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Old 01-26-02, 02:30 PM
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new Home Theatre suggestions are welcomed

I'd like some of your suggestions on the components i shoud buy for my hometheatre ... my price tag is 3000$ including TV. I'm looking forward for you valuable input as i saw many of you are real connaisseurs.

This is my first system but i'd so top notch performance isn't required nor professional equipment but i'd like to make good aquisitions of established brands if possible so they can last for a few (the more the best) years, good quality and resistant well built stuuf are what i'm looking for.

i'l be using this AV system for my PC also

These are my choices for now ....


Receiver:
Denon AVR-2802 559$ http://www.store.yahoo.com/audiosoun...navr28011.html

Onkyo TX-DS696 599$
http://www.store.yahoo.com/audiosound/onkyotxds676.html

what Nakamichi or HarmanKardon model with similar price and features performances do you recommend ?


DVD Player:

Pioneer DV-444 279$
http://www.store.yahoo.com/audiosound/piondvulslim.html

Toshiba DVD Player SD3755 269$
http://www.abtelectronics.com/script...lag=1012076771

any other ideas of sturdy MP3/CDR/CDRW/ Progressive good DVD players ?

Speakers:

Cerwin-Vega LW-12 12" 150-Watt Powered Subwoofer $249.95
JBL STUDIO-S310 3-Way 10" 200 Watt Floorstanding Speaker (each) $199.95
JBL STUDIO-S36 3-Way, 6" 175 Watt Horizontal Bookshelf (pair) $224.95
JBL STUDIO-CENTER 3-Way Dual 5-1/4" 150 Watt Center Channel Speaker $144.95

other brands that you would recomend ?

ant last but not least i'd like to find a Sony 36" WEGA / native 16:9 / PiP / 100Hz (no HDTV) at around 1200$ is that possible ?

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-26-02, 06:01 PM
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You seem to have a good selection there. Just remember as with anyone's opinion, it's your eyes, ears and wallet that needs to be satisfied. One thing I would think of is upgradability. What are your future plans for a TV? Do you want to eventually go larger or go widescreen? There are 2 schools of thought a) get a decent TV like you did and then move it to a bedroom or spare room as the price of 16:9's drop, or b) go for a bigger TV now, scaling back on some of the audio components but upgrading those piecemeal over time. That TV may be your ultimate which is fine, either way you can't go too far wrong with things you've chosen.
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Old 01-26-02, 08:20 PM
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Look at my setup in my signature below - can be had for right at $3k minus the A/V rack. I am very pleased and have found movies are now more anjoyable at home than in the theater.

harman/kardon AVR110
harman/kardon 5.1 speaker systemw/ sub
JVC 60BK progressive scan DVD deck
Panasonic 47WX49 47" 16:9 HDTV
JBL TC1000 universal remote
various and sundry AR and Monster cables
 
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It looks like you're on the right track...

May I throw in a couple of suggestions:

For the receiver you may also want to look into the Outlaw 1050 6.1 receiver that's $499 online at J&R and Outlaw's site. I really enjoy my 1050 and it's hard to beat for the money.

Also, you could save some $$$ and get yourself the much talked about Sony SA-WM40 subwoofer for around $129 online (or Sears price match) . I absolutely love the way it sounds for HT and music compared to the CV LW12 you mention. I bought the CV at Sears (great return policies)and tried it out for several days but found it didn't pack much of a punch and it was incredibly bulky in size. I swapped it out for the Sony and I'm REALLY glad I did.

Good luck!
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a) get a decent TV like you did and then move it to a bedroom or spare room as the price of 16:9's drop
I think thst is going to be my option.

This is the TV i think i'm going to settle for:

Sony 36" Wega KV-36FV27 $ 1699.00

http://www.abtelectronics.com/script...t.php3?id=5872

OR:

Sony 36" Wega KV-36FS17 $1,399.99

http://www.bestbuy.com/detail.asp?e=...cat=24&scat=26

The difference is that the first has auton 16:9 mode but it's also 300$ more, yet i haven't found out if they do 100Hz refresh.

Alfer i'm going to look that sub up and some reviews, thanks everybody for the input.

Onkyo TX-DS696 Vs Denon AVR-2802 receiver ?

Pioneer DV-444 Vs Toshiba SD3755 ?

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Old 01-27-02, 05:33 PM
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Onkyo 696 vs. Denon 2802. Both excellent choices. I own Onkyo, but you really can't go wrong either way.

It looks like you are budgeting about $1000-1200 for 5 speakers and a sub.

Here are my suggestions:

PSB Image 4T (towers) $499 pair
PSB Image 1B (bookshelves) $199 a pair
PSB Image 8C (center) $225 for one
PSB Alpha Subsonic 5 $329 for one

You may have to raise your budget for speakers a little but I think the results will be well worth it.

Any reason you getting a progressive scan player? I don't think either of the TV's you are looking at accept a progressive image. Also you might still be able to get a 36" Wega for $999 at Sam's Club.
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Old 01-28-02, 09:09 AM
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I would like to comment on speakers.

IMHO this is the most important part of any home theater.

I would spend some time listenting to a wide variety of speakers that will work in your room. Once you have decided on speakers the rest of the items will go much easier.

Good luck
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Old 01-28-02, 10:09 PM
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Onkyo 696 vs. Denon 2802. Both excellent choices. I own Onkyo, but you really can't go wrong either way.

It looks like you are budgeting about $1000-1200 for 5 speakers and a sub.

Here are my suggestions:

PSB Image 4T (towers) $499 pair
PSB Image 1B (bookshelves) $199 a pair
PSB Image 8C (center) $225 for one
PSB Alpha Subsonic 5 $329 for one
This setup rocks with an either a Onkyo 595($379 jandr.com)or 696.

It's great for both music and HT. Here is a 4T review:http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?330

DO NOT BUY THE Pioneer DV-444. It's one of the worst progressive players on the market. Read a review of the 434(the 444's progressive output is basically the same): http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...-2-8-2001.html

Look at the Panasonic RP-56($200) for a progressive player(it's in the above review). It meets all your requirements. The Pioneer DV-440 is a nice interlaced player for $180 or so, if you are not looking at an HDTV setup. I've owned all three of these players(56,440,444).

Be careful about ordering an expensive receiver off the net from an unauthorized dealer. The manufacturers don't honor the warranties on these.
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Old 01-28-02, 11:31 PM
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If you buy from a Yahoo store call them and ask if they sell gray market item. Gray Market Items are items that should not be sold in the U.S. due to some type of defect or they don't meet the standards. I found out the hard way. Also, make sure they are an autorized dealer or you get no warranty. You can find out for sure by calling the manufacture and see if they are on the list.
Hope this helps out.
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