How All-In-One Home Theaters Work

Author's Note

As a long-term flat-panel TV owner, I've always been a little bit worried about the quality of my all-in-one setup: wondering if I'd wasted money on an easy solution, rather than throwing a little homework and elbow grease at the problem. But in researching this article and comparing my setup to even the newest systems available and in development, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I'd made a perfectly reasonable choice when buying my last HTIAB. Once again, we learn that early adopters and technophiles have perfectly reasonable expectations ... that may just not apply to the rest of us!

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