A recent customer survey showed that high end theater equipment remains on the wish list of most people. This trick has been understood by manufacturers and thus they continue to release models with many added “features and benefits”. The real question you should be asking yourself is, do I really need this stuff, will it fundamentally change the way that the system sounds or make that much of a difference to my enjoyment levels with the system?. If proper homework is done before purchasing a new system then its shopping becomes an enjoyable task. The product models change each and every year but the prices more or less remain the same.
Once you have decided on a budget on your system things will become a lot clearer. Better quality expensive systems range in prices from R25 000 up to upwards of R2 000 000. There are thousands of brands available on the market here are 3 of the most popular when it comes to home theater systems
Entry Level – Harman Kardon/with JBL speakers +- R25 000 and up
Harmak Kardon makes products including a 3D Blu-ray DVD players and various home theater receivers. They use high current amplification f95zone and will surprise you when it comes to value for money. Rigged up to a good pair of JBL loudspeakers you will truly be into the big league of home theater for a little budget
Middle of the Road – Arcam with Monitor audio speakers +- R50 000 and up
Unlike other more mass-market brands Arcam’s approach is simple, the best home theater products should be equally capable with both movie and music sources. Creating big bangs, crashes and explosions is easy. Accurately reproducing the full range of sound, from the scale of an orchestra in full flight to the gentlest whisper of dialogue is not.Arcam Home entertainment products deliver a movie experience that grips, enthrals and delights in equal measure.
High End – Meridian Audio + – R200 000 and up
Meridian designs, engineers and manufactures state-of-the-art audio and video home theater systems.
Meridian audio have been leaders in the field of music and home theater since 1977. Meridian’s founders have broken with audio convention to create innovative home sound systems like no-one else. In doing so they began an audio tradition: British-made entertainment systems that embody unique technological innovations, stylish design, and exceptional performance.