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A few years ago, we invested in a really nice flat screen television for our living room. Because we had spent a lot of money, I was surprised when it started flickering suddenly one day. After it flickered for awhile, it completely shut down, and I didn't know what to do. Since the device wasn't under warranty, I thought that we were going to have to replace the entire thing. Fortunately, a friend of mine told me about a great electronics repair center that could help. They inspected my television, told me what was wrong, and let me decide how I wanted it to be fixed. This blog is all about repairing your electronics instead of tossing them in the trash.

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It may seem that anybody can build a home theater these days if you have a nice TV and a great sound system. However, there are some ways to make a home theater stand out by going beyond the basics. Here are some tips that can help make your home theater shine. 

Optimize Your Speaker Placement

Having a 5.1 surround sound system these days can get you by with great sound, but you need to optimize your speaker setup for it to sound amazing. A common mistake is having speakers point straight forward from the front of the room. Optimal speaker placement means placing them at the correct height and pointing them in the right direction.

Ideally, speakers should be placed on stands and aligned at the same height as your ears when you are sitting down in a set. The speakers should also be pointed toward the primary sitting position as well. This ensures that you are hearing all of the sound at the right time, rather than hearing delays as the sound bounces around the room. 

Use Sound Dampening Panels

Another way to cut down on sound reverberation is to use sound dampening panels. These can be placed in front of glass surfaces, such as windows, which are going to cause excessive amounts of reverberation. You should also place sound dampening panels on both sides of the screen to cut down on reverberation that come from the rear speakers hitting the front of the room. 

Get A Universal Remote Control

Having all of your gadgets hooked up to your home theater is going to cause a lot of confusion when other people go to use it. That's why it can help to purchase a universal remote control that allows you to control everything with a single remote. You'll really appreciate how much it simplifies the home theater experience when you are not looking for all the various remotes you need to watch a movie.

Create The Right Lightening Environment

A home theater is really best viewed when the screen is viewed in a dark environment. That's why you need to take steps to black out the room to hide all light sources. This can involve purchasing blackout shades or curtains for the windows, block light coming in through a closed door, and even hide the equipment that tends to have bright lights on the devices when they are in use.