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Home Theater Buying Guide

A comprehensive home theater guide that will give you all the information you need on how to put together a home theater.

Getting Started

Putting together a home theater can be difficult or easy depending on how you go about it. If you put together the perfect home theater you may never have to leave your house to enjoy high quality sound and imagery again. There are manufacturers that have put together "in a box" home theater packages that can add an entirely new dimensions to how you listen to music and movies. If this is more of a convenience for you, then deciding on an inbox home theater package might not be so bad. Most home theater packages include five to six speakers that include a center speaker, four surround speakers, a Subwoofer, and a receiver. What is prepackaged by the manufacturer may not be exactly what you want so then you need to take the leap and build your own home theater system.


TV Size

A good home theater system starts with a high definition TV.

Audio Receiver

Once you have decided on your TV size then you can move into purchasing a receiver. The receiver you buy will determine the type of speakers you will buy and how many you will buy. A receiver will also let you know if you need to invest in a Subwoofer; it will also tell you how loud your home theater can actually be. The wattage that a receiver puts out, determining how loud your system can get, varies with all make and models. You don't want to buy high-powered receiver running 120 watts per channel only to find out that the speakers you have purchase can only handle 80 watts. This will cause your speakers to blow.


A home theater system has 5 to 7 speakers including a center channel for voices (dialog), two front speakers that will serve as your stereo speakers (front left and right), two rear speakers that help with surround sound effect and a Subwoofer to give extra bass.

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

Along with a good home theater system comes a high quality DVD or Blu-Ray player. At Abt Electronics, we carry a wide variety of DVD and Blu-Ray players that will suit your home theater system.

Component Cables

Component cables are important when putting together a home theater system. Most manufacturer cables do the job but they don't go that extra mile. The component cables the manufacturer provides you with reduce the strength of the signal they are transmitting. They also let other electronic signals cause interference and don't always make a solid connection. High-performance cables help ensure the quality of the signals as they travel through your system. These cables are shielded so that any interference will bounce off of them. Most high quality audio/video cables are gold plated to provide the highest quality connection.

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