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Selecting home theater components

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Home theater components: Receiver, Speakers, Display, Blu-ray or DVD playerArmed with the knowledge of how much you can afford to spend on your basement home theater, now comes the fun part- selecting your home theater components!

Home theater components

There are four main components in any home theater system: the display (which can be a variety of HDTV technologies including a front projector), A/V receiver, speakers, and a DVD player or Blu-ray player.


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Home Theater Topics

Setting your budget

Selecting components

A/V receivers

How big should the screen be?

Display technologies

Front projectors

HDTV shopping tips

Speakers and subwoofer

DVD players

Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD

How to buy a Blu-ray player

Top Blu-ray players

Lutron dimmers: Custom home theater lighting

Lutron Spacer System: Custom programmable scene lighting

Cables and accessories

Buying home theater systems

Buying home theater speaker, Blu-ray players, and accessories

Home theater setup



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