A home theater system is made up of many pieces and components. To really get the full blown 'movie going' experience the most important component is probably the surround sound system. A lot of the system can be bought piecemeal as funds become available but if you want the best surround sound system then this part of the home theater setup should probably be bought all together. At the minimum you should buy the surround sound speakers as a set rather than trying to match them up later.
Just as the surround sound system is one of, if not the most important components in a good home theater system, the speakers are the most integral and important component of any decent surround sound system. Saving money on certain parts of a home theater setup is possible but if you skimp on the speakers your sound quality will be compromised.
Everybody experiences a movie differently. For some, it is the smell of freshly popped popcorn that defines the experience and others find that the dark colors and the sweet smell of the syrup from the soda fountains is part of the experience (some things simply can't be imitated easily at home). Many people will agree however that it is the sound that sets the experience apart from anything that can be enjoyed at home. The sound is what keeps them coming back for more despite the inconvenience of dealing with noisy children, cell phones, or trips to the restrooms.
The one thing that sets a theater apart for many people is one thing that we now have the technology to bring into our homes. With decreasing prices due to increased competition, technological advances and supply and demand the movie going sound experience is now more affordable than ever. Each year produces more advance models making last years model redundant. Sometimes we're talking about a life cycle of months instead of years. I remember a time when DVD players were priced well over $300 for the most basic of models. If you have a spare $30 you can now get one that has a lot more features than the very first super expensive models. This trend will continue into the future with surround sound systems. In a few short years nearly every home will have a surround sound system with all the bells and whistles and it won't cost the earth.
As box systems become more popular we are starting to see significant discounts on what is available. Gone are the days when these systems were merely the off brands trying to generate some sells by offering a low price and questionable quality. The boxed surround sound systems of today are carrying well-known names as their brands and providing some pretty stiff competition to those who aren't willing to offer the box sets when it comes to price.
It's still a great idea to have a listen to your system before you actually make the final purchase. It takes no small investment of time and energy in order to set up a surround sound system and while there are no guarantees that a system will sound the same in your home or apartment as it sounds in the store having a clue as to any problems before getting it home and setting it up will save both time and money in the long run.
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