Basically, a home theater is a set up of audio and video equipment that attempts to duplicate as closely as possible the experience you get when you go to a movie theater in the comfort of your own home. However, applying this term is somewhat less straightforward. For many people who decide to set up their own home theater the very term is a daunting sound. Most of the time people assume that it will cost a lot of money and involve a lot of equipment with meters of cables running all over the place. But this is not an accurate assumption at all.
Of course, you do find home theaters that cost thousands and thousands of dollars to set up. But those types of systems are usually way out of the budgets of ordinary folk like you and I. You might not end up with a high end video projector, separate amps, an some subwoofers that will have your neighborhood pumping but you can still have a system set up that will definitely enhance your entertainment pleasure at home even if you do not have a huge budget at your disposal.
What a lot of people fail to realize is that most of us are already in possession of a home theater system. Even an ordinary 27-inch TV, a regular DVD player or a sound system like an inexpensive stereo set, along with speakers are the components of a basic system. Your home theater can be whatever you want it to be as long as it provides the options and features that you want. It does not matter where you set up your system, whether it is in the living room of a house, apartment, office, basement, etc, the choice is yours.
When all is said and done a home theater is intended to provide you with entertainment that offers a bit more than what you get when you just watch television. By making use of surround sound and the latest advancement in technology, you can enjoy movies in the comfort of your own home in a way that was not possible before. Setting up your own system is something you can do yourself but it might be wise to consult with an expert or the installation personnel of the store from which you buy your equipment.
The most important thing to remember is that you do not have to spend lots of money in order to enjoy better sound and better imaging than you can on a regular TV set. All you need is a willingness to go out there and find out all you need to in order to have a system set up and running in your home.