Get the theater experience--without the sticky floor
Pair even a bargain 5.1-channel system with a big-screen HDTV, and you have a movie-watching experience that rivals the cinema. Your home theater, meanwhile, will remain free of preshow ads, big hair between you and the screen, and $5 Cokes.
Maximize your DVD collection
The stereo sound you're hearing from your TV's puny speakers represents only a fraction of the DVD's audio potential. Most DVDs are encoded with a soundtrack that directs specific sounds to each speaker in a surround-audio system.
Style and sound quality are not mutually exclusive
Unlike yesterday's collection of boxy speakers and components linked together by a rat's nest of wires, today's "lifestyle" systems blend into your upscale decor. And many models offer wireless rear speakers or can generate surround effects from one or two speakers.