Originally Posted by JRock3x8
My painfully slow theater build took another step today. We had a guy come out and do a riser for us :
It feels good to be moving forward, doesn't it?
As someone who has had to put plans on hold a couple of times, and who also isn't highly skilled working with construction materials, I want to encourage you to keep plugging along.
Regarding purchasing new vs. used equipment, I personally would shy away from second hand electronics, but used passive speakers might be OK, as speaker technology doesn't seem to advance nearly as rapidly as other consumer electronics.
If you're like me and would be satisfied with last year's model of Blu-Ray players, AVR's etc., then model year clearance might be something to consider. Last fall I bought an open box (un-powered floor model) Denon AVR-X4000 for about half the price of the AVR-X4100 that replaced it.
Also, since you're in a location where shipping isn't a problem, check with forum sponsor AVS for great deals on equipment they carry. (I originally planned to go with AVS until my old AVR failed, prompting my search for a quick local bargain.)
Violating my own principle above, we recently bought a second hand projector and motorized screen from a family who were converting their home theater into a homeschool classroom.
. We originally answered their ad because we were interested in the home theater sectional thery were selling. My wife thought buying their projector and screen would be a way to jump start our stalled HT project on the cheap. Although I would have preferred to buy a newer, better projector and to build a larger AT screen, at least this will be a step forward. Waiting until I had time and money for the next stage of our project would have meant sticking with our plasma display at least another year. This will be our first front projection system, and I think living with it for a while will help us make better informed decisions on how to pursue our eventual widescreen AT goals.