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To get started, you'll need a home theater receiver and a pair of speakers. I recommend floor-standing speakers for their big sound and deep bass, though bookshelf speakers are a budget-friendly option. Th e receiver: control central for your home theater A home theater receiver is the hub that connects all your entertainment sources, such as a Blu-ray player, cable or satellite box, and game consoles. It also processes audio/video signals, decodes surround sound, and powers your speakers. The versatile Onkyo TX-NR737 offers everything you need to start, with lots of connections to expand later on. Floor-standing speakers pack a powerful punch Floor-standing (or "tower") speakers provide expansive, wide-range sound that's ideal for medium-to-large sized rooms. Definitive Technology's BP-8020ST (shown here) go one step further - unlike most floor-standing speakers, each comes with a built-in powered subwoofer for exceptionally deep, powerful bass. This eliminates the need for a separate subwoofer when you're ready to expand, though most speaker systems will need a separate sub (see next page). Onkyo TX-NR737 home theater receiver The 'NR737 powers up to seven speakers and includes all the latest surround decoding, including Dolby Atmos for truly immersive sound. It also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless music listening options. #580TXN737 $899.99 Special purchase $499.99 See our full selection of receivers at Definitive Technology BP-8020ST floor-standing speaker This compact tower boasts front- and rear-firing speaker arrays to radiate sound in all directions for a spacious, room-filling soundstage with movies and music. A built-in 8", 150-watt powered subwoofer delivers intense bass. #735BP8020 $599 each See all of our floor-standing speakers at A receiver and speakers Th e first step Give your system room to grow When shopping for a home theater receiver, I recommend getting one with more power and connections than you need right now. Extra channels of power, for example, allow for future surround sound and multi-room music upgrades. Also, look for advanced 4K video compatibility for when you upgrade to an Ultra HD TV down the road (see page 8 for some excellent choices). Learn more about choosing a home theater receiver at SAVE $400 ON THIS RECEIVER 47

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