A list of the gear used in the Atren Theater:TV:
Sharp LC70LE847U 70-inch Auqos 3D LED TV
Comments: Overall its a nice solution for the TV. I was originally going to get Panasonic VT50 65" but decided against it for a few reason.
-1st was the size. The difference is only 5 inches but it should be a 110" projector that wont fit due to ceiling height constraints.
-2nd After reading reviews on Cnet on the Panasonic blacks gradually degrading, the beautiful blacks no longer looks so attractive. I know they addressed the degraded quality to a gradual degrade but Panasonics public statement says it WILL still degraded over time!
-3rd the price: at $2600 (on sale for $2900 and 10% off from Sears for hurricane Sandy relief offer) the Sharp was $1000 cheaper than the VT50 65"
The TV itself overall is not bad. If I were rating it would be 3.5 out of 5 stars, eggs or whatever. My main concern with the LED was the ability to create blacks on an edge lit LED panel. I was willing to accept the fact that the blacks are slightly worse after the degradation period of the plasma. The reason I gave it 3.5 stars is the cloudiness is horrific. I'm 1 day into owning the TV and have had some thoughts of exchanging the panel. I read some threads saying if the clouding is real bad its a defective panel. Honestly its only noticeable when its pitch dark in the room and most of the screen is completely black (Like the Sony logo screen during the introduction of a movie.) Even in the darkest scenes of the movie "The Road" other than the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen you could not tell there was a clouding issue. For those of you who want an LED and have the money for the Sharp Elites you can avoid this issue. I'm not willing to spend $4500 more for my TV.
Out of the box the grey scale was pretty well calibrated (using AVS calibration software). I'm assuming this model TV goes through some sort of factory calibration before its boxed. The default settings have the Soap Opera Effect set to on and it looks absolutely hideous. My brother describes SOE the best, "it looks like the movie quality gets transposed into someone’s home camcorder film". Thanks but I like my movies to look as the directors intended. Anyway, its not a problem you can turn it off and with the 240Hz refresh rate the LED does a great job preventing ghosting with high speed motion scenes, including sport (football). The colors are vibrant out of the box but you can turn them down and get performance very close to Plasma quality.
The size of the TV is immense and the price was right, I don’t have to worry about burn in while playing video games and overall a great picture quality for epic movie experiences. I am happy with my selection.
Klipsh C20 I bought this at Best Buy for $279.00. I didnt know much about speakers at the time but I trusted the Klipsh name so I went for it.
Klipsch WF-35 Icon-W Series Cabernet Floorstanding Loudspeaker $279.00 each (New Egg sale)Surrounds:
Klipsch WS-24 Icon-W Series Espresso Surround Speaker $179.00 each (New Egg saale)Sub:
Klipsh SW-450 Subwoofer, 10 inch 450W powered sub Purchased from Best Buy. This sub really rocks the house. I need to run Audessy calibration to balance the levels but I have it at an enjoyable level right now (probably will be considered on the hot side for bass level). I got the sub at the cost of the 8 inch since I was planing to buy the 8inch but they only had the 10inch version in stock, score! I think i got it for $350.00.
Marantz SR6006: $600 from Best Buy not a bad reciever for the price saved $600 by buying last year’s model. Missing some doohickeys that the newer models come with but I’m under the impression the audio quality should be close to the same. Most of the features are up-to-date enough to have the things that count, including Audessy technology. I dont have a 4k res TV and dont plan on having one for some time so I wont miss that feature.Input Devices
1st Gen PS3 $400.00
X-box 360 with Connect $200.00
Samsung Blu-ray $80.00
The total for gear is about $5500.00 this is excluding lighting and wiring.