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lisbon's Avatar lisbon 07:29 AM 06-26-2010
The current set up goes like this:

Samsung LNT4065F - $2300 (3 plus years ago...:sigh
Direct TV HR20 - $199
Panasonic DMP-BD35K Blu Ray player - $299

PSB Image T5 (Pair) - $900
PSB Image C5 (Center) $300
PSB Image B4 (Bookshelves/rears/Pair) -$300
Harman Kardon AVR 635 - $1200 (4 Years ago)

HDMI Cables, Speaker Wire, Optical Digital and Coaxial cables = $200 ish

Sanus Flat Screen Mount - $100
Def Tech Speaker Mounts for the B4's - $40


Total = $5840

This, as you can see, includes no subs (wifes doing).

Montekay's Avatar Montekay 08:08 AM 06-26-2010
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Originally Posted by doublewing11 View Post

OMG..........the cost of building my dedicated room is staggering, let alone the AV equipment!

I don't even know what portion of the house cost went for the theatre. Once it was all drawn up and my builder understood it he did make the comment... "I'm not building you a house with a dedicated theatre, I'm building you a theatre with a dedicated living space!"

Basically 2500 sq ft down stairs is a very unremarkable run of the mill three bedroom house. Upstairs the remainder of the approximate 3900 sq ft is the theatre lobby area and theatre.

As for equipment outside the theatre...who knows! It would take awhile to add up but there would be several K$ in the system down stairs with the 60" TV, another several K$ in the 2-ch system in the dinning room, another several K$ in the whole house audio... It's scary to think about!

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Zenith DTT900's Avatar Zenith DTT900 03:06 PM 06-26-2010
Nice little 2.1 system for the home office. Great for the occasional movie. Looking to update to 5.1 in the future.

JBL Control 28 - $458.00
JBL Control SB-210 - $539.00
Harman Kardon HK 3490 - $299.00
Crown XTI 1000 - $499.00
NEC MultiSync LCD3215 - $587.69
Sony Blu-ray Disc Player BDP-BX2 - $135.99

Prices are from Amazon.com. Total comes out to $2,518.68.
Tiga's Avatar Tiga 08:08 PM 06-26-2010
Here's mine from the other end of the cost spectrum (low) in my 10.5' x 16.5' basement mancave.

Current HT Set-up

Onkyo SR606 - $200
LG BH200 SuperBlu HD DVD / Blu-Ray combo player - $75
Realistic Mach One 40-4024a's for L/R Mains - $50
BIC RTR43 for surrounds - $20
TSC ASW-10 Sub - $90
Infocus IN72 - $390
BOC DIY Screen - $15

Total - $840

Current 2 Channel set-up (all Vintage)

Near Mint Sansui 5500 - $35
Kenwood KR4140 (as a tuner only) - $15
Boston Acoustics A70 - $26

Total - $76


I consider myself proof you don't need to send a lot of money to have an enjoyable Home theater or music-listening experience. Plus the way I look at it -if I can make such a low-budget set-up look and sound this good and be this much fun imagine how it's going to be when I start seriously upgrading.
Magius's Avatar Magius 04:08 AM 06-28-2010
This is a little embarrassing but I've actually kept a log in Excel for specifically this purpose. I attached it below for you guys, though it made me .zip it first since it won't take .xls. Over the last several years every time I buy something new for the home theater it goes in the log, and even stuff that I've retired from the theater stays on the list for posterity. Everything from speakers and displays to cables and wallplates, there's even some costs for my DIY materials in there.

In any case, my current home theater setup cost me $8,696.93, with an associated retail price of $13,260.22. The MSRPs have to be fudged here and there, but it helps me believe I've gotten some decent deals Plus the MSRPs do not include the associated tax or shipping that would accompany them, while my costs do, so I'm not kidding myself too much...

In addition to the above there's $2,767.49 worth of "no longer used" equipment, the lion's share of which is my 50" Sony TV that I replaced with the DIY 110" projector screen. So all told over the last 7 years I've thrown $11,461.42 at this hobby.

The next thing on my list to buy is an Onkyo TX-NR3007 to replace my aging Yamaha with no HDMI. The poor guy turns 7 this October and while he's worked like a horse his whole life it's time to give him a break. That will bump my total another $1,200 or so unless the closeout sales I've been waiting for come to fruition after the announcement of the 3008s. I'd kill to snag one under $1k...

 

Home Theater Costs.zip 7.73046875k . file
Nunzi's Avatar Nunzi 06:47 AM 06-28-2010
$7000 just on speekers 5.1 setup .....Focal.......
caper_1's Avatar caper_1 07:39 AM 06-28-2010
I started my mission a few months ago to try and squeeze every ounce of value from every dollar and this is what I came up with. Read prices in amount paid either used or on sale vs. regular price new. All prices in Canadian.

47LG55 1080P (47" LCD) bought 18 months ago: 999 new+tax/1599 regular price
tilting/swiveling mount: $120 with tax&ship new
Yamaha RX-V565 receiver $550+tax new / 600 regular
PS3 blue ray/media center/console wired to PC for HD streaming: $200 used/400 new at the time
Portable 500 GB USB drive for HD audio playback on PS3: $115 tax in new
Wii with 3rd party USB sensor bar $210+tax, $30 for sensor bar
3 X Energy Take FPS for L/C/R: $300 used total / $1500+tax reg price
4 X Energy Take LCR for surround and back: $400 new on ebay incl ship/duty/ $1500+tax reg
Monitor Audio RS-W12 sub: $400 used / $1399+tax new
Cables/wire/accessories/speaker mounts/etc from monoprice: $200 incl ship/duty
LED strip light kit for backlighting: $50 incl ship new
2 X leather loveseat dual recliners: $2500 new
Powerbridge in-wall extension: $100 incl duty/ship new
Wire raceway: $50 new but I bought from a guy who had surplus. Reg price would have been about $130+tx
Paint & supplies $150

Still have to buy an A/V rack to replace my old one.

Total price paid approx $6300 including seating. Reg price for all new would have been about $11,500.
Biggest savings were my mains + center and sub all used but in like new condition. Also saved $600 on TV on boxing week sale. Also don't forget how much we all save by ordering from monoprice
I don't consider myself cheap, but rather a smart shopper...I rarely pay reg price for anything.
PG_AVS's Avatar PG_AVS 08:22 AM 06-28-2010
Speakers (Vandersteen Quatros, VCC-2, V2W, VSM-1) ~= $12,000
Electronics, including TT (Adcom 555, Adcom 2535, OPPO BDP-83SE, Parasound AVC1800, SOTA Sapphire, Belari 129, Sony KDL-52XBR2) ~= $10,600
Audio, video cables, misc "stuff" ~= $500

~ Total = $23,100

Upgraded over many years (20+)

Edit: These are the retail prices (retail at the time purchased - not now, as some of this gear is older and no longer available new). The amount actually spent is significantly less...
Need4spdnb's Avatar Need4spdnb 10:09 AM 06-28-2010
Here mine goes:

Pioneer PDP6020 $5500
Denon AVP $7500
Simaudio Titan 5 $9500
Focal Electra 1028, cc1008, iw1003
$18000
Audioquest cabling $3200
Furman Reference 15 $2000
Sony BDPS5000ES $1500

Total $47200

Subs are next purchase, probably dual sub1 or sub 25 from Paradigm, or a sub2
Transmaniacon's Avatar Transmaniacon 10:29 AM 06-28-2010
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Originally Posted by Tiga View Post

Here's mine from the other end of the cost spectrum (low) in my 10.5' x 16.5' basement mancave.

Current HT Set-up

Onkyo SR606 - $200
LG BH200 SuperBlu HD DVD / Blu-Ray combo player - $75
Realistic Mach One 40-4024a's for L/R Mains - $50
BIC RTR43 for surrounds - $20
TSC ASW-10 Sub - $90
Infocus IN72 - $390
BOC DIY Screen - $15

Total - $840

Current 2 Channel set-up (all Vintage)

Near Mint Sansui 5500 - $35
Kenwood KR4140 (as a tuner only) - $15
Boston Acoustics A70 - $26

Total - $76


I consider myself proof you don't need to send a lot of money to have an enjoyable Home theater or music-listening experience. Plus the way I look at it -if I can make such a low-budget set-up look and sound this good and be this much fun imagine how it's going to be when I start seriously upgrading.

Right on!
caper_1's Avatar caper_1 10:45 AM 06-28-2010
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Originally Posted by need4spdnb View Post

here mine goes:

Pioneer pdp6020 $5500
denon avp $7500
simaudio titan 5 $9500
focal electra 1028, cc1008, iw1003
$18000
audioquest cabling $3200
furman reference 15 $2000
sony bdps500es $1500

total $47200

subs are next purchase, probably dual sub1 or sub 25 from paradigm, or a sub2

holy....mother.....of god!
OmegaR3D's Avatar OmegaR3D 11:15 AM 06-28-2010
I don't even want to think of the cost to get to where I am, nearly every component has been replaced with something better 2-3 times within a year to get to my current HT setup. The tv is on the way out when I get the cash for a 3D Plasma.

Samsung PN50b530 $1300
Onkyo TX-SR608 $700
Popcorn A-200 $200+$130 for 2GB drive
PS3 Slim $300
Energy RC-Micro system $800
Energy RC-Mini's 4 x $150-250 depending on sales
Energy RC Mini CC $200
Energy RC-R x2 $250 each[/quote]
mjg100's Avatar mjg100 12:52 PM 06-28-2010
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Originally Posted by caper_1 View Post

holy....mother.....of god!

Those prices are MSRP, not what he paid. At least I hope not. As an example;
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...DP-6020FD.Kuro Knock 40% off of those prices. Still a lot of money.
Need4spdnb's Avatar Need4spdnb 01:16 PM 06-28-2010
Correct, that was MSRP. Didn't pay that much.
chrischaos's Avatar chrischaos 01:59 PM 06-28-2010
Upstairs: Energy C-8's (used) Paid $900.00
Energy surrounds Paid $300.00
Definitive 2002 Centre Paid $600.00
SVS PC13 ultra Paid $1900.00
Marantz 8001 Paid $1780.00
Panasonic BD55 Paid $280.00
Sony 200 CD Paid $190.00
Panasonic PZ750 50" Paid $3000.00

Downstairs: Swan Diva 6.2 pkge Paid $2800.00
2-DIY Dual ED 18' sub sonotubes Paid $2200.00
Yamaha RXV3900 Paid $1400.00
Emotiva XPA-5 Paid $900.00
Sony ps3 Paid $400.00
Nintendo Wii Paid $200.00
Ipod & Dock Paid $189.00
Toshiba DVD/CD Paid $199.00
Panasonic PZ750 58" Paid $2800.00

All pricing is Canadian and includes all conversions, freight , taxes, etc.
AvGeek07's Avatar AvGeek07 02:33 PM 06-28-2010
my first system started out "expensive", i was shock when things started to add up.

Pioneer vsx 92 txh elite receiver (amazon $1500) new
samsung bdp 1500 (bestbuy) on sale $230
Sony Bravia 60 hz hdtv 720p (on sale $899.99)
Hsu bookshelf speakers each hb1 mk2 $149
Hsu Center speaker $239
Hsu Vtf-1 $499
Hdmi Cable Dynex 29.99 (2)

After all the gear it came close $ 3546.98 and for future upgrade would be to get a multichannel amplifier to use it as a pre/pro.
samsurd2's Avatar samsurd2 04:13 PM 06-29-2010
Didn't realize how much I'd spent until I did this list of my actual expenses.

Samsung HL-S5086W (DLP HDTV) 1300
Samsung DVD-VR330 (VCR/DVD Recorder) 230
Samsung BD-P1590 (Bluray player) 130
Sony STR-DG1000 (7.1 AVR) 550
BIC H-100 (Subwoofer) 250
4 x Polk Audio R150 (FL/FR/SL/SR) 200
1 x Polk Audio CSR (Center) 100
Sony CDP-CE275 (5 disc carousel CD player) 150
3 x HDMI Cables (from Monoprice) 20
1 each, component & s-video cables 20
1 each, stereo RCA, SPDIF & TOSLINK cables 20
1 x stereo mini-to-RCA "Y" cable 10
Harmony 880 Universal Remote 110
Netgear XET1001 Powerline Network Kit 120
Omnimount (to place CSR on top of HDTV) 30
Motorola DCT6412 III (HD STB/DVR) rent

Total 3240
Paraneer's Avatar Paraneer 10:01 PM 06-29-2010
Here we go...

Panasonic TCP-54 Plasma Display
Pioneer Elite SC-25 AVR
Parasound 2125 Power amp
Parasound 2100 Pre-amp
Pioneer BD051 Blu-Ray
Pioneer DV-578A DVD/SACD
Wharfedale Diamond 9.6 mains
Wharfedale Diamond 9.cm center
Wharfedale Diamond 9.2 surrounds
Klipsch RW12 subwoofer

Paid: $5105 - MSRP: $8305

Hoping the OP will plot out all the posts to see where we fit in the bell curve.
crazyrob425's Avatar crazyrob425 10:12 PM 06-29-2010
-Samsung 46" LCD LN46A580: $2,000
-Sony STR-DH700 Reciever: $200
-Fat Sony PS3: $400
-Polk RM6750 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System: $250
-Sony SS-TL5 4-way floorstanders used for music only: Free
thebigq's Avatar thebigq 01:48 PM 07-08-2010
Mine with my purchase finally complete is:

Sony bravia w5150 - $900
ps3 - $300
MA R270 x2 - $300
MA R225 x3 - $300
Stands - $70
PA-120 sub - $200
Denon 1910 - $350
Cables - $100

TOTAL - 2520 (wow.. didn't realize it was that much.. hmm)
stgdz's Avatar stgdz 02:18 PM 07-08-2010
oh what the heck

Fronts, QSC 2150's $1800 for all three
Surrounds in DIY D2 speakers $ $200
THT sub and plate amp $400
Parasound 1205 amp $550
HTPC that I use as a preamp $900
Sim2 HT300 $300
DIY screen $200
Total of $4,350

I plan on replacing my surrounds with some DIY waveguides and building an additional tapped horn sub to fit in the other corner.
gobrigavitch's Avatar gobrigavitch 02:39 PM 07-15-2010
Here's a best guess (some components are getting long in the tooth)

JVC RS10 - 2800 (from AVS with shipping and taxes)
Carada 128" 2.4 screen - 1250
Pioneer VSX-74 - 1500
Panasonic BD60 - 200
Toshiba HDA30 - 150
Pioneer DV-59 - 1000
DVDO Duo - 1000
Monoprice Cables - 300 (would likely be 3000 if Monster)
Mirage Omni 150 x3 - 600 (front speakers)
Mirage OS2 x 4 - 800 (surround speakers)
Monster ML300 - 200 (remote control)
Leviton vizia RF+ switches x 4 - 300
Coaster recliners x 6 - 3000

Totals just over 13K
Servicetech571's Avatar Servicetech571 06:18 PM 07-15-2010
LG 60PK550 $1,200 on sale.
Denon AVR 1508 $230.
HTPC about $500.
Front speakers built in 1994, about $200 in drivers/cabinets.
Monoprice 8" in walls for surrounds $50.
Dayton built center channel $60

$2,240, ouch didn't realize I had so much in it...
mfahnestock's Avatar mfahnestock 07:14 PM 07-15-2010
Let's see....

Two Triad Bronze/4 Surrounds (used): $ 540
Three Triad Silver/6 LCR (used): 810
Oppo BDP-83 Blu Ray (new): 500
Pioneer SC-27 (new): 1200
Artison RCC-600 Sub & Amp (new): 1000
URC MSC-400 (used): 300
URC MX-980 (new): 300
Panamax 5300-PM (used): 200
Cables (Monoprice): 200
Sony KDL-V40XBR1 (5 years ago) 2500
Home Maintenance for Theater: 450

Wow... $8,000 over last five years... I imagine MSRP is abour 3-4,000 more.
adidino's Avatar adidino 07:39 PM 07-15-2010
Triad Platinum LCR+Center Speakers $21,000
Dual JL Audio F113 $6800
Dali IW200+Phantom Frame surround speakers $3400
Pass Labs X250 $6000
ADA PMT6150 amp (for surrounds) $1500
Classe SSP800 $9000
Oppo BDP83 $500
JVC RS10 $3800
Stewart Studiotek 130 $1900
Purenote Interconnects/Cobalt Speaker cable $900
Origenae Media Center PC $800
Bass Industries Penthouse Motorized Theater Chairs (5) $12000
Room Treatment $2000
URC MX5000 Remote $1200

$70,800 <</b>gulp> hope my wife doesn't see this.
Tunacious's Avatar Tunacious 08:06 PM 07-15-2010
Speakers:
Swan Diva 6.1's
Swan C3
Swan R3's
SVS PB13-Ultra
Total: $3,650

Electronics:
Denon 3803 AVR
Denon 1560 CD
Denon 2900 Universal
Yamaha TT
Audio Technica cartridge
Yamaha Dual Cassette Deck
Panasonic Hi-Fi VCR
Samsung Monitor
AKG K-401 Headphones
Total: $4,450

Cables/Interconnects:
Monster, BetterCables, Belden, Blue Jeans, Neo-Tech
Total: $700

Misc:
Can-Am Storage - $1,500


Grand Total: $10,400
T-Bone's Avatar T-Bone 08:25 PM 07-15-2010
Speakers:
Rocket RS550 MK II fronts
Rocket RSC200 center
Rocket RSS300 surrounds
Ref 0.5 rear surrounds $200
SVS PB12-ISD sub $600
Total: $2,650

Electronics:
DIY Home Theater PC $1,500
Boston Acoustics A7200 amp $750
BenQ PE7800 DLP front projector $2,000 (2004)
URC MX700 remote $140
Total: $4,390

Misc:
Lane Theater recliners (four) $2,700

Grand Total:
$9,740

-T
Geoff4RFC's Avatar Geoff4RFC 09:29 PM 07-15-2010
I like KMIKEs wordage, "bargain basement", this also explains my shopping technique.

This is also my first HT so a huge learning process.

LG50PS30 Plasma $849

LGBD390 Blu-ray player $210

Onkyo TX-NR807 $729

Onkyo SKS-HT870
7.1 speaker system $299

Energy ESW-8SG sub $99

WireLogic 12' HDMI x 2 $39

RCA 14awg 200' $35

BXT Amp/Receiver cooler
fan x 2 $60

TrippLite HT-10DBS $65

Total: $2385
grasshoppers's Avatar grasshoppers 09:52 PM 07-15-2010
I would prefer to take the 5th... but here goes

Display- Sony Bravia 48" LCD-----$2200 (3years ago)
Speakers-Paradigm signature series-$5600 (2-s-6,1-c-3,2-s-1)
Sub -Rythmik F12 sealed servo -$800
AVR-Marantz sr5003 -$800
2-Outlaw m2200 mono-block amps -$700
Sony blu-ray player -$350

That totals to about $10,450.

Oh No, Gotta run, I here the wife coming 'round the corner!!!!
rlhaudio's Avatar rlhaudio 10:05 PM 07-15-2010
McIntosh MX-136 $10,000
McIntosh MC501 (2) $12,000
McIntosh MC205 $7,000
B&W 802D (2) $12,000
B&W HTM2D $4,000
B&W SCM1 (2) $2,200
B&W DS7 (2) $1800
B&W ASW 855 $3600
approx. 90" projection screen $1100
Panasonic 50" Plasma T.V.
Samsung Blu Ray $300 (cheapest unit)
Onkyo TXNR807 $750
approx $70,000 including speaker wire and interconnects. Transparent Ultra MM2, WireWorld, DH Labs, AudioQuest, etc.

My wife did I find out, Now I have so sell or lose half in a divorce..
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