The Tech-pert: Improve Your Home Theater System with a Powerful Receiver for Only $199!

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I know so many people who buy big, fancy HDTVs, then settle for the weak, tinny sound that comes from the built-in speakers. It’s a travesty!

If you really want to enjoy your home theater–TV shows, Blu-ray movies, console games, and so on–you need a nice set of speakers. And to drive those speakers, you’ll need a receiver. Receivers can cost a small fortune, especially those that have a lot of power and extra features. That’s why I’m so pumped about this deal: BuyDig has the Samsung HW-C700 3D-compatible home theater receiver for $199 shipped. It sells for closer to $300 just about everywhere else (and lists for $399.99).

The Samsung HW-C700 is a 7.1-channel receiver (the specs mistakenly note 7.2 channels in a couple places), meaning you can connect as many as seven satellite speakers and one sub-woofer. That’s not mandatory, of course–it’ll work perfectly fine with that old pair of bookshelf speakers you’ve got in the attic.

However you configure the system, you’ll be treated to 990 watts of total output power. If you like your media loud, this receiver shouldn’t disappoint.

Its key specs include various Dolby audio-processing technologies, four HDMI 1.4 inputs (plenty of room for the aforementioned Blu-ray player, game console, cable box, etc.), and support for 3D video from the latest generation of devices.

I especially like its Advanced Auto Sound Calibration system, which configures your speakers based on where you’re sitting. In other words, it optimizes the audio based on your location in the room; you don’t have to, say, move the couch based on where you’ve placed the speakers.

Do your ears a favor: stop using your TV’s crummy built-in speakers and start hearing what you’ve been missing. A receiver like this one is the first step.

Self-proclaimed cheapskate Rick Broida has been a technology writer for over 20 years. He has authored over a dozen books, including, most recently, “How to Do Everything: Palm Pre.” Currently he writes the Cheapskate blog.

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