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What Are the Dangers in Purchasing a Home Entertainment System

Sep 10, 2008
In the city of Sydney, there is a buying craze going on for new digital ready wide screen TVs and top of the line home theatre centers as Australia modernizes and the economy continues to soar. There is any number of companies who would love to sell you these pricey systems and they'll bend over backward to catch your eye and sell you the best system they can get their hands on.

But you should not be fooled by most of them.

The systems which are on offer form these retailers are identical, save for the brand names on the casing. There is a limited number of manufacturers of these home theaters and wide screen TVs and there is no secret manufacturer which only one shop can get for you.

Another thing, the sales commission structure on these home theatre systems often is a conflict of interest. The sales rep is forced to put his commission or bonus interest ahead of really getting you the best system that suits your needs and desires.

Neither will these retailers install your system for you. They are unconcerned with the setup of your home, whether you have the space for a given system or much of anything else beyond selling you the most expensive system in the store or the one which they need to reduce inventory levels of. There is little chance that you will be asked any questions to determine whether the system they are pushing is right for your home.

The systems which they will try to sell you are generally the most expensive and elaborate ones - these will also take the most effort to set up in your home, If a system is very complex, it must therefore have lots of great features, correct? This is the assumption which sales staff is hoping you will make when looking at home theater systems.

It will present you with a lit of challenge, to say nothing of frustration if you are intending to try setting up one of these systems yourself. All of those wires, all of those components, each of which must be precisely set up and fine tuned. Be sure to pack a lunch and some aspirin as you wrangle with your new home theater system. Worse yet, if you damage something during this process, the warranty likely won't even cover it.

At best, you may get a referral to a service provider from the retailer. This service provider will come out to your home and install the home theater system for you - for a hefty price. This fee is of course not included in the price of the system itself.

It gets worse: if the setup company does something wrong, the retailer can't help you at all. And if the system doesn't fit in your home, the setup company can't help you with that. If both steps go awry, you lose out big time.

Your best net is to go to a specialty shop for home theater electronics. This will save you untold time, money and headaches.

You can sit down and assess your needs with a independent electronics consultant who will work with you to figure out which system is right for your home and will set up everything for you just right. This will include a guarantee and support over the long term as well.

Don't even think about buying a home theatre entertainment system until you meet with such a consultant.
About the Author
Author: Mr Ben K Stevens is an expert on home theatre installation and set up Sydney, his expert knowledge can assist you as you research who to install home entertainment systems Sydney.
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