Were the Bose speakers previously mounted in the ceiling or walls, leaving you with holes from the previous speakers? If not, and all you have are those proprietary Bose wires coming out of discreet wall plugs, then I say forget the Bose and go separates and do your own wiring. You can get a stunning Denon or Yamaha receiver for $450 (maybe less), a DVD player and separate speakers for less than Bose. By the way, your TV doesn't need to be HD and a surround system will make even the crummiest TV seem great, but what connections do you have on your TV? The answer my help decide what kind of DVD player to buy...whether a standard-def upconverting or a Blu-Ray that may still be adaptable to an old TV. Here is a big issue: Your current TV is not HD, therefore it may trap you in a corner to buy old style home theater components that were around BHD (Before High Def) The current wave of home theater components are geared for the new HD TVs that utilize HDMI connections and can display 1080 lines of resolution. It would be unfortunate to compromise an entire home theater setup based on an older TV.
I'm buying a house in which the home theater system is set up and wired but all speakers etc. have been removed. That leaves Bose Lifestyle wiring sticking out of the walls etc. I'm REALLY stumped by this. Normally I would never consider a home theatre system, but this basement is set up for it so just sticking a tv in there seems kind of a waste. And then there are those wires.....
Any general advice would be hugely appreciated. And specifics will be appreciated even more. First, a couple questions:
1) Easiest route seems to be to buy a new Lifestyle 18 or v10 (ouch!)
2) Is there a cheaper system than Bose that I could adapt? The seller told me BOSE has proprietary plugs, so that would be problem # 1
3) Can I use my old TV? It isn't HD, but it is pretty new and good quality. Maybe I'd delay purchase of a new flatscreen to get through this first financial bath.
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