The Dream Scheme

These home-theater components produce eye-popping video and crisp audio, and record it all to boot. You may never leave your living room

One day, all your home-entertainment needs may be fulfilled by an inconspicuous cube that sits in the center of your living room. For now, if you want to do all the cool things modern consumer electronics allow--record DVDs, watch movies in HDTV, save your favorite TV shows for later viewing (with or without the commercials) and load all your CDs onto a hard drive for easier organization--you need space for a wall of sound and video.

Here's how you do it. Start with the essential component: a surround-sound receiver with a center speaker, four satellite speakers and a bass subwoofer....

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