It is very easy to spend tens of thousands of dollars building the ultimate home theater experience for you and your family.
Moreover, if you use your home theater on a regular basis, and have the money to spare you might find it to be well worth the investment. However, you can also build a fantastic home theater for significantly less money. You just need to be willing to put a great deal of effort into finding the right parts for the right price for your system. Everything comes down to matters of preference and available funds when building any sort of home theater.
The truth of the matter is that most of us cannot afford to spend more than ten thousand dollars creating the home theater of our dreams. Many of us must budget extremely well to spend a couple thousand dollars on our home theaters. The good news is that for a few thousand dollars you can create a truly phenomenal home theater if you do your homework and invest your money wisely in components for your home theater system.
My first recommendation when building a good quality home theater is to buy one piece at a time, rather than building it all at once. This allows you to upgrade your system consistently without breaking the budget all at once. It also allows you the time to save up for better quality pieces within your system, rather than attempting to make an all or nothing purchase. One thing to remember when purchasing pieces individually is to make sure that they are all compatible with the other pieces of your system. This is especially important with speakers, which I recommend purchasing together as a set whenever possible.
The television is the first thing you should purchase when building your home theater system, as almost everything in your home theater will center around your television. High definition televisions are cheaper now that they are the industry standard.
Once you have your television, you can begin purchasing other components in order to complete your system.
The next component I recommend is a receiver or amplifier. This piece brings all other components together. Without a decent receiver, it is virtually impossible to have a decent home theater. The receiver acts as a sort of conductor for the sound and picture of your home theater. This is a piece of equipment that you do not skimp on when it comes to quality, as you will completely miss an important part of the ‘theater’ experience without it.
Next are the speakers. Speakers are also very important to the ‘theater’ experience of your home theater. The speakers are what provide that ‘movie quality’ sound that is so important to most enthusiasts. The sound quality makes your system the envy of the neighborhood. I highly recommend purchasing speakers as a set in order to insure compatibility.
Finally, the DVD player (or Blu Ray Player) rounds out the system. It is up to you and your preferences whether you wish to invest in a higher priced Blu Ray player over a normal DVD player. If you have HD television and plan to purchase HD disks for your movies, then Blu Ray is the way to go. Otherwise, it is a complete waste of money (in my opinion) until the rest of your system rises to meet the technology. The good thing about purchasing one component at a time is that you can constantly work towards upgrading your system to meet new technology.