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Best Time to Buy: Home Theater Systems

By Aaron Crowe, dealnews writer

March Madness is in full swing, making it a perfect time to set up a home theater and watch the games.

If you didn't buy a huge newTV to watch the Super Bowl, now is still a good time to buy that big TV you've always wanted to watch sports on, and to set it up as a home theater. Here are some deals to get that home theater going, but beware that these deals were valid as of early Tuesday morning, so check first to ensure they're still good.

There are lots of choices for a new television, but for our money, the 65" 120Hz 1080p Widescreen 3-D Ready DLP Projection HD Television from Dell Home for $779.99 with free shipping is a great place to start. The price for model no. WD-65C10 is $10 under last month's mention and the lowest total price we could find. It has three HDMI inputs, and component and other video inputs, which we'll point out the importance of later. Hurry, because the deal ends March 23.

If that's a bit too much money, Dell Small Business sells the Vizio 42" 120Hz 1080p Widescreen LCD HD Television, model no. E421VA for $479.99 with free shipping. It ties our mention of about two weeks ago and is the best lowest total price we could find by $98.

This is where home theaters can get expensive. At the top of the spectrum, with a receiver and speakers, is the Sony 700-watt 7.1 Channel 3D-Ready Home Theater Receiver, model no. STR-DH810, for $549.99. It's packaged with the Klipsch HD 500 5.1-Channel High Definition Home Theater Speaker System, model no. HDTHEATER500. With $28.19 for shipping, that makes it $141 less than the lowest total price we could find for the pair when purchased separately elsewhere.

The receiver has 100 watts per channel into seven channels, four HDMI inputs, 3D pass-through, three component inputs, Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio sound decoding, and much more. The Klipsch HD 500 has four Klipsch surround speakers and a center-channel speaker with 2-1/2" woofers and MicroTractrix horn-loaded 3/4" aluminum dome tweeters, and an 8" 100-watt powered subwoofer.

At a cheaper price is the Sony 1,000-watt 5.1-Channel DVD Home Theater System from Walmart for $198. Shipping for this unit, model no. DAV-DZ175, is $5.97 or free with site-to-store delivery. It's the lowest total price we could find. The unit features 167 watts per channel into five satellites, a center-channel speaker, subwoofer, DVD upscaling, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, one HDMI output, and more.

With all of those things to connect, you'll need a few cables to get the new home theater running well. sells a 10-Foot Micro HDMI to Standard HDMI Cable for $6.59 plus $2.07 for shipping. It's the lowest price we could find by $1.

You may also want a few extras for the home theater, such as a Blu-ray player. is selling the Samsung BD-D5300 Blu-ray Player, model no. BDC5500XAA, for $132. Shipping is free, making it the lowest total price we could find by $8. It has Ethernet and USB connectivity, DVD upconversion to 1080p, one HDMI output, and component and other video outputs. It can be used over WiFi via a USB adapter that's sold separately.

A universal remote can also come in handy. The Acoustic Research Xsight Touch Universal Remote, model no. ARRX18G, is $69.99 with free shipping, putting it $40 below our mention last spring and the lowest total price we could find by $85. The remote supports up to 18 devices and features a 2.2" color LCD, macro functions and learning ability.

 Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked as a reporter and an editor for newspapers and websites. Follow him on Twitter — @AaronCrowe.

Photo Credit: Sally M via Flickr.

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