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Whether you’re a self-proclaimed film buff or simply enjoy a casual family movie night, there’s no denying how a custom home theater can completely transform your entertainment experience.

Home theaters are no longer a luxury attainable only by those with an endless budget; thanks to affordable technology, many individuals and families are able to enjoy an authentic cinematic experience without leaving the comfort of their own home.

Designing a blockbuster-worthy entertainment solution requires a few key elements, ranging from an impressive screen and knock-your-socks-off audio system to the bevy of additional features available for helping you set the mood. So where do you begin?

On the Big Screen. The centerpiece, and certainly most critical element, to any home theater is the screen. There are a few different approaches that can be taken here; some may want to go for luxury, striving for high-tech cinema quality, selecting a top of the line solution that resonates well with blockbuster formats.

Stewart Filmscreen offers an array of residential solutions that fit the bill, including their CineCurve which boasts a native 2.40:1 image area, which allows full enjoyment and flexibility when watching movies in super-wide screen formats. For those truly dedicated cine-buffs, you can rest assured that the CineCurve places quality above all else, as it also has the ability to conform to HDTV and NTSC TV formats.

For those looking to add a little intelligence to your home theater set-up, consider the 90” Sharp AQUOS, a truly remarkable LED Smart 3D TV. Not only does the AQUOS promise brilliant picture quality – think a crystal clear, high-definition visual experience – but it also leverages full HD Active 3D technology. At only 150 lbs, and about 4.5” deep, the super slim 90” Class can easily mount to any wall and Sharp’s cutting edge, energy efficient LED technology makes it operationally affordable. Best of all, if you’re looking for true connectivity, you’ll be pleased to find the 90” Class features built-in WiFi and SmartCentral, giving you quick access to the most popular apps, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as movies on demand via Netflix, Vudu and CinemaNow.

Black Out. Lighting can make all the difference when it comes to your entertainment experience – the last thing you want is the sun streaming through your blinds, reflecting on your new precious big screen. Or imagine how cool you’ll feel when your friends are gathered around and all it takes is the simple touch of a button to effortlessly dim your lights in preparation for movie time. Lutron can help you set the perfect theater-quality mood with a wealth of lighting and shade control options. If you’re in the market for a single-room solution, specifically geared towards your home theater, Lutron Maestro Wireless technology offers impressive lighting control functionality, coupled with the convenience needed within a residential application. Easy to install, the system allows you to control lighting levels with any combination of up to 10 dimmers, switches, sensors and wireless controls.

To further ensure the perfect scene for a late night movie or afternoon game, Lutron offers a variety of shading solutions, including their Sivoia QS Wireless. Seamlessly integrating with Lutron lighting systems, in addition to many third-party devices, Sivoia QS Wireless helps you to create the perfect lighting scenario every time, by adjusting shading and lighting systems concurrently. Not to mention that the solution maintains the ultra-quiet performance and precision shade alignment that consumers have come to expect from Lutron.

Taking Control. Alright, so you wowed your friends with one-touch lighting, but what if you could do even more? Integrating control solutions within your home theater – or better yet, throughout your whole home – can really push your media experience to the next level. Recently, the home automation innovators at Control4 partnered with one of the biggest brands in entertainment, Sony, to deliver best-in-class AV performance and home automation within one easy-to-install and easy-to-use product. The Control4 and Sony partnership is helping to completely redefine the AVR category by delivering an unprecedented integrated AV and automation experience in a single device – allowing you to enjoy AVR performance, unmatched 4K content and a stunning selection of streaming media services, as well as the added lifestyle benefits of personalized automation.

Combining the new Sony ES receiver line with a Control4 Activation License, allows authorized Control4 Dealers to enable full home controller functionality that can automate whole-home lighting, adjust climate, arm your integrated security system, and manage energy usage, all through the award winning Control4 on-screen UI.

Truth be told, your home entertainment experience can be as extravagant or as simple as you want – it’s all about what works for your lifestyle, preferences and entertainment needs. With the plethora of options at your disposal, you’re sure to find exactly what you need to create the media experience of your dreams.

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