I blew by the $11k just last year. But my friends simply cant believe the theater I made for the money. even the cheapskates that cannot handle spending $500 on speakers or $2k on a projector.
do you need a $1,600 Denon amp? What does need mean? Does Denon cost more than some others. yes. It also has better QC. The weak point in most receivers is the amp section. Do you need a great amp section? Depends on volumes obtained, listener distance from speaker, speaker efficiency, speaker loads, room volume.
The best value in plasmas are Panasonic. The new line is supposed to look real good. the best plasmas that most consumers ever see are Pioneer Kuros. Then there are Runcos, which Ive never had the pleasure of seeing in action.
There's nothing wrong with going "small" as long as you are fully aware of the performance compromises you will probably make. For instance, even at 58", THX would recommend that you sit only 6.5 ft away. So you can guess that most people are buying smaller screens that the "ideal", and of course this has to do with real estate and any existing aesthetic values.
You can get away with many different speaker setup variations. I use a 7.1 and I firmly believe its best. The following all can work however: 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 4.1, etc. These are misnomers as "x.x" actually means # of discrete channels of recorded audio, but we use this terminology for speaker setups because it happens to be easy.
You have $11k to spend? I can help you. I feel that I am a really really really good shopper for audio/video. At least when Im motivated. OTOH, I buy a lot of blemished, refurbished, open-box and demo. Haven't done used yet, could be a matter of time.
so for HT, order of importance:
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Speakers that can crank
Amps that can crank
sources, pre, etc
SPEAKERS SPEAKERS SPEAKERS
ROOM ACOUSTICS ROOM ACOUSTICS
amps, sources, pre, etc
If $11k was for me, HT only, Id do front projection $3k , $2k on sub, $2k on speakers, $1k on room treatments, $2k on pre/pro+amp, $1k for various electronics, Bluray player, UPS, audio rack, cables, etc. Something like that.
Music only, Id do:
$2k on room treatments, $7k on speakers, $1k on an integrated amp, $1k on cdp, audio rack, power center, cables, etc.
Here is a recent post of mine concerning bookshelf speakers that prioritize good looks first. But performance is still excellent:
I am looking to upgrade to a plasma TV with HD. I am told I should also upgrade my tivo, audio amp and CD player, dvd player , speaker set up and satellite to go with the new tv tehnology. We are not huge video watchers, but do like to listen to music. I wouldn't mind avoiding the surround sound system in full, as I don't care for the 'behind the head' speakers. I am not really looking for a theater atmosphere...
So.............I am thinking a 50-52" plasma (am told a Panasonic 58"/$4,500, but I feel that is too big & expensive-even though my room is large enough to accommodate it)... what are the good (and at good prices) plasmas out there? Also the speaker set up...I don't want to have that large speaker look...can I get by with the front speakers and a sub woofer? Would I just need basically a monitor if I get new speakers?
Also do I really need a $1,600 Denon amp.......? And can these new speakers hook up to my music too.
Lots to know, but want more input as the media tech's quote is $11,000 and it sounds like overkill!
thanks for any help