You’ve probably seen home theaters in the pages of home improvement and technology magazines like Electronic House. You may have even encountered one at the home of a friend or colleague. Perhaps you’ve stopped at a home electronics store and have seen a home theater there. Have you ever wondered what it takes to create these elegant, high-performing A/V masterpieces? Our Complete Guide to Home Theater Planning will walk you through the process, step by step. As you’ll learn, creating a home theater requires carefully planning to get right, some imagination and plenty of time and patience. It’s hard work, but the results can be phenomenal—something that pleases every member of your family and adds real value to your house. And here’s some really good news: Any room in your house can function admirably as a home theater, as long as you design the space correctly and select and install the A/V equipment carefully. This book discusses the pros and cons of the morphing existing rooms into home theaters, as well as building a space from the ground up. The appropriate types of equipment for each type of space are suggested, and classic mistakes to avoid are divulged. And if being on the cutting edge is important to you, there’s a complete chapter dedicated to a discussion about the new audio and video trends that are worth consideration. You can take your theater project a step further by adding features like dimmable lighting, specialty seating, fiber optic “star” ceilings and more. Although these amenities will add to your bottom line, they’re an effect way to put your own personal stamp on your theater, making it a space that’s uniquely yours. We’ll introduce you to some of these unique home theaters—both ones that have been designed and installed entirely by the homeowners themselves and ones that have been created by seasoned home systems professionals. You’ll gain loads of advice and gather great inspiration for tackling your own home theater project. Good luck and happy home theater building!