When it comes to the home theater receiver, there are a lot of opinions. Some purists insist that these packages are strictly referring to sound system components. Yet others insist that the reference applies to all aspects that give you a theater-like experience at your own house. Let’s explore the various options and then you can decide for yourself!
For those people focused on sound alone, there are systems ranging from tens of dollars all the way to thousands of dollars.
Home Theater Receiver
The choices are endless. The home theater receiver starts with a 5.1 channel speaker and subwoofer set. With this set you are likely to receive a product that produces decent digital sound with a thumping bass, a central speaker, 2 surround speakers and 2 front speakers. Now, on the other end of the spectrum of speaker systems; we have a high end set that includes two 12″ 350 watt subwoofers (the bass ought to bring the house down with those bad boys), a center speaker, 2 surround pole speakers, 4 front speakers and acoustic controls to optimize performance. Sounds like everything you could possibly need, right?
Wait just a minute! Where is the rest of the home theater receiver? What do I mean by ‘the rest’, you ask? Well, as some would have it, the set-up is not complete without the sofa and it’s built in cup holders, 108″ LCD screen HDTV (or maybe even a high quality projector and a motorized projector screen), iPod docking station, multi-function equalizer, Blu-Ray player, amplifier and game system home theater projector
Home Theater Package
Or maybe you are more of a middle of the road type. No extremes for you. A nice 5 speaker digital sound system, a decent television and a DVD player will satisfy your needs. What is your vision of the perfect setup? The best way to decide what your needs are when it comes to choosing a system, is to look at what you typically enjoy for entertainment. Are you a fan of music and hardly ever have your mp3 more than an arm’s length away? Or would you rather kick back and watch a movie? Look to what you enjoy to point you in the right direction for purchasing your home theater package.
After you’ve picked out the specific elements you want, you can go online or to a local electronics store to find what you are looking for. Retailers will be happy to help you select the right system for your needs. Before you whip out the plastic though, consider having the retailer install your system if they offer that service.
If you have never tried to hook up complex setup like this before, know that it can become confusing quite quickly. There are many wires and ports. You could have just one wire in the wrong place and then spend hours trying to figure what is hooked up wrong. For a few extra dollars, someone else can come and get the job done for you in little to no time.
Whatever you choose, make the decision based on your favorite hobbies and you’re sure to have the home theater package that suits you best. That’s what makes it perfect.