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Home Theater on a Budget, Part 2: Intermediate System

Take your home theater to the next level.

In the first article in this four-part series, we learned that creating the perfect home theater experience on a limited budget is an entirely realistic goal. In this installment, we’re going to level up.

Here are some tools to assemble a quality intermediate level home entertainment system at an affordable price.


Front face of an AV receiver with a wireless remote on right and the antenna on left.
RX-V485 AV receiver.

Because it is the centerpiece of every home theater system, an AV receiver needs to handle the bulk of your entertainment needs. The Yamaha RX-V485 provides an exciting home theater experience with powerful 5.1-channel surround sound, complete with Zone B functionality that lets you listen to 3.1 channels in your Main Zone while sending stereo sound to two speakers in Zone B.


Two stereo speakers next to each other - one with the filter cover on; the other with the speaker and subwoofer exposed.
NS-333 bookshelf speakers.

Designed specifically for home theater applications, the Yamaha NS-333 bookshelf speakers are an ideal match with the RX-V485. They allow you to properly implement its CINEMA DSP 3D feature and capture all the subtleties of surround sound in all of your favorite content.


Horizontal speaker.
Yamaha NS-C444

The main purpose of a center channel speaker is to boost dialogue, leaving the other speakers to capture background noise, explosions, music and other elements occurring on screen. A good choice here is the Yamaha NS-C444 which is designed to help deliver the Dialogue Level Adjustment and Dialogue Lift features in the RX-V485, allowing all dialogue to come through clearly, regardless of other sounds it may be competing with on-screen.


Small square speaker.
Yamaha NS-SW100

A quality subwoofer is a must for any home theater setup, since it allows you to feel the low-end action such as explosions, fight scenes and car chases. The Yamaha NS-SW100 powered subwoofer delivers all that and more, with a special Twisted Flare Port that adds clear, tight bass sounds to your favorite content.


As with any home theater system, make sure to leave room in your budget for speaker wire, HDMI cables, speaker stands and other accessories you might want to include with your system.

Now the only thing you’ll have to do as you enjoy your new home theater system is to decide where to rest your feet!

Part 3 of our “Home Theater on a Budget” series, covering advanced systems, can be found here.


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