Budget Home Theater Buying Guide

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Even if you’re living with budget constraints, building a home theater system can still be within your reach.  As newer technologies emerge in the home theater market, prices become more competitive. This is good news to all consumers. Budget restrictions may require some careful planning – but that doesn’t mean you can’t assemble a sweet home theater setup. In the quest to build your own home theater, arm yourself with these basic budget-saving tips:

Build a Piece-by-Piece Setup

The good news is you don’t have to purchase the whole system at once. Building slowly but acquiring quality components is the way to go. Take a look at what systems you already own, and build from there. Decide whether you want to upgrade your current items, or if you want to start from scratch. Assuming you already have a gaming console that doubles as a quality DVD/Blu-Ray player, your next purchase can be a decent HDTV or projector. Next on the list is getting your hands on a set of home theater speakers. The sound system is the most buildable part of a home theatre. Generally, a home theater surround sound system comes with three speakers for the center, left, and right channels, two rear speakers for your surround audio, and a subwoofer. However, you can start with a 2.1 system, that’s two front speakers and a subwoofer. Later on, you can add center and surround sound speakers. Never sacrifice quality over quantity. Having a lot of speakers does not mean you are getting spectacular sounds. Even if it takes you a long time to build the sound system setup you ultimately desire, you will take pleasure in better audio from day one and still have a good sound system when all’s said and done.


Be an Informed Consumer

As a budget shopper, your ultimate goal is to get the best possible home theater system for the least amount of money. That doesn’t mean buying the cheapest items. The key is to check out and compare products. Some low-cost choices offer great performance and value, while the more expensive equivalents only provide a minor increase in performance and may not always have the best value. This may sound like tedious work, but nothing is more rewarding than spending your hard-earned money on a smart purchase. Regardless of what your budget is, it is best to be an informed consumer.

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