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Chapter 7. Shopping for Your System > Things to Remember When Shopping

Things to Remember When Shopping

Regardless of where or from whom you choose to buy your components, there are things to remember when you begin your shopping quest. Shopping for home theater gear is typically time-intensive, so don’t expect to finish up in a single day. The most important thing to do is to take your time, evaluate lots of components, and decide what sounds and looks best to you, not the salesperson. Be an informed consumer. Read product reviews, sales brochures, and message boards about the components that you want. There is a wealth of information waiting for you out there, so take advantage of it. Before you go into a store, read up on the hottest new products, but try to resist being overcome by marketing techniques.

Internet message boards are a good place to find out what most informed consumers think are the best products. Thousands of people keep up with home theater and love to share their opinions about products. I, for example, have helped thousands of people narrow down their shopping lists to the components that I feel best suit their budgets. Informed hobbyists tend to agree on a system for people looking to spend a certain amount of dollars. This gives you a good place to start, then you can add, modify, and delete from the list to custom-suit your needs.


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