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Does your home theater system really need a subwoofer?

North Reading, Massachusetts-AP -- Anyone who's seen "Pearl Harbor" or "Saving Private Ryan" in a Dolby Digital-equipped theater knows what an intense sound track can do to bring realism to the movie experience.

A lot of the sound effects are loud, low-frequency types -- produced faithfully by the high-quality speakers in such a theater.

But at home, much of that experience is lost -- unless you add a subwoofer to your home theater system. The subwoofer is designed to reproduce those low-end sounds with incredible similarity to the big theater.

And subwoofers come in many sizes and shapes, and range in price from reasonable to outrageous. B-and-W Loudspeakers of America reminds customers that you get what you pay for, whether buying one of their subwoofers or another brand.

B-and-W has subwoofers ranging from several-hundred dollars to as much as three thousand. It all depends on how much realism you want... and how much noise your neighbors will tolerate.

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