- Dec 26, 2002
I've a 55" HDTV home theater i set up a few years ago. Went with a HD PVR and an Onkyo reciever to run everything. Now i've put a 42" plasma upstairs in a much smaller room that's not horribly acoustically friendly (hardwood floors, a stone wall, not much sound dampening, etc), so i don't want to spend thousands of dollars again to replicate the type of system i have downstairs. I've not really kept up with all the technology, so i'm a bit out of the loop. I've been seeing lots of home theaters in a box type setups - what's the consensus on these? I'm looking for something with small speaker footprint, doesn't need a lot of watts, has HDMI. Most of these seem to focus around a DVD player as the central hub - to that i'd add a cablebox/HDPVR. What are the pitfalls and concerns i need to be aware of if considering this route? Is this something that's a reasonable alternative to a 'real' system, or is it unclean and you feel dirty just from reading the post?