Everyone knows they want a home theater, but they don't necessarily have a great idea of exactly what they want to make that dream a reality. They have a concept to which they cling, but the don't necessarily have a blueprint in mind t help them realize their objectives. One can build a home theater system that would be the envy of any cinema, or they can amass only the bare necessities to improve their at-home viewing experience. Options really do abound! Regardless of specifics, though, everyone is looking to put together a home theater. The objective is always the same-to improve the quality of entertainment at home.
One can spend tens of thousands of dollars to build an awesome home theater system replete with every new high tech bell and whistle. The best DVD player, embedded speakers, gut-shaking bass from the sound system and a screen so clear and vibrant it doesn't even seem real are available to those willing to spend the money. For others, a system costing a few hundred dollars may be in order. They may only need a DVD player, a basic sound system and a reasonably sized tradition television set to meet their goals. There are some common characteristics to both extremes, though. A clear visual, good sound quality (usually featuring a surround sound effect), and a means of playing the preferred recorded medium (today, the DVD). If those basics are present, one has a home theater, regardless of what they may have spent to get it.
Some will choose an integrated solution often referred to as a home theater in a box. These low-end solutions are relatively cheap. They generally do not include a television or monitor, but do supply a bundled DVD/CD player, a series of usually compact speakers that can be placed to duplicate theater-style sound, and a receiver/amplifier to power the sound. They are virtually pre-assembled and ready for operation right out of the box. These systems generally cost far less than assembling a system one component at a time. However, the home theater in a box solution often suffers from lower overall quality and a lack of power that can be frustrating for those with larger spaces to fill. One can upgrade the speaker quality for these systems, but will be limited in terms of increasing the output power. They can be good solutions for those looking for a low cost rig, but do not mimic the power and overall performance of higher end home theater system equipment
One can purchase their home theater equipment in a variety of locations. For those with simple needs a large multipurpose retail store such as Target or Circuit City may do the trick. Shoppers may not find the ultimate in home electronics at these stores, but they can find basic systems at reasonable prices. Big box stores usually offer a reasonably wide selection and although the top of the line equipment may not be offered, several quality options will be.
There are some who will eschew the department stores for stereo and home theater specialty shops. They will be willing to pay more for the kind of equipment that ensures a truly amazing home theater experience. Others will shop for equipment online, trying to steal the best possible bargains on the components and supplies they need to perfect their home theater system. Internet shopping of this sort is best suited for those who know what they need. Others may benefit from discussing the matter with a member of a specialty store sales staff who can inform them about equipment specifications and make recommendations for purchase while offering overall home theater advice and option. Higher end stores often offer more customer support, which can make them a great place to shop if one is looking for a home theater system that is somewhat more advanced over the budget entry level systems
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