Newbie help with home tv/theater setup

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  1. KaseyB

    KaseyB Auditioning

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    I currrently have a Phillips widescreen 55" hdtv ready tv which I bought approx. 1 year ago. It is the newer model type which is silver in color with the speakers below the screen. It is hdtv ready but I have no hdtv receiver yet. What I have connected to it is a tivo/directv combo unit and a regular dvd player (non progressive). What I am asking for is advice on upgrading my current setup. I want to be able to view hdtv programming and progressive dvds. What do you recommend? I hear tivo is coming out with a tivo/directv/hdtv combo receiver at years end and sounds like that would be a good choice for me, anyone know approx value of this? As for dvd player I would like a progressive dvd player with am/fm tuner to be able to listen to radio, which do you recommend? Also I know many of these setups come with 5 speakers, but do I really need that since I already have speakers connected on tv? Also if i just bought the dvd/tuner receiver and no speakers and connected to my tv speakers, would my tv have to be on to listen to am/fm tuner? Any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks..
     
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    The internal speakers of an RPTV are connected directly to the internal amplifier; they are not equipped with binding posts on the rear of the cabinet the way dedicated speakers are.

    Good luck, and welcome to HTF.
     
  3. Ted Lee

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    do you have a budget? it sounds to me like you have the tv, but could use a progressive dvd and/or a ht audio system. it doesn't sound like you have any sort of 5.1 sound system?

    personally, if i could only have one or the other, i'd take the audio system. there is nothing quite like having a dedicated receiver pumping sound to five speakers and a sub. i know it will significantly add to your ht experience.

    a progressive dvd player will certainy increase your picture clarity, but i still say audio should come first since you already have a decent tv and dvd player.

    let me know if going audio sounds good to you. we can then discuss other options. [​IMG]
     
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