What You Need for a Basic Home Theater

A big-screen TV alone doesn't mean you have a basic home theater. The core of a basic home theater (or even a fancy media room) consists of at least three major elements — well, four, if you include popcorn [more…]

What You Need for a Complete Home Theater

If you're dreaming of a complete home theater system, then consider this comprehensive list of necessities. Essential gear for a complete home theater includes sources, receivers/controllers, displays, [more…]

How to Use Existing Audio/Visual Devices in a Home Theater

When upgrading to a home theater, you may wonder if existing audio/visual devices can be used in the new home theater. Existing audio/visual devices can work, but you lose a lot in terms of capability [more…]

How to Choose a Room for Your Home Theater

Choosing a room for your home theater plays a big part in optimizing the home theater experience. It's especially important to choose the right room or location if you have limited space. A full home theater [more…]

Should You Create a Multizone Home Theater?

The word multizone may arise when you're buying a receiver or amplifier for the home theater. A multizone system extends the usefulness of home theater by enabling you to access different audio sources [more…]

Why You Should Consider a Wireless Home Theater

Consider going wireless when planning a home theater. Setting up a wireless home theater has two big advantages: neatness (say bye-bye to the tangle of cables) and flexibility [more…]

How Much Does a Home Theater Cost?

The cost of a home theater can range from $199 to — well, the sky's the limit. To estimate the cost of a home theater, first consider your needs. All you may require is an entry-level home-theater-in-a-box [more…]

How to Buy Home Theater Equipment on a Budget

If you're on a tight budget, a home theater is still within reach. Budget considerations may require you to plan carefully for your home theater system. One of the great things about home theater is that [more…]

Installing a Home Theater: DIY or Hire a Pro?

Installing a home theater? Do it yourself (DIY) or hire a pro. Lots of home theater setup is DIY-easy, and you can hire a pro to complement your work. Of course, installing the home theater by yourself [more…]

Where to Find Information on Installing a Home Theater

When planning a home theater, you have many resources to tap for information. Magazines, catalogs, and Web sites offer details and advice on home theater systems — from planning and purchasing to assembling [more…]