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There's nothing better on a cold winter day than snuggling up to watch a movie, especially if you can snuggle up in your own home theater.

Home theaters offer the ultimate home entertainment options, and now, with the advancement of projector, speaker and media technology, home theaters offer picture and sound quality that's on par with the qualities of a movie theater but arguably with more comfort and convenience.

If you've been wanting to turn that spare room into a home theater but aren't sure what to expect, which products are hot or whom to call once you've decided to take the plunge, we've got answers from the pros: Ed Buday Jr., president of Buday's Home Electronics Simplified (www.Budays. com), who has been in business 11 years in Kalamazoo, and Troy Cuvelier, president of Integrated Smart Technologies, which has been in business 15 years and has one of its locations in Kalamazoo (

Cuvelier and Buday explain home-theater trends, exciting recent home-theater technology, and what to expect when you decide to add a home theater to your living space. Special advertiSing Section What you need to create the ultimate family space by Tiffany fiTzgerald

For the whole family

One of the main reasons homeowners choose to put in home theaters is to replicate a moviegoing experience in the comfort of their own space.

"People want a home theater because they want a special space for enjoying movies and hosting special events," Buday says. "They want to hit one button, have the lights dim and the projector turn on, just like in the theater. It's better than having a movie theater in a way. It's an amazing experience."

But the pursuit of awe-inspiring theatrical sound and picture quality isn't the only reason for installing a home theater. According to both Buday and Cuvelier, family is the most compelling reason to convert a room to a theater.

"We typically see a lot of customers that have families and want a central gathering point," Cuvelier says. "They want their kids to stay at home and enjoy being there or to want to have their friends over too -- almost like a hangout spot. The space usually becomes the most favorite area in the whole house too. It's a lot of fun."

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