Best Home Theater Add-ons and Accessories

Check out some great add-ons that can enhance the home theater experience

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A lot of attention is placed on the basic equipment needed to experience home theater, however, there are many unusual add-ons and accessories that can enhance your home theater enjoyment.

Check out our list of suggestions that can add both to the functionality and aesthetic enjoyment of your home theater experience. Some suggestions are very inexpensive and practical to implement, while others are expensive and indulgent, but all add to the variety and what can be attained in the home theater experience.

In addition to the selections spotlighted on this page, also check out some home theater seating, furniture, and TV stand suggestions.

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Darbee DVP-5000S Visual Presence Processor

The Darbee DVP-5000S Darbee Visual Presence is a small plug-and-play video processor that you place between an HDMI source (such as a Blu-ray Disc player, upscaling DVD player, cable/satellite box, or home theater receiver) and your TV or video projector.

However, unlike other popular video processing devices, the DVP-5000S does not upscale resolution, suppress background video noise or edge artifacts, and does not smooth motion response.

Instead, the DVP-500S adds depth information to the viewed image using pixel level real-time contrast, brightness, and sharpness manipulation (referred to as luminous modulation). This process restores the missing natural-like "3D" information that the brain is trying to see within the 2D image. As a result, the image seems to "pops" with more texture, depth, and contrast range.

If used appropriately, the Darbee DVP-5000S makes a great addition to the TV and home theater viewing experience. In fact, it has garnered quite a following amongst a growing number of consumers and professionals.

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Looking for a safe way to mount your flat panel LCD, Plasma, or OLED TV above a fireplace? Ordinarily, mounting a TV above a fireplace is not a good due to two reasons: Heat seeping through the wall can damage or shorten the life of your TV, and, two, mounting a TV over fireplace results in the TV being too high for a natural viewing experience, resulting in a lot of sore necks.

However, MantelMount may be just the solution as it sets the TV out from the wall to limit exposure to heat, and also provide articulation that allows the TV to not only be swiveled from left to right, but allows allows the entire TV frame to be lowered in front of the fireplace at a more natural viewing level (just make sure your fireplace is not being used at that time).

MantelMount is not hard to install, however, you should check to see if your wall can support the weight of the mount and your TV and that your fireplace chimney does not generate an undesirable amount of heat that is transferred through the wall.

In addition, is also important to point that although MantelMount is targeted toward consumers that desire an above fireplace installation, it can also be used on any wall that can support the weight of the mount and TV.

Check out the MantelMount FAQ Page, or consult a home theater installer for more information.

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Sunfire Universal Wireless Subwoofer Kit

The Sunfire Universal Wireless Subwoofer Kit allows consumers to make a wireless connection between any subwoofer with LFE or line inputs and any home theater receiver with subwoofer preamp outputs. By plugging the SDSWITX transmitter to your home theater receiver and SDSWIRX wireless receiver to your subwoofer, you can eliminate the long, and unsightly, subwoofer audio cable that is usually required. An added benefit is that you have more freedom in placing your subwoofer in a spot you need to place it in for the best low-frequency response - as long as you have an AC outlet nearby to access power for your subwoofer and the SDSWIRX wireless receiver.

Also, the SDSWITX transmitter can be used with up to two wireless SDSWIRX receivers, allowing the wireless connection of two subwoofers for your system, if you so desire. Some of the features of this kit are 25-foot transmission range via 2.GHz band, 16-bit audio resolution, and 48hHz sampling rate capability. 

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Klipsch R-14SA Dolby Atmos Speaker Modules

If you own a Dolby Atmos-enabled home theater receiver and need to get speakers to experience those overhead surround effects, you have two options: put speakers in your ceiling and add a pair of vertically firing speaker modules.

The R-14SA's are compact vertically firing speakers that can be used to upgrade your home theater speaker system for Dolby Atmos without having to cut into your ceiling. The compact enclosure can be set on top of most main channel speakers so that it can bounce sound off of the ceiling.

Each R-14SA features 3/4-inch Aluminum Tweeter combined with a Hybrid Tractrix Horn, with a separate 4-inch Copper Cone Woofer. The speaker enclosure is also angled slightly forward on the top so that the sound bounces off the ceiling nearer to the prime listening position. The cabinet dimensions are (HWD): 7.25 x 6 x 11.25-inches.

The Klipsch R-14SA makes a great home theater add-on for those that already have a traditional 5.1 or 7.1 channel surround sound speaker system but need to take advantage of the capabilities offered by Dolby Atmos-enabled home theater receivers. The R-14SA is sold and priced in pairs.

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Panamax M5400-PM Home Theater Power Management System

You've spent a lot of money and collected a lot of home theater components over the years. With each upgrade or addition, you have another power cord to plug in. After the number of wall outlet options run out, you add a surge protector, then another one, and then you still run out. One solution to this mess is to get a centralized power management system, such as the Panamax M5400-PM that not only provides all the outlets you need, but also includes additional connectivity organizes coax and ethernet cable connections, provides a practical way to both monitor and regulate your voltage level, and aids in clearing up power interference.

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Panamax MR5100 Home Theater Power Management System

The Panamax MR5100 functions as a convenient, centralized, power management system that provides all the power outlets you need for your home theater gadgets, as well as your coax and ethernet cable connections. The MR5100 features a front panel display that shows the incoming voltage and also aids in clearing up power interference and provides surge protection (including automatic shut down).

Although the MR5100 provides power monitoring it does not provide voltage regulation.

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Logitech Harmony Elite and Pro Remote Control Systems

Home theater has certainly given us more and better options for enjoying home entertainment. However, it has also given us the clutter of remote controls. Many of us have a half-dozen, or more, remotes on the coffee table. The quest for a remote control that can do it all is the true "Holy Grail" of home theater. There are many "universal remotes" that can then replace some of the functions of your remote control collection, but the Logitech Elite and Pro Remote Control Systems can just about do it all with the provided remote or via most smartphones with an installed app, and, as an added bonus, either system is compatible with Alexa voice control via Amazon Echo products.

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Amazon Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo Dot is a great home theater add-on as it can bring voice control to your home theater setup. By taking advantage of several Alexa Skills, such as those from Logitech, Denon/Marantz HEOS, Dish, and Samsung Smart Things, you can control many functions of your home theater setup, as well as thermostat and lighting, by using the Alexa voice assistant. Also, if you have a Fire TV media streamer stick or box, Alexa can control that also via the Echo Dot.

An added bonus is that you can connect the Echo Dot to any stereo or home theater receiver and listen to music streamed via Bluetooth or from select internet streaming services on your system.

Of course, there all those other great Echo Dot features, such as making hands-free phone calls, ordering take-out and delivery, shopping (including for more home theater gear), getting the latest weather and traffic info, and a lot more.

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Wilson Electronics SignalBoost DT Desktop Cellular Signal Booster

Here is an interesting twist on a home theater add-on, the Wilson Electronics SignalBoost DT Desktop Cellular Signal Booster. The reason this product may make a great add-on for your home theater room is that if your home theater setup is in a basement or a location that has a weak cell phone signal, it can be a hassle to always leave the room just to make or receive a cell phone call, especially if you use the room for other activities or projects. The SignalBoost DT from Wilson Electronics solves this problem by providing a strong signal to your cell phone in your home theater room.

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Soda Bar System - Home Soda Fountain

If you have a dedicated home theater room, you need to outfit it with more than just all those gadgets, comfortable seating, and decor. You also need to provide some refreshment for your family and guests. Instead of trudging back out to the kitchen to grab a beverage and miss that crucial action scene, why not bring your refreshment access right into your home theater room with your own soda machine? Check out the Soda Bar System as one option.

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Great Northern Vintage Popcorn Machines

Nothing makes a movie more enjoyable than a hot, fresh, bag of buttered popcorn -- and you don't have to settle for dull microwave popcorn. Add the true aroma and crunch of tasty popcorn to your home theater viewing with this professional-style popcorn machine. 

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Movie Movie Posters (Classic and New)

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So you have a home theater room and great equipment, but the walls are a little bare. Add some genuine movie theater atmosphere by adding some vintage and modern movie posters to those bare walls. Movie offers a huge selection.


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