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Old 12-09-2003, 12:38 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U I need some home entertainment advice!

I am looking at spending about $1500 on a new TV and stero system. I know a lot of you love this kind of stuff, so give me some advice. Sony, RCA, Sharp? Bose, Panisonic? My head is spinning and the guys at Circut City keep trying to push their new line of "preformance car parts" on me.
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Old 12-09-2003, 12:39 PM   #2
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Old 12-09-2003, 12:43 PM   #3
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for that kind of dosh, i would recommend getting the tv now, and the stereo at a later date, if you want quality stuff. however, that depends on what size tv you want too. if you only want a 32" tv, then we can talk.
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Old 12-09-2003, 12:46 PM   #4
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$1500 wont get you much....
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Old 12-09-2003, 12:58 PM   #5
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...are you serious? (kidding)

I was looking at a sony 36" monitor and a decent sound system-in-a-box from sony or panisonic. I really like the idea of having a five disc dvd/mp3 player.

I'm not really looking to have an ultra hi-tech system here, just somthing with surround and a decent, large picture. I don't think I need HD.

Am I wasting my money on Sony? Any other brands you guys might recomend, or some other store/vendor to look at? THanks.

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Old 12-09-2003, 01:02 PM   #6
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a decent sound system-in-a-box from sony or panisonic.
That is pretty much a paradox. Unless it's good enough for you in your space. Some people can't tell the difference between different components that others can hear immediately.

$1500 gets you barely in the door for home theater however.
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Old 12-09-2003, 01:07 PM   #7
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I'm in college and have a room about 15'x15' to put this stuff in. I have heard really good setups ($20,000+ on just sound stuff) and I know what my 10" RCA TV sounds like, what I am trying to figure out is, if I really needed to stay within this budget, what brand should I go with?

Could I get good sound out of a $1500 Tv alone? I was always under the impression that Tv speakers sucked.

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Old 12-09-2003, 01:22 PM   #8
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I was always under the impression that Tv speakers sucked.

George
they do suck...


buy a descent TV and one of those little pre-packaged shelf home theater systems. It wont be a spectacular setup but it'll get the job done.
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Old 12-09-2003, 01:33 PM   #9
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get one of these tv's - its not HD but it is digtal 480p. some people report being able to 'turn on' HD through the service menu. I have not tried this. I have this tv and love it!! Then get a 5.1 surround system and dvd player and your all set. xbox looks awesome with this tv!!

http://www.circuitcity.com/detail.js...rk_9&oid=75557
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Old 12-09-2003, 01:37 PM   #10
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Old 12-15-2003, 08:30 PM   #11
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George, please contact me As Soon As Possible!

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Old 12-15-2003, 08:37 PM   #12
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I've said it before and I'll say it again. $500 for the Onkyo HTS-760 can't be beat for the price on the sound. That's without a DVD player of course. Factor in another $200 or so for a good progressive scan DVD player.
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Old 12-15-2003, 09:06 PM   #13
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This is what I have for HT system [note: ebay is the only way to buy that kind of stuff. That same thing sells for like $600 in the store]

That thing sounds SSSSOOOOO good. 5 disc DVD that will do anything you want. Receiver that is of really good quality and all (plus is really easy to mess with, not like other, more advanced receivers). The sub is the only thing that I wish would hit a little harder, but that is only because I listen to a lot of music. It is fine for movies and all, just that I am getting a 15" ~600watt window-shaking monster that normal people call a sub for xmas
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Old 12-15-2003, 09:10 PM   #14
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$1500 wont get you much....
I agree completely.

Or better put...it won't get you much in the sense of performance and discriminating value.

But if you aren't an A/V nut or care about sound reproduction and video source quality then you probably could hobble some stuff together from disparate suppliers for that price +/- a few $$.

At that price point do not shop by brand or quality, shop on price and features.

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Old 12-15-2003, 09:11 PM   #15
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Wait another year for the HDTV's to be sold with built in HDTV tunners. Just remember how much it sucked to have to use a cable box with your TV, and you'll see what I mean.
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Old 12-15-2003, 10:36 PM   #16
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Wait another year for the HDTV's to be sold with built in HDTV tunners. Just remember how much it sucked to have to use a cable box with your TV, and you'll see what I mean.
Yep! ^^

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Old 12-15-2003, 11:14 PM   #17
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Here are my suggestions:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....oryId=cat03005

http://www.6ave.com/product.jsp?x=DHT1000DV

It would put you $100 over the budget, but for the price you can't do much better.
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Old 12-16-2003, 11:43 AM   #18
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You won't get real HT for $1500. Best thing to do is start with quality components and piece it togethr over time. You'll have a better system in the long run.

Pros say spend 30% on TV/monitor, 25% on speakers, 20% on receiver, 15% on DVD, 10% on quality cables.

First, get a quality DTS/DD or 6.1 receiver. Good entry level brands are Onkyo, Harmon Kardon (my pref), or Denon. Yamaha is OK too. Spend $400 for good entry level.

Next, a $250 Prog. Scan DVD (there are 100's of them, find a good review and go with it).

Them, find a $1100 5.1/6.1 setup from a high end brand (nothing you can find @ Best Buy or Circuit City). You're interested in a broad and dynamic soundstage with accurate imaging and high clarity. Klipsch, Axiom and Paradigm are good entry-levers.

Wait till next year for a good projection screen TV. Go for a TV with DLP next year (it'll be prevalent and affordable then). Look for quality brands...Toshiba, Hitachi, Mitsubishi (not quite as good), Samsung, Sony (over priced). Hitachi has a great 51" out right now, but its a little expensive. Remember, projection TVs in stores are configured to look bright in the store, not accurate. And unless your room is HUGE (I mean HUGE), 41" is plenty, 51" is massive, 60" is uncalled for. Rule of thumb is take the number of inches between you and the TV, divide by 2, and that's the diagonal you should have. Much bigger than that and you won't be able to watch the whole thing without moving your head/eyes too much.

This is a good entry level approach to high quality home theater. And by the way, NEVER buy those pre packaged home-theater-in-a-box systems with the little cubes and dinky sub. Just like engines, there's no replacement for displacement (to a point).
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Old 12-16-2003, 12:42 PM   #19
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No one "NEEDS" HD but once you have it regular TV just isn't the same. It's like going from driving an STi to an '84 Dodge Omni.

As many here have said, $1500 won't get you far, especially since you want a 36" TV and are looking at Sony models in that size. If you're thinking that this will be a system you'll take with you after college, dump the money into a nice TV now, get a cheapo HTIB for the time being, then replace the entire audio/video components/speakers over time.

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Old 12-16-2003, 12:56 PM   #20
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umm...all of the digital cable and directTV people still use "cable boxes" with their TV's.
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Old 12-16-2003, 05:54 PM   #21
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Legislation's been passed that requires cable providers to allow television manufacturers to develope built-in digital tuners so that their TVs will be "Digital Cable Ready." This will lead to not being required to have the cable company's set-top box.

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Legislation's been passed that requires cable providers to allow television manufacturers to develope built-in digital tuners so that their TVs will be "Digital Cable Ready." This will lead to not being required to have the cable company's set-top box.

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Yep! ^^

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Old 12-16-2003, 06:03 PM   #23
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I'd rather not have a digital cable descrambler built into my TV as it may limit other options. Digital cable is teh suck really because of video compression. By the time every TV comes out on the market with a digital cable descrambler, they'll update their technology and obsolete the descrambler in the TV. Then you're stuck with needing a different descrambler box anyhow.

I have no qualms with having a seperate HD receiver, especially if it keeps initial costs down.
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Software upgradeable/manageable via DSP chip and inline digi-signal form your cable provider. Obsoletion is no longer a concern. ^^

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Software upgradeable/manageable via DSP chip and inline digi-signal form your cable provider. Obsoletion is no longer a concern. ^^

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Marketing buzz, that's all that is.

I wonder if my 8 bit Nintendo is software upgradable to a Game Cube.
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