A home theater in a box (HTiB) system offers all the audio and control components for a home theater system in a single package: combination DVD player/amplifier/ control center, six speakers (five main speakers and a subwoofer), a wireless remote control, and all the cables necessary to connect everything.
HTiB systems are popular because they're simpler to buy and set up than separate components, take less room, and often cost less.
Connecting an HTiB system is typically facilitated by color-coded cables and connectors.
Basic HTiB systems start in the $300400 range. Better-sounding systems utilize bigger speakers and more powerful amplifiers, and cost anywhere from $4001,000.
Some HTiB systems offer additional features, such as dual DVD/VHS playback, multiple-disc DVD changers, or DVD recorders.
For easier setup, consider an HTiB system that provides virtual surround using front speakers only, or a system that utilizes wireless rear speakers.
If you already have a DVD player and audio/video receiver, look for home theater speaker systems that offer six matching speakers in a single package.