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$1000 Home Theater System

$1000 Home Theater System

The $1000 system delivers a solid 5.1 surround sound experience for a bargain price. While the $1000 system won't include a flat panel display, it does feature great components such an AirPlay-compatible A/V receiver and a Blu-ray Disc Player that supports NetFlix streaming. This level of system will present a more than subtle upgrade of the audio and video capabilities of a television or even a soundbar. For those looking to make the move into a true 5.1 home theater system, this is going to be a major upgrade.

The $1000 home theater system delivers a solid surround sound experience for a bargain price. While the $1000 system won't include a flat panel display, it does add upgraded features.

— October 08, 2012 17:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$2,000 Recommended Two-Channel Stereo System

$2,000 Recommended Two-Channel Stereo System

Each of our buying guides has a different set of goals, sometimes we go for ultimate performance in loo of looks, other times aesthetic appeal is very important. This $2,000 two-channel stereo guide strikes a balance between performance, looks, and price. We wanted to put together a system that most people could afford financially and could convince their spouse would look good in the home. With that target in mind, we put together a list of everything you would need, from speakers to speaker cables. Additionally, if you want to customize the system to your specific tastes, there are alternative options listed for each product category that can be mixed and matched to modify the system to your needs.

Looking for the best stereo system for under $2k? This hand picked selection is sure to rock your socks off for many years to come.

— October 07, 2012 21:25 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

Essential Home Theater Accessories Buying Guide

Essential Home Theater Accessories Buying Guide

A new TV, speakers, A/V receiver, or subwoofer might be the most exciting pieces of equipment to purchase for a home theater, but there are a plethora of accessories that are truly needed in order to complete a system. From HDMI cables and speaker wire to surge protection, it can be difficult to sift through all of the different products and figure out what to buy. Well, we have done the leg work for you. We used to do it a lot - right within our other buying guides... which made us think: Shouldn't we split out the necessities into their own guide? Now we have. This article guides you through everything you will need to get your system up and running properly.

A new TV, receiver, or sub might be the most exciting things you can purchase for a home theater, but we'll guides you through everything else you'll need to get your system up and running properly.

— May 30, 2012 23:20 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$6,500 Recommended Home Theater System - Great Looks & Performance

$6,500 Recommended Home Theater System - Great Looks & Performance

Putting together a complete home theater system from soup to nuts can be a daunting task. Just how much should one budget? What are the best products for the price? And what is right for your needs? These are common questions you may have or should have when assembling a home theater system. We can't always give you the right answer, but we can throw in and at least give some decent recommendations based on our knowledge of what's got excellent "bang for the buck" qualities as well as what we've determined simply performs in accordance with what we want our readers to expect. We set forth to put together a complete system on a budget of around $6.5k (including the Display) with the following goals in mind: 1) Have the ability to play cleanly at high output levels, 2) Make sure the system was reasonably priced, and 3) Incorporate "classy" looking products for high WAF.

Putting together a complete home theater system from soup to nuts can be a daunting task. Just how much should one budget? What are the best products for the price? And what is right for your needs?

— March 27, 2012 11:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

2011 $3500 Recommended Home Theater System

2011 $3500 Recommended Home Theater System

There are as many ways to build a $3500 home theater system as there are people. Chances are, you have some of this stuff already. You aren't likely to be starting from scratch. That means, you can either ignore the parts of the recommended system you already have or take a gander at some of our alternates to make up the difference. Don't worry, we'll help you spend that hard-earned money. Building the perfect system is a very personal thing, but we think our list is a great place to start.

There are as many ways to build a $3500 home theater system as there are people. Chances are, you have some of this stuff already but we think our list is a great resource for figuring out what next.

— September 19, 2011 04:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

2011 $1000 Recommended 5.1 System

2011 $1000 Recommended 5.1 System

To put together a $1,000 system for a new user can be a bit daunting. A system of this price is going to require some cost cutting measures. For $1,000 you are going to have a hard time finding anything but small, satellite speakers. Receivers will have HDMI and 3D but not much else. But we've managed to put together a system that not only has all 5 speakers and a sub, but also a Blu-ray player, Netflix and more streaming, and a full fledged receiver. If you have one or more of the components already, you can really improve on this system with some of our Alternate Suggestions.

For our $1k recommended system, we've managed to put together a system that not only has all 5 speakers and a sub, but also a Blu-ray player, Netflix and more streaming, and a full fledged receiver.

— August 22, 2011 05:30 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

$750 Audio System

$750 Audio System

From time to time we put together systems we feel are simply excellent purchases for our readers and which represent an excellent value for consumers. The $750 system, while it won't include such niceties as a display or power conditioner, will present an excellent upgrade of audio and video capabilities for those looking to make the move into a true 5.1 home theater system.

The $750 system, while it won't include such niceties as a flat panel display or power conditioner, will present an excellent upgrade of audio and video capabilities for those looking to go 5.1.

— September 17, 2009 01:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

The $3500 Balanced AV System

The $3500 Balanced AV System

The following is an entry-level system designed to balance the desire for optimal quality of both audio and video aspects of the room. Key things to note are that this could be a front projection system (no screen, DIY screen, or an inexpensive pull-down “starter” product), or a flat panel or rear projection system depending upon the desired screen size.

The following is an entry-level system designed to balance the desire for optimal quality of both audio and video aspects of the room. Key things to note are that this could be a front projection

— April 08, 2008 06:30 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

The $25k Home Theater System

The $25k Home Theater System

Now we're talking home theater... The $25K recommended system takes some of the best equipment for the money and puts it together for an impressive immersive environment. Whether you're a two-channel nut or a fan of movies on the big screen, this system will deliver the satisfaction for all types of source material. These products are some of the best performers available that won't make you take out a second mortgage.

Now we're talking home theater... The $25K recommended system takes some of the best equipment for the money and puts it together for an impressive immersive environment. Whether you're a two-channel

, — April 04, 2008 18:05 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

The $1000 Bare Bones System

The $1000 Bare Bones System

Looking for an entry level home theater system? This is what we recommend for $1000. It will keep you from getting ripped off by the big box stores and deliver more than the average home theater in a box.

Looking for an entry level home theater system? This is what we recommend for $1000. It will keep you from getting ripped off by the big box stores and deliver more than the average home theater in a

— April 04, 2008 08:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

The $75,000 Home Theater System

The $75,000 Home Theater System

We decided to go all out on this $75,000 and include mostly top notch products priced right at the crest of that place your budget hits the point of diminishing returns. This means we included some of the finest A/V products "smart" money can buy. You can possibly do better, but not likely for the price.

We decided to go all out on this $75,000 and include mostly top notch products priced right at the crest of that place your budget hits the point of diminishing returns. This means we included some

, — May 01, 2007 19:59 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

The $12k Home Theater System

 The $12k Home Theater System

So, you are thinking about putting together a Home Theater system and have a $12,000 budget? It's very easy to spend $12,000. All you have to do is buy a Flagship receiver or Processor / Amp combo for $4500, a set of mid to high end speakers for $3000-$4000, a high end DVD player for $1200, an HDTV Rear Projector for $3000 (or smaller Plasma for $4000), some cables, and you're done! Right?

So, you are thinking about putting together a Home Theater system and have a $12,000 budget? It's very easy to spend $12,000. All you have to do is buy a Flagship receiver or Processor / Amp combo

— February 07, 2007 18:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

The $7500 Video-centric System

The $7500 Video-centric System

In this system we've added a few more things. We've integrated remote control choices, terminated cables and a healthier budget on just about all components.

In this system we've added a few more things. We've integrated remote control choices, terminated cables and a healthier budget on just about all components.

— January 24, 2007 21:34 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

The $5000 Video-centric System

The $5000 Video-centric System

This system tilts decidedly towards a preference for making sure the video aspects are favored. This system is for home theater buffs who may not spend as much time listening to two-channel music, but who favor the high-impact value of a good theater-killer system. Grab the popcorn, and a pen and paper and let's get started...

This system tilts decidedly towards a preference for making sure the video aspects are favored. This system is for home theater buffs who may not spend as much time listening to two-channel music,

— January 24, 2007 13:35 in Recommended Home Theater Systems