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Need Guidance on Setting Up a New Home Theater

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  1. impanda

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    Hello everyone! This is my first post and I'm so glad to be part of this group!

    I'm currently in the process of setting up my first home theater, so please treat me as a total beginner! I've been researching for a few weeks and really could use some help on the setup.

    What I want:
    A dedicated home theater which provides great sound and visual for movie, TV, sports and video games.

    What I have:
    A newly finished 22x14 basement family room, very minimal ambient light.
    5 buried audio cable, 3 on the front wall (14 feet), 1 on each side wall.
    Panasonic DMP-BDT230 blu-ray player
    Xbox 360 and Wii
    Dish Satellite box
    ipod and ipad

    Things I've picked:

    Projector: Epson 5020UB, based on its overall performance and review. Don't see the need for the new 5030 for $250 more. Is it good enough or is it a over kill? What about 3020 or other brands?

    Screen: 150" Carada Precision Classic Cinema White. It will take up majority of my front wall but I really want a big screen. Would I need a higher gain screen due to the size and throw distance (15')? I would do
     
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    As long as the 16awg(why not 12?) is CL2.

    I like UPS personally. Depending which you get, power conditioning is a side benefit. All UPS are surge. (I put in an entire house surge/UPS for $1200+ the cost of the battery array. I also have a LP generator...but that is another story)

    Professional for the projector and screen? Depends if you want to get dirty.

    By low profile...do you mean short? Or something like this...
    http://www.amazon.com/KEF-T305-Home-Theater-System/dp/B004CX9L4M/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1383341801&sr=1-1&keywords=kef+t305+home+theater+system (Def Tech Mythos is along the same lines)

    As far as AVR. What is your budget there? Which ones did you look at?
    Onkyo 525, 626, 727, 828, 929, 1010, 3010 or 5010?
    Denon X1000/2000/3000/4000 or 4520?
     
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    This is the entire marking on the wire: COLEMAN CABLE 94662 16 AWG 2/C C(ETL)US 3023226 TYPE CM/CL3/FPL/PLTC DIRECT BURIAL AUDIO CABLE SUN RES -- TYPE CMH FT1

    Any particular UPS model?

    By low profile, I mean black and non-reflective. I like the look of KEF ones you picked. I'll look into those. Anything else similar? What about GoldenEar? Also good or a overkill?

    I actually looked at Onkyo 717 and Denon 2313, older models, better value. Do I need to go with the newest model? Budget wise,
     
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    Speakers. If you have a Golden Ear budget...

    Salk
    Ohm Walsh
    Zu
     
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    Didn't know surge protectors cost quite a bit...Are my wires ok?Thank you for giving me those brands, I'll take a look.
     
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    Thanks you for answering my questions.Anything on HTPC?
     
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    Another question: would you recommend floor standing speakers with built-in subwoofers? If so, do I need to route a separate cable for the LFE?
     
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    That depends on what the OM of the speaker you want to buy says to do.
     
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    What's OM?
     
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    Owners Manual
     
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    I see.

    What about Def Tech's speakers? Are they much different from GoldenEar's at similar price level? Given they were founded by the same people.
     
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    Not even close to the same.

    1" aluminum dome won't sound anything like a ribbon.
     
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    I'm not sure if Goldenear really does their LFE input any differently that Def Tech does.

    The one with Def Tech is merely for show. Yes, it provides additional gain, but not frequency response(is says that right in the OM once you get through the "tech-ease")

    The Tech Sheet for Goldenear says "Hookup is as simple as just speaker wire, and there is a separate
    LFE input if desired." Which tells me theirs is merely for show as well.
     
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    Reading the OM for the Triton Three...

    IT suggests you use "large" for the front speaker setting no matter what.

    Then the .1 can be routed into the LFE. Since there is no indication as to what the frequency response is of the subwoofer section...assume all the LFE is doing is providing additional gain.
     
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    I'm assuming you were talking about the tweeter design... it seems like domes are more traditional and easier to make compared to ribbons. One does not necessarily sound better than the other, right?

    I really like the thin and clean look of Def Tech and GoldenEar. But I'm a little concerned about Def Tech's bipolar design since I'll be putting the speakers at the corners of my front wall. GoldenEar is new and seems to have unrealistic great reviews. Which would you suggest? Anything else with similar look at similar price range?

    AVR-wise, Onkyo 717 seems to be a good deal at $450 compared to 818 or the newer models. As far as I can see, wi-fi and Bluetooth can be made up by USB dongles and 4K upscale isn't something I'll be using in a few years... Did Onkyo drop THX certs on their new models? Would 717 be a good fit for the speakers we have been discussing?

    Thank you.
     
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