With all the stereo systems and options on the market today, it's very easy to exceed your budget when buying a new stereo system for your home. Before choosing a stereo, you must decide what you really want from your stereo system. You can incorporate your iPod or MP3 player into your home stereo system and enjoy hearing your digital music throughout your house. You can get a stereo system that has a large hard drive and the capability to store over 3,000 compact discs. This new technology is called DJ, and can be linked to the Internet and programmed to play continuously in specific categories. But before you opt for fancy gadgets and technology, determine your needs [source: Ray]. Here's a list of things to consider when choosing a stereo system for your home.
- Check prices and models Comparison shop to learn about the various stereo systems available. Sometimes you may be able to get an older model for a discounted price. This is great if you don't need the latest, up-to-date model.
- System or separates Decide if you want to buy an all-in-one stereo system or prefer to purchase the components separately. It's often cheaper to purchase the components separately, allowing you to purchase better components. Ask a sales consultant at your local electronics store what you need to build your own custom-made system.
- Type of player Decide whether to get a CD player, a DVD player or an MP3 player. You may even want to incorporate more than one player into your stereo system. MP3 players are very popular today, and there are many different options available. MP3 players allow you to download music from the Internet or copy music from your computer, and can store nearly 1,000 songs [source: Reader's Digest].