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« on: Jan 02, 2007, 11:24:09 AM »

It's always nice to know what people have and how satisfied they are with their system. Having said that, I have three questions:

1. What is your setup?
2. How Satisfied are you with your current setup?
3. What would you change if you were to do it all over again?
4. Any future plans to upgrade the Home Theatre?


1. What is your setup?
  • TV - Samsung 46" Widescreen LCD HDTV - Model: LNS4692D
  • Receiver - Harmon Kardon AVR230
  • DVD Player - LG DVD Recorder/Player - Model: LRA760
  • Surround Sound Speakers - Dahlquist 6.1 Surround Sound
  • - Front - Dahlquist QX5A 5.5" 2-Way 120 Watt Bookshelf Speakers
  • - Front Centre - Dahlquist QX50CA Dual 5.5" 2-Way 150 Watt Center Channel Speaker
  • - Rear - Dahlquist QX4A 4.5" 2-Way 100 Watt Bookshelf Speakers
  • - Rear Centre - Dahlquist QX50CA Dual 5.5" 2-Way 150 Watt Center Channel Speaker
  • - Dahlquist QX200SA 10" 200 Watt Front-Firing Powered Subwoofer

2. How Satisfied are you with your current setup?
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best). I would have to say that I rate my setup an 8 out of 10 based on my own goals.

3. What would you change if you were to do it all over again?
The reason I rated my seup an 8 out of 10 is because I would change my receiver to a slightly more powerful receiver for playing music. Don't get me wrong, the HK AVR230 is GREAT for movies and I love it. Other than that, I LOVE my complete home theater setup.

4. Any future plans to upgrade the Home Theatre?
Eventually I will get a projector and screen to complete my home theatre system

What do you have.....?
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 02, 2007, 12:34:04 PM »

Here goes...

1. What is your setup?
  • Projector - Panasonic PT-AE900U
  • Screen - 114" Carada Criterion Series
  • Amplifier - Emotiva IPS-1
  • Pre-amp/Processor - Emotiva MMC-1
  • Blu-ray Player - Panasonic DMP-BD10
  • Speakers - 7 x Totem Tribe I
  • Subwoofer -  Aperion Audio Intimus S-12
  • Power Conditioner - Monster® Signature Series™ 5100 PowerCenter
  • Buttkicker LFE
  • Cables - Zu Cables (speaker and interconnect), with a few BestDealCables & BetterCables


2. How Satisfied are you with your current setup?
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best). I too would have to say that I rate my setup an 9 out of 10 based on my own goals.

3. What would you change if you were to do it all over again?
I would have added a 1080p projector (rather than 720p/1080i). 

4. Any future plans to upgrade the Home Theatre?
I plan to upgrade to a 1080p projector.
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 02, 2007, 02:16:37 PM »

Man... all these systems sound *awesome* to me!
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 02, 2007, 02:20:43 PM »

That's what I'm thinking too, I'll post mine when I get home, but somehow I don't think it will even come close to some of these.  Oh well, mine does do the job though and makes me happy.  More later.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 02, 2007, 02:32:41 PM »

That sounds like a killer home theater system Jfrost!
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 02, 2007, 05:59:58 PM »

I will answer 1 some other day, I don't feel like going through the BS of looking up everything. Suffice it to say it's a 34" Widescreen HDTV and a modest 5.1 system.

2. How Satisfied are you with your current setup?
Not very. My TV is too small and doesn't look HD enough for me

3. What would you change if you were to do it all over again?
Probably get a plasma in the 42-65" range

4. Any future plans to upgrade the Home Theatre?
HD-DVD/Blu-Ray maybe, waiting for the prices on the units to go down
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 02, 2007, 07:19:42 PM »


1. What is your setup?

TV - 36 inch Sony WEGA KV-36FS210
Receiver - Onkyo TX-SR702
DVD - Pioneer DVR 640 H-S (Player/Recorder)
Speakers - Klipsch all around including 10" Subwoofer

2. How Satisfied are you with your current setup?

7 out of 10 (Explanation below)

3. What would you change if you were to do it all over again?

First and foremost the TV. It's 5 years old, but I'll be damned if I throw it out before it keels over on its own. The receiver... it works just fine for me, but I'm just pissed that I bought it about a year ago and now there's all this HDMI stuff, that I would have loved to have. But... that's gonna have to wait too.
 
4. Any future plans to upgrade the Home Theatre?

Yeah, way in the future, after the prices have fallen, for everything. Here's what I would do if I had the money, get a Samsung 46 inch LCD 1080p. Unless I got into a house with a basement, then I'd definitely get a projector. Plus I'd add more speakers (2 floor standing) to make it into a 7.1 surround sound.

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 02, 2007, 10:33:35 PM »

1. What is your setup?
TV: Philips 42" Plasma HDTV w/ Ambilight 2(42PF9631D/37)
Receiver: Sony 6.1 Dolby Digital / DTS STR-DE598
Speakers: Sony 90 Watt Speakers (no back center surround currently)
Subwoofer: Sony 100Watt SA-WM250
DVD Player: Philips DVD 825
XBOX 360, PS2 (both hooked up via optical and component)
Switch (supports 4 optical/component): Psyclone Source Selector

2. How Satisfied are you with your current setup?
Personally about a 8...compared to everybody else, I guess a 6 to a 7.  Smiley 

3. What would you change if you were to do it all over again?
Not much really, I pretty much stuck by all the rules I set up, and based on the "little situation" that occurred this year to me, I kinda did the right things at the right time.

4. Any future plans to upgrade the Home Theatre?
Yeah, obviously the DVD player.  Only thing is I'm trying to gauge where I want to go, three ideas...upconvert dvd player, 360-HDDVD or a HD-DVD Player.  I'm thinking right now the upconvert dvd player will win out due to price and collection.  I don't want to start a HDDVD or Blu-Ray collection right now.  I'm fully enjoying my dvds and don't need another upstart hobby (360 is taking care of that just fine).  So this would probably be the right way to go for now.  Besides I have $60 in Best Buy gcs and $40 in reward certificates coming in the next month I would say.  Based on what most upconvert dvd players go for, it pretty much pays for itself.  After that I would guess a super spiffy receiver would be next, but its going to be a while.  Like I said, I'm pretty satsified right now even if you some of you elite guys are way ahead of me Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 03, 2007, 10:26:18 AM »

1. What is your setup?
TV: 36" Sony HD-ready
Receiver: Denon AVR-1705
Speakers:
- Front L/R: Paradigm Monitor 5's
- Centre: Paradigm cc370
- Rear L/R: Paradigm Atoms
Subwoofer: None.
DVD Player: Toshiba DR-4 (non-HDD recorder)

2. How Satisfied are you with your current setup?
I would say I'm at 6 out of 10. A good subwoofer would bump that up to an 8.

3. What would you change if you were to do it all over again?
I bought my receiver and front speakers on one Boxing Day in 2004. Doing it over, I would either have spent more on the receiver and not got the centre channel (at that time), or I would have just spent more altogether. I feel I should have stepped up one more notch in the Denon line.

4. Any future plans to upgrade the Home Theatre?
Plenty, but pretty much on hold while I put my wife through school (master's for 2.5 more years). I do hope to add a subwoofer soon, though. I would also like an upconverting DVD player. The rest will have to wait for our next house, as my basement won't really accommodate 6.1 audio, or a projecter and screen. If one of the new HD disc formats wins out, I will want a player for that. That's pretty much it.
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 03, 2007, 03:25:56 PM »

1. What is your setup?

TV: 34" Sony KV-34HS420N
Receiver: Sony STR-DE635
Front: Sony SSV-325
Rear: Sony SSV-325
Center: Sony SSCN-325
Sub: Sony SSV-335

Players:

HD DVD: Toshiba HD-A1 (via HDMI)
Blu-Ray: Panasonic DMP-BD10 (via component) (looking at the Sony BDP-S1 right now though)
DVD: Sony DVP-NS725P

2. How Satisfied are you with your current setup?

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best), I'd have to say I'm around a 7-8. TV is nice, receiver is a bit old (4-5 yrs) but is still kicking.

3. What would you change if you were to do it all over again?

Considering I haven't spent much of my own money on this, I can't really change much.

4. Any future plans to upgrade the Home Theatre?

I'd eventually like to get a projector/100+" screen so I can have a true HT experience. That probably won't be for another 5-10 yrs though.
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 03, 2007, 06:59:07 PM »

Doing this at work and from memory...

1. What is your setup?

TV - Sony 60" XBRS1
Receiver - Sony G800
Speakers - Sony's all round, 550s for front, 350 for center, 150 for back
Sub - Velodyne CST 8
DVD - (HD) Toshiba HD-A1 (via HDMI),
(SD/Region-Free) Toshiba 3990 (via components)

2. How Satisfied are you with your current setup?

Probably around a 8, speakers are 3 years old I think, receiver and video gear within the last year and change.

3. What would you change if you were to do it all over again?

Maybe be a little more discerning on speakers, but they were good deals.

4. Any future plans to upgrade the Home Theatre?

Maybe a little Blu-Ray shopping, get the Pioneer Elite player, maybe the new Sony receiver, with an eye towards speakers long-term I think.
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 05, 2007, 10:28:45 AM »

1. What is your setup?

I'm a bit hazy on the specs, but here's what I know...

TV - Mitsubishi 65 inch HD projection (4 years old)
SAT - Directv HR-20 HD DVR w/ locals in HD (3 months old)
GAME - PS2 with component cables, alas it's not hooked up to the surround sound. Sad -- cables won't reach. (7 years old)
DVD - Pioneer Pro-scan (3 years old)
RECEIVER - Yamaha 5x100 5.1 DD/DTS (5 years old)
CENTER - Klipsch 5.25 2-way (5 years old)
SUB - Infinity 10-inch powered 9 (5 years old)
FRONTS - 2 Klipsch 6.5 inch bookshelfs (5 years old)
SURROUNDS - 2 Klipsch 5.25 bookshelfs (5 years old)

2. How Satisfied are you with your current setup?

Very satisfied. I just upgraded my old Radio Shack surrounds with the above speakers and now my system is kicking azz and taking names. I've had no problems whatsoever with any of my equipment, save for some bugs with the HR-20 DirecTV DVR... but they seem to be over with.

My entertainment stand looks great and there is zero clutter. Everything is clean and hidden. The speakers are in the cabinet -- which came with a nice mesh front -- and the wiring is all run through the wall. Out of all my friend's HT set-ups, I must say that mine looks the best, when it comes to cleanliness.

3. What would you change if you were to do it all over again?

Very little. I might have waited to get a newer LCD or DLP television, but considering that my TV was a year old when I bought it, and my friends have had numerous problems with their DLP and projection TV's and I've had none, I must say that I am very happy with what I've got and how its held up. My dad's new Panasonic LCD 55 inch looks amazing though with digital cable. I wonder what that sucker could do with a DirecTV HD signal...

4. Any future plans to upgrade the Home Theatre?

None for the immediate future. The Mrs. and I might start looking to move within the next year so I might get new stuff if we ever do move, but until then I'll be keeping what I've got. I'll need a new TV to support an HD/Blu-Ray DVD player.

I'd also love to get an LCD screen universal remote.
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 05, 2007, 03:38:54 PM »

I have still yet to see an RPTV that didn't look like total shit.
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 05, 2007, 04:02:03 PM »

I have still yet to see an RPTV that didn't look like total shit.

I think you're thinking about the old kinds of RPTV that didn't have HD. Mine looks good, not great like the newer DLP and LCD TV's look, but HD shows/events and DVD movies still look very, very good.
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 05, 2007, 04:40:08 PM »

Where's the home-theatre-expert, bike-pedaling aficionado?
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