Wednesday, September 27, 2017

5 Subscription Ideas to Enhance Your Home Theater Experience

There comes times in every person’s week where you just want to take a break from reality and all the busyness to dive into some of your favorite movies and TV shows. Why not kick up your relaxing even a notch and try out a subscription plan for food, drink, streaming services, or even personal items?!. You work hard and deserve to relax “hard,” too. Take a look at some of our favorite subscriptions to enhance your home theater experience!

Do you want all the goodness of the foods you love, but don’t want your waistline to pay the price? How about substituting those snacks for healthier, but equally delicious alternatives? Graze is a monthly subscription where you get to choose from 100+ healthy and wholesome snacks you want delivered to your door and how often. With usually 8 individual sized snacks to a box, you decide whether a box each week, every two weeks, or once a month.

You can shop through their intensive shop categories that will satisfy any craving, and also fulfill whatever health specifications you have. Are you watching your calories or sugar count? They will show you the perfect snacks to help. They also have specialized categories for any occasion, including when you are watching a movie! So, get ready to have all the delicious flavors from your favorite candy and popcorn in new, healthy forms. For those of you who love the lightly salted or black pepper popcorn, you’re in luck, because has both vintage and contemporary popcorn machines that will ensure that each batch is perfectly popped each time, and will also look incredibly stylish in your home theater. All you sweet tooths out there will adore the chocolate pecan pie bags and the salted fudge and peanut cookie assortments. You can’t go wrong with these snacks!

When you join Graze’s subscription, your first box of snacks will be half off, and all others will be $13.99, so you’ll get awesome flavors for pretty cheap. It is the perfect accompaniment for any casual or serious movie going experience.

For all of you wine enthusiasts out there who enjoy sipping on a glass while you watch movies, this could be your perfect subscription. Vinebox is the first ever box subscription that sends you three or six measured amounts of wine straight to your doorstep. All you need to do is order, receive the box, and pour the small tube of wine into your glass. It’s perfect for everyone who wishes they could sample a new wine before they waste money on a bottle they might not enjoy. These wines are specifically chosen from boutique wineries in Europe just to suit your tastes, and if you discover one you love, you have the option of ordering an entire bottle.

The process is very simple: Vinebox has you take a quiz about yourself and your wine preferences, then you choose how many samples of wine you would like per month (either three or six), and finally you decide for how many months you would like this service. It’s so simple! Each wine also comes with tasting notes, a list of recommendations for other wines you might enjoy, and pairings to go with the wine. So, it’s like having a sommelier right by your side.

The subscription boxes start at $25 per month, so while it might cost more than other subscriptions, you will be getting quality wine without overpaying for a bottle that doesn’t do anything for you. Keep that prized glass upright with a wine glass caddy from Seatcraft that connects directly into your theater seat!

It’s time to add a little adventure to your snack menu! Explore food from countries all around the world without ever leaving your home theater. Universal Yums is a subscription service that sends a box of popular, regional snacks from a different country each month. You never know what you’re going to get, so each unboxing is a unique experience. Past boxes include: Colombia, Korea, Mexico, Japan, Austria, and many more. If you’re sad about missing out on a country you’ve been willing to try, don’t worry, for there’s a chance that they will revisit fan favorites in the future.

There are two different boxes that subscribers can choose from: The Yum Box, and the Yum Yum Box. The Yum Box includes 6+ snacks per box and an eight page booklet about the country the snacks are from, along with trivia and games. The Yum Yum Box is very similar, but includes 12+ snacks per box and a 12 page booklet. After you choose how big of a box you want, you can choose to pay for a full year of snacks, or just month to month. There is also free shipping if you live in the USA!

Pricing varies depending on the length of time you want the service along with the size of the box, but the Yum Box starts at around $13-14, and the Yum Yum box starts at $23-25. This service is perfect for those of you who want to try new things and experience new cultures all at the same time, and it will be an amazing addition for your movie or TV watching.

If you’re someone who wants the perfect date night with the one you love, but don’t want to deal with large, annoying crowds of strangers ruining the mood for you, then you might want to check this out. Hello Fresh is a weekly subscription that delivers boxes of fresh, healthy ingredients alongside recipes for you to cook at home. Each ingredient is pre-measured, so all you have to do it follow the directions and add a bit of salt. It is a great solution for everyone who has had a bad restaurant or movie theater experience, or just want to spend a romantic night at home.

All the ingredients are fresh and of the highest quality, so you don’t have to worry about being sold bad produce. The site also offers vegetarian options for those who just don’t like meat, and family meal plans for a couple with kids. Whether you’re using this service for a night with your special someone, or for a family movie night, you will be all set for your dinner needs.

Pricing starts at $9.99 per meal serving, so it’s cheaper than wasting time and gas driving to the grocery store! They will also offer discounts for both your first and second box, along with free delivery. If you’re worried about the food being delivered when you’re not at home, then it’ll ease your mind to know that each package is insulated and 100% recyclable, so contents will stay fresh for up to 24 hours. Can you ask for a better deal?

Streaming Subscriptions
We’ve gone over all the snacks, meals, and drinks that you can get to accompany your home theater experience, but is there something we are missing? Of course! The movies! Are you tired of the collection of DVDs that you’ve watched probably once or twice over, and want to experience something new? Then, why not try out one of these popular streaming services? You’ll be treated to a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which you may never have heard of! It will revolutionize everything you know about movie night, and you won’t be sorry for giving it a try.

Netflix: This service is perfect for the viewer that loves original programming. It provides thousands of movies and shows just at the press of a button, and they’re filtering in and out new content each month, so you’ll never run out of things to watch. Pricing starts at $7.99 per month, and supports 1-4 concurrent streams, so you and your family can enjoy your own personalized selections. There isn’t any live TV, but there are also no ads, so that’s something to rejoice over.

Hulu: This service is specialized for the TV lovers out there. Just like Netflix, Hulu has thousands of movies and TV shows you can watch, so you’ll never run out of content. Pricing starts at $7.99 a month, but it only supports one unlimited stream, so everyone will have to share! There is live TV and original programming, but it also has ads, and the ad free service costs extra. If you aren’t bothered by a few ads, then this will be perfect for you!

Amazon Video: This service is perfect for all of you bargain hunters who want that to stretch over to your movie going experience. There are thousands of TV shows and movies at your fingertips, with the option of buying or renting movies from other streaming sources, so there are many cheap and easy options for you. The service supports two concurrent streams, so your very special friend can have their own streaming site if they don’t like what you’re watching. It has plenty of original programming and no live TV, but the lack of ads should make up for it. The service starts at $8.99 a month, so while it’s an extra dollar when compared to Netflix and Hulu, you are getting plenty of content, so it is worth the payment.

There you have it, all of you movie and home theater enthusiasts! You have your fun time snacks, wine, complete meals, and even the sources for your movies that you can combine to create an amazing night for you and the ones you love. Check them all out if you’re interested in enhancing your movie night experiences, and make sure to check out if you are interested in upgrading your home theater room with high quality seating and accessories. You have to sit somewhere! Might as well be in luxury home theater seating!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Home Theater Designs We Love: September Edition

What are you passionate about? The answer could be a wide variety of things, from art, to sports, or even video games. Whatever your mind drifts to when you hear that question, we can guarantee that you wish you had a room where you could display all of that passion. This is where you’re in luck, for this month’s edition of Home Theater Designs We Love, we are taking a journey through the internet to give you inspiration for your own home theater that will showcase everything you are passionate about. You won’t have to worry about storing away your fandom posters or finding a place to put all your Pop! Figures, because now you can have a room that you will not only cherish, but can also have a ton of fun in.

Art Museum
If you’re the kind of person that has a love for all things art, then this can be the perfect room for you. The designer made it to be the exact resemblance of a high-class art museum right out of New York, so anyone can be a famous artist on display in the comfort of their own home. With your big screen television the main focus in your room, you can easily add one of Seatcraft’s majestic home theater seating to add an extra touch of class. In addition, if you love to collect paintings and sculptures, you can decorate as you see fit, making the room your personalized museum.

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Super Mario Bros. Theme
No one can resist that catchy, bit tune theme song, and trust us, we’ve tried! So, instead of trying to deny our love for one of the most iconic video game characters in the world, why not just embrace it instead? This home theater was designed with the fans in mind, for it captures the fun and wonder that the Mushroom Kingdom gave to all of us as kids. Put in shelving so that you can showcase all of your figurines, amiibos, video games, and most importantly, your movies! It is your room, so you never have to hide away your geek culture! Make the room more relaxing with cuddle couches, so you can have a more intimate experience with the friends of your choosing. The possibilities are endless, and the best part is, you don’t have to be stuck with Mario if you aren’t a super fanboy. Expand your horizons with The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Mega Man, or anything your mind can come up with. It’s your home theater, so you can make it how you want it!

Mario-Themed Home Theater by robertllynch
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Sci-fi Theme
Do you love everything science fiction? What better place to show off your science fiction movie collection, collectables, and memorabilia than in your home theater? This designer went above and beyond when it comes to the decoration in the room, making it the sci-fi fanatics’ dream setup. The image shows that the designer chose to add in a projector and screen, but it would be just as easy to fit in the big screen of your choice to complete the overall look. Utilize wall space and shelving to make the most out of showing off your impressive collection, and don’t forget to go bold with it! This is your theater, so make it your own!

10 Awesome Home Theater Designs You Would To Watch Movies In 15
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Disney Theme
We all know that one person in our lives that loves everything Disney. The amusement parks, the souvenirs, the clothes, and especially the movies! Now, that person can bring those amazing movies to life through the design of their home theater. The designer of this room kept it simplistic with a red, white, and black color palette and old school artwork of famous Disney characters, but, if you choose to follow your Disney dreams, you can go as crazy as you desire. Maybe add different wall accents or curtains to enhance the overall look of the room. In the end, you’re only limited to your imagination.

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European Street Theme
Many of us have that one special city or country that we’ve always wanted to visit. Now, you can bring all the beauty and culture of the place right into your home by decorating your home theater like a street. Not quite visualizing it? When James Potter put his vision of a European town to life, it became a spectacle everyone must see. With the theater portion resembling a French Pavilion with a rolling sunset overhead and architecturally gorgeous buildings in the background surrounding the theater seating of your choice, this setting is perfect for anyone that enjoys a good foreign film, or just love foreign cultures. Don’t feel trapped by the European theme; branch out and try to go Italian, Japanese, or any other culture you’re passionate about. Just go and have fun with it!

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Your home theater already has so much thought and dedication placed into it, so why not add a little more of what makes you, you? Your passions are not limited to the ones listed here, so go out and make the home theater of your dreams! Just take inspiration from designers that brought what they loved to life to show to the world. Remember to check out for all of your theater seating and decoration needs, and have fun exploring what you’re passionate about!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top Big Screen TVs For Your Home Theater

Do you want the best for your home theater, but are a bit stuck when it comes to the technological aspects? New and more advanced products are being invented faster than we can keep track, so it’s nearly impossible to filter through them all to find the best of the best. This is where we come in! We have scoured the internet to bring you, the eager and money-conscious consumer, what we believe to be the five top big screen TVs for your home theater.

LG Signature Series W7 OLED

The first television on this list is truly something special. Not only is it one of the thinnest TVs out there, at only a whopping 2.75 mm thin, but it is also one of the more technologically advanced Smart TVs out there. The LG Signature Series W7 has the option of 4K HDR10 or Dolby Vision video, and adding that on top of the thin frame and impressive color, clarity, and contrast that the picture has to offer, you will have a sight to behold. This series offers its TVs in 65- and- 77- inch designs, with the dimensions being roughly 57.1 x 32.5 x 0.15 inches for the 65-inch, comes with a Dolby Atmos sound bar, four types of HDR support, and a WebOS 3.5 operating system. When it comes to the ‘Smart TV’ features, this comes with a universal remote with access to a wide array of apps for your viewing pleasure. The design and special features that went into this product are certainly advanced when compared to your basic television.

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Now, we all know that there’s no such thing as a perfect product, and, unfortunately, this television does have its faults. The picture does have some problems with motion handling through TruMotion, and the television has issues with the sound bar, even though the quality is better than the 2016 version. Another problem that many people have is the price, which is around $6999.99 for the 65-inch TV. If money's no object for you, and you want a TV with some of the best technology and picture that the market can offer, then this could be the one for you!

TCL C807 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

If you want to make the most out of your TV without spending thousands of dollars, then this is something you might want to check out. The TCL Roku Smart TV comes in 55- and- 65- inches, with the dimensions of the 55-inch being roughly 48.5 x 29.6 x 2.3 inches. This series combines 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision HDR to provide the perfect combination of picture clarity, contrast, color, and detail. It also has excellent Edge LED backlighting that enhances the overall picture quality. The Smart TV aspects are highly advanced, giving the viewer access to over 4,000 streaming channels, allowing you to watch anything you want till your heart’s content. This product also comes with an interesting feature: a universal remote that you can plug headphones into, so that you can watch your programs without bothering other people around you. It truly is perfect for both the social and private TV watcher! What’s even better is that it is very inexpensive, with the 55-inch costing only $699.99.

TCL 55" Class C-Series 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR LED Roku Smart TV - Front View
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There are some negatives with this television: when it comes to it being HDR, the brightness could be improved upon, the black color uniformity isn’t the best, and the picture quality degrades when you watch from an angle. Hey, nothing is perfect, but this comes pretty close.

Sony XBR X900E 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Sony may be known for not producing the best movies, but they certainly know how to make televisions. Like the other TVs mentioned, the XBR X900E utilizes 4K Ultra HD with HDR to provide clear, lifelike image, but it also includes full-array dimming technology, which allows the user to get more advanced contrast and brightness. The picture works with Motionflow XR to minimize the motion blur in fast-moving scenes, which is a major plus when it comes to playing video games. It also works with Amazon Alexa, so you can have her search for what you want instead of searching yourself through the several apps that Sony’s Android TV provides. The XBR X900E comes in 45, 55, 65, and 75- inches, with the dimensions for the 55-inch being approximately 48.4 x 27.9 x 2.4 inches.

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The price of the 55-inch starts at $1,199.99, so while it isn’t the cheapest television on the market, it certainly won’t break the bank. Some things to watch out for would be that the picture quality deteriorates when viewing at an angle, and the sound isn’t of the highest quality. If you purchased this, it would be wise to invest in a sound bar or speakers.

Samsung QLED Q9F

Samsung decides to enter the game with a high quality big screen of their own! The 65- and- 75- inch Q9F brings picture color to another level- with its 100% color volume, allowing the viewer to experience high brightness, high contrast, and the most vibrant of colors. The fluid motion in the image is excellent, and it even incorporated HD HDR playback, so you never have to miss a moment of what you’re watching. The 65-inch TV has dimensions of 1450 x 829.3 x 24.9 mm, which is the perfect size to watch all of your favorite shows and movies through the Samsung Smart Hub. To support the Smart TV, Samsung provides a remote control that will replace all others, and you can even operate and navigate through your phone. For those looking for a seamless wall mount, the Q9F has invisible connection cables, so you don’t have to clutter your walls with hanging lines and cables any longer!

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Unfortunately, we are back on the expensive side of the market, with the price of the 65-inch costing $3,499.99. Like a few others, this does have its faults, like occasional backlight clouding, limited viewing angles, and sub-par sound. But, besides those negativities, this high tech big screen would be excellent for any home.

Sony Bravia A1E OLED

Sometimes, a TV can be a little too smart for us, and we just want an easy way to watch our favorite shows. Some buyers want all the fancy technology packed into a small space, but if you don’t want to be bothered with having to learn all the intricacies and want to just relax, then this could be perfect for you. The A1E combines high quality pictures with impressive physical design with everything a smart tv can offer, but with an easier to understand and use remote control. That isn’t to say that the A1E is lesser quality than the other TVs listed; it still has equal, or possibly more impressive, picture quality and sound than the others. Users can still use the Playstation Vue and Android TV to indulge in unlimited binge-watching, and Amazon Alexa is there to help, too.

Sony 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme
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The price for this TV starts at $3,299.99, but it isn’t too bad when considering the few problems that it has. For one, the brightness could be better, especially when compared to other TVs on the market, and it isn’t very easy to mount onto a wall, since it comes with its own stand. Despite those issues, this television certainly isn’t something to sneeze at.

All of these items have their pros and cons, but when you consider how amazing your home theater will be once you pop one of these bad boys on your wall, you will be more than happy with the results. Start designing your home theater, centered around the big screen of your choice! Maybe a big screen TV isn’t quite what you were looking for and you’re considering a projector instead? We’ve also laid out a few home theater projector suggestions in one of our latest blogs. Don’t forget to add in luxury home theater seating from and Seatcraft for a perfectly finished space!