Thanks to this forum, I have nearly completed my HDTV Home Theater for under $2,700.00. Here's my list:
Panasonic TU-HDS20 - $420.00
NEC LT150 (Dell Deal) - $1725.00
Panasonic RP56 DVD Player - $230.00
Component to RGB cable - $50.00
Wistron Neweb Corp Oval Dish w/Integrated Triple LNB Multi-Switch #AU2 - $154.00
Radio Shack OT Antenna #15-2160 - $22.00
Radio Shack Antenna-Mounted Amp #15-1109 - $60.00
Antenna Mast and misc. hardware/cable - $20.00
RCA Dish Self-Install Kit - $15.00
Total $2,696.00 Shipped :)
I have been enjoying movies with the LT150 and RP56 (and my HTPC) for sometime. I recently purchased a TU-HDS20 from Vanns.com which I immediately had replaced by Panasonic (with all the fixes, March 2002 manufactured date). I purchased the Oval dish (18" x 20") from 18inch.com (this dish package has the three LNB and the Multi-Switch totally integrated - very clean - no combiners, patch cables or Sat-C Kit required).
I decided to simply clamp the Dish on my deck rail (for testing) which took approximately 30 minutes to complete, configured my TU-HDS20 for all three SATs and checked the Signal Meter - 85% for each SAT - Not bad for my first try. By the next morning, my TU-HDS20 had been upgraded to the 8.10 firmware. I didn't know if this would happen since I am not even a DirecTv customer yet (my HU Card is virgin). Later in the day, a friend of mine brought over his HU Card so I could see the DirecTv channels including the HD channels - WOW Needless to say, he wants to know where he can purchase a LT150 for $1,700.00 or less. :)
For the OT Antenna, I clamped the mast to one of my deck's corner 4x4 and I have been enjoying OTA HDTV for a few weeks. In a week or two, I will be installing both the OT Antenna and the dish on my roof.
The LT150 is simply amazing with HDTV (both 720p and 1080i). Watching the PBS 1080i broadcast is a "jaw-dropping" experience. I now keep the TU-HDS20 configured to output 720p to the LT150 (if I remember correctly, I read somewhere on AVSFORUM that more pixels are being used on the LT150 at 720p vs 1080i??). The beauty of the TU-HDS20, it offers several output configurations and one of the few (if not only one??) HDTV receivers that has an option for a 720p output.
What's next? I'm going to purchase a 96"X72" Dalite Model B Video Spectra 1.5 gain white screen and masking material (cost $170.00).
I have a few friends that have spent more than $3000.00 for their rear-projection TV alone and when they come over and see my setup, they are amazed and mad at the same time. :)
Again, I am so thankful to this forum and all who contribute (and especially Grant - I may have never learned about the NEC LT150 without his experiences with his LT150's).
So, this brings me to the Poll: How much have you spent on your HD home theater (not including Audio)?
See the Poll here:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=177175