What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 12

souroundPutting together a great home theater system can be simple. The key is pairing a good high-def picture with engaging surround sound. We’ve outlined the components you’ll need below, some of which you probably already own. Keep in mind that along with buying new products, you might end up replacing some existing gear as well. For example, if you want to watch high-definition TV programming, you may decide the time is ripe to replace your 10-year-old TV with a new high-def model.

Why build your own system?
The simple answer is sound quality. When it comes to surround sound, you’ve got two options: building your own system out of separate components or choosing a pre-packaged one. Pre-packaged systems are designed to be easy to choose and set up, and can definitely deliver an engaging surround sound experience. But with a component system, you’ll typically enjoy higher-quality construction and better audio performance.

Component systems are good for folks who:

•want a full surround sound experience and high-quality audio
•already have a few key components, like a disc player, receiver, or a set of speakers
•have a medium-to-large size viewing room
•prefer to create a customized home theater system
•are comfortable choosing and setting up separate components

Approximate cost: $250.00 – $2,399.00.

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