Home theater entertainment used to be something that only rich people could afford, and it used to be considered a luxury that would only be found in the upper-middle-class homes of affluent professionals. But like every other aspect of retail business, home theater technology is racing ahead, and as is usually the case with technology, pricing has decreased on existing home theater components in anticipation of the Next Big Thing.
Nowadays for as little as $2,000, you can assemble an extremely good home theater system, and not have to break the bank doing it. Here are some suggestions on how you can go about putting together a world-class home theater system on your limited budget.
Budget home theater components
It’s really not worth your while to wait around for the release of the super-capable components of the future, because the newest technology will become something you get locked into chasing forever. That being the case, here are some of the best currently available components that can work together to provide you a really immersive and enjoyable home theater experience.
- Receivers– buy a receiver with Dolby Atmos and 4K support to give yourself the best available picture clarity, and also to provide yourself with the potential for an upgrade path for future technology releases.
- Speakers– this is an area where you should invest a little more heavily, because advances in speakers don’t come out nearly as often as advances in the electronics area of home theater, so these will likely be with you for a while. That being said, the ELAC Debut B6 bookshelf speaker provides unmatched sound quality at a surprisingly low price – you could pay a lot more and not get this kind of sound quality from your speakers. The larger-sized Pioneer SP-PK52FS is a good second choice, as long as you have the space to accommodate its larger footprint.
- Universal remote– make sure you have a universal remote so that you don’t run into all the hassle of switching between various devices you have hooked into your home theater system. This may seem like a small thing, but you won’t think so after you’ve connected several other devices into your network.
- Blu-ray player– this is still the best video player on the market, and it’s what you should be using for any videos you purchase
- Projector– the BenQ TH670 is one of the best inexpensive projectors on the market because it provides the best contrast ratio, the best 1080p resolution, the lowest input lag for video games, the best color quality, long life from a single bulb, and the widest variety of image adjustments, as well as easily understandable settings. It provides maximum control over images being displayed, and is simply the best quality projector at a very reasonable price.