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Looking for the Best Home Theater System

Today it seems that more people then ever before are interested in having the best home theater system possible in their home or apartment. So one of the most commonly asked questions is "what exactly is needed to have a home theater?

Even the most basic home theater is composed of three basic components. Ranked in general order of importance, you could say that anyone wanting to experience even the minimal home theater experience will have to have a large video display, a digital surround sound system and a DVD player. Of course the best home theater system depends upon your specific needs and available space and budget.

The DVD player will serve as your video source so considering today's technology, it would be foolish not to buy a good quality Blu-ray dvd player. Most buyers will go with a HD capable tv at the very least, so selecting a Blu-ray player ensures you that you'll have access to all the latest movie releases. Depending upon your budget, one might consider one of the new DVD players capable of playing 3D Blu-ray Discs in 1080p if you have a 3D-ready HDTV in your sights. At the time of this writing, the Samsung BD-C6900, Sony BDP-S570, Sony BDP-BX57, Panasonic DMP-BDT350, LG BX580, and Samsung BD-C5900 3-D Blu-ray disc players are among the most popular. If you go with less expensive models, just be sure your selected component has progressive scan capability and has a component video output. In fact for those on a tight budget, a complete home theater in-a-box might be the way to go.

At one time when you mentioned a complete home theater in-a-box, one naturally thought of cheap junk. Today that is far from the truth. Some high-end theater in-a-box systems are the Yamaha YHT-591BL, LG LHB953, Yamaha YHT-390BL, LG LHB977, and the Onkyo HT-S5200 7.1 system. I've noted some excellent deals on a Onkyo home theater system. Buying A home theater in-a-box enables an easy purchase and all the buyer has to add is a HDTV.

The second component of any home theater system is a Digital Surround Sound System or the home theater speaker systems. If you buy a component Blu-ray dvd play, you'll need a good quality sound system consisting of satellite speakers and a receiver. The basic surround sound system will be a 5.1 system meaning it has a center stage speaker, four satellite speakers and a subwoofer. If space allows, a 7.1 surround sound system adds another two satellite speakers for even a more theater-like experience. When shopping for a receiver, be aware you can get lost in the various options such as 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, video switching, HD and more. If you are not prepared to do some homework at this point, it might be a good move to look at those high-end theater in-a-box packages mentioned earlier. If you are determined to go the component route, you will find excellent video receivers such as the Sony STR-DN1000 7.1, Sony STR-DG520 5.1, Sony STR-DH510 5.1, Pioneer VSX-1020-K, and the Pioneer VSX-920-k.

The final, but most important part of any home theater will be your video display. If you are on a tight budget, you can find some excellent buys in regular 32" TVs. Of course consider the weight of that size TV before you settle for anything but a thin flatscreen. The best choice of course will be a LCD or plasma TV in the 46" to 50" range for family viewing. In recent years these have also come down considerably in price. Several popular and affordable models are the Samsung LN40C630, Samsung LN46C630, LG 32LD450, VIZIO VA370M, LG 42LH40, Panasonic TC-P42S2, Sharp AQUOS LC32LE700UN, and Sony Bravia S-Series KDL-40S5100. When shopping for a flat screen TV, consider how you will use the TV. Today they are available with all sorts of things from internet connections and wireless access to home networks. But you should look for a model providing 1080p and 120Hz refresh rate if you view a lot of action sports. Of course you can really move to the high end and consider the new 3-D TVs on the market also. You'll find some good deals on the Samsung UN55C7000 and Samsung UN55C8000 if you purchase their 3-D DVD player at the same time. In addition to the the flat screens, some home theater builders will go with a video projector or a rear-projection TV. Of course the video projectors require the largest amount of space and the additional cost and installation of a screen.

When you consider your options in home theater systems, you'll be able to decide what is the best home theater system considering your available space and budget.



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