where do i start for a newbie

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  1. eric sr

    eric sr Auditioning

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    what sould i start to do to make my fanily room a ht i been looking at some of those magzine. all they have in them billon dollar homes. iam not a millon dollar guy iam the diy guy are there any design softwhere that i could use to get some kind of idea of where to start in the room. i ve some of the peoples ht rooms here all i can say is you guys are the best. thanks for any help.[​IMG]
     
  2. Frank Zimkas

    Frank Zimkas Supporting Actor

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    Eric,

    your first step should be to evaluate what your theater will be used for. Mostly movies/tv, or music? If you have not set your budget nows the time. I've found it helpfull to sit down with a clean sheet of paper and sketch out your room with various layouts of furniture and audio/video equipment. Plan on spending a lot of time at retail outlets auditioning various speaker and reveiver combinations (or seperates if you go that route). Keep in mind that what sounds good in the store may sound like crap in your home! If possible try to audition equipment in your home with your movies and music. NEVER NEVER NEVER buy anything based on someones idea of what sounds good to them....their ears are not your ears, their eyes are not your eyes!! Your home theater is exactly that, yoursand yours alone. Just because someone else who has been at this awhile says that Brand "A" is the best thing since sliced bread ( because they own one) does not mean that it is right for you. Sure there are better products and there are REALLY better products. Which one is right for you? Sorry but thats up to you!

    I know a lot of people that read this will not agree but there are some great "HT in a Box" systems out on the market. It might be worth your time to listen to a few. Most of the major brands offer some variations of these. They are a great beginning, but you may want more, bigger, louder, fancier, etc.etc. Just remember that if you buy the best equipment available today you may not be in a position to upgrade tomorrow!

    Your video gear will require just as much thought and homework. Do you really need a Front projection tv, or does it just sound COOL. Try to be realistic. Do you even have enough room for that 65" rear projection monster mother thats on sale? On the other hand a 19" portable would not be the best choice either.

    Do you see where this is headed? Tough choices.... no easy answers. If it all seems overwhelming, too much work, not enough time to DIY, maybe hiring a specialist is in order.

    I've probably asked you more questions than I've answered, SORRY! Take a look at the posts that others have written and you'll see that everybody has an opinion on just about everything. BUT when the theater is ready for you to sit down and watch your favorite movie, or listen to your favorite music, It should satisfy your needs and expectations.... not Bubba from Jersey who says that you ain't shit unless you have 10 speed fuel injected windshield wipers on your tv!!

    Damn my fingers are tired!
     
  3. eric sr

    eric sr Auditioning

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    thanks frank for youre help.
     

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