The Essentials of Home Theater Planning

If you're thinking about installing a home theater, allow plenty of time for planning and researching available options. Whether your budget is large or small, you'll save time and money by doing your homework up front and figuring out the essentials of how to assemble your home theater.

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…]

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