Welcome to the G&G home audio page, my name is Steve and I am a home audio specialist here at G&G. This page serves to help answer some of the most frequent questions I get regarding home audio technologies.
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what is a home theatre in a box?
Home theatre in a box is a simple solution to provide surround sound for a relatively small price.
Packages such as the Sony BDVE190 is a entry level system with a single disc BLUE-RAY player, AM/FM turner and 6 speakers. More elaborate systems can alleviate the need to run rear speakers wires such as a Sony BDVN990W, running wire is a common problem for condo owners. Speaker wire is included with all of our home theatre in a box systems.
Limitations to these packages are the amount of inputs and lack of being able to upgrade speakers. Inputs are what allow you to add extra devices such as a blu-ray DVD player or gaming system. Many home theatre in box systems only have one extra input, which would mostly be used to hook up a Rogers HD Digital Box or Bell HD Receiver.
what is a component system?
For people looking for a surround sound system which can be upgraded would be more interested in purchasing a component system.
Component systems are separate stereo equipment. The receiver is an AM/FM turner, amplifier and usually a surround sound processor all in one unit. Some receivers can also change the picture quality of a TV. For example the Sony STRDN840 has a video processor which can upscale all video sources to 1080p. Normally the Rogers HD or Bell HD signal outputs at 720p (1366 x 768), when connected to the receiver the output becomes 1080p (1920 x 1080). The full potential of a 1080p TV is now maximized. Then you can add on DVD players and speakers to complete a system suited for you. The major draw with a component system is ability to add several devices and the superior sound quality.