Smart Home Devices For The Ultimate Home Theater Experience

You’ve spent hours searching for the perfect movie, only to find it’s not available on Netflix. You can’t wait for the next season of your favorite show to arrive on cable. And you’re tired of having to get up and go through your DVDs every time you want to watch a movie or TV show.

Luckily, there are plenty of home theater technologies that make life better when it comes to watching movies and TV shows at home. 

Whether you’re looking for a full-blown smart home theater or just a few extra bells and whistles for your current setup, here are some smart devices that will help transform your living room into an entertainment paradise:

Smart Lighting

If you have an entertainment room in your home, then smart lighting is a must. With the right lights and automation system, you can create the perfect ambiance for any movie or show. 

You can dim the lights when watching horror films and then brighten them when watching comedies.

You can also use smart lighting to help save money on your home’s energy bill by turning off lamps that are not being used at certain times of day (such as during the daytime).


Gaming consoles are the easiest way to get started with gaming, and they’re available at almost any price point. The Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch all make excellent choices for those who want to be able to play their favorite games on a single console. 

If you’ve got the budget for it, investing in a powerful PC offers unmatched performance and flexibility. 

If you’d rather keep things portable or save some money by getting most of your gaming done while on the go, then consider a gaming laptop or tablet.

Whatever kind of hardware you choose though—whether it’s an Xbox One S or PS4 Pro—you’ll need some accessories if you want to take full advantage of all that power!


Now that you have your lights, thermostat and speakers all set up, the next step is to consider how to control them. 

You can program a smart device to turn off your lights or adjust their brightness when you get home from work, for example. 

In addition, some blinds and shades come with built-in motors so they can be raised or lowered remotely. 

If you have an older set of blinds and want to upgrade them with a motorized system, however, there are plenty of add-ons available that will work just as well.

Media Server

Media servers can be connected to your network, and they can stream content directly to your TV or projector. 

A media server will organize all of the media you have stored on it, making it easy for you to find what you want quickly. You can even connect multiple devices (like an Apple TV or Roku) at once so that everyone in the house is able to enjoy their own personalized experience.

Many home theater enthusiasts choose to use a Plex Media Server as their go-to device for creating an ultimate home theater setup.


Drapes are another great way to add style to your home theater, and with all of the technological benefits that come with them these days, it’s never been easier. 

Drapes can be used as a soundproofing layer between your room and the rest of the house or if you’re looking for a more subtle approach, simply use them to block out unwanted light or glare from outside sources. 

If you want to go all out, drapes can even be made with thermal insulation in mind so that they’ll keep your room cool in summer and warm in winter!

Surround Sound Speakers

Surround sound speakers are the best way to get a true theater experience in your home. Surround sound speakers will make your movie watching more immersive, your gaming experience more immersive, and your music listening experience more immersive. 

If you want to create the ultimate home theater experience, surround sound speakers are an essential component of that setup.

Surround sound speaker technology has been around since the 1970s but it wasn’t until recently that they became affordable and available for consumers. 

Today they’re sold as an add-on option for televisions or as standalone devices that connect wirelessly with other components such as Blu-ray players or gaming consoles.

Audio Visual Receiver (AVR) TV Box / HDMI Switcher

If you’re like most people, the amount of devices in your home theater can quickly get out of hand. Most TVs come with a single HDMI port and if you want to connect more than one device (like a Cable box), you need to purchase an AVR (Audio/Visual Receiver).

An AVR is like the brain behind your home theater system. It takes all of the inputs from various devices and outputs them to one screen or TV. 

So, for example, if you have three different devices plugged into it a cable box, gaming console and Blu-ray player all those signals are processed by the AVR before being routed to whichever display you choose (usually via HDMI). 

You can also use an AVR as a switcher so that when one device turns on it automatically switches off another device connected at the same time rather than having them both active at once

Voice Assistant

The first step to setting up your voice assistant for the ultimate home theater experience is to make sure it’s connected to your home network. 

This will allow the device to communicate with any smart devices in your home, including smart TVs, speakers, lights and more.

After you’ve set up a voice assistant and connected it with other devices on your network, it’s time to customize its settings so it can work best for you. 

Most voice assistants have an “assistant” mode that allows users to control everything from their television remote control: switching inputs (HDMI-1 vs HDMI-2), changing channels (channel 1 vs channel 2) or adjusting volume (volume level 4).

There are also many ways that using a voice assistant can improve how easily you manage movies and TV shows in addition to music playback capabilities within the home theater environment itself. 

For example: If someone asks Alexa what they should watch next on Netflix while they’re watching something else on Hulu Plus under this same roofed space then they’ll get recommendations based upon each individual user’s preferences over time without having ever typed anything into any kind of search box before hand!

HDTV Antenna

Buying a new HDTV antenna can be intimidating if you don’t know what to look for or how to install it. But there are lots of benefits to using an antenna, including free local channels and a simpler setup than streaming apps like Hulu or PlayStation Vue.

To find the best TV antenna for your home, look for one that has high gain (the ability to capture weaker signals). 

This will help ensure you can get the most out of your TV experience. If possible, choose an indoor model that doesn’t require any external hardware or mounting hardware so it’s easy to adjust as needed. 

You’ll also want one with omnidirectional capabilities to allow flexibility in placement within your home theater setup you may need better reception in some areas than others depending on where your TV is located!

Once you’ve chosen an HDTV antenna that fits both budget and needs, installation should be relatively simple: just plug it into any available port on either cable box or receiver with coaxial cables (available at most electronics stores). If this isn’t possible due

to distance between devices (or lack thereof), consider using powerline adapters instead; these plugs provide both power cord connectivity while also serving as Ethernet ports at once!

Smart Thermostat

For the ultimate home theater experience, you’ll want to invest in a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can be controlled from your smartphone and will automatically adjust the temperature based on your presence in the house. 

If you leave for work, it will lower the temperature down so that everything is nice and cool when you get home; if it gets too hot, it will know and begin cooling your house once more.

Projector / TV Screen Combo

If you want to get the most out of your home theater, a projector is by far the best way to go. A projector can project onto any screen, it’s more portable than a TV, and it’s cheaper than buying both! They’re also great for travel—just pack up your projector and carry on without worrying about taking along an expensive TV.

It’s important to note that projectors aren’t as bright as TVs (typically rated at around 1,000 lumens), so if you plan on using one in a dark room or viewing area, this may not be for you. 

Additionally, some people feel that big screens provide better picture quality than small ones do; if this is true for you then consider investing in an LED/LCD television instead of getting a projector set-up with no screen included (ie: “in-ceiling”).


Smart home devices are becoming more common and easy to use, so it’s no surprise that they’re becoming part of our homes. 

The best way to get started is by looking at all of the things you want your home theater to do for you and then finding a device that fits those needs. 

With so many options out there, we can help start with choosing a few devices based on what type of technology works best with your current setup before expanding your system as needed