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Short Story: Friend building a house and has been frustrated getting local shop to help with recommending HT equipment, even though he paid them for a prewiring job they completed.

I was asked to sanity check the notes he had from early in their interaction and offer any modifications or different recommendations.

Basically, this is an average main 'great room', say 15 x 15 feet, but the end the TV will be on is a high vaulted ceiling nearly 15-20 feet high, lots of windows.

Here is the basic list of audio components that my friend remembers jotting down. While I continue to research and google information on these and other components, I thought I'd throw it out here to see what people think? Good list to start with? Throw it out and start over? etc, etc?

It's a pretty vague question.

Thanks for giving it a glance.

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Short Story: Friend building a house and has been frustrated getting local shop to help with recommending HT equipment, even though he paid them for a prewiring job they completed.

I was asked to sanity check the notes he had from early in their interaction and offer any modifications or different recommendations.

Basically, this is an average main 'great room', say 15 x 15 feet, but the end the TV will be on is a high vaulted ceiling nearly 15-20 feet high, lots of windows.

Here is the basic list of audio components that my friend remembers jotting down. While I continue to research and google information on these and other components, I thought I'd throw it out here to see what people think? Good list to start with? Throw it out and start over? etc, etc?

It's a pretty vague question.

Thanks for giving it a glance.

--lp

There are a few questions that need to be answered before any real advice can be given by the group as well as follow up questions.

1. What are the dimensions of the room?
2. The quote lists only in-wall/in-ceiling speakers - is this a requirement? If so, what is the requirement in-wall or in-ceiling or combo (big difference)?
3. Is the room dedicated home theater or general use/family room?
4. What type of listening is this (% music, % movies/TV, % gaming)?
5. What is the budget for speakers, sub woofer, receiver and blu ray player?

The speakers listed are small in-wall/in-ceiling speakers that are not enclosed and are only 2 way. The center is also two way but is on-wall and looks like it has a different tweeter than the proposed mains. The front stage speakers should be timber matched.

The sub woofer mentioned is also in-wall - is this a requirement?

The Integra gear is higher end Onkyo. I'm on my 3rd Onkyo receiver over the past 18 years and have had pretty good luck (except for the annoying clicking when the signal changes). I'll let others chime in on other AVR brands Yamaha, Denon, Integra, Pioneer, etc once you tell us what the needs/budget are.

Blu ray players - there are many out there and most are built by a few manufactures and are re-labeled as their own. A lot of people seen to really like the Oppo
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There are a few questions that need to be answered before any real advice can be given by the group as well as follow up questions.

Thanks for the response; I suppose for better or worse, the components I listed are the choices he's going with. I was thinking he was still up in the air on that....but wasn't the case. But to answer your questions below...

1) I don't have the exact dimensions of the room but it's probably roughly a 16x16 foot area.
2) Yes, the in wall/in ceiling speakers are desired. The boxes were already built in and pre-wired.
3) The room will primarily be the primary room for watching TV. It may be a stretch to call it a home theater in this sense.
4) Not sure of the budget desired, but since these are the pieces he wants, I've sent requests for quotes on the pieces.
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Big question now is trying to decide between 65" Plasma or 65" LED LCD in this bright room. I think he'll be leaning toward Plasma.

I really liked seeing the thread in your sig and the project you've done. Looks like a great room ;-)

Thanks again, for the response.
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Any time.

I'd go with plasma
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Any time.

I'd go with plasma

I don't know.... If the room is really bright I'd be tempted to go with the LED. I have a plasma in a bright room.

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