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Creating a Home Theatre on a Budget

When someone thinks of a home theatre they usually think of the cost and of a state of the art system. Most people will avoid huge home theatre systems unless they are on clearance or are a package deal. Unfortunately, some of the package deals do not have the items that you want. Some of the items are lower quality and some items are older. If you want to have a home theatre system that works for you and has state of the art equipment without breaking the bank, here are some ideas on creating a home theatre on a budget.

Consider a Computer

 

Home theatre systems have advanced dramatically over the years. One of the biggest advancements has been the concept of using a computer instead of a television as the basis of the theatre. Using a computer to stream movies, shows, watch DVD and Blu Ray options, and watch movies on an external hard drive is by far cheaper than most theatre systems currently on the market. Your options are wider than standard systems. In fact, you can expect to pay as much as two thirds less than a standard system if you choose to use the computer option.

Piece Together What You Want

 

One of the best ways to stay on budget, when you are creating a home theatre system, is to piece together what you want. Build the system yourself by purchasing the television, DVD, Blu-Ray, and other components. This will allow you to keep to a budget while building the system that focuses on what you want it to. You will also be able to find bargains on specific components that otherwise would cost a great deal or would be part of a package and not met a quality standard that would make you happy.

Research the How-To of the Project

 

Putting together and connecting a home theatre does not have to be difficult. You also do not have to pay hundreds of dollars to a technician. In fact, most of the work can be done on a DIY basis. If you are unsure of how to put the theatre system together, check out some YouTube videos. Not only will the videos show you how to put the system together, you will also be able to see what others have done. This will lead you to other options and alternatives to designs and set-ups. You may even find one that you like better than the style you had planned.

One of the best ways to start a home theatre budget is to go window shopping. Shop online and in stores. Look at the options available. Check out the different packages to see what options are considered standard. Once you have narrowed down what you like, you can begin making adjustments and starting the cost list for the project. Overall, you can expect to spend between $500 and $4000 depending on the style of system and setup you want and the components you use. The computer based system is by far the cheapest option while maintaining quality, but the best system is the one that works for you.

Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.