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Audition Before You Buy

There’s no substitute for listening and watching equipment in action before buying. However, there’s as much science as there is art to choosing a good home theater. Preparation and a few tricks will help you pick the best system for you.

There’s a lot of pressure when a salesperson is hovering over you, waiting to see if you’re going to buy a particular piece of equipment. In fact, this is the number-one reason people walk out of chain stores [Hack #3] or boutiques [Hack #4] with equipment they’re ultimately not happy with. But this pressure is largely due to a lack of preparation and method. If you have specific criteria in mind and a particular method you always follow, you’ll feel less pressure, have no trouble telling a salesperson “I’d like to take a little more time,” and will usually be a lot happier with your purchase.


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