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Home Theater In a BOX, In a BUNDLE, or INDIVIDUAL BOXES?

The purpose of is to make it easier for you to comparison shop, purchase, properly set up, and enjoy a quality add-on home theater audio system that works well with, and maximizes the performance and potential of, your television and source components.

Of course, the primary goal of setting up a home theater system is to re-create that beautiful, larger-than-life, multi-sensory experience of going to your local cinema, scaled down to fit the smaller confines, privacy, and comforts of home.

The ideal number and type(s) of speakers for your home theater is largely determined by the overall size, dimensions, shape, and unique characteristics of the room in which you plan on setting it up, and the proposed location of the TV screen and seating. Keep in mind that you've got to run/fish/conceal (in-wall) speaker wire to each of the speakers in your system, unless you are fortunate enough to already have your room properly pre-wired, or you go with a "wireless" system :)

In general, a large room will sound great with 7.1 speaker or 7.2 speaker surround sound, an average-size room will sound awesome with a 5.1 speaker or 5.2 speaker system, and a small room can sound sensational with just 2.1 speakers, 3.1 speaker front surround, or a sound bar and subwoofer. If you want to add a height dimension to your home theater, consider a 5.1.2 speaker Dolby Atmos system.

Network-Ready 5.1 System with
Floor Standing Front Speakers!

You will need to purchase from two different online stores, and of course it will ship in multiple boxes. You could get the Yamaha RX-V483 receiver pictured below left from authorized Yamaha dealer OneCall, and buy the Fluance SXHTB 5.0 speakers and DB10 powered subwoofer in Walnut (pictured below center and right) or Black Ash directly from the Canadian-based speaker company.

Yamaha RX-V483 receiver Fluance SXHTB 5.0 speaker bundle in walnut Fluance DB10 powered subwoofer in walnut

The "extras" push the price of this value-packed system over a grand. Purchasing their speaker wire, 2 packs of banana plugs (one pack for speakers, second pack for receiver), and a subwoofer cable would be around $1160 total, if you can get it done with just 50 feet of speaker wire :)

Each of your high definition source components such as a Blu-ray Disc player, satellite/cable TV tuner, or video game console should be connected with an HDMI cable to one of the HDMI inputs on back of your receiver, and then you should be able to run just a single HDMI cable out of the receiver to an HDMI input on back of your television. [If you are setting up a soundbar system in which the sound bar speaker lacks HDMI inputs, you will instead need to connect each of your source components directly to the inputs on your television, and then run a digital audio cable from the back of the TV to the digital audio input on your soundbar.]

In addition to buying a home theater audio system, you also need a television if you don't already have one either mounted on your wall or sitting atop a TV stand. If it's sitting on a TV stand, be sure you've also got enough additional shelving space to add a home theater receiver (with "breathing room" for ventilation) and your source components, and space for a center channel speaker or soundbar, unless you are going with a 2.1 speaker audio system.

Depending on your specific situation and what you already have, you should also leave enough room in your home theater budget for wall-mounting brackets or floor stands for non-floor-standing speakers, (in-wall) speaker wire, subwoofer cable(s), HDMI cable(s), component or composite AV cables, digital audio cable, Ethernet cable, and/or a power strip surge protector, if needed. Visit the Home Theater Installation Basics page for more info and tips.


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