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You enjoy listening to music and watching your favorite movies in the comfort and privacy of your living room, so you need top quality home stereo equipment. Whether you're looking for a small system for listening to the radio or a surround sound home theater, you'll have to do some work to find the stereo system that fits your house and style. Here are some tips for choosing the right amplifier, speakers, and other components for your home sound system.

First, you'll need a stereo amplifier. This part of your home stereo equipment takes sound from different sources and makes it loud enough to put through your speakers. A stereo amplifier usually has many different inputs, for example, CD player, radio, DVD player, and often even a phono input for a record player. Some amplifiers have a built in radio. Amplifiers have many speaker outputs, depending on the model. Surround sound amps have at least six outputs, two front speakers, one center channel, two rear speakers, and a subwoofer.

Here's an example of an all in one surround sound home theater package. This Sony Blu-Ray home theater system will really make your movies come alive. To go along with the high definition picture quality, you get a 5.1 channel surround sound which is compatible with most popular formats, including Dolby Digital Plus. Three front speakers and a subwoofer render your music and sound effects in stunning quality. Wireless rear speakers mean that you don't have to rearrange your room or drill any holes to mount your speakers. Easy to install, this system comes with every component you need for a high quality surround sound setup. An included iPod dock means that you can listen to music from your portable music player.

Your home stereo equipment will determine the quality of sound you experience with your home theater or sound setup. Choosing a system that fits your home and budget can be a challenge, but with a wide variety of options these days, you can get a great system at a good price with a little work. Buy an amp, speakers, and other components separately or get them all together in a bundle.