Home Theater Equipment for $500
Posted 28 July 2010 - 11:33 AM
I don't have a lot of money to spend, or, to be more specific, don't want to spend a lot on a new receiver. But looking at the Sunday circulars in the newspaper, I discover that certain home-theater packages that include a receiver, speakers, and in some cases, even a DVD player (Blu-ray!), can be had for under $1,000. I'd like wireless rear speakers.
Does anyone have a recommendation on a decent receiver/speaker combo for a basement home theater that's really just a TV room? We have a 32-inch HDTV, recently inherited from my brother. It is NOT a flat-panel and sits in an entertainment center.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 03:12 AM
I don't usually dig the home theater in a box systems, but if you go that route, you'll save a bundle buying refurbished online. tigerdirect is one good resource.
Edited by Holy Moly!, 29 July 2010 - 03:13 AM.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 05:32 AM
Posted 29 July 2010 - 08:07 AM
I think the craigslist suggestion is right on--maybe you have some folks nearby that are itching to get the newest, newest, and you can pick yourself up a nice Onkyo receiver for 1/3 the list.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 10:23 AM
But thanks for demonstrating the kind of deals available on Craig's List. My wife lists things there regularly, and buys things off the list every once in a while.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 11:03 AM
Posted 29 July 2010 - 11:54 AM
Posted 01 August 2010 - 02:27 PM
Hooked it up to my Mac Mini which I use as our TV receiver with an Elgato EyeTV set-up. Use an iLink digital cable from the computer to receiver to get surround sound.
I still can't bring myself to buy a BluRay player. I don't have a huge TV (26") so I figure most of the benefit would be lost to me. HD movies from iTunes is plenty.
But I will say if you have the choice to listen to Dobly or DTS, DTS audio has sounded better every time I've tried it.
Posted 02 August 2010 - 11:36 AM
You are probably right. My typical viewing distance is about 8-10' and my TV is native 720p. I just can't imagine 1080i or p being that discernible with those parameters. But I could be wrong. I can't tell the difference between 720 and 1080 with TV signals. But maybe movies are different. And maybe it is the computer interface.
I hate to say it, joe, but I can see a big, big difference with Blu-Ray on my 27" flat panel (digital).
And maybe it is my cheap ass self regarding what I am willing to spend on a TV. I still can't bring myself to spend more than $250 on a TV. It's a TV for goodness sake! Although HD has made me a fan again. I was about to dump the TV altogether. I have dropped cable.
I wouldn't use an iMac for a TV. Not that it wouldn't be convenient. But I've noticed computer monitors, as sharp as they are from a typical desk working distance, start to wash out slightly at 8'. Still not too bad and work great in a pinch and no doubt which model you have makes a difference.
The biggest problem I had when I used a computer monitor LCD for my display, however, was viewing angle. When I sit on the floor to watch TV (and I do that a lot), there can be a severe adverse affect. I also noticed it with some cheaper LCD TVs, so I had to view the prospective new TV from all possible angles to make sure that didn't happen. Vertical viewing angle variations seem to have a lower tolerance.
Posted 13 September 2010 - 08:28 AM
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 03:23 PM
There's a life lesson in there somewhere.
I just shake it a little until the problem goes away.