Originally Posted by ChuckZ
1. I think they'll just move the TV into your house and place it wherever you want. They don't do any home theater setup.
2. Use the break-in settings for the 8G Kuros.
3. Don't purchase an HDMI cable. I made the same mistake. Comcast gives you a crappy Motorola STB that uses a DVI -> HDMI cable for video, but if you want audio, you need phono connectors (analog) or an optical cable (digital). They'll give you the necessary cables to get you going (minus the optical cable). If you don't request the DVI -> HDMI cable, they'll give you component cables instead.
4. The PS3 is the most featured-pack Blu-ray player and also the cheapest. If you open a line of credit with Sony, they'll even knock $100 off your purchase, effectively making it $299 new. I'm not sure if they're still running that deal however.
5. Can't help you there. I have a whole-house surge protector.
6. I believe Pioneer probably uses the same IR commands between similar television models. If it has commands for the 8G, then it should most likely work with the 9G. On top of that, if it doesn't know them, you can have the Harmony learn the commands from the remote that came with your Kuro.
Hope that helps.
Just thought I would add a thing or 2 to Chuckz's comments.
1. All they have
to do is bring it into your house, unpack it, and get you to sign a release. You can quickly set it up, and plug-in your DVD/Blu-Ray Player or cable-box to make sure it works, they have
to let you do that. Just tell them you won't sign anything until you're sure it works. Often they will help you set it up (especially if you offer them a tip), but they don't have
3. I don't know anything about comcast, but you will need an HDMI cable for your PS3 (which I think is the best blu-ray player under $500). I think mine came with a proprietary component cable, and I replaced it with a standard HDMI cable. I would recommend monoprice, and if you need an optical cable for your HD receiver you can grab one of those while you're at it.
4. Yes the PS3 supports HDMI 1.3
5. I believe you are alluding to a line-conditioner. This is a VERY
touchy subject, and I really don't want to lead this thread off-topic, or start a massive debate, so I'll be brief.
Most people feel that line conditioners are not necessary, unless you meet some of the following criteria (even then some people would say they are not necessary):
-You notice excessive noise in your picture, even when you know the source is good,
-You know you have bad wiring where you live, or have a lot or black-outs
-You're area uses hydro electricity which sometimes doesn't feed quite as much power
-You just really want to be on the safe side
If you meet one or more of these criteria you may
want to consider a line conditioner like the Belkin PureAV AP3080010. This unit is also a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply), and will give you about 15min (they claim 40min) of power for your home-theater after an outage. This will give you time to power everything down, or even finish watching a program.
If you just want a surge protector (which is enough from most people), I would recommend a Belkin PureAV Surge Suppressor. You can find the cheaper ones for like $20 on the net. They generally have good EMI/RFI reduction, and I would look for one that has a minimum of 2500 joules protection.
Hope that helps,