I bought this on a budget, needing a system for my wife and I, as well as my kids. it was a refurbished system for $99. not bad. it played Blu-ray and is backwards compatible to play your DVD's of the past. i would reccomend once the system arrives, then start buying movies in blu-ray. This way, you get up with the times with blu-ray yet, you can get by with playing DVD's saving a ton of cash. the only downfall(Con) about this system is the internet system in this. For some reason, it didn't work for me too well, however I only messed with it for 10 minutes or less. you can update the firmware for this system through the internet, I highly suggest connecting it to a wired internet connection for this feature. You can play netflix on it but it kind of defeats the purpose since the system is meant to play movies UNLESS you love movies so much and don't have a large library of DVD's or bluray movies. Setup is a cinch as each speaker is color coded for it's channel and clearly marked on the back where you plug them in. I want to implore all who read this to make sure you connect and use ALL speakers involved. in order to hear the verbal aspect(actors lines) you MUST have the middle channel hooked up or you will NOT hear any movie speech. The surround channels have exceptionally long wires to stretch long distances to get a full fledged surround sound. my setup is in an apartment/condo and it was rather easy to set this up but if you own a large home, I'd suggest you procure some stands to utilize the surround speakers, my ceiling is very low as apartments go so distance isn't an issue. But if you're like me, on a budget, don't want to spend a truckload on a system, yet have an easy to setup and good sounding system, this theater system is for you. Yeah, I could have gone with an expensive bose system that is wireless but I just couldn't justify a bose system on a small limited budget. Also, as refurbished goes, some systems will be hit or miss depending on how the prior owner treated the system so that should also be a factor. I also bought the system protection through walmart so if something goes wrong, I can keep the system fixed and running within reason.
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