Everyone has that friend who was pumped about anything that had to do with a home theater system. They are usually tech addicts who always have the latest gadgetry. My friend is riding the home movie theater wave and must have dropped five or six thousand dollars into all of components that he bought for his system. He started even before he had a house and so he had it all set up in his bedroom at his parents. And I’ve got to hand it to him, his system had some serious power.
The sound from the speakers was big enough that pictures would fall off the walls upstairs if he wasn’t careful. Anyway you have to laugh when you hear what he finally did put it in when he got his own place—an efficiency apartment in downtown Chicago. I am here to tell you that this was the best movie going experience ever given by a man with a small inner city apartment. Sitting on the couch while the movie blasted on the large screen that engulfed one whole wall of the apartment was as near to real as you could hope for.
Well enough about my friend, what I am really here to talk about in this article is the fact that you want a new home theater for your home and you want to know the basics about what to get and how to know it is good. My guess too is that you are not as in to loud action/thriller type movies like you used to be and therefore you just want a straight up system that gives you the best that the digital music sound has to offer and lets you have it high or low depending on your mood and the movie.
So it at least needs a DVD player because the tape deck is out. Other newer and cooler things are wireless receivers and little ports where you can plug in your ipod and play movies on your home theater system off of that. Talk about an all in one digital media collection! So what about speakers and other components like projectors?
Speakers are definitely one of the most important things in a home theater system as they produce whatever sound you are going to hear. So this is where you probably have to be willing to lay down some serious cash. For most people the middle of the line in quality is good enough (they won’t be able to tell the difference between these and the top of the line) but these will still run you anywhere from one to two thousand with installation and all that.