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How to know what makes a better home theater system receiver and speakers

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    Ok so I'm pretty tech savvy, and can find my way around various tech products.

    For example, I know:
    -Higher megapixels in a camera does not necessarily make it better than a different model camera
    -A 3ghz AMD processor isn't equal to a 3ghz Intel processor even if with the same number of cores
    -Once you jump from 60hz to 120hz with HD displays, 240hz and above aren't that noticeably different from 120hz, even in shots where the camera is panning (to my eyes at least).

    My weakness is when it comes to sound systems, or headphones. Anyway, I advised my mother on the purchase of an HDTV, but I am not exactly sure which sound system I should set her up with. I'm looking for something below $400. It needs to include a blu-ray player and I don't think 7.1 would be worth the additional price to her, so I'm sticking with 5.1.

    Anyway, when it comes to surround sound, I'm pretty sure that more watts does not always equal louder, or better sound in all scenarios, but I'm not sure what else to look for. The problem is that I don't always have a good ear for sound so listening in a loud best buy or walmart isn't always helpful. Also, I am thinking about purchasing online and don't want to have to return anything.

    What type of specs should I look for?
    What are ohms and how do they come into play?
    Is the only positive to a receiver be that she could hook up both the blu-ray player and cable to the same speaker system?
    Would one of those home theaters in a box that come with the blu-ray player and speakers but without the receiver suffice?
    Should I get the HTIB and add in a receiver, and if I do that, will the speakers sound any better?

    Right now I'm thinking about telling her to get the LG LHB336. It just the blu-ray player and the 5.1 speakers with no receiver and claims to be 1100 watts.

    LG - 5.1-Ch. 3D/Wi-Fi Blu-ray Home Theater System - LHB336
     

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