You can very easily spend thousands of dollars to build your home theater system. However, if you take the time to research, plan and look for deals, you can create a enviable home theater for much less. The prices for each component run from the hundreds into the thousands and your only real restriction is your budget.
The vast majority of us do not have a $10K budget for a home theater system. For us, it is important to create a budget and stick to it as it is easy to go overboard. In reality, you can build a fantastic home entertainment system for just a grand or two. The key is to do thorough research and find the optimum components for your space and budget.
You should buy your home theater system one component at a time versus a complete system. The reason for this is to build it in stages to take advantage of specialization and it helps keep the budget intact. Specialization means that you can purchase the highest quality component from the best provider. A complete system will cost you much more up front and you may be getting lesser quality on certain components. It is important to make sure that the components you are buying are compatible with each other. You should purchase all of your audio speakers at once, when possible.
The television is the first thing you should purchase when building your home theater as almost everything in your home theater will center around your television. High definition televisions provide superior quality to any other televisions you will find on the market. The most common HDTV on the market is the 32 inch TV. LCD displays are the most common display technology, but plasma, LED, and projection TVs are also popular. If you have the means with which to purchase this sort of television I highly recommend that you do so. Once you have your television you can begin purchasing other components in order to complete your system.
The next component I recommend is a receiver or amplifier. This is the piece that brings all other components together. Without a decent receiver it is virtually impossible to have a decent home theater. The receiver acts as a sort of conductor for the sound and picture of your home theater. This is a piece of equipment that should not be skimped on when it comes to quality, as you will completely miss an important part of the ‘theater’ experience without it.
To get the theater experience, you need to find a nice set of surround sound speakers. They provide the superior sound quality that you find in movie theaters and want to recreate in your theater. When buying your surround sound components, you should get them as a complete set from one manufacturer. The manufacturer designs them to work harmoniously together.
Blu-Ray players provide high definition video playback and are a nice way to complete your system.
Cables to connect your system together should not be overlooked. HDMI cables will transmit high definition signals between components.
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