Do I really need an A/V receiver for home theater?

Episode 1335 (1:41:56)

Andrew from Manchester, NH
Denon AV Receiver

Andrew isn't much about home theater and wonders if it's really important to get an A/V receiver. Leo says it is, because the speakers in a TV are more of an afterthought. They assume he's going to get a home theater system. If he cares about the sound, which is half of the TV experience, then he'll want a home theater system. He can get a Home Theater in a Box that comes with a Blu-ray player, a mini receiver and a set of speakers for a few hundred bucks. Or he can get a good Denon A/V Receiver with some speakers and hook it into his TV.