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  1. KevinAl

    KevinAl Auditioning

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    Hey everyone.
    Well, I've survived the first year and a half in my new home and it's time to start upgrading my "working man's" media room. I figured since my wife stopped talking about a divorce, it was time to add some more! Just kidding ~ she hated the initial cost, but it's her favorite room in the house too! I've got about $5,000 to play with and I'm not sure of the best place to put it. My initial thoughts are upgrading projectors and should I, or shouldn't I Blu Ray ~ PS3?? The system doesn't suck by any means - hence the name "working man's" media room. Could it be better, absolutely. So where will I see the biggest difference? Where will my uneducated guests see the biggest difference? I'm a rookie at this so go gentle. I look forward to the input.

    Thanks,
    Kevin

    SYSTEM -
    Optoma H30 DLP Projector
    Harman Kardon AVR435 Receiver ~ 7.1 Channel 65W X 7
    Harman Kardon DVD31 DVD Player
    JBL E100 3-Way Floor Speakers w/ Dual 10” (Front Speakers X 2)
    JBL EC35 3-Way Center Channel w/ Dual 5” (Center Speaker X 1)
    JBL E10 2-Way Wall Mount Speakers w/ Dual 4” (Surround/Rear X 3 – 6.1 Setup)
    JBL E250 12” Powered Subwoofer 250W (Subs X 2)
    100” Da-Lite Cinema Contour® Screen
    Logitech Harmony 768 Remote Control
     
  2. Alon Goldberg

    Alon Goldberg Screenwriter

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    On a $5,000 budget here is what I would upgrade:

    1. New subwoofer: SVS PB12-Plus, $900
    2. New projector: Optoma HD72, $1,500 (Amazon)
    3. New screen: Da-Lite 1.78:1 projection screen, $1,200 - I'm assuming your current screen is 1.33:1
    4. New HD Player: Toshiba HD-A1, $400 (Amazon)

    Total: $4,000

    This will give you the biggest impact for your dollar. I haven't auditionned JBL speakers, so I'm afraid I'm not the right one to make recommendations for speaker upgrades.

    My next upgrade would probably be the receiver. The Denon AVR-3806 ($900) would be my first pick for home theatre within your budget.

    What are the dimensions of your room?
     
  3. KevinAl

    KevinAl Auditioning

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    Alon,
    Thanks for the input. The room is 15'6" X 20'6", with a mini bar area in the back end of the room. So useable viewing area is really 15'6" X 16'6". On the Toshiba, HD over Blu Ray? I haven't really dug into it to see all of the pro's and con's of each. I am impressed with Optoma's products for the prices.
    Thanks,
    Kevin
     
  4. Alon Goldberg

    Alon Goldberg Screenwriter

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    No question I would pick HD DVD over Blu-Ray today. So would the majority of informed consumers (and most of this forum). But tomorrow is anybody's guess. For $400 you can't really go wrong - the HD-A1 is still a brilliant upconverting DVD Player, and has exceptional audio capabilities, so even if HD DVD were to lose the format war you still have an excellent DVD Player.
     

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