The centerpiece of any modern living room is the home theater system, an integrated system encompassing your TV, speakers and all the devices connected to them. Home theaters are very cool, but putting one together can seem daunting. Here’s how to make sense of it all.
To get started, take stock of what you already own and want to include in your new home theater. Include everything on the list—video sources like a cable box or Blu-ray player, audio players like media players and old tape decks, any existing speakers, and of course your TV. All of these items will help you choose which of the following three choices best meets your needs.
Most of the above options come in a variety of configurations and price levels, depending on which additional features you require. Here are a few of the big questions to ask before you buy.
How Many Speakers? The most common speaker configurations for home theater equipment include 2.1 (two front speakers and a subwoofer), 5.1 (two front speakers, two rear, one center, and one subwoofer), and 7.1 (two front speakers, two side, two rear, one center, one subwoofer)—the first digit refers to the number of standard speakers; the second digit refers to the subwoofer. In general, the larger the room, the more speakers it can handle, but the more complex your system will become. Samsung offers systems in all of these configurations.
Wired or Wireless? Wireless speakers are now becoming commonplace, and unlike the wireless speakers of years gone by, their quality is just as good as their wired counterparts. Some systems include wireless rear speakers, which give you much greater flexibility in where you can place these “surround sound” units. Remember: Although you won't need a speaker cable, you will need to plug each speaker into a power source.
DVD or Blu-Ray? Except for sound bars, all of Samsung’s home theater systems include an integrated optical disc player. The only question to answer is whether you want DVD or Blu-ray included. Both are compatible with older DVD discs, but Blu-ray lets you play the highest-definition content on today’s HDTVs, without any loss of quality. All of Samsung’s Blu-ray systems include 3D technology as well, letting you watch 3D movies on a 3D-capable TV. Simply don your 3D glasses and you're ready to enjoy.
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