$950 Home Theater with 42-inch TV and Powered Soundbar

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This is a complete home theater for less than $1,000, using a powered soundbar so you do not need to run speaker wires. This compact, simple setup combats one of the most frequent complaints I receive these days, namely thin, weak sound from the speakers in flat-panel TVs.

Samsung PN42C450 720p 42-inch Plasma HDTV

HDTV: The Samsung PN42C450 is my favorite TV selling for less than $500. This 42-inch 720p plasma regularly sells for $499 and has a sharp picture with vivid yet natural color. Don’t let the 720p resolution get you down.  At normal viewing distances the human eye can’t resolve the difference between 720p and 1080p, and the PN42C450 has a beautiful picture. Unbeatable for the price!

Sony HT-CT150 3D Sound Bar System

Soundbar: Providing sound is Sony’s HT-CT150 Sound Bar system, $299 complete. It has been playing to rave reviews from customers and is simple to set up and use.

Blu-ray player: Add an Insignia NS-WBRDVD2 WiFi Blu-ray Player from Best Buy for $129. It will play Blu-ray movies, DVDs, CDs, and wirelessly stream content from Netflix, Pandora and CinemaNow.

Get three HDMI cables from Amazon or Monoprice for under $5 each. Use them to connect the Blu-ray player and your cable/satellite box to the soundbar, then connect the soundbar to the TV. You will have an easy to use system with a great picture, great sound, and the ability to use both discs and online sources to watch movies and listen to music.

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