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DIY newb...well, speaker newb too! (1 Viewer)

Tim Holyoke

Second Unit
Nov 6, 2002
I'm a complete newcomer to HT, speakers, etc. I love my audio/video, TV, movies, video games...and am finally starting to desire better sound than the TV speakers. The picture is also something I want to upgrade, but I'll wait on that (and as far as I know, it's pretty tough to build your own TV from scratch :D ).

So initially I just wanted to get a HTiB, but then decided I'd like higher quality than an Onkyo HTiB. I want to have good components that will last a long time. Plus, I farm and attend college, so after this week, I'll have a month of nothing to do. I work with my dad, who is quite good with woodworking/electrical type things (me, well, I'm learning :b ), so I'll have him at my disposal, along with all the tools I can imagine I'd need.

As for a budget right now, I'd like to keep it under $500 if possible. Whatever that means I'll have to exclude, I don't know. I guess I'd obviously need a receiver and a pair of fronts (my terminology is also lacking, so let me know if you don't understand what I'm saying :b ), and other than that, I don't know.

I'd like something that will give me good directions...I don't mind buying each individual part myself, but would like a guide online or something that will tell me exactly what to buy, and something to tell me exactly how to go about putting it together. I don't mind buying the wood and stuff for the cabinet, that much I think I can figure out (with guidance, of course;) ).

So I guess I'll quit yapping, and let you smart folks tell me I'm nuts, followed by advice. :D Thanks a lot for any help/guidance you can give me.



Stunt Coordinator
Oct 14, 2002
What equipment do you have now?

I started with a 32" tv with s-vid input (8 yrsold now), Polk sub/sat (their first), and a pioneer sx-780 stereo receiver (had since 1981). Then went with pioneer dvd 414 (one of first with component out for less than $250).

then went with pioneer HT receiver and Polk 5.1 Sub/sat.

Then moved up to panasonic 42" lcd rear projection.

Then went with Polk csi 30 center, fxi 30 surrounds, and rti 38 mains.

What are your goals (short/long term)?

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