What would you do with a $6000 budget?

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  1. MarkCBake

    MarkCBake Auditioning

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    If you had a budget of $6000, how would you design a home theater?
    Here are the requirements.
    Rear Projection HDTV
    Reciever
    Speakers / Sub
    DVD
    The room is 15 x 20.
    I'm looking for specific brands and setup options.
    Thanks for the info.
    M
     
  2. BryanZ

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    Would have this moved to a different forum! [​IMG]
    TV: No idea.
    Speakers: nOrh 4.0 package - $850
    Sub: SVS 20-39PCi - $650
    Receiver: Marantz SR-6200 - $600
    DVD: No idea.
     
  3. Bryan Michael

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    mitsubish ws 65411 for around 3k

    i have the last year moddle of this tv and it is a great bang for the buck it is 65 inches and is a 2 piece unit if you have to take it up or down stairs and make it easer to move

    i am looking for a new dvd too myine broke i moght get the Onkyo DV-SP500
    is on sale for 200
     
  4. Brian Foley

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    DVD
    Panasonic DVD-RP282 $220 (etronics)
    Receiver
    Denon AVR-2802 $510 (etronics)
    TV
    Pioneer SD533 $2100 (etronics)
    Sub
    Adire Dharman $599
    http://www.acoustic-visions.com/dharman.htm
    Speakers
    GR-Research A/V-1+ $895 (mains)
    GR-Research A/V-C $514 (center)
    http://www.gr-research.com/performer/av1plus.htm
    GR-Research A/V-1 $819 (surrounds)
    http://www.gr-research.com/performer/av1.htm
    This is on the hairy edge of the budget. $5650 and you haven't paid shipping costs, bought speaker wire, speaker stands (Parts Express has good ones), interconnects, etc. But it's an interesting starting point. If you have some existing speakers you could use as surrounds, this could work. Otherwise, you could skimp on the surrounds, go down a model on the receiver, etc.
    I would not skimp on the TV. It should be at least 1/3 of your budget, because it's the last thing you'll want to upgrade later. You can easily sell a receiver later and buy a better one, for example, but a big screen TV is hard to upgrade. We bought a very pricey 58" Pioneer Elite a couple of years ago, and 6 months later we were sorry we didn't wait and buy the 64" model.
     
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    Moving to HT Basics
     
  6. Brian Foley

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    I was just looking at the FAQ, and it reminded me of something important. You may not want to put this in your initial budget, but at some point early on you should invest in a Philips Pronto programmable remote, especially if you have a wife and/or kids. About $165+shipping online. Once you get all this equipment hooked together, you will find yourself with 3 (or more) remotes that you are constantly juggling. For me, turning everything on and selecting a specific TV channel requires at most 3 presses of the Pronto touch screen. This is the equivalent of at least a dozen button presses on 2 remotes. It would be even worse with satellite TV.

    Without the Pronto, my 8 year old could not turn on and watch a TV program unassisted, even now. He's been doing it since he was 5. House guests, babysitters, even spouses (!) can be trained to do whatever they might want in about two minutes. No Pronto, forget it.

    Nothing will increase the perceived value of your system more than a fully programmed Pronto.
     
  7. AdamM

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    I just purchased a home theater system from Circuit City.

    RTi70's - Front
    CSi40 - Center
    RTi38's - Surround
    PSW404 - Sub
    Onkyo - TX SR600 - 80w/c Receiver - DTS ES, and DD EX
    Onkyo - DV CP500 - 5 disc Progressive scan DVD player

    Total $2149 - 10% coupon + tax

    The package is an in store special and it actually come's with a TX SR500 for $1999 but they let me upgrade and just pay the difference on the reciever.

    I don't know if this helps but it would leave you with plenty for an HDTV.
     
  8. Ted Lee

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    definitely check out the hitachi tv:
    http://www.hitachi.com/tv/browse/pro...51swx20b.shtml
    this tv has won several accolades (sght gave it "product of the year 2002") and all the reviews i've read positively glowed. believe me...i'm not one to put much faith in reviews, but this one is a standout.
    it's about 3k (not sure what it streets for)...but i'm definitely going to put this at the top of my list.
     

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