Sound is at least as, and maybe more important than picture.
From the moment I powered up my little Memorex surround box and two little Radio Shack rear speakers to get surround sound from my VCR instead of just stereo some 15 years or so ago, I realized that sound made all the difference in movie viewing. It added believability to the experience. Over the years I've kept adding to my system and upgrading components on a gradual and somewhat sporadic basis until I have a Denon 3803 driving a Mitsubishi 52" DLP HD TV(1080i, not p) through an eclectic 5.1 speaker set. The brands represented in just the speakers are BIC, Athena, Yamaha, and Wharfdale. I have two DVD players: a Cambridge and a Phillips, a Panasonic VCR, a Dish standard def DVR, a Polk XM tuner, a Goldring turntable, and a Nakamichi cassette deck dating from 1987. (That's my main legacy piece of gear.) While the picture is superb, especially when watching over-the-air HD programming, I still think that the sound adds more to the experience. Plus, when I don't feel like sitting around, I can listen to music through most of the house from the sound components. The sound system is used much more for music than it is to provide sound for video. My only problem is that the house we moved into a little over a year ago has a two-story great room, and I've had to put the rear speakers on stands out in the middle of the floor, because there's no way to wall mount them. I still won't give them up, though.
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