Video: Entertainment on the House

And in it, as "media rooms" usher in a new way of life

Like the lovelorn belter of the 1940s ballad Don't Get Around Much Anymore, more and more Americans are becoming chronic stay-at-homes. The high price of a night on the town is a contributing factor, but the lure of an evening in the house is more apt to center on what their owners call media rooms or entertainment centers.

Begotten by the electronics revolution, the thoroughly modern media room comprises an eye-and ear-boggling assemblage of spectacle and sound. According to industry executives, costly...

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