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[picappgallerysingle id=”277028″]Home Theater

A home theater can turn a spare room into an entertainment retreat. Before you start on your project, though, you’ll need to figure out how much you can afford. A quality home theater including the components and any extras you might need, such as lighting and soundproofing, can cost $4,000 or more.

     Experts at Digital Trends.com suggest using the 55-35-10 rule when budgeting for your system. Allocate 55 percent for the video system, including the screen, cable box or satellite receiver/DVR and a Blu-ray player, 35 percent for a receiver and surround-sound system and the remaining 10 percent for high-quality speaker wire and HDMI cables.

     Next, decide which extras you might need. Automated lighting can help bring the whole home theater experience together, but it can be costly. For a quick, easy fix, put your lights on a dimmer that can be controlled by a universal remote. If the room has windows, install simple, opaque drapes to block out any ambient light. Or if you are willing to spend a little more, install motorized blackout shades.

     Soundproofing your theater is a must. Install soundproof doors, or apply an acoustic door seal to your existing doors to reduce sound leakage. Cushy materials, like pillows and carpeting, as well as upholstered sofas and chairs will also help absorb sound.

     Your home theater doesn’t have to be built in one day. Consider an all-in-one system to start, then upgrade with individual components later. And don’t forget the remote. A quality universal remote can run $100-$200. When buying new or used equipment, be sure that the electronics supplier has a good return policy in case an item is defective.

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