Originally Posted by kdkrone
We have just purchased a new home--literally. We had been living for many years in an adobe home with limited options for A/V. Now, we are moving into a home that is brand new with, unfortunately, limited wiring in place.
Congrats on the new home, and welcome to the 21st century!
What I see in the new house is a shallow cutout in the wall with a TV barrel connector, a double receptacle and about a 1" conduit running to a closet.
Now that's lucky! I thought you were in trouble until we hit the conduit... Now you're set!
So, first, is that the basics of how things are to be set up? If so, then I would appreciate if people would be kind enough to recommend some websites/equipment that I should research.
Yes, a modern AVR does an excellent job of handling all the analog and digital video inputs and switching, plus Internet audio sources like Pandora. One HDMI cable to the TV.
1, speakers (ceiling/wall, wireless woofer??)
The AVS Speaker forum.
2. A/V receiver. I have budgeted up to about $800 for this, looking for quality and trying to fend off obsolescence...
The AVS Receivers forum.
$800 will buy a quite nice AVR these days - even $400-500 will get you all of what you need and then some you didn't know you wanted...
3. IR equipment. Is there a big difference? Who makes reliable and relatively unobtrusive receivers and emitters? Is the receiver hung on the TV? Can it be powered from a cabinet about 25 feet away?
Difference is all in the receiver, both performance and "style". If your new Samsung TV is an LED set, no problem - if it's a CFL-based LCD (meaning, not an LED-powered), you might run into IR interference issues with cheap IR receivers. Monoprice has an absolute dirt cheap IR repeater kit (<$20) that's ready for a 3.5mm connector cable (readily available in 25' lengths) between receiver and the emitter package.
That is for starters. What else should I be considering for initial setup? I have about a terabye of movies, some as .iso files and others in their native file structure. Is there a receiver that can search my home network and play them, or would I need a small computer to do that? If I were to need a small computer and presumably a program, where should I start my research?
No AVR will do it, as there's too much legal trouble involved. You'll need a small media streamer - read all about them in the AVS Media Streamers forum or the HTPC forum.
I'll tell you, I feel like Rip Van Winkle... I don't mind at all doing the research, but I would appreciate knowing where to begin.
I hope you're ready for this new-fangled HD thing, too...