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Kit vs. Separate Components

CARL LARON, Senior Editor, Electronics

Sound quality is as important as picture quality when it comes to creating an enjoyable home-theater experience. In selecting a sound system, buyers can opt for a pre-assembled kit called "home theater in a box" (HTIB) or separately buy a home-theater receiver and speakers. Both approaches have pluses and minuses. Buying the receiver and speakers separately gives you more control, but can be more expensive and requires making more decisions.