|Building The Basic Home Theater Part Two: Setting a Budget for Gear|
|Home Theater Feature Articles Other|
|Written by Bryan Dailey and Jerry Del Colliano|
|Friday, 01 July 2005|
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Justifying Your Home Theater Purchase
If you are reading this and are finding it hard to justify spending $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 on a home theater system, consider the alternatives. A week-long vacation for two to Hawaii can quickly burn through $5,000 and when all is said and done, the tan will fade and you’ll only have the pictures to remember the trip by. A necklace from Tiffany’s could easily run $10,000 and all it does it hang around your neck (okay, diamonds have other perks, but this is a family publication isn’t it?). If you are trying to swallow the $25,000 pill, imagine the look on a sports fan’s face when he walks into your home when you are selling your place and sees the big game in high definition on the 51-inch plasma. Deciding on a new home is often an impulse buy, so although you may not recoup all of your money if you install a plasma on your wall, it makes for a nice selling feature should you decide to include it with the sale of your home.
Although we never recommend overextending yourself to go into debt to install a home theater system, the fact that Gen Xers who grew up on videogames, MTV and blockbuster special effects-laden movies are all installing home theaters tells you something about the importance of having a system. Just like a refrigerator or a stove, the home theater is quickly becoming an integral part of a home. Builders are now commonly pre-wiring homes for distributed audio systems, satellite and surround sound. Note, even if you start with a $5,000 or $10,000 system – there is always room and time to upgrade. If you read AVRev.com then likely you are always looking for your next upgrade, making you our most beloved type of reader.
A properly designed home theater can go many years without becoming obsolete and can provide thousands of hours of entertainment. The Internet has opened many doors to resources for researching products and purchasing online and, if you are careful, you can selectively assemble a very good system at a great price. You’ll want to be careful to purchase only from authorized dealers and, if you have any doubts about a retailer, we encourage you to contact the manufacturer to check up on them. We also fully endorse the DYI concept for seasoned veterans, but if you are the least bit doubtful in your ability to set up or program a system, let the pros at your favorite AV installation company handle things for you. They will prove to be a valuable resource and will get you on the road to enjoying your theater sooner.
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