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Chapter 11. The Upgrade Path > How to Maximize Your Upgrade Dollars

How to Maximize Your Upgrade Dollars

If and when you decide to give your existing system a little boost, you’ll want to spend your upgrade dollars wisely. Although speakers are an easy item to replace, your upgrade dollars will probably be better spent on another part of your system. For instance, if you have a Dolby Pro Logic receiver, it is better for you to upgrade to a Dolby Digital and DTS capable receiver than to replace your speakers. When upgrading your home theater system, you want to identify the weakest link in your system and replace that component first.

Identifying the Weakest Link

Everyone has heard the adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Keep that in mind with your home theater system—one weak link can damage all other strong components because they all must work together to create the home theater experience. If your receiver doesn’t send a clean, powerfully amplified signal to your speakers, they will produce an inferior sound that is below their capacity. In that case, you want to make sure you know your receiver is the problem, instead of assuming it’s your speakers. That’s why it’s so important when upgrading to determine the “weakest link,” the component that needs replaced first. This section helps you figure that out.


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