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Home Theater Question

by pboeye / October 16, 2004 5:52 AM PDT

I'm in the process of finishing my basement, which includes an area for a home theater.

As a result, I had an A/V guy come out and give me a proposal, which included an Optoma RD50 HDTV, and a sound system composed of a receiver and 6 different speakers (e.g. 2 bookshelf, 2 ceiling, 1 center channel, & 1 subwoofer)!

Not only are the speakers expensive, but they're kind of big as well. Do I really need all of that? Especially if I plan on using the theater to watch mostly news and sports? Thanks.

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Re: Home Theater Question
by Art / October 16, 2004 7:12 PM PDT
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My answer would be no; but did you ask the A/V guy about that?

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Re: Home Theater Question
by pboeye / October 17, 2004 4:52 AM PDT

I appreciate the response. He said no as well and recommended an enhanced stereo option that included a Harman Kardon HK3380 receiver and Klipsch RB15 bookshelf speakers, but didn't know if this made sense, especially if I'd like to pursue surround sound at a later date.

For that matter, I wonder if the TV could just handle my sound needs? Thanks.

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Re: Home Theater Question
by Art / October 17, 2004 4:03 PM PDT

Then just go with what you have now and add on later. However I will say this about speakers..they should/will last forever!

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Re: Home Theater Question
by SRenn / October 17, 2004 4:03 AM PDT
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I have to say if you are calling it a theater, YES, you need to do a 5.1 or 6.1, or 7.1 type of surround system. My recommendation to you is to have it all prewired only and get the wires where they need to be. Have your AV professional only do a TV and pair of bookshelf speakers for now. Don't forget a receiver. Keep in mind, you may not have planned on using your system for more than news and sports because you have never experienced your own home theater?? If you do go with a temporary system, plan on spending at least $300-$600 for the bookshelf speakers and make sure you shop around and listen @ reputable specialty AV shops. Check out www.CEDIA.org. They may be able to point you to a member shop. CEDIA is "Custome Electronics Design and Installation Association". I am a member and we are all over the world. I am a CEDIA Certified Professional Designer and have 10+ years experience in the industry. You can probably get away with a good $250-$300 2 channel receiver to hold you off until you decide to use the wires that you will already have future proofed for.

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Re: Home Theater Question
by pboeye / October 17, 2004 4:56 AM PDT

I appreciate the response and like your plan for the future approach. In the meantime, he has recommended an enhanced stereo option that includes a Harman Kardon HK3380 receiver and Klipsch RB15 bookshelf speakers, but I don't know if this makes sense either. Thanks.

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