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Mini-System Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a new mini-system.

Getting Started

At Abt, we carry a variety of Mini-Systems for all of music lovers. When shopping for a Mini-System, be sure to know what size system you want. Also be aware of any special features you might be interested in. We have created a Glossary to help with questions you might have on many Mini-System features. For any other information needed or missing you can always contact our knowledgeable sales staff.

Nowadays, many people are turning toward mini-systems to provide them with the highest quality sound when viewing movies or watching television. When shopping for a Mini-System, be aware that many mini-systems aren't so "mini" anymore. Some systems come with a complete surround sound package including Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic and DTS. These systems also include five to six speakers including subwoofers for deep bass.

Types

You should be aware that Mini-Systems come in different sizes and each size is classified differently. The different classifications are bookshelf, floor-standing/tower, wall/ceiling-mounted, a multi-speaker home-theater package. Each manufacturer will refer to the size of a mini-system differently.
Bookshelf Systems
Bookshelf systems are small yet pack a great sound. These systems are also lightweight and can actually sit on a bookshelf. Speaker sizes vary on each model as well as special features. Bookshelf systems can also be classified as compact mini-systems.
Floor-Standing Systems
Bookshelf systems are small yet pack a great sound. These systems are also lightweight and can actually sit on a bookshelf. Speaker sizes vary on each model as well as special features. Bookshelf systems can also be classified as compact mini-systems.
Wall/Ceiling-Mounted Systems
Wall/Ceiling-mounted systems can actually be hung on a wall or ceiling.The speakers and output vary on each model as well as special features. These systems are used to save space and are available for customers who want a more modern look to their audio equipment.
Multi-Speaker Home Theater Package Systems
Multi-Speaker home theater package systems bring theater sound into your home. Most systems include Dolby digital or DTS sound. These systems are used for theater entertainment at home. Multi-speaker systems come with 6 to 7 speakers, usually one of those speakers being a subwoofer. The wattage per speaker varies per model. These systems are great for surround sound and for any one who likes really loud music.
All Mini-Systems
All Mini-Systems include detachable speakers, weather it be two or seven speakers no mini-system comes with attached speakers.
Some Mini-Systems
Some Mini-systems include Mini-Disc players and are also CD recorders. These are just some features you might want to consider when purchasing a Mini-System.

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