Home theater equipment is one of the hottest-selling categories of consumer electronics. Most homeowners buy separate electronic components and wire them to freestanding speakers and a big TV. But when the budget allows, it's preferable to build this equipment into the house. Not only does a built-in system perform better, but the equipment is concealed.

As a general contractor, you're unlikely to install theaters yourself. But if a client wants one, you'll have to coordinate the work of the trades that are involved. My company designs and installs home theaters; in my experience, the quality of the finished product is strongly affected by the GC's ability to manage the job.

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