"Home Theater Systems" (or "Home Theatre Systems" as our European friends like to call them), are built with a specific goal in mind - replicate the movie theater experience within one's home. From simple inexpensive "home theater in a box" systems, that may include a DVD player, surround sound receiver and speakers plugged into a standard television in one's living room, to elaborate multi-component high definition-capable front projection systems installed in a custom room, there's a home theater system out there for just about everyone, at every price point.
The allure of home theater is simple - as the costs of movie theater admission and concessions increase, as well as the cost of gas to get there, there has not been a corresponding overall increase in the enjoyment factor. Although some movie theater owners embrace modern digital projection and digital audio technology, and are truly concerned with giving their customers an enjoyable movie-viewing experience, this is not the norm. More often than not, the picture and/or sound are miscalibrated, or sub-par, and rowdy unsupervised fellow film-goers can also disrupt one's enjoyment of a film at the local cineplex.
Meanwhile the cost of entry for a decent home theater system continues to drop while quality increases. High quality high definition capable front projectors are now available well below $2,000. Feature-packed surround sound receivers are available for less than $500. And good entry-level compact 5.1 channel speaker systems are available starting at about $400. Of course, you can spend much more and get even better performance. The choice is yours.
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