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  1. TacoMalo

    TacoMalo Super Moderator Staff Member Founding Member

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    Ok, I'm looking for ideas and specs on gear so I'd also like to see some pics of your home theater setup if you don't mind sharing. Any details or product reviews would be awesome as well, I'm looking at a vivitek 3200 lumens projector no clue if it's worth it's weight in lead but that's what I'm hoping to learn. Thanks in advance!
     
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    I use to do HT for a living and still do it as a hobby. What kind of question do you have? how much money are you wanting to spend? Are you an audiophile or do you just want to feel the thump in the chest?
     
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    Definitely a budget setup, would like to keep it very basic just want a good picture and good sound nothing too fancy. Don't care for earth shattering bass just good sound since I'm partially deaf in one ear, that's the one I tell my wife is my good ear. :)
     
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    be very cautious with projectors, you get what you pay for. Any ebay auction non major brand imported from china is junk. Make sure you invest in a reputable brand.
     
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    How far are you sitting from the screen? How much ambient light? How "Technical" are you? Are you just watching movies or using for all TV viewing?
     
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    Sweeeeeeet... :lol::lol:
     
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    dats a custom install
     
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    This would definitely be for movie viewing only, I have two rooms that I could possibly use, one is 20 feet and the other is about 25 both are well lit with 4-5 windows each. My original plan was to use the family room and mount the projector and retractable screen to the ceiling. I think with most projectors I could probably get a 100" screen with 15 feet of throw anything bigger would require more room which would be better suited for the larger room. Technical? As in home theater or as in electronics in general?
     
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    With that many windows you are either going to have to stay away from a projector or make sure that you include some creative ideas to block all of the light coming into the room. Projectors are really the best for large screens but have to have a light controled room.

    What I meant by technical is does the thought of using 5 remotes scare you? Are you planning to do the install yourself?

    I've found that most of my clients loved a multi-function remote to handle everything. It keeps it more user friendly and with discreet codes - you can rerun the command if it missed anything. With all of that said - I would go with a large LCD instead of the projector in any of those rooms. Some of the larger, higher end box sets might get you everything you want. The last install I did local on a smaller budget was around $6,500 and it included a 135" screen with screen goo (turned out nice), a Denon high-end receiver (still got one NIB from the install if you are interested), Denon DVD, 7.1 speaker setup (2 towers, center, 1 sub, 4 bookshelves), and a color touchscreen remote. The remote was 1,100 itself but without it the client had no hope of running any of it. Now, they just push (watch movie) and everything turns on and is set just the way it needs to be. Has more buttons for watch TV, listen to music, etc....

    visit remotecentral.com for info on the remotes

    visit monoprice.com for dealer direct prices to the public for all of your cables

    Here's the best remote I've used to date: Universal Remote Control Model MX-3000

    There's some newer out there that I haven't used it yet but the MX3000 is awesome!

    I've got an olderd Pronto black and white w/ rf extender and charger base that I've got for sale. all of it for $50. Might need a new battery when you get it - it's not been used since I upgraded the client to the MX3000
     
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    That's a lot of helpfull information thanks! I'd definitely be the one to install the system I know during the day the two rooms are fairly dark if the blinds are closed and we will be installing solar screens here pretty soon so it may darken it up just a touch.
     
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    Make sure you can darken the room if you decide to go with a projector. It's a must. With out going overboard and crazy with you - unless you are an audiophile - about any speaker you can get from crutchfield will make you happy. I use to be an Elac dealer and had a setup in my basement for showing people the system. The spearkers were over 10,000 alone and my wife didn't think she could tell the difference. Once she heard the setup above and then we went straight to another clients home with the Elac's she could hear it. However, you'll probably never have a chance to compare like that.
     
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    Taco, I'd love to help but my kids turned my room into a Wii Palace. :-(
     
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    I have that to look forward to now but he's got a long way to go before he even knows what a tv looks like. :)
     
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    I agree about the MX3000. Great remote. I was able to get an installer account to help program it. My wife loves it. It's all rf based so I can use it outside by the pool.

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    I ended up picking the Klipsch Reference 83 7.1 system over a Paradigm Signature series which was double the price. I couldn't get over how smooth the Klipschs were. Not as in your face like Klipsch speakers I've heard in the past of the Paradigm Signatures. The system is a bit large for the room but with the Audyssey Pro kit I purchased (much better than what comes with the processors) the acoustics were better than I could have hoped.

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    This is before I got the new rug but shows how massive the center channel is next to a 65 inch screen. Best center I've ever heard. The 83s to the side are also massive. I definately reccomend you give the Klipsh reference system a listen even if you have never liked Klipsch speakers in the past.

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    Also, if you can not completely control the lighting in your room I would go with either an LCD flat screen or even better the Mits 80 inch dlp rptv that they have now. Be careful with some LCDs. Glare can be a major issue with the many windows you have.

    Eventually that will be my bar/pool area and I'm doing a dedicated theater like that Star Trek theater.
     
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    Mines not anything fancy, but it was certainly a step up from what I had.

    Here's what I have:
    TV:
    LG - 47" Class / 1080p / 240Hz / LED-LCD HDTV - 47LH90
    Surround Sound:
    Onkyo HT-S6200 Home theater audio system with HDMI switching, plus iPodĀ® dock at Crutchfield.com
    BluRay:
    Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-ray Disc™ high-definition player at Crutchfield.com

    I also have a PS2, PS3 and a cable box hooked up.

    This is my only TV and I love it. Great picture and excellent sound from the speakers. You certainly could spend a lot more, but this is a sweet setup if you're going from a 27" CRT TV w/ no surround sound to this.
     
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    DLP's are still the best in my opinion. Not as "cool" since they aren't flat but they are still the best pictures on the market for my money.
     
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    The new mitsubishi DLPs are awsome i just ordered an 73in one. Which will be going along with Triad speakers, velodyne subs, and denon receiver. should be awsome when done.
     
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    I'm watching my old Mits DLP right now. Good stuff!
     

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