Check out a few web sites.
If you are trying to do this yourself, the sonos music system might be right for you.
If you don't really NEED a plasma, JVC's DiLA TV's are very good.
Sat VS Cable box, in my area cable is winning as far as HD channels go, the rest is the same. You should check out channel line up in your area.
Sirus VS XM, both work well, but each has some channels the other doesn't, really up to what you want to listen to.
Home theatre, stay away from cheap HTIB systems if you actually are interested in enjoying the system.
Your list is something an Integration company really should be called in to deal with. If you want things to be easy to use, and to make the right decisions on what equipment works best with each other, they would be able to put everything together. You do have to be willing to spend some money.
We have just moved back from several years in Europe and need to buy all new electronics. We are looking to intergate the entire house (list of items below) for our media center. I believe that I would like to have it all run out of a desktop and then have a wireless hub run to the rest of the house.
Please help me on your thoughts on any and all of the following as I am looking to get high quality but still value for my money:
- Desk top computer - Will want to have this as the center piece to run most of the media in the house (DVD, stereo, pictures, internet). Note, I am not planning on using the TVs for the internet though I might use it to show picture slideshows.
- Wireless modem - Can the wireless run all of these items from the computer to the TV and speakers
- Media Center software - Are there any alternatives to Microsoft media center? If so, what are the pros and cons.
- 50-60'' TV - Unsure if to get plasma or DLP rear-projection and which one.
- 30'' or so TV - Probably a flat screen LCD for the bedroom
- Home theather speakers - Want to set this up with the large TV.
- Digital Cable v Satellite - Any differences between the two if I am have the computer as the center? It would seem to me that cable would be better.
- Stereo / stereo speakers - If I have transferred all of my music to MP3 format and it is on my computer, what do I need to buy besides speakers? Meaning, if I wanted to listen to the music in another room or outside, can I wi-fi it to the speakers or do I need to get a tuner/receiver?
- Finally, for a not completely related question, is satellite radio worth it and if so, which is better Sirius or XM.
Thanks for any and all help as the entire process is quite overwhelming and I want to be sure I get this right as it is a one shot deal to set it up properly.