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Old August 14, 2012, 06:09 AM
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Any experts out there?

I have been thinking about a home theater and there are so many choices and options. I guess ultimately I want to keep it simple but sometimes that is harder than expected. I want to watch TV, play movies, play songs through the speakers via ipod or itunes on a computer, and maybe use the TV as a monitor for a computer.

My basic thoughts were 46-55 inch LED TV with a blu-ray surround system. I currently like the Samsungs so maybe:
Samsung - 55" Class - LED - 1080p - 120Hz - Smart - HDTV Model: UN55ES6100FXZA
Samsung - 1000W 5.1-Ch. 3D / Wi-Fi Blu-ray Home Theater System Model: HT-E5400ZA

However there are so many possible options:

TV - internet apps? wifi? If I have a computer hooked to the TV do I even need all those smart apps? 60 hz/ 120 hz/ 240 hz? 3D? no 3D? I mean really, it's like trying to choose from 3 beautiful women.

Blu-ray player - these also come with wifi and internet crap - do I get it on the TV or the Blu-ray player or it doesn't matter or just use the computer to view hulu / netflix/ etc?

5.1 Surround sound (or 7.1 or 999.1 )- I don't have a huge house - maybe just get a sound bar? (back to keeping it simple) Is home theater a lot of hoopla over nothing? heck I hear that old people like me can't hear anyway.

I don't want to spend money for no reason and it seems like the smart aps bump up the price yet don't do anything more than a computer hooked up to the TV would do and actually less in some cases.

Maybe just the TV, basic blu-ray player, sound bar, and hook up the computer to the TV too? 3D kind of seems gimicky. Not sure I would wear those stupid glasses to watch TV.

Maybe I should see if I can find an old tube TV at Goodwill. . . . .

Thoughts from the void?

1st you need decide on a budget. This will greatly reduce your choices. which may make the decision process easier.

2nd. Once you have decided on what you would like try to find a local store that specializes in home theatres. They will have the equipment setup in a proper setting unlike costco/fs/bb

Now for my 2 cents.

I would agree that if i had to decided between a plasma or lcd i would go plasma but only if i was buying a good brand (panasonic) if your looking at other brands then i would recommend getting an LCD. Also invest in a good mount. It's going to cost a bunch of money but will be worth it in the end.

Also have you considered projection. (of course depending on budget/room size) but alot of the 720p and some 1080p models have come way down in price over what they were 5 years ago.

As for the sound system. You would want to stick with brands that have a good history with sound reproduction (Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, HK)

As for speakers good ones will likely cost more than your tv/display device. depending on the room size will depend on the size (book shelf vs floor standing)

As for the getting all the cables, connectors, etc. Just do one big order from monoprice you will save a bunch of money.

Also you don't necessarly need to get everything now. You could enough for a basic system of higher end components then add to it over time. My setup took me around 3 years until i got everything i needed.

This is my setup for reference

Marantz SR5003 Reciever
Epson 1080p UB Projector
JBL Floor Standers
JBL ES-110 Surround
JBL Bookshelf Surround Rear
JBL Centre
Athena P-4100 Sub
Apple TV (Gen 3)
Panasonic BD

Again this is something that i built over 3 years (i went through 2 other recievers before i found one i liked)
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