|Best DVD home-theater systems for under $500|
February 1, 2006
Want to build a home theater from scratch without any headaches and without spending a fortune? Go for a home theater in a box (HTIB). As the name suggests, an HTIB bundles everything you need--including surround speakers, a receiver/amplifier, and all the necessary cables and wires for hookup--for a complete home-theater experience. We've rounded up our three top-rated home-theater systems, each of which includes a single, lifestyle-friendly head unit that combines the receiver and a multidisc CD/DVD changer (unlike some cheaper supply-your-own-DVD-player models). Best of all, each one is available for less than $500. All you need to add is the TV.