Each of these theaters features full A/V and professional installation, but all came in under $20,000.
See three mid-range home theaters that didn't require a second mortgage.
Who says you need to spend six figures on a home theater? In recent years, the prices on audio/video equipment from flat-panel TVs to speakers has dropped, making very good home theater and surround-sound systems available to more and more people.
The technology in mid-range to affordable audio/video gear has improved considerably, bringing quality sound and images to the budget minded. And you don’t have to deck out a big space to have an area that looks like a theater. You can have a home theater system with a big-screen TV and surround sound right in your family room, recreation room or bedroom if you like. Best of all, you can have wonderfully immersive home theater experiences for $10,000 or less. The cost largely depends on your tastes. Here are three fairly budget-minded but highly satisfying home theater systems—and how they came about: