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3 Theaters, 3 Budgets

Home theaters come in all shapes, sizes, and price tags. Here are three examples that show just how far your money will go.

Building a home theater is a very subjective exercise, says Scott Jordan, a home theater designer at Electronics Design Group in Piscataway, NJ. He should know. His company has designed hundreds of theaters over the past 20 years. Some of the theaters have been simple setups boasting a modest-size TV and a few basic components; others have been elaborate arrangements filled with every bell and whistle imaginable. Of course, money has a lot to do with what goes into the theaters EDG puts together. Some of its most sophisticated projects have featured well over $200,000 worth of electronics. But don't let that price tag scare you: You may just need to sacrifice parts of the theater to afford other elements that are more important to you, notes Jordan.

For most people, video is where the biggest part of the budget is spent. And that makes perfect sense to EDG. You can have a mid-range audio system, but the visual effect is always going to be your theater's wow factor, Jordan explains. Still, it's okay to dedicate the bulk of your budget to a sound system, if that's your hot button. Or you might decide that having a high-end remote control and a media server is more important than owning a super-size plasma. Budgeting for a home theater boils down to deciding what's right for you.

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