01. ALL-IN-ONE, OR ‘ONE-BOX’ SYSTEMS
All-in-one home cinema systems are the simplest, most cost-effective way of reproducing the movie-going experience in the home. All-in-one systems include all you need to enjoy movies on DVD (apart from your display screen), just as the film director intended – with the same 5.1-channel surround sound as your local cinema.
Systems include DVD player and amplification, five ‘satellite’ speakers and a subwoofer speaker, for that essential blockbuster boom.
02. DVD/AMP + SPEAKERS
Many manufacturers are now selling DVD players with built-in amplification, or DVD/amps. This allows you to step up the home cinema ladder in stages, hooking the DVD/amp up to a TV before going full-on at a later date.
Full-on home cinema, of course, requires 5.1 speakers (five satellites and a subwoofer), and that’s all you need to complete the system.
03. DVD PLAYER + UPGRADE
If you’ve already got a DVD player, it’s easy to transform it into a complete home cinema system. Sure, you can go down the separates route, but there is an easier and cheaper way.
Some manufacturers are now producing complete DVD upgrade systems comprising the essential 5.1 speakers and amplification – just plug in your DVD player.