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About Us


The Home Theater Group (HTG) is not your average New Jersey Audio Video Company. We have been doing business different than most since 1995. Our approach is centered around each client and the project, where most companies will try to sell you the product they make the most money from. Building an integrated Audio/Video System is not a simple task; we work as our clients advocate finding the right product for the desired outcome. Most people do not have the time to research each product for reliability, manufacturer reputation, warranty and compatibility issues. We evaluate equipment each day and love to educate our clients on what we are specifying and why.

When shopping for an appliance such as a refrigerator, you learn as much about that product, purchase it, and then never think about it again. An Audio/Video system should be the same, enjoyed not thought about. After the system is designed and approved by the client, our technicians are given summaries of the system expectations and the equipment that is to be installed. Though some clients prefer to see what they have purchased, we tend to design Audio/Video systems with the equipment hidden, remember it should be enjoyed and not thought about. We can work with your existing contractor, or one of our experienced contractors we have relationships with, to construct your dream room from scratch or modify any environment to fit your needs. Each job, from the simple one room music system to an intricate house wide system with distributed Audio, Video and Automation we will treat with priority service.


  • Michael DePaola President
  • Two short years after graduating Seton Hall University with a degree in Accounting he started The Home Theater Shop. For Michael, owning a custom Audio/Visual company was inevitable. He grew up with his father installing home made in-wall speakers before anyone knew what they were. He would dedicate most of his time and efforts to high end audio and concerts. While still a college student he would help friends and relatives choose quality audio systems. Throughout the years he has developed an in-depth knowledge of home electronics and how people use them. He believes in developing lasting relationships with customers by designing home Audio/Video systems that are functional and intuitive to use. Since 1995, he is still enjoying making customers dreams a reality, treating each job individually, with the utmost concern to detail.
  • Jill DePaola Designer
  • Jill has a Fashion Merchandising degree and a Marketing degree from Johnson& Wales University in Providence, RI. Jill and Mike are a team at home and work now. Jill was a designer for Lord & Taylor, 5th Avenue doing display for several years. After starting a family and moving to the Flemington area of New Jersey, the commute into NYC no longer made sense. To be closer to home, she translated her fashion experience, and love for color into Home Interiors. She has worked for Domain Interiors, Loyd’s of Somerville, and has been an independent design consultant for 15 years while raising her 2 boys. Jill has been behind the scene for years, often helping clients with design concerns. Her knack for picking the right colors sets a mood in any client’s home. There is no need to stress over design choices, Jill has unique way of making a clients home reflect their personality! Let her help you with all design aspects, including carpet, furniture, even lighting and paint colors.
  • Chris Jukniewicz Chief Technician
  • Chris started working as an electrician back in 1987. He moved over the to Audio/Video business in 1998, Never one to complain, he gained the nickname “mole” because if a wire needs to get somewhere he will go in and get it done. He believes in a neat workplace, the quality of his wiring is proof that he practices what he preaches. His goal is to ensure all clients are happy with the work he does.
  • Tim Sorrentino System Design
  • Tim is the Rookie at HTG since he started with us in 2017, but he is no rookie to the Audio/Video Industry. He has been selling Residential and Commercial Audio/Video systems since 1980. Tim’s depth of knowledge and experience has proven an asset to the Home Theater Group and their clients.

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