Building a HT on a budget

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  1. Robert.Kight

    Robert.Kight Auditioning

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    First of all, I'd like to say that I'm new here and that this is my first post. I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone and am hoping to learn a lot along the way.

    I ran across this site the other day when I was looking for some information on HT setups. I am working on my first HT system and am really looking forward to seeing the finished product.

    My budget for this setup was very low, so I was not able to build a dedicated room or even modify my current living room. My living room is twelve feet wide by twenty feet long, so I decided it would be the best place for the HT. I have three windows in this room, but I will be stapling black landscaping plastic to the insides of the window frames. To conceal the black plastic, I will be installing brushed aluminum mini-blinds (real aluminum; not that cheap silver-painted Wal-Mart plastic stuff) with white shears pulled back to expose the blinds and black scarves draped over the shears (my girlfriend's idea...sounds great to me). I am trying to keep a black/white/silver them with this room, so I think that will look really awesome. I am not able to install an integrated shelf for my components, so I will be using a cheap wire shelf (the kind you build yourself out of wire grids) for my components and video game systems until I can afford a nice wood or metal rack designed for this purpose.

    As for my components, I think I made pretty good choices for an entry-level system. I had $5,500 to spend on everything I needed (I saved a lot of money on eBay, by the way). My components are:

    Sony Cineza VPL-HS20 HD LCD projector
    Samsung DVD-HD931 720p/1080i DVD player (with DVI out)
    Kenwood VR-806 7.1-ready A/V receiver
    Infinity TSS-450 5.1 speaker system
    Infinity SAT-450 add-on satellite
    Audio Authority Model-1154 auto-selecting component video switch (for switching between the component outputs of my XBox, PS2, and GameCube along with the optical audio of my XBox, PS2, and DVD player)
    Da-Lite 16:9 119" silver matte screen (manual pull-down)
    Perfectmounts 2000 series VPL-HS20 ceiling mount
    Monster Cable 4-meter DVI cable
    100' Monster Cable white speaker cable
    Vantage Point ceiling mounts (2)

    I will be wall-mounting my front, rear, and surround speakers and ceiling-mounting my center channel. I was a bit nervous about the center channel since it wasn't designed for wall or ceiling mounting. I actually had to drill holes in the plastic cabinet of the center channel so I could install the ceiling mounts. Installing the mounts on the speaker only took a minute and caused no problems at all. I will be running my speaker wires from my receiver up into my ceiling through the smallest hole I can manage (I will be wrapping the cables in some sort of white flex-loom to make it look a bit better), then I will be drilling a small hole above each speaker and dropping just enough wire to connect to the speaker. Obviously, the wire will be visible, but I don't feel like trying to run wires through my walls. My house was built in 1955 and has 1/2" plaster walls!

    I have received everything but the screen and ceiling mount so far, but am expecting both sometime this week. I have "played" with my projector and DVD player and am quite impressed. My opinion of these products may be a bit biased since I am going from a five or six year old (not sure of its exact age; it was given to me by my stepfather) 27" RCA console television (that was just new enough to have S-Video...thankfully) and a $40 Mitsubishi DVD player to my current setup. I haven't really had a chance to try out my new surround sound system. I connected the two front speakers, the sub, and my six-disc CD changer so I could hear it for a few minutes. It sounded really good considering the fact that the speakers were sitting in the floor and the sub was in the middle of the room. I can't wait to hear it again once I get all six speakers hooked up and get the sub properly placed in a nice corner. ;-) Anyway, let me know what you think about my first setup!
     
  2. Robert.Kight

    Robert.Kight Auditioning

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    I just thought I would mention really quickly that I just read over my post and noticed it does not flow very well. I am sorry it isn't very well written, but it's almost 4:30 AM here and I haven't been to bed yet. I'm going to bed. :b
     
  3. Glenise

    Glenise Supporting Actor

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    Congrats on your budget theater!
    Sounds very impressive!
    Congrats on the projector and the 7.1 system.
     

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