The average person watches over 5 hours of television per day.
Pretty crazy, right?
If you’re going to be spending that much time taking in media, it stands to reason that you should have the most spectacular home theater set-up possible.
Therein lies the aim of this article.
We’ve written in the past on types of television sets, sound systems, and other core components of a home theater. What we haven’t written about are small things you can buy that can take your theater experience to the next level.
Without further ado, here are 10 home theater accessories that you don’t want to be without.
1. Amazon Alexa
We’re all about home automation, and a favorite automation tool is Amazon’s Alexa.
Alexa can do a ton of stuff at the command of your voice. Some of our favorite tricks come in the way of how the device can interact with your home theater system.
With the right components, Alexa can turn on and off your TV, automatically play your favorite movies and even change the channel for you.
What’s most impressive is that Alexa comes in at a sub $40.00 price tag that is often discounted by Amazon.
2. Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control
With all of your cool home theater accessories comes a lot of not so cool remote controls. Unless you want to have a house where remotes are thrown all over your living room, you’re going to want to invest in something universal.
Our recommendation to that end is the Logitech Harmony Elite Remote.
Armed with Logitech, you can control all of your major home theater appliances. The device also offers integration with Alexa that will expand your voice command capabilities.
3. Darbee Visual Presence Processor
Did you know that there are devices you can attach to your video cables to add additional depth and beauty to your television’s picture quality? It’s true!
One of the best and most affordable devices is the Darbee Visual Presence Processor.
This device adds additional information into your picture transmission, making it closely resemble life rather than a 2d flat image. It can make your television set replicate the picture quality of a premium television that would have set you back a few extra hundred dollars.
4. Mantle Mount
Is your television set hanging over your fireplace? Do you want it to be but are afraid of it being damaged by heat?
If so, purchase a mantle mount.
Mantle mounts are specially designed television mounts that give your set just enough space from the heat of your fireplace. They’re also flexible so you can lower your television and angle it as needed.
5. Home Theater Power Management System
The more home theater accessories you get, the more cords start to take over your house. Eventually, you could end up daisy chaining power strips across your living room which is not only unsightly but dangerous.
Enter Home Theater Power Management Systems.
Armed with any brand-name power management system, you can confidently power multiple home theater devices without fear of power surges. You can also utilize some system’s cable management tools to clean up your living room.
6. Soda Bar
Now we’re really getting crazy. If you want a truly rad theater experience, start building out a soda bar.
Soda bars come with everything you need to load up commercial grade soda syrup and supply yourself with theater-quality Coke, Pepsi, and other soft drinks.
Most soda bar fixtures are expensive but are a good buy for the home theater enthusiast.
7. Popcorn Machine
If your soda bar is looking lonely, get it a popcorn machine.
These can be found for cheap on Amazon and can really complete your home theater motif.
8. Digital Optical Audio Cable
Bad sound decimates video. That means no matter how much money you spend getting that perfect 4K picture streaming into your living room, if the sound being transmitted feels SD, you’re not going to be impressed.
One of the easiest ways to step up your sound is to invest in a digital optical audio cable.
These cables are cheap and use synthetic fiber and metal connectors to dampen vibration that takes place during sound transmission.
This leads to cleaner, life-like audio pumping through your speakers.
9. HDMI Extender
If you’re needing to run HDMI cables a long distance to cover your unique space, you may be noticing a degradation in picture quality. That’s because HDMI cables are only rated to provide signals over a certain number of feet.
To boost your HDMI signal over 10 feet+ of cable, invest in an HDMI extender to preserve picture and sound transmission.
10. Cable Wall Plates
If your video looks good but your theater/living room looks like a mess because of all your cables, you’ve got a problem.
That’s why we’re rounding out our home theater accessories list with cable wall plates.
Cable wall plates are cheap and make hiding unruly cables along the trim of your walls simple. These accessories are the perfect finishing touch on any home theater setup!
Wrapping Up Home Theater Accessories You Don’t Want to Forget
From Amazon’s Alexa to HDMI extenders, there is no shortage of home theater accessories you can invest in that can have a big impact on your experience.
For specific advice on how to plus your home theater setup and for assistance getting everything sourced and installed, we are your go-to guys.
At BBD Lifestyle, we’ve been helping people in the St. Pete and Tampa Florida area design the smart homes of their dreams for years. Let us hook you up with the same value.
Contact us today for a consultation and learn all about how you can bring your home into the 21st century.