I believe Denon is the US sales leader in its price bracket. Paradigm has had substantial sales success the last decade for its value with quality quotient.
OK, it's an accident that I have Denon & Paradigm & am very satisfied. Or perhaps that inspired response from me. There are many knowledgable posters here, with their customary favorite brands. I don't believe they will say the proposed equipment is bad. As a "do it right the first time" guy be assured the proposal is firmly appropriate for its price point. And yes, the proposer is going to make money from you. The contractors like wiring above & beyond the more highly competitive basic job. They will enjoy some more percentage margin.
Could you elicit an alternate proposal? Yes & alternative equipment can always bring the price down. Do you really want to act as general contractor soliciting bids for this portion of the job? That's up to you.
Also, yes the price is in line with averages & the specific equipment recommendations are solidly mainline .
I live in an absolutely now building up suburban area. Many of my new neighbors have just experienced what you are now with towards the end choices & budget crunches where something is going to have to give. If this package is doable you will have purchased satisfaction for some time, which I sense is along the line of your thought rather than just cutting & compromising initially. This part of the home theater will smoothly transition you into comfortably sliding into the home theater room as a place of relaxing repose. That should be very welcome after all the winding up details subside.
Up to you: Sure, could be less expensive with alternatives & likewise upper middle homes being build around here right now often plow substantially more money into a featured home theater room.
Appropriate products & appropriate cost - yes. Possible alternatives, damn right, but do you want to obsess? If you are in an urban area of, say a half million, you should be able to readily find a handful of others to submit proposals/bids. How much hassle do you want to get into?
Please help. I'm a newbie in the home theater arena. I'm building a new home, and the company who does the extra cable and phone wiring specializes in home theaters. Cost estimate for my home theater room came in much higher than anticipated by this under-educated purchaser. Audio portion seemed really high till I read some earlier threads on this forum about buying the right speakers.
Looking for advice for 2 questions:
1) Is the product recommended appropriate for my needs? (I'd never heard of Paradigm or Denon till now) This will be a dedicated home theater room in my basement 16 x 19 where we'll watch movies and Sunday football.
2) Is it priced appropriately? Its not totally out of the ballpark, but I'd figured about 3000-5000 total for the project, and it came in at $9000. The audio portion was way higher than I'd anticipated...
Here's the audio portion of the price quote for my home theater:
Denon AVR 2307 Dolby Digital 7.1 AV Receiver $699
3 Paradigm Cinema 330 On-Wall Stage (L+C+R) $897
Paradigm Cinema ADP On-Wall Mid Surrounds $109
Paradigm Cinema 90 On-Wall Rear Surrounds $179
Paradigm PS-1000 750 Watt Subwoofer $599
So, are the speakers worth this much money? Are there cheaper alternatives with comparable quality? I'm a 'do it right the first time' kind of guy as opposed to 'buy cheap now upgrade later'. Realistically, if I spend this much on sound, I'll need to go with a 720p projector instead of a 1080p.
Thoughts? Please advise. Thanks!