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The $1000 Bare Bones System

by April 04, 2008
The $1000 Bare Bones Home Theater

The $1000 Bare Bones Home Theater

We get asked this question quite often. How do you approach the budget system? Well, first of all you start by understanding that this system is meant to be a step above the HTIB approach, allowing for a greater flexibility, higher fidelity and a satisfying audio experience on a budget. One important thing to realize is that, at this price point, competition is fierce and there are a plethora of options. We'll outline one path that you might wish take to have a very satisfying system for a nominal $1k budget restriction that will meet the astringent criteria of the Wife Acceptance Factor while gratifying the audiophyte in any home theater enthusiast.

Please keep in mind that $1,000 is somewhat constrictive especially if you desire quality products with good performance and audio. For this reason, we have opted to leave out a TV since most budget minded entry level enthusiast will like have one already as part of their entertainment system. Another thing to realize is that this system can be "grown into". That is to say, you can purchase the recommended speakers in a 2.1 configuration and add the center channel and surrounds at a later date. This will allow you to begin a system that will ultimately be of much better quality than had you spent that money on an "all-in-one" system of dubious lineage.

System Goals

  • This system offers the best bang for the minimum non-HTIB budget. It will look good and offer true high fidelity sound.
  • We will focus on building a 5.1 surround sound system, though if the budget is limited, users may opt to start with a 2.1 setup and build from there.
  • This system yields ultimate flexibility and supports most of the latest formats including: Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and more.
  • This system is assembled with reliable components all offering good warranty policies.
  • This system offers reasonably simple connectivity options and includes the cables required.

Following is our recommendation for a system for ~$1,000

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Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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