may be a better choice than a television. There are now high-definition projectors that will provide a picture comparable to a movie theater. This projector from Audio Plus Services is a high-performance, full-HD option that has 1080p resolution and 70,000:1 contrast ratio.

Receiver

A receiver is the control center for the surround sound. It processes the audio signals and sends them to the speakers for the best in-home, wraparound sound. It can also manage video inputs, such as a cable box, video game console and Blu-ray player. The HW-C700 Channel Home Theater Receiver from Samsung offers cinematic surround sound and is compatible with 3-D Blu-ray players.