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Home Theater vs. Family Room

In general, a multipurpose family room is not a home theater. The distinction is important if you're craving a room that immerses you in the movie-watching experience. A multipurpose family room, sometimes called a media room, has the basics: a relatively large television, a DVD player and maybe even surround sound. But it probably also has a stereo, a computer and a video game system. A home theater, on the other hand, is dedicated solely to watching movies. It will have a large-screen television, perhaps a projector. The room may be windowless and built to enhance sound. It may contain specialty lighting and soundproof walls. And the seating may be arranged theater style to accommodate rows of viewers. You can enjoy watching movies in both rooms, but commit to one or the other before you invest the time and money on upgrades.