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Would you spend more on AUDIO or VIDEO part of your HT? (1 Viewer)

Arnel Enero

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On EXTREME ends, which HT would you rather live with -- one with sophisticated audio but only a small 24" direct-view TV, or one with budget audio components but with a sophisticated front-projection system with 12'+ screen width?
 

Axel Wolfe

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I would find it hard to spend as much on the video part of my home theater as i have on the audio. Even with a large projector, i wouldnt come close to what i have spent, and planing to spend on my audio.
Axel;)
 

Carl Johnson

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I'd take audio over video. I spend almost as much time listening to music as I do watching movies so the sound system gets twice as much exposure as the television. Besides, while I currently have a better than average sound system I doubt that I have the most impressive television on the block. It wouldn't take much to improve on a three year old 32" set, even one that is properly calibrated.
 

DanaA

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I'd have to go with the audio portion too, although I couldn't live with a 24" TV. The reason is that audio components really excite me, as does buying them. It's been that way for many, many years. When I buy a home theater magazine, I never really look at the reviews of the televisions, but speakers, amps, receivers, subs are a different story. I just start thinking, "Oh, I'd really like to own that." Right now, I have a 55" Mitsubishi and Onkyo, Harmon Kardon, Klipsch, Hsu set up in my bedroom. When my daughter and I were watching Ali this weekend, I was constantly noticing how good the audio was and never noticed the technical part of the video that much.
 

MartinTeller

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I spent $300 on my 30" TV, and I listen through the TV speakers.

Given that choice, however, I would pick video. I live in an apartment and besides, I don't like things really loud anyway.
 

Brook K

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Video, while my audio could use an upgrade, I'd much rather have a great looking, big picture. Most of the movies I watch are 2.0 or mono anyway. I rarely watch a disc that really shows off the weaknesses of my system.
 

Patrick McCart

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Video.

I'm very satisfied with my current audio setup (Capable of DD 5.1 and DTS 5.1) but I'd like a larger TV.

I'd actually buy a 16x9 (when I in the financial shape to do so...) monitor just because I'd like to see Lawrence of Arabia, Moulin Rouge, Doctor Zhivago, Ben-Hur, and North By Northwest in full digital clarity. 0% overscan, too.
 

Andrew_Sch

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I would go with video, simply because I think my eyes are sharper than my ears. It must run in the family, since my dad bought a $2000 TV, but our entire surround system cost about $300, with all speakers and the sub at the low, low price of $100.
 

Neil Joseph

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As much as I love audio, I must admit that I have spent a great deal more on the video portion of my HT. Considering what decent projectors cost, if I had to build a new HT, the video portion would still cost more.
 

Rob Tomlin

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Video, without a doubt.
Many movies, especially older classics, don't have the soundtracks needed to show off a high end audio system. Taking the example to the extreme, the first movies didn't even have sound!
A pristine image of what is being shown on the screen is important 100% of the time, whereas high quality audio is only needed at certain points in certain movies, such as musicals or action type movies with good sound effects.
Thank God I don't actually have to make this decision, as I love my audio set-up! :)
 

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