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Chapter 11. The Upgrade Path > Moving to a High-End System

Moving to a High-End System

If you’ve quickly outgrown your budget home theater system and are looking to build a high-end system, there are several things to consider. If your budget has expanded, or if you are looking to make a more long-term home theater investment, you should consider upgrading to a few high-end components. These are found in high-end systems, those that are often dedicated home theater rooms. Hence, they are not used for everyday television viewing but for home theater (movie) watching. High-end systems can consist of receivers and amplifiers that cost several thousand dollars each. These high-end systems are the ultimate in home theater entertainment, but the price tag associated with building a high-end, dedicated theater room makes them unobtainable for the average consumer.

Separates

Many high-end systems consist of “separates.” Separates is a term used to describe the process of separating the amplification component from the processing component. Separates systems are also sometimes called “Pre/Pro” systems. A home theater receiver not only processes incoming signals, but it also amplifies the output signal to the speaker. A separates system features two units: a processing unit that only processes the audio and video signals being input from the home theater components (such as a DVD player), and an amplification component that amplifies the output signals to the speakers.


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