12 Things You Need to Create the Ultimate Home Theater


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Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner (not to mention movie awards season and the drama heating up on your favorite TV shows) — what are you doing to get ready?

Of course, a big part of the big game is kicking back and actually watching it. And there’s no better place to catch all the action than in the comfort of your own home, especially if you’ve got an incredible home theater system.

In fact, whether you’re a sports fan or not, a fabulous home theater can save you a bundle in the long run. Skip going the crowds at the movies and enjoy a cuddly night in, host your kids’ birthday and slumber parties while keeping them entertained, and be the number one destination anytime your social events involve screen time.

Ready to watch your dream team on the big screen? Here are 12 of the very best items you’ll need to create the home theater of your dreams.

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1. Samsung 55” 4K Ultra HD TV with High Dynamic Range, $899.99 at Best Buy

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Once you go 4K, you don’t go back.

This cutting-edge technology offers four times better picture resolution than a 1080p TV and can bring anything you’re watching to near-Ultra HD quality. The good news is you can grab this stunning picture for an affordable price; many 4K TVs are available for under $1,000 and will easily fill up the wall of home theater space.

This one delivers on the sound front too: it offers Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Premium Sound so you can hear every helmet crunch and call on game day.

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2. Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, $39.99 at Amazon

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Thinking of cutting your cable subscription? The Amazon Fire TV Stick will make it way easier.

This nifty gadget installs in seconds and gives you access to over 7,000 apps and games, including top-rated services like Hulu and HBO Now. The Alexa remote also allows you to control the device simply by speaking. You can even bring it with you when you travel, so that mid-season Netflix binge doesn’t have to wait until you’re back home.

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3. Bolt XS400 Home Theater Recliner (Row of 4), $1,899 at Wayfair

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If you really want to create an at-home cinema, then you’ll want to invest in some home theater seating seating — with a few upgrades.

A row of plush, black, bonded leather seats equipped with stainless steel cup holders and a comfortable ergonomic design are just what you need to truly settle in for a movie marathon. There’s also an accessory dock to add in your choice of extras, like a USB charger, reading light, or wine glass holder.

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4. PlayStation VR, $609.99 at GameStop

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The ultimate home theater isn’t just about movies and TV, it’s about having a killer video gaming system too. If you’ve already got a PlayStation 4, then take their virtual reality system for a spin for a whole new immersive way to play games. With exciting titles like Batman and Resident Evil 7, there’s something for the whole family to get into.

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5. Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar, $699.99 at Best Buy

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Not every media room needs (or has space for) a full surround sound system, and if you can’t set up five speakers properly, you’re best opting for a different sound solution.

Soundbars are designed to go right underneath your TV and will “bounce” sound around the room for a simulated surround sound experience. If you’re going the soundbar route, do your research: brands that really focus on sound like Bose are your best bet for crystal clear audio.

6. Nostalgia Electrics Pop-O-Matic Popcorn & Seasoning Dispenser, $99.99 at Bed, Bath and Beyond

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Nothing says “movie time” like the smell of freshly popped, buttery, salty popcorn. Now you can get your favorite theater treat at home: this old-fashioned kettle popcorn machine dispenses your popped kernels directly into a bowl below, and has two seasoning dispensers to add an extra punch of flavor.

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7. Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 1080p Full HD 3LCD Projector, $820.99 at Newegg

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If you want to create a movie theater-like experience, then you’ll want to go with a projector and screen setup.

Epson has some of the brightest home projectors on the market, resulting in brilliant theater-quality images. The Epson Powerlite Home Cinema can play 3D films and project up to 300 inches — you can even project against a wall or bring it outdoors in warmer weather. It also pairs with streaming devices so you never run out of things to watch.

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8. Linear LED Wall Sconce, $91.80 at Overstock

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Wall sconces are the way to go for unobtrusive, cinema-style lighting. Look for sconces with a bit of art deco styling, like these stainless steel and acrylic classic lights.

Be sure to also install a dimmer switch so you can set the mood — and maybe keep the lights a little brighter when that scary movie starts giving you goosebumps.

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9. Sony 1000W 5.1 Channel Blu-Ray Home Theater System, $499.99 at Best Buy

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If you want a truly “out of the box” solution to get your home theater going, this package has all the essentials.

You’ll score five speakers and a subwoofer, along with a top notch Blu-Ray player that supports 3D playback and is compatible with your 4K TV — all for under $500! With a built-in Wi-Fi connection you can also access your favorite streaming sites like Hulu Plus, YouTube and Spotify.

10. Moon Pit Sofas, from $5,740 at Lovesac

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Yes, there are definitely cheaper sectional sofas on the market, but are there any quite as cozy and cool as these pit sofas from Lovesac?

Designed with extra pieces, these oversized sofas have plenty of comfortable seating for eight guests (or more!) You can even mix and match different configurations to create your perfect sofa setup for any space or occasion, and there are dozens of chic color combos, prints and fabrics to choose from.

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11. Logitech Universal Infrared Bluetooth Harmony Smart Control, $129 at Newegg

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Never mind one remote to rule them all – your smartphone can easily double as a remote for all your gizmos and gadgets. Start by picking up this universal remote package, then download a free app and use gestures on your phone to do everything from changing the channel to boosting the volume. If your phone’s dying or in another room, don’t sweat it – the kit still comes with a regular remote you can use on the fly.

12. Aura Home Theater Bass Shaker System for Four Seats, $259.60 at Amazon

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If you’d like to really “feel” something when hanging out in your theater, you need to get these bass shakers.

They mount directly to your sofa or theater chairs and transmit moments of intense bass into a vibration — perfect for punctuating those intense fight scenes in your favorite games or movies into a real-life experience.


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