Originally Posted by krabapple
HD-DVD (assuming it is a success) is going to really put these future-proofing issue on the front burner.
Which is exactly why I did it. I'm keeping my money in my pocket. For now.
I was tipped off by an old army buddy. This birdie told me that a certain B&M CE superstore with an online presence was running a sweetheart deal on....
On an Onkyo
The little sister, the TX-SR604, bought on-line, with $120 off in miscellaneous incentives and discounts from the standard retail street price.
I am picking it up tomorrow, locally, less than a mile from where I am going anyway. Like Ari, I am expecting a FedEx of (HT-540 7.1) loudspeakers on Monday. Unlike Ari, I don't yet have the Sammy to display upon. All ye who await my testing and probing (wit) shall have to hold on to thine horses.
So far the budget is on target for under $5K.
I already have a ton of cables. Got Opti and coax for digi.
Does anyone wanna try to convince me that I have to use better than a decent (matched) set of 3' component cables? I won't be running long HDMI, 1x0.5m' & 1x2.0m, and, besides those super thick cables are heavy and more prone to intermission or falling out altogether.
Speakers and the AVR, plus HDMI cables and I'm under $700.
The Sammy price (at the other B&M CE superstore known by its twin initials) dropped another $50 on top of the recent $350 drop gets yet closer to $2K. If I wait long enough (5 weeks
) i'll get it for a hair over a double grand, including tax.
The custom 11' wide wall unit is another $2K.
Given that the room is imperfectly lit, and irregularly shaped, good enough will have to do. Quite nicely, no doubt.
Can't wait to get it rocking for now. Really can't wait for the Sammy too.
Ari, you and me are gonna have fun.
FWIW - I tried CBS-HD from my SA 8300HD via S-Vid into my ProScan. The final hurrah for my CRT. It displayed 1:1 in a window in the middle of the screen, sharp as heck (for SD), amidst the deepest black letterbox bars. I assume that the HD downcon in the box is better than stepped on SD over digital cable. It's all about bandwith and bitrate.