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So you want to have the whole gang over for a Marvel movie marathon, but all you’ve got is an iPad. We know just what to do! Here’s our guide to creating the ultimate home theater experience.

Begin With a Budget

The cost of a great home theater setup can quickly add up. Start by setting a limit on how much you want to spend.

Screen Grab

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s spend some money! But first, you gotta decide how big to go. The biggest option you can afford is always awesome, but if you want to be a bit more strategic, you can use Samsung’s TV sizing formula. Measure the distance you usually sit from the screen – or think you would if you already had a TV – in inches and divide that by two. The result is your optimal screen size, measured diagonally.

Supportive Seating

Chances are you already have a couch. But is it big enough? Seating is something you can spend endless amounts on, with a variety of high-end home theater options available that mimic a true theater experience. But those seating setups aren’t going to let you lounge their full length when you’ve got a good book to dig into or a sick day to sleep away – they’re designed to keep you straight up and down, with your eyes focused on the screen. For some more practical options, check out the selection at Article.

Sure Sound

When it comes to your sound system, you want to go surround. But which option to choose? Soundbars promise an immersive experience without a million speakers flung around the room, and they are certainly better than the built-in speakers on your TV. But for the best sound, you really need at least five speakers – three in the front, two in back, and a subwoofer to boot. Here’s a reasonably priced all-in-one setup from Yamaha.

Snack Attack

The ultimate home theater experience begins and ends with great snacks. Show your guests you’re the best host around by offering up an endless supply of goodies. One of the easiest ways to do this is by joining one or two snack delivery services. Snackmagic has every kind of snack imaginable, from savory and sweet to spiked or healthy.

Now that your home theater is ready to go, it’s time to relax and enjoy the movie. For more tips on hosting the ultimate get-together, check out the Sonoma Palms blog.


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