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Offline TheycallmeDee

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I'm compiling a list of items to buy for a complete home theater setup and would love to hear from you guys for some reference. I have been out of the tech loop for a while because of work and just busy life in general but my wife and i just moved into a new home and I'm ready to get busy on making my new home awesome.

If you guys could throw some suggestions out for TVs and audio setups, I would appreciate it.

Thought about investing in a 4k TV, but will probably hold out until 4k is more relevant. Thoughts?
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Depends on your budget and tastes, how much are you looking to spend? Are you picky about the audio? Most home theater enthusiasts I know spend a lot more on their receivers/amps/etc. than their TVs but it really depends on what you're looking for.

I'm personally more of a videophile than audio. My last TV purchase was a Panasonic GT50 60-inch plasma in October 2012 for $2k. And my last audio setup was the Onkyo S5400 HTiB for about $400. I added Polk floor-standing speakers, sub, center and bookshelves later on for about another $500 and it's a very decent system.

I highly recommend a projector if you have the room for it. The BenQ 1070 is on sale at Amazon (and other places) for $699 right now. And you can make a screen for very cheap (or buy one for $150-$250 depending if you want it motorized).


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I'm willing to go 4-5k for this setup. I know people tend to spend much more.

I am by no means an audiohead but I do like to seek out quality from people who know what they are talking about and run any suggestions through my personal research and budget.

Thanks for the suggestions so far Joker. I will also consider the projector options.
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4-5 k total, or for TV?


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4-5k total. I'm just not quite sure yet where that will put me in terms of quality.
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my first advice is to have a word with your neighbours, it aint much joy to have the cops around whenever you turn on the audio system
maybe also check how thick the walls of your house are ;)
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Build your own speakers. Commercial bought ones are trash or overpriced. I built some $200 2-way bookshelves that sound incredible with a $20 mid woofer. Here are some designs/kits.

http://meniscusaudio.com/kits-c-133.html

An audio forum to look through or ask questions.
http://techtalk.parts-express.com/

As for the subwoofer, you pretty much just need a plate amp, custom enclosure, and the woofer it's self. The bigger, the better for lower frequencies :)
http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-rss390hf-4-15-reference-hf-subwoofer-4-ohm--295-468

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Audio system build it yourself if you can. I built the Nelson speakers from http://www.lautsprechershop.de/index_hifi_en.htm?hifi/heimkino_en.htm and they sound two price ranges above their cost. I am sure there are even better now. A lot of big names build junk into their spearkers. Building them is also fun. You get a kit with the speakers and the stuff to solder only at a shop like Strassacker. I for sure will never buy a ready built speaker from the big manufacturers again. 
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For great surround you realy have to worry about speaker placement more than everything else. Your subwoofer is omnidirectional so place it accordingly.

Your surround speakers should make sense in the way that theyre pointed at the listener.
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Klipsh speakers.  A bit pricey but mah gawd do they have great sound. 

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I'm not sure if 4-5k is enough....I mean you might as well go all out if you're doing something as snobby- i mean cool as a home theater.

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If your on a budget, I saw this method of using palettes for the seating... pretty cool




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If your on a budget, I saw this method of using palettes for the seating... pretty cool





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