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So, chances are you’re here to learn more about home theaters. Perhaps the concept is a mystery to you, or you’re just plain intimidated by the technology surrounding home theater discussions. Relax—we’ve got answers and solutions to your home theater questions. Read and click through our Home Theater Learning Center and we’ll explain every facet of the wonderful world of home theater.

Essentially, home theaters combine the clarity of flat panel HDTV with the quality of digital surround sound, sometimes making you forget that you’re not sitting in a theater—rather, you’re sitting in your own home!

This discussion will guide you through the components of a home theater. We’ll cover the basics: the TV, audio systems, video playback devices and other content sources. We’ll also touch on subjects you may already be familiar with, such as seating and window treatments, but shed new light on them as we talk about how they will affect the theater you wish to create in your home.



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Is it time to upgrade your home theater experience? We’ll show you how.


Make Room
Make Room
Even a multiple-use room can be a great home theater. Just take into account the characteristics of your space as you choose your HDTV and décor.




Think Light
Think Light
For best viewing, control outdoor light with blinds and curtains, and consider adding behind-screen down-lights. A dimmer switch can bring interior lights to perfect viewing levels.




Sound
Sound Advice
Carpeting floors and curtaining walls can help kill echoes, and adding sound insulation can prevent noise from escaping the room.





Sitting Pretty
Sitting Pretty
Comfortable seating is a must. You will also want to keep two things in mind when arranging seating: The number of people you wish to entertain, and the proper viewing angles for your HDTV’s display technology.




Now that you know a bit more about what components will help make your home theater special, it’s time to learn more about the components themselves. In the pages that follow, we’ll explore what kind of television is right for your space, and which sound system will be right for that television.

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