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Old 02-03-02, 09:50 AM
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$5000 Complete Dream System

If you had 5k and had absolutely nothing, how would you go about spending it to get a good home theater system? Just curious, I got a second job now and I'll have about an extra 5k at the end of the year and it's all mine. My current home theater now is total suck.
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Old 02-03-02, 12:59 PM
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Starting from scratch with $5k, here's my plan:

RP HD-Ready TV: $2000
5 speakers and a sub: $2000
Receiver: $800
DVD Player: $200

As far as specific brands and models, this is really a matter of personal taste -- even more so than how to divide a budget (not that everyone will agree with how I did that).

I think it's pretty easy to narrow the field down as follows:

TV: 3 or 4 brands
receiver: 3 or 4 brands
DVD player: 2 or 3 brands
speakers: 30 or 40 brands


Of course, I'm assuming that you're starting completely from scratch (no dvd player or receiver that you'd be using again), and would want a rear projection tv. Other factors to consider:

* What's the ratio of movies to music you're planning on using this system for?
* How big is your room? (this will dictate what kind of sub, and size tv, will work best)
* Am I missing any equipment in my first list? (Tivo, vcr, DBS, etc.)
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Old 02-03-02, 01:33 PM
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Originally posted by stevevt



Of course, I'm assuming that you're starting completely from scratch (no dvd player or receiver that you'd be using again), and would want a rear projection tv. Other factors to consider:

* What's the ratio of movies to music you're planning on using this system for?
* How big is your room? (this will dictate what kind of sub, and size tv, will work best)
* Am I missing any equipment in my first list? (Tivo, vcr, DBS, etc.)
1. What's a rear projection tv?
2. Widescreen !6:9
3. Room is approximately 15x30
4. No
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Old 02-03-02, 01:47 PM
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Originally posted by tygloalex


1. What's a rear projection tv?
2. Widescreen !6:9
3. Room is approximately 15x30
4. No
1.) Rear projection = larger screen, image is created by the projection of the signal (from the rear) onto the screen you see via lenses. Non-projection tvs are typically "Direct View" -- here's a decent explanation of how they work.

2.) What I was asking was how much you'd use this system for watching movies vs. how much you'd use it for listening to music.
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Old 02-03-02, 03:44 PM
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TV: Toshiba 53" HDTV Widescreen TV - $2200

Receiver: Denon 3802 - $900

Speakers: Ascend Acoustics 5.1 Package with Hsu VTF-2 Subwoofer - $1099

DVD Player: JVC XV-SA70BK - $250.00

CD Player: Onkyo DC-X380 6 Disc Changer - $170

VCR: Sony SLV-N71 - $100

Cables:
Sub cable: AVcables.com sub cable- $20
Digital Coax- avcables.com digital coaxial- $20
Optical Cable- Dayton Audio cable from partsexpress.com- $15
speaker cable- 100 ft 12 gauge Sound King speaker wire from partexpress.com- $40
Component Video Cables- GE 12 foot cables at target- $20.00

And this still leaves $150 to buy speaker wall mount brackets, a power strip, speaker stands, and a few DVDs...

Best $5000 I ever spent.
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Old 02-05-02, 01:50 AM
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$2000 T.V. Mitsu 46809 46" 16x9

$1600 Speakers Swan Diva's (2) 2.1 (2) 4.1 (1) C3

$400 Sub HSU VTF-3

$700 NAD 761 receiver

$200 Panny RP56 DVD

$100 Misc cables

That would be my 5000 dollar dream theater now for what I really want I need to have about another 2000 to upgrade the receiver and the front swans to 6.1's and a bit more for the panny RP91
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Old 02-06-02, 01:01 AM
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I guess it matters if you're more of a sound guy or video guy. I personally suggest a projector instead of a RPTV. I've set mine up for an 80" picture right now (the projector will do a max of 300").
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Video Display: Either a projector like the NEC LT150 or a HD RPTV, perhaps a Toshiba or a Mits. $2350
Receiver: Onkyo TX-DS797 $750
Speakers: PSB Image Series (5T, 9C, 2B, Subsonic 6) $1700
DVD Player: Panasonic RP56 w/ Progressive Scan $200

That is my $5000 dream system. Note I would probably opt for the projector.
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Old 02-07-02, 02:08 AM
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I like jabbas, but I would opt for the 7 Disc JVC DVD player with MP3, CD, etc. to avoid needing a CD Changer and DVD player. It can be found for less than $300 often. I also liked the 46" mitsubishi widescreen better for TVs.
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Old 02-07-02, 10:34 AM
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5000.00 is far from a dream system.
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Old 02-07-02, 03:40 PM
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Remember that he said that he won't have the money until the end of the year. The widescreen tv prices should drop by then.
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