Home theatre is one of the most exciting developments in the history of consumer electronics. Enjoying great movies, television shows and sporting events is an activity that brings family and friends together. Watching a movie or concert on a good home theatre system will quicken your pulse, tug on your heart strings and raise goose bumps on your skin. The essential parts of a home theatre system are a display device and an audio/video (source) just fancy terms for a television (display) and VCR or DVD player (sources). Add a receiver and speakers, and you’re done!
There are two ways to get a home theatre audio system: separate components or all in one integrated systems. The all-in-one systems are often called “home theatre in a box” (HTiB) or home theatre “shelf systems. ” The Separate Components systems on the other hand includes a preamp/processor, amplifiers (or receiver), speakers and whatever source components you may like such as CD player, DVD player, VCR, etc. Each component is chosen separately and often come from different manufacturers.
One of the main advantages of the home theatre in a box (HTiB) system is that there’s never a doubt whether the individual parts of the system match each other. These systems are built to work together. They come with all the cables you need. Wires, connectors and jacks are usually colour coded, with foolproof pre-attached connectors. They can also be stunningly cheap, price range as low as $199.
Component systems offer tremendous flexibility and choice. You can mix and match components from various manufacturers to get the best product in each category and exactly meet your unique needs for style, size, and performance. Be sure that any system that you choose includes a subwoofer, for all the dramatic sound of earthquakes, explosions, and trains (just to name a few).
Component systems are harder to choose than integrated (HTiB) systems. There’s wider choice of component combinations, and it’s often difficult to know what component works best with what. You may wind up with several remote controls on your coffee table. (But “universal learning remotes” are available, and getting easier to use, to overcome this “disadvantage”).