All-in-One Systems

If acquiring all of the components individually seems like too much of a hassle, you can always keep it simple and pick up a home-theater-in-a-box ($300?$3,000). In one budget-friendly package, you'll get almost everything you need for a basic setup — an integrated receiver/DVD player, a complete set of speakers including a subwoofer, even the wires to connect everything. (You provide the TV.) Besides being extremely easy to install — just unpack and plug in — all-in-one systems eliminate the need to figure out whether components from different manufacturers will be compatible. One caveat: You'll have limited upgradeability. Depending on how integrated the system is, you might have to throw everything out just to get a better DVD player.

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