What is a Home Theater
A home theater consist of equipment capable of reproducing sound and video close to or better than it was intended to be presented in a theater. This can be accomplished by using an amplifier capable or processing Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital or DTS surround sound. In order to best emulate this sound at least 5 speakers are recommended to be placed throughout the room. The most common processing is 5.1 which stands for 5 speakers plus LFE (Low Frequency Effect). With a 5.1 system you have a center channel, left and right, and 2 side surround effect speakers. The .1 is generally handled by a stand alone powered sub woofer which handles all of the low frequency responses. Combined this setup will allow the sound waves to produce a feel that you are in the middle of the action.
Why do you need a home theater
We all love going to movie theaters but the rising price and uhh umm distractions keep many of use away. With a media room/home theater you can enjoy movies, games, television in the comfort of your own home. You no longer have to miss those parts of the movie you couldn't hear because somebody was talking on their cell phone during a key scene.
The cost of home theater equipment can range from $150.00 to $500,000 depending on what you want and how its installed. With this in mind anybody can afford a home theater, why, because you can.