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Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, June 22, 2009 10:14 AM ( #1 )
Hello all.
I have been seeing alot of set up upgrades as of late and also alot of people asking home theater questions so this thread began to make sense. I will do what I can to answer questions myself but if you happen to know the answer feel free. Please research your answer.
Do not come in and claim LCD is better than plasma because thats what you bought. Thats just dumb.

Any who.  I'm going to start by posting a sweet link about Surround Sound. This link provides an in depth explanation of speaker placement for your set up and why. Awesome link should help for those just getting into Surround Sound.

Speaker Placement
http://www.crutchfield.com/learn/learningcenter/home/speaker_placement.html
HD Audio on your PS3
http://www.engadgethd.com/2009/04/21/hd-101-how-to-use-dolby-truehd-and-dts-hd-with-your-ps3/
Understanding HD Audio
http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/01/22/how-to-actually-use-dolby-truehd-and-dts-hd/   Thanks Hoo_Mook
Understanding HD Broadcast Formats and Tuners.
http://www.engadgethd.com/2009/05/08/hd-101-what-is-atsc-psip-qam-and-8-vsb/  
Plasma burn-in and Image retention debunked.
http://hdguru.com/plasma-tv-burn-in-fact-or-myth/826/  <- update!
Good Resources
http://www.avsforum.com/ Thanks Hoo_Mook     
http://www.audioholics.com/   Thank Hoo_Mook
Supplies
http://www.monoprice.com/
http://www.mycablemart.com/
Enjoy.

Please post all your HT and Set up Q's here. 
 


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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, June 22, 2009 12:45 PM ( #2 )
LCD IS better than Plasma



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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, June 22, 2009 12:47 PM ( #3 )
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LCD IS better than Plasma

*Face Palm* Says who ? You?  /Fail
Read Bullet 2 Performance.  I can provide more if you need it.
http://www.cnet.com.au/plasma-vs-lcd-six-things-you-need-to-know-339273215.htm
I don't know about you but thats what i value when i buy a Tv
Either way they both have advantages and disadvantages. Like I said
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, June 22, 2009 12:50 PM ( #4 )
Are LCDs at the same risk of screen scrorching(or whatever it's called) as Plasmas? I don't think they are but I'm far from being an expert.
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, June 22, 2009 12:55 PM ( #5 )
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Are LCDs at the same risk of screen scrorching(or whatever it's called) as Plasmas? I don't think they are but I'm far from being an expert.


They did in the very early days. Actually they were more prone to dead pixels but those days are long gone. Even Plasma dont run the burn in risk as much anymore. Most have a screen refresher to knead out any burn in. But you still shouldnt be careless.
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, June 22, 2009 1:03 PM ( #6 )
xabmol, I think what MQ is getting at is that this thread is for suggestions or questions, not just fighting over what is better. Unless of course you are suggesting say another t.v. over another. 

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had some experience with Polk Audio. For a while I have been looking on Amazon and it seems they have pretty low prices for polks compared to say Best Buy or other places. I was debating over either getting these or these along with a polk center ( am wondering which if this one will be good or I should go a step up) as I dislike a few speakers in my setup (my current center doesn't bother me too much though) I looked at these as they didn't seem too expensive however I dont want to spend a lot either. I might not replace my Athena ASB1's  and I might use them as rears, but I might replace them with polks as well. Since I am in an apartment, I'm not too worried about the sub yet but I may upgrade that soon.


Keep in mind I am in an apartment so I don't need anything really powerful, but speakers should sound good lol. Thanks. 

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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, June 22, 2009 6:36 PM ( #7 )
He told me not to.

So I had to.

*shrugs*

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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, July 06, 2009 1:36 PM ( #8 )
This needs a bump it seems!
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, July 06, 2009 1:37 PM ( #9 )
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This needs a bump it seems!


Haha I was gonna link it earlier but I ddnt want to be a dick.
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, July 06, 2009 1:40 PM ( #10 )
Well that way too if anyone had any experience with the speakers I was looking at I could possibly get an answer
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, July 06, 2009 1:47 PM ( #11 )
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Well that way too if anyone had any experience with the speakers I was looking at I could possibly get an answer



I can ask a friend but I know he'll tell me that the those are too big for your space.  IMO Theyre gorgeous. But sound wise I know nothing. But you and i both know Polk is no slouch.  Have you read any CNET reviews? I have been reading about a company called FLUANCE that got extremely good marks on CNET(up against sets around $3000- 5000) but theyre extremely low priced(sub $300) sets. Im pretty intrigued to hear em. They also come with a 30 day guarantee and a lifetime warranty. Pretty impressive for a budget aimed brand.
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Monday, July 06, 2009 6:53 PM ( #12 )
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Well that way too if anyone had any experience with the speakers I was looking at I could possibly get an answer


I wanna keep this one on top too, I wanna buy some speakers for my receiver, and I'm thinking of a polk subwoofer, and then some polk satellites; I wanna know if it's the best decision.
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Tuesday, July 07, 2009 10:46 AM ( #13 )
Bump!
Snoopy D
My Boy said they are a minor upgrade from the CS1 series but they are built to be a bit more rigid. Sound wise he said they tend to be a bit more crisp in the highs and the lows arent uber strong. A smaller living room (12x15) is perfect for a set like that.
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Tuesday, July 07, 2009 11:04 AM ( #14 )
Bump

Sorry Snoop I told him the wrong speakers.
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Thursday, July 09, 2009 11:01 AM ( #15 )
this is a great thread for the gamers who are also home theater enthusiasts.  here are two more sites where you can find a wealth of ht info:

http://www.avsforum.com/


http://www.audioholics.com/

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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Thursday, July 09, 2009 11:20 AM ( #16 )
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this is a great thread for the gamers who are also home theater enthusiasts.  here are two more sites where you can find a wealth of ht info:

http://www.avsforum.com/


http://www.audioholics.com/


Thanks dude
 Nice links
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Friday, July 10, 2009 9:07 AM ( #17 )

Was wondering if anyone can help me out here. My PS3 and 360 are connected via HDMI to my TV. And from my TV to my receiver is via OPTICAL. Do I still use the recommended settings as the above posts?

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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Friday, July 10, 2009 10:09 AM ( #18 )
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Was wondering if anyone can help me out here. My PS3 and 360 are connected via HDMI to my TV. And from my TV to my receiver is via OPTICAL. Do I still use the recommended settings as the above posts?


No its better to go source to receiver. I. e. Your PS3 and Xbox each have their own optical cable going to the receiver.  The reason that is better is because your tv may not be decoding the surround signals correctly potentially losing sound.
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Friday, July 10, 2009 10:14 AM ( #19 )
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lil_krazzie


Was wondering if anyone can help me out here. My PS3 and 360 are connected via HDMI to my TV. And from my TV to my receiver is via OPTICAL. Do I still use the recommended settings as the above posts?


No its better to go source to receiver. I. e. Your PS3 and Xbox each have their own optical cable going to the receiver.  The reason that is better is because your tv may not be decoding the surround signals correctly potentially losing sound.

But my receiver has only 1 optical input. Wouldn't that mean I would need 3 optical inputs on my receiver to get the best sound from my PS3 and 360 and TV.
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Re:Home theater set up and help center. - Friday, July 10, 2009 10:16 AM ( #20 )
Is it kosher to mix and match speaker brands in a 7.1 setup?  I have 2 Sony floorstanding speakers for my front L/R, and 4 Sony bookshelf speakers for surround and rear L/R, Sony center channel, and Sony sub.  I want to upgrade my center channel, but not necessarily to a Sony.  I have an Onkyo receiver that comes with a calibration microphone so I have a feeling this would correct the variation between the speakers and brands.  Any thoughts?
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