Looking for Home Theater/Audio Advice

Discussion in 'Gear' started by PickledMidget, Jul 6, 2007.

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  1. GoT

    GoT Strength and Honor Tip Jar Donor

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    just don't pay sticker at HiFi Buys. They do negotiate.

    Used to be they carried the good Sony stuff, never really go wrong with Sony ES equiptment. Might not be cutting edge but good bang for the $.
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  2. Puck

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    ^ they do carry a high end Sony Receiver
    complete with HDMI switching and such
    he'd be happier with Harman/Kardon imo
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  3. PickledMidget

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    OK, I'm back. Man, what a place. I listened to several things. I like these "entry level" Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 Series for $799.

    http://www.definitivetech.com/loudspeakers/procinema/procinema_600.html#sub

    Before I left, I got to hear the "Best thing in the House". The speakers were called Wilson Audio. The 2 front speakers were $55,000!! The speaker cable was $6,000 for 10ft! Needless to say, they sounded great. But for me, it was probally like having a taste of a $2,000 bottle of wine. I know it is better than what I'm used to, but have never experienced it before and therefore don't have a reference point. The total setup was over $150,000.

    Puck, I put it on layaway.:ha:

    http://www.wilsonaudio.com/product/maxx/specs.php
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  4. Laserjock

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    Don't let anyone sell you "esoteric" speaker cable....its a rip. You can get really nice low gauge speaker cable from places like Blue Jeans Cable for excellent prices http://www.bluejeanscable.com/. Same for HDMI cables...don't buy the hype of Monster Cable or other overpriced brands. You can get a really good HDMI cable at http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp for really good prices.

    Def Tech makes some nice speakers, and they are good at both reproducing music and home theater. Don't forget to buy a good sub too, it will really make the difference in your home theater experience.
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  5. GoT

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    Totally agree with Laserjock about the cable. I used electrical wire until recently. Small gauge at a cheap price. Not that I recommend that, but cable is cable.


    made a few orders from parts express myself. best thing they got going is an actual American who knows something about HiFi will actually answer their phones - amazing

    http://www.parts-express.com/index.cfm?&raid=1&rak=parts-express

    thanks for the Mono Price link Laserjock I'm gonna be using them as a price comparison for any future buys.
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  6. VolnTitan

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    If you have to run speaker cable for a long distance, you need a lower gauge speaker cable, like 14 guage. But for inside, completely agree. Get thicker than the GE Speakerwire they sell at KMart, but certainly don't need to go with the monster cable super expensive stuff.

    HDMI? Carries a digital signal. Whether you pay $125 for one or $5 for one, same result.
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  7. PickledMidget

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    Well.... I finally bought a reciever and some speakers

    http://www.klipsch.com/products/details/quintet-ii.aspx

    http://www.harmankardon.com/product_detail.aspx?cat=REC&prod=AVR 146&sType=

    I love it! It is perfect for what I want.

    However, I need a subwoofer to go with this set. I am looking to spend around $300 for it. What are my options? Should I stick with Klipsch?

    Any advice you guys have would be greatly appreciated.

    On another note, I assume that I need to set my Reciever to Dolby Pro Logic II.....Is that the best for TV and movies?

    Thanks again for the great advice. Looking forward to the game tomorrow.
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  8. Puck

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    HSU makes a highly respected sub with frequency down to a foundation-crumbling 15hz

    http://www.hsuresearch.com/

    av123 also makes a very popular sub
    http://www.av123.com/products_product.php?section=subwoofers&product=12.1
    the x-sub $199...and comes in fashionable finishes
    av123 makes very good, very affordable speakers
    i suggest stopping over at AVS forums and checking out feedback (no pun intended)


    and Aperion Audio gets consistent high ratings on their speakers, they offer a 30 day "audition" with free shipping BOTH WAYS !
    http://www.aperionaudio.com/catalog/subwoofers,32.aspx
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  9. Puck

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    not necessarily, because you went with satelites
    had you gone with floor standing towers ... maybe
    timbre matching is more important with the array than it is the bass module

    Klipsch is known more for their horn drivers
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  10. Puck

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    yes and no

    Dolby Pro Logic IIx is great for movies
    I like DTS (ex/neo) if the movie is coded with it
    you may want to check out H/K's own Logic 7
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