10 Ways to Make Your Home Theater More Like a Real Theater


Control It All

This is it -- the final step to making a home theater every bit as good as the real thing. All you need to do now is implement a practical way to take control of everything without juggling five remote controls and 10 light switches. That means you need a universal remote that will help you control your projector and home entertainment system. Remotes such as Logitech's Harmony universal model are compatible with more than 225,000 devices and one remote can control up to 15 pieces of equipment, so they're extremely programmable and easy to use [source: Logitech].

Controlling absolutely everything in the home theater is tricky. You can buy automated curtains and lights that come with remote controls, but tying all of that into a single unit is beyond the capability of the average universal remote like those from Logitech. For a more complete solution, there are products like the Philips Pronto line: A device called an extender connects to automated systems for lights and blinds in addition to entertainment devices like stereo systems [source: Philips]. With all of those connected, a wall panel or portable control panel can connect to the extender via Wi-Fi and grant you remote control over every bit of functionality in the room [source: Philips]. Uniting total control into one device won't be easy, but pull it off and you'll undoubtedly have the coolest (and most convenient) home theater on the block.

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