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dark flat paint
rollers with nap covers
wireless theater-style wall sconces
TV mounting kit
whole-Home HD DVR system
Paint walls a dark flat color so they won’t reflect light.
Hang blackout shades on windows.
Install theater-style wall sconces, which focus light on wall, not on TV screen.
Get battery-powered fixtures and you won't have to run wires.
For comfortable viewing, mount TV with middle of screen at eye level when you’re seated, 36 to 40 inches, and remember you may recline while watching TV.
Hang at least four surround-sound speakers, one on either side of TV about 30 degrees off center and two more on pivoting mounts on side walls at ends of sofa.
Standard height for speakers is ear level when you’re standing; this prevents blast of sound in ears when you’re seated.
Tip: A mounting kit will make hanging the TV easier.
Tip: Get wireless speakers and you won’t have to drill through walls.
To access shows, movies, and music anytime get whole-home HD DVR system with large storage capacity. Have system professionally installed.
Get auxiliary units so you can watch shows from other rooms.
Stock mini fridge with snacks and drinks.
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