Parents want me to price out a home theater

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  1. size18boarder

    size18boarder rhetorical OT Supporter

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    I'm not really that up to speed on what the reliable products are these days. Any suggestions?

    Requirements:
    1. HD (at least 720p) projector
    2. HD/blueray dvd player
    3. Receiver
    4. Speakers
    5. Lots of monster cable!

    Priorities:
    - Price is an issue, we are not crazy ballers and they want money leftover to buy seating.
    - Speakers need to sound great but I don't care if its towers, 2.1, 5.1, 7.1 or whatever. If I can get great sound out of two bookshelves, then that's what I want.
    - Laptop connectivity is a plus
     
  2. 1200mk

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    budget?
     
  3. amill94

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    Realistically any theater room I've seen with a 720p projector on a 90" + screen looked like balls. A lot of screen door effect. Go with a 1080p projector if your first seating row is around 10-12'. Also, what is the budget? You have not mentioned what size screen you want. I'm hoping you're not going to shine it on a sheet or the wall. :ugh:

    I need a budget. Also, how far away are you sitting? What are the dimensions of the room? I'm assuming this is going in a dedicated space in a basement or somewhere that doesn't have windows.

    Also, who is installing this stuff? Do you need to account for labor?
     
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  5. Babaganoosh

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    mitsubishi makes a damn good DLP projector that has no screen door effect. and you need to factor in the screen. don't paint the wall/hang a sheet/etc. get a draper screen.
     
  6. Babaganoosh

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    if it were me:

    Mitsubishi DLP Projector
    Draper 108" screen
    Pioneer Reciever (cheapest one that does HDMI switching)
    PS3
    Jamo A330 speaker package
     
  7. size18boarder

    size18boarder rhetorical OT Supporter

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    Awesome advice so far, thanks. :bowdown:

    I'm gonna say $5k max for the budget, and around $3k would be ideal. I have NO idea how realistic that is so pardon my ignorance if that price range is insulting. :noes:

    we are looking at about 80" - 90" screen size

    There will only be one row of seating (two couches side by side), which will be about 10-12' away at the center

    for budget, see above

    this is in a dedicated space in the basement with very limited light entry.

    My brother and I were going to install it, unless professional installation is necessary

    I was kidding :hsd:
     
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    size18boarder rhetorical OT Supporter

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    This is a quick quote I pulled up on Amazon...

    Mitsubishi HC1600 720p DLP Home Theater Projector - $639.98
    Draper Screen Luma 106" Dia. - $146.95
    Pioneer VSX-918V 5.1-Channel AV Receiver - $274.90
    PlayStation 3 - $399.99
    Jamo A340 HCS7 Home Theater Speaker System (Set of Six, Black) - $599.25

    Total (not including labor): $2,061.07

    That's surely doable.

    Is that the quality of receiver you were referring to? Maybe you could suggest a better model? There were tons of pioneer receivers...

    The next step up in projectors seems to be this one...
    Sanyo PLV-1080HD High Definition 1080p LCD Home Theater Projector - $1,449.99

    ...which would up my total to $2871.08. I think That's still doable.

    They need to buy one huge couch or two normal couches, so I'd like to leave as much room as possible for that.

    What do you think?
     
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    Not sure on others thoughts, but I'm really happy with my current 2.1 setup:
    - Onkyo 606 receiver (was $325 from Circuit City)
    - Infinity Primus P362 floor standing speakers ($200 each)
    - Infinity PS28 powered sub ($200)

    The receiver could use more component inputs but other than that I can't complain about anything. The floor speakers sound great and do a good job of filling the room (about 14' x 16'). The sub I had to manually turn down some after the calibration because I live in an apartment. A center speaker bar and some rears would be nice, but I'm not able to afford them yet...


    And I would recommend monoprice.com for all your cable needs....
     
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    Get 1080p at that distance. 720p at 10-12ft looks like balls because of screen door effect.
     
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    One thing everyone overlooks is the remote. How are you going to control all the equipment.

    Do you want to have to point the remote at the projector (when turning on and off and switching inputs) and at the equipment if it's on a rack of to the side?

    You should factor in a universal remote and rf kit into that equation

    Just my $.02
     
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    so I gave a budget above...can I has suggestions?
     
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    size18boarder rhetorical OT Supporter

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    what do you think about the specific receiver I picked out?
     
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    size18boarder rhetorical OT Supporter

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    are they all pretty much the same? What do I look for in a good setup?
     
  15. Babaganoosh

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    personally, i love the amazon list. just do some research on that sanyo first. i have no experience with em.

    and that receiver might be on the lower end of things. but if it has HDMI switching, it's really all you'll need. don't let people tell you you need 7.1 and 11ty million watts. if it's a small room, go 5.1 and ~90 watts per channel is fine.

    and for people saying screen door: you won't see it with a DLP projector.
     
  16. Babaganoosh

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    and make sure the receiver has auto calibration w/ a mic.

    it'll save you time and sound the best
     
  17. Babaganoosh

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    harmony

    /remotes
     
  18. cacique78

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    Harmony 890 will have rf capabilities (so it's not point and shoot). I don't know if they have a cheaper remote that is rf capable.

    A URC http://universalremote.com MX900 and MRF350 kit will probably be the best choice but they are pricey, and it has a lot higher learning curve to program and setup. However if you get it working right it will be a lot better than the harmony.

    Check ebay. Every once in a while someone is selling them for a reasonable price.
     

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