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Old 02-16-06, 01:11 PM   #1
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List Your Home Theater Gear....

I'm always interested in seeing what other Home Theater fans are running equipment wise and what they've spent SO FAR on there gear so I figured I'd see who we have here that spends more than any human should on Movie gear.

I don't have an overly expensive setup right now but I'm always upgrading.

My rundown:

TV:
Hitachi 50VS810 50” LCD $2300

DVD:
Samsung DVD-HD850 Upconverting HDMI Player $170
Philips AP642/37 Region Free Player $70

Reciever:
Onkyo TX-SR803B $1000

Speakers:
Infinity Primus 360 Towers x 2 $560 (Fronts)
Infinity Primus C25 $180 (Center)
Infinity Primus 160 Bookshelfs x 2 $260 (Rears)

Subwoofer:
Velodyne DPS-12 12” Powered Sub $550

Other:
MonsterPower HTS2600 Power Surge Center $350
MonsterPower SW200 Subwoofer Power Center $50
Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote $250
Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD DVR/Cable Box – Free, lol…
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Old 02-16-06, 02:15 PM   #2
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Off the top of my head:

Projector:
Sanyo PLC-XP21N $5,600

DVD:
Philips AP642/37 Region Free Player $70 (hey, I've got one of these, too)
Panasonic RP56 $159 (a steal since it has the Sage/Faroudja chipset, but not the higher price tag because they didn't put the "DCDI" logo on front; see this linkp)

Processor:
Pioneer VSX-D812 $300 (was supposed to be temporary, but the thing rules as a processor using pre-amp outs)

Amp:
ATI-1505 $1500 (unbelievable value)

Speakers:
Martin Logan SL3 x2 $2000 (Fronts) (Got 'em used years ago)
Martin Logan Aerius x2 $1000 (Backs) (Got 'em used years ago)
Margin Logan Theater $2500 (Center) (Had to get this one new)

Subwoofer:
Some cheap Kenwood powered sub $200 (probably upgrade this pretty soon, although it does a pretty good job)

Total: $13,329.

Adds up fast, doesn't it.
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Old 02-16-06, 02:38 PM   #3
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My theater can be seen in my sig, here is a list of the equipment

Sharp XVZ10000U DLP Projector
Denon 2910 DVD player
Yamaha RX-V1 receiver
Sony HD200 HDTV/Direct TV receiver
Panasonic HD DVD recorder
B&W inwall speakers (CWM series) setup for 6.1
SVS 20-39 pci subwoofer


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Old 02-16-06, 03:15 PM   #4
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Cool...I'll play.

Don't remember exact prices...but these are pretty good estimates.

TV: Hitachi 65S500 - ~$2500
DVD: Denon 2200 - ~$400
Preamp: Emotiva DMC-1 - ~$2000
Amp: Emotiva MPS-1 (7 channel) - ~$2000
Speakers: Onix Rockets (Ebony) - ~$4000 (package deal w/amp&preamp)
((Fronts: RS1000s (soon to be Signatures) with ERT supertweeters
Center: RSC200 "Bigfoot"
Side Surrounds: RSS300s
Rear Surrounds: RS760s
Subwoofer 1: Onix UFW-12))
Subwoofer 2: Paradigm PW2200v2 ~$900 (movies only..nearfield couch shaker )
Remote: Harmony 680 ~$150
Room Treatments: Quick and Dirty DIY Bass Traps and Absorption Panels ~$200
VCR: Sony ~$100
HD-DVR: SA8300HD (Time Warner Cable) Free!
DirecTV: Hughes SD DirecTivo (soon to be retired in favor of TWC) ~$100
Cables: Mostly cheapies, some nice but cheap Dayton Cables ~$200

Total: ~$12,550

Getting a silly grin on my face each and every time I turn it on...Priceless
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Old 02-16-06, 03:43 PM   #5
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Digital Front End

Sony CDP-CX 555ES 300 disc changers (x2) ($700 each)
Perpetual Technologies P-1A upsampler ($1100)
Perpetual Technologies P-3A DAC (with Level II Signature Mod by Dan Wright) ($1200)
Monolithic Power Supply for P-1A and P-3A ($350)
Escient Tunebase 200 changer manager ($1200)


DVD / SACD/ DVD-A Player

Denon 2910 (outputting 720p to the display) ($700)

Preamp/Processor

Krell Showcase Processor ($4500)

Amp

Krell Showcase 5-channel Amp ($5500)

Speakers

Paradigm Reference Studio 100s (L/R) ($2200)
Paradigm Reference Studio CC (Center) ($500)
Paradigm Reference Studio ADPs (Surround) ($900)
Paradigm PS-1000 (Sub) ($600)

Display

Samsung HL-R5067W 50 inch DLP ($2500)

Misc.

Marantz RC5200 Touchscreen Remote ($500)
Marantz RX-77 RF extender ($125)
Monster HTS 2600 Power Conditioner ($350)
Studio Tech HF-33 Rack ($400)
Xbox 360 ($400)
Misc. cables (Kimber, Monster, Tributaries, Acoustic Research, Striaght Wire, etc.) ($500)

Bedroom System

Samsung 26 inch LCD tv ($1400)
Pioneer Elite VSX-07TX ($1400)
Paradigm Titans ($225)

Total for main system: $24,925

Total for bedroom system: $3,025

Grand total: $27,950. That's how I roll.

Future upgrades: condo to put the system in! Within 5 years I plan to put together a truly amazing 2-ch rig. Right now that plan includes Wilson Sophia II speakers, EMM Labs Meitner DCC2 DAC/preamp, Meitner CDSD, and a Krell FPB 700cx.

Although I am always looking to upgrade, I'm actually really happy with the system right now. I live in a small apartment (I'm only 25 and still in law school), so it does the trick. My room is a limiting factor though and I hope to buy a place soon with a proper room for HT / 2-ch.

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Old 02-16-06, 10:09 PM   #6
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TV-Panasonic 47x54 RPTV $1200
DVD-JVC XV-85 7 disc changer (gift $300)
Receiver-Pioneer 1014 (gift $400)
Speakers-JBL NSP-1II 5-Piece Home Cinema Speaker System $180
2 Mirage Omnisat Micros(forget price)
Subwoofer- Aiwa 10" TS-W150($100)
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Old 02-16-06, 10:47 PM   #7
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TV: 13" Orion B&W TV
Amp: Sorny 4-channel Pro Logic
Speakers: Teac Vintage with Authentic Torn Grills
DVD Player: Colby SuperDeluxe
Chair: Stolen from local pool during off-season

Speaker wire is culled from broken lamp cords.

Total cost: $50.
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Old 02-16-06, 10:49 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
TV: 13" Orion B&W TV
Amp: Sorny 4-channel Pro Logic
Speakers: Teac Vintage with Authentic Torn Grills
DVD Player: Colby SuperDeluxe
Chair: Stolen from local pool during off-season

Speaker wire is culled from broken lamp cords.

Total cost: $50.
Lamp cord is just as good as Kimber for speaker wire! It's true, I read it at AVS!!
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Old 02-16-06, 10:50 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
TV: 13" Orion B&W TV
Amp: Sorny 4-channel Pro Logic
Speakers: Teac Vintage with Authentic Torn Grills
DVD Player: Colby SuperDeluxe
Chair: Stolen from local pool during off-season

Speaker wire is culled from broken lamp cords.

Total cost: $50.
Sweet. I was thinking of getting a pay-day loan to upgrade to a system like yours.
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Old 02-17-06, 02:11 AM   #10
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I just upgraded my setup after I built a fresh one 4 years ago. I hunted for deals on the TV and receiver, I had the other stuff already. Prices are estimates on everything but the TV and receiver since the other stuff was bought 4 years ago.

TV: Sony KDF-E42A10 - $700

DVD Player: Pioneer DVD563A SACD/DVD-A - $150

Receiver: Pioneer VSX-1015TX - $390

Speakers: Front: Acoustic Reasearch 208HO, Center: AR HO Center, Surrounds: AR Edge, Subwoofer: AR-S500 15" 500W Bob Carver Sunfire - $900

Misc: Modded Xbox w/250GB HD - $220, Xbox 360 - $400, Logitech Harmony 880 Remote - $160, Cables, TV stand and other crap - $400

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Old 02-17-06, 07:17 AM   #11
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Denon 3802 – $1200.00
Denon 3910 w/SDI - $1700.00
DVDO iScan HD+ w/SDI - $1800.00
Panasonic DMR-E95H - $400.00
Sony CX450 (400 disc CD player) - $350.00
PureAV™ Home Theater Power Console PF60 - $750.00
Rotel 1095 (200w x5 amp) - $2000.00
Netgear MP101 - $100.00

KDF-55XS955 - $3500.00

Paradigm Reference Studio 100s (L/R) ($2400)
Paradigm Reference Studio CC (Center) ($500)
Paradigm Reference Studio 60s (Surround) ($1000)
Paradigm Servo 15 ($1700)

Remote $150.00
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Old 02-17-06, 07:45 AM   #12
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TV (will upgrade to at least a 42" or more near Christmas when prices continue to fall)
Sony KV30HS420 16:9 30"

DVD PLAYER
Onkyo DV-CP702 6 Disc Changer(plays every Region 1 movie including Universal 2-siders)

RECEIVER
JVC RX-7000 5.1 DD/DTS (5 years going strong)

SPEAKERS (don't know model type)
CENTER
Pioneer
REARS
Pioneer
FRONTS
KLH

Speakers are not large because I live in an apt, don't want to cause alot of noise. Same reason why I have no sub.

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Xbox 360
PS2
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Old 02-17-06, 01:33 PM   #13
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Toshiba MT700 DLP with 90" DIY Parkland screen
Onkyo 898 receiver
Klipsch RF-3 x2
Klipsch RC-3
Klipsch RS-3 x4
SV PB2 Plus (nka PB12-Plus/2)
DIY interconnects with Canare and Belden (a couple various store-bought)
10AWG speaker wire (car audio power cable)
Denon 2900 (the best DVDp around)
Panasonic ES10 DVD-Recorder
Pioneer CLD504 LDp
Philips DSR6000 DTivo, 80GB
DirecTV HD DVR (aka HD-DTivo), stock
Nakamichi DR-10 cassette deck
Yamaha TT-400 turntable with cheesy cartridge
Xantech IR repeaters (3 rooms wired together in various ways)
HTM MX-500
Monster Power HTS2000MKII & HTS800
About 8 game consoles, I lose track.

Something like $12K MSRP, paid under $10k total, I believe.
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Old 02-17-06, 09:00 PM   #14
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My budget HT set up that I'm actually pretty happy with,

Projector: Infocus X1, $700
Screen: 94" WS DIY, $150

Receiver: H/K AVR 135 (don't remember cost, $250ish?)
TV Receiver: Dish Network SD, Free
Tivo/Progressive Scan DVD player: Toshiba SD-H400, $150
HD Receiver: Voom (Motorola) with OTA antenna, $75

Speakers: Celestion AVP-305 system (+1 for 6.1), $150
Sub: Matching Celestion, $100

Game system: Sony PS2, $150

Remote: Harmony 880, $170 (bought 2 weeks before $50 rebate )

Rear seating: 6 true theater seats off eBay, $675
Riser: DIY with carpet, $150
Front seating: Couch moved from living room
Side seating: Love seat moved from living room

No it has not escaped me that my remote is one of the more expensive things in my theater

Near upgrades (1-6 months): upgrade to Dish DVR, upgrade DVD player
semi near upgrades (6-12 months): possible upgrade to Berkline for front row
Far upgrades (12 months +): Upgrade to HD projector
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Old 02-18-06, 12:25 PM   #15
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NEC 6pg+

scalar-
crystal image

Preamp-
Lexicon mc-1

Amps-
citation 7.1
citation 5.1
citation 5.1

Speakers
NHT-vt 2(pair)
nht vs-2a center,sides,rears.

pics
http://gallery.avsforum.com/showgall...00/ppuser/4763

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Old 02-18-06, 01:34 PM   #16
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I'm old-school, and a bit cheap.

Monitor: Sony KV-36XBR250 (at 9 year's old, starting to show its age)

DVD: Philips DVP-642/37 gen 1 (the torrenter's pal)

VCR: Mistubishi HS-U50 (almost 20 years old, and still flawless)

Audio: Logitech z-680 5.1 DD/DTS decoder/amp/speaker system (impressive sound for $250)

Remote: Radio Shack 15-2117 (RF) Remote Control (JP-1 is my co-pilot)

Broadcast: DishNetwork DVR-522 (cheaper than DirecTV for my channel choices)

Game systems: Atari 2600, NES, N64, PS1 (for modern gaming, I use my PC)
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Old 02-18-06, 09:13 PM   #17
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Stacked up, it looks like you got the same theater chairs as I got. Did you change the fabric?
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Old 02-19-06, 10:38 PM   #18
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ECP 4500+ CRT HD projector: $700 (would be $600 if the $50 remote wasn't broken and had I not wasted $50 on a custom crate that FedEx stripped).

Simply better than LCD/DLP. The cinema can't even touch the black levels from it. CRT projector = Best Bang For Your Buck. This one often gives me a better experience than the theater. I even find myself complaining about the picture at my local cinema, especially due to the weak black level compared to the CRT pj. This is my serious viewing projector.

InFocus 4805 (built in Faroudja chip) 16:9 DLP EDTV projector: $500 after rebate (black Friday sale). This is my ambient light, occasional tv watching and gaming projector.

55" Toshiba 55x81 CRT HDTV (rarely use this one anymore. The convergence board is messed up).

Screen:

Homemade 9ft High Gain Silver Torus (horizontally & vertically curved): $130

Sound:

$50 Regent HT-391 130-watt Wal-Mart 6 speaker surround sound sytem I bought as a joke originally and ended up really liking it.

Video Processor:

Athlon XP 3000+ HTPC w/ZoomPlayer Pro and FFDShow with one DVD Burner (set to Region 2 for playing R2 discs) and one DVD-Rom (set to region 1 for US discs). 512mb DDR PC3200 memory, ATI Radeon 9250 Graphics card: About $450.

Game Systems:

X-Box, PS2 (until it was robbed from my cousin's house when he was borrowing it), GameCube, Dreamcast & Nintendo 64: Have no clue what I paid for all of these.

Screenshots of InFocus 4805 on 9ft Torus screen taken with DV Camcorder (Images are MUCH more saturated in person) in ambient light (matte white for comparison):







The projector was slightly tilted on this shot.



The shots were taken in ambient light to not only show of the screen's ambient light performance, but also because my camcorder doesn't do so well in the dark.

The CRT projector is EASILY the superior projector and can more than hold it's own against $20,000+ digital projectors in image quality (none can touch its black levels though), but it's hard to get a good screenshot from since CRTs are best with no lights at all.

My next upgrade will probably be either an 8" EM Focus HD CRT projector or a 9" LC CRT projector.
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Old 02-20-06, 12:13 AM   #19
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JVC HD-56G786 HD-ILA Rear Projection TV $2500 My new toy for the family.
B&W DM305 Rear Speakers
B&W DM302 Front Speakers
B&W CC3 Centre Channel $1100 for all B&W speakers
Infinity BU1 - 50 Watt 8" Powered Sub $????
Yamaha R-V1105 Receiver $450
Sony DVP-NS725P DVD Player $110
Xbox 360 (also used as DVD player) $399
Xbox $199
PS 2 $199
Motorola Moxi DVR (cable rental)

Bedroom
Toshibia 36" TV
Panasonic DVD-A100 (chipped by Panasonic so no problems since '97)
Infinity Speakers (Minuette Series no sub)
Technics SA-EX510 Receiver

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Old 02-20-06, 08:22 AM   #20
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Panasonic Vierra Plasma PX50U

Audio
Denon AVR-4802 Receiver
Boston Acoustics T-1030 loudspeakers
Boston Acoustic VR-MC Center channel
Boston Acoustic 575x rear surrounds
Klipsch KSW-15 THX Dual 15" powered sub

Video
Kenwood Sovereign DV5700 DVD player
Pioneer CLD-D704 Laserdisc player

Other
Panamax m5510 Surge Protector/AC Regenerator
Monster Cable m2.2s speaker cable
Monster Cable m1000cv component cables
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No it has not escaped me that my remote is one of the more expensive things in my theater
And should be. It's one of the most important.
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And should be. It's one of the most important.
Agree....and the remote was one of my only "spure of the moment" buys. I was very careful and shopped for the best deal on everything. But I has messed around with a couple of crappy remotes and decided to screw it and just popped for the 880. Other then missed a $50 rebate by 2 weeks, I'm very happy I did it.
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Old 02-20-06, 09:32 PM   #23
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Keeping it real!

-Infocus 4805 and 88" Carada Criterion
-Pioneer DVL-909 combi player
-Samsung DVD-HD841 universal player
-Yamaha HTR-5790 receiver
-Magnepan MMG, MMGC and MMGW
-HSU VTF-2 MkII
-Audioquest and misc wiring
-Boltz and VTI a/v furniture

~$6500 so far

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Old 02-24-06, 09:01 PM   #24
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-Infocus 4805 and 88" Carada Criterion
-Pioneer DVL-909 combi player
-Samsung DVD-HD841 universal player
-Yamaha HTR-5790 receiver
-Magnepan MMG, MMGC and MMGW
-HSU VTF-2 MkII
-Audioquest and misc wiring
-Boltz and VTI a/v furniture

~$6500 so far
How does your Yahaha drive your Maggies? I love Maggies (tho haven't listened to them in a while), but I always thought they needed a LOT of good power to get the best out of the.
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Old 02-25-06, 10:46 PM   #25
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How does your Yahaha drive your Maggies? I love Maggies (tho haven't listened to them in a while), but I always thought they needed a LOT of good power to get the best out of the.
I hear the full Maggie chorus on a daily basis (music and movies) and I'm very happy with the "air" and soundstaging. I have not had any clips, shutdowns or higher than normal heating.

My room is only ~18'x18' and I have a sub. Maybe that's saved the Yamaha from being brought to its knees (?)

In a not so far future, I will be driving the front with a 3ch Aragon amp
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