Five Tips For Buying a Home Entertainment System
Author: Ross MacIvar
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Looking for a new home entertainment system? Here are five tips
for choosing the best model for your home environment.
1. Choose a system that can be expanded. Most of your music
collection may be on CDs, but with the growing popularity of DVD
audio you don't want to be left behind. Even if you are only
interested in stereo sound make sure you buy a system that can
be adapted to new technologies. This includes video as well as
audio mediums. Buy a stereo system for now, but make sure it has
surround sound capabilities.
Also consider whether you want your home entertainment system
accessible in different parts of the house. An expandable system
allows you to place speaker systems and playback modules in
different rooms so that you can enjoy home entertainment
throughout the house.
2. Buy a system with enough power. This goes hand-in-hand with
the previous tip. Don't buy a unit which has just enough power
for your current needs, but rather, think about how you will be
expand it in the future. Surround sound speaker systems require
more power than stereo, and satellite speakers systems installed
in other rooms also require extra power.
Dedicated power amps for different parts of your home
entertainment system can make a vast difference in the quality
of sound. For example, a subwoofer amp can take the load off the
rest of your system will providing massively deep bass sounds.
3. Choose a system that matches your entertainment preferences.
If you are mainly interested in DVD video a surround sound
speaker system can add amazing authenticity to your viewing
experience. On the other hand, if you mostly listen to classical
music, divide your budget so that you can get a good set of
stereo speakers. If you like rap or hip-hop you should choose
speakers designed for bass heavy music -- a subwoofer is a
4. Make it backwards compatible. Many people still have a
sizable collection of VHS tapes and vinyl records. Rather than
throwing out these valuable sources of entertainment, make sure
your new entertainment system can handle them.
5. Buy the best you can afford. It's a waste of money to buy
inferior components for your home entertainment system. You will
quickly become dissatisfied with them and end up ditching them.
If you have a limited budget, divide it up wisely. Rather than
starting with a full-featured audio and video home entertainment
system, concentrate on a few components. As long as your system
is expandable, you can continue adding new features as your
About the author:
Ross is an audio enthusiast and author of the