Whether you're shopping for a complete home theater experience or looking to add to your existing setup, we have advice about TVs, home theater sound and video, wireless audio and much more.
TVs and Projectors
LED, LCD, Plasma or OLED?
- Dark or dimly lit room: Plasma or OLED are recommended
- Brightly lit room: LED or LCD are recommended
- Normal lighting conditions: LED or OLED are recommended
If you're looking for an immersive home theater experience, you'll want to consider a 50" class TV or larger. More often than not, we hear customers wish they had gotten a bigger, rather than a smaller TV, so think carefully about what size will provide the impact you're looking for.
With the sleek design of modern TVs, larger screens will take up much less space than you might think. That's because the size of the bezel (the outside edge that wraps around your screen) have become much thinner in recent years, so much so that the dimensions of a new 60" class TV with a thin bezel are roughly the same as an older 55" class TV.
These TVs are oustanding for media rooms or if you're looking for a completely immersive experience while watching movies and sports.
Large TVs that provide great visual impact within any room in your home, including big living rooms.
These are versatile TVs that can work extremely well within average-sized living rooms and many bedrooms.
32" class and smaller
A great size for bedrooms, dorms, kitchens and casual viewing areas.
Higher resolution is one of the key factors in getting better picture quality.
- 2160p (4K Ultra HD): Also known as 4K, UHD or Ultra HD, 4K Ultra HD TVs offer the newest and best resolution available in the marketplace. They deliver up to four times the resolution of 1080p TVs and produce stunningly clear, detailed images. This level of resolution lets you sit quite close to the screen for a fully immersive experience. They also have the ability to upscale current high-definition content to make what you watch look even sharper.
- 1080p (Full HD): Allows you to watch Blu-ray movies, Full HD content and all TV programming at their highest level of detail. 1080p is by far the most common HDTV resolution available.
- 720p (HD): Provides a quality HD picture for TV shows and DVD movies, and often at very affordable prices. Generally used for smaller TVs.
One of the main considerations for TV type is what kind of room lighting you'll primarily be watching in.
LED and LCD TVs tend to be brighter in rooms with a lot of light, while a plasma TV can seem somewhat subdued — but in a darker room, a plasma TV's deep blacks and rich colors will definitely stand out.
For larger-than-life cinematic, sporting and gaming experiences, a projector will allow you to project images many times the size of the largest flat-screen TV, without sacrificing image quality.
For optimal performance, choose a projector with the right amount of lumens (a way of measuring light output). The brighter the room, the more lumens you'll need. Approximately 1,000 lumens should give you a bright image in a darker room, but you'll probably need at least double that number if you'll be projecting in a well-lit room.
You'll also want to purchase a high-quality screen, as they contain specialized materials for optimum reflection, which maximizes image brightness. You'll also want to consider a ceiling or wall mount for optimal placement of your projector.
Home Theater Audio
These sleek speakers offer a convenient alternative to setting up multiple speakers around your home theater space, as you can place a single sound bar in front of/below your TV or mount one on the wall. Many sound bars also come with a separate wired or wireless subwoofer for rich bass sound, which can be placed out of sight and still provide full impact. For an even bigger sound, premium sound bars include up to seven individual speakers.
Home theater in a box
- A left and right speaker on either side of your TV for the soundtrack and special effects
- A center-channel speaker in front of/below your TV for dialogue and other on-screen action
- Two rear speakers for atmospheric and directional sound effects
- A subwoofer usually placed off to the side/in the corner for deeper bass
Build your own system
These systems offer everything you need for true surround-sound audio in a single package.
The most common systems offer 5.1-channel surround sound (the "5" signifies how many speakers are included and the ".1" signifies one subwoofer). The typical setup would include:
7.1-channel systems are also very popular, and usually add side speakers for a more complete surround-sound effect.
All of these systems either include a dedicated A/V receiver or a Blu-ray player. If you don't need either of these, you can also just choose a speaker system package.
Choosing components individually lets you select the features you want, and build your setup over time if you need to. This can be especially important when choosing an individual receiver, as you may want a higher-end model that can process 3D signals for 3D TV, or ultra high-definition signals for a 4K Ultra HD TV purchase down the road.
If you demand high-quality audio for your music collection, you could start with two powerful floor speakers for rich stereo sound. Later on, as you build your home theater system, you can add a center-channel speaker for clearer movie dialogue, add a subwoofer for even more powerful bass, and finally purchase rear speakers for the full surround-sound experience.
Home Theater Video
Standalone streaming players
Other video devices
If you want to watch HD movies at their highest level of definition on a 1080p HDTV, then a Blu-ray player and Blu-ray discs are the way to go.
Blu-ray players can upconvert your standard-definition DVDs to near-HD quality, play CDs, and most can stream a huge variety of movies, videos and music from the Internet through content providers like Netflix,* Hulu Plus* and Pandora. Make sure to choose a player that has built-in Wi-Fi if you want to connect wirelessly.
An increasing number of players offer 3D Blu-ray disc playback when connected to a 3D TV. Some can even upscale content to 4K Ultra HD for those with 4K Ultra HD TVs.
So, overall, if you're building a high-quality home theater experience, stepping up to a Blu-ray player from a DVD player is strongly advised.
Another great option for watching your favorite shows and movies is a standalone streaming media player, like Roku, Apple TV, NeoTV, WD TV Live and many others. Each product offers a different set of capabilities, but they all allow you to stream HD and Full HD content when connected to your home network.
Get access to popular streaming media services like Netflix,* Hulu Plus,* Pandora and an ever widening variety of other free and subscription-based content providers. Each streaming player offers a unique menu of content, so make sure you research which media services are available with each product.
Specialty products like Slingbox or TiVo allow you to watch and control your home TV and all of its live programming over the Internet on your PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone or other smart TV. For example, connect the Slingbox to your DVR, digital cable set-top box or satellite receiver and watch your home programming from anywhere.
Smart Home Theater
Get a world of connectivity and streaming entertainment from smart TVs, Blu-ray players, streaming players, A/V receivers, sound bars and gaming consoles.
Connect your products, get innovative control
Smart technology is opening up exciting new possibilities, including:
- Share content with your tablet or smartphone, so you can watch what you want, where you want
- Use voice, hand motion, a mobile device or keyboard to control your TV
- Get content recommendations based on the movies and TV shows you watch
A world of entertainment
Connect to your home network and stream a huge range of movies, videos and music from popular services like Netflix,* Hulu Plus,* Pandora and YouTube (a smart sound bar or A/V receiver will likely offer music services and satellite radio).
Many smart TVs include a full Web browser, so you can surf the Web right on your TV screen. See our product detail pages for the "smart" features included with each smart product.
Even with a smart device, the speed of your Internet network is going to be crucial for streaming HD movies, videos and other content. So for the best performance, we recommend:
- A wireless-N router or wireless-N plus router
- At least 5Mbps download speed when using a single device
Without the proper speed from your Internet provider, your HD content will likely keep stopping and starting due to buffering. Also, remember that if you have multiple devices using the Internet at the same time (TVs, computers, tablets, mobile phones, etc.), your speed requirement for streaming HD content can increase to 10Mbps or more.
Wireless and Streaming Audio
Free yourself from cables and send your music all around your home. Wireless speakers and wireless audio systems are a great solution for streaming music, radio stations and podcasts to any room you desire.
Some of the more popular wireless audio systems are expandable (from companies like Sonos and Bose) so you can always add a new speaker and extend the reach of your music. These systems allow you to easily control your music using a smartphone or tablet, play different audio over each speaker, or hear the same song everywhere.
Wireless speakers use technology like Bluetooth, AirPlay or Wi-Fi to receive audio signals from compatible devices. Many of these speakers are quite compact, which makes them easy to place in any room of your house. In general, you'll need to plug in most wireless and streaming audio products, but you won't need additional cables, as the audio content will be wirelessly streamed.
Home Theater Accessories
Connecting with HDMI
Universal remote controls
HDMI is an all-digital cable and the finest connection available for HDMI-ready TVs, Blu-ray players, A/V receivers, gaming consoles and more. HDMI carries both the picture and sound over one convenient cable, which means your home theater setup can be much simpler and cleaner.
For the best possible performance, make sure to purchase a high-speed HDMI cable. More expensive cables are made of higher-quality materials and come with a higher data transfer speed rating measured in Gigabytes Per Second (Gbps). This allows more bandwidth for streaming 4K Ultra HD content and helps to ensure signal purity, which is especially important when running cable over longer distances.
To find the proper length cable to fit your needs, make sure to consider the distance between your HD components and the TV. Choose an in-wall rated cable if you intend to run your connection through walls (for example, when the TV is mounted and you want a clean look). Look for cables that come with extra-tight connectors, which are important for keeping things secure when using products like a full-motion TV mount.
Simplify your home theater experience with a universal remote than can control all of your home theater devices. Features like one-touch access to your favorite channels and activities make it even easier to get to your desired content.
Consider how many devices you need the remote to control and where they are placed. RF-capable universal remotes with RF extenders allow you to control devices that are behind closed doors, walls and inside cabinets.
Protect your home theater equipment and increase your available outlets with a surge protector. More Joules equals more protection from electric surges. Some surge protectors also include power conditioning technology, which can help improve the quality of your power. Some even offer energy-saving technology which powers off devices when the main component is shut down or goes into standby.
Power hubs are smaller units that can be used in rooms with limited space, like bedrooms and kitchens. They will help prevent circuit overloading and usually include USB ports to charge mobile devices.
TV Mounting and Furniture
Place your TV up on the wall for a sleek, modern look. It will save you space, give you improved viewing angles and secure your screen to avoid tipping issues. TV mount options include:
These mounts extend, retract, tilt and swivel in all directions, so they are often the best choice for most homes. They are recommended when multiple viewing positions are desired or when a room shape or window location makes it difficult to properly situate a TV.
This type of mount tilts up or down for better viewing from a couch, bed or floor. They are recommended when reflections from windows or lighting interfere with TV viewing or when multiple viewing angles are desired.
This mount attaches nearly flush to the wall to maximize the sleek, thin lines of flat-panel TVs. They are recommended when the TV needs to be positioned close to the wall and at a fixed height, and seating is within the optimum viewing range.
Add style and storage to your entertainment space with TV stands (including versatile 3-in-1 options), speaker stands, A/V component towers, media racks, home theater seating and much more.
Furniture designs range from traditional to contemporary, with metal/glass, solid wood and veneer options, as well as more affordable choices like MDF laminate.
Shop Online or In Store
BestBuy.com offers you a huge selection of TVs and home theater products, with thousands of models to choose from. Your local Best Buy store has dozens of TVs, speakers and more to try out and compare, including the new 4K Ultra HD TVs. Plus, our Blue Shirts and Magnolia system designers are on hand to provide expert advice and superior customer service.