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View Poll Results: How Much Have You Invested in Your Current Home Theater?
Under $1000 25 2.55%
$1000-$5000 249 25.41%
$5000-$10,000 255 26.02%
$10,000-$50,000 373 38.06%
$50,000-$100,000 58 5.92%
Over $100,000 20 2.04%
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post #151 of 175 Old 10-14-2014, 01:58 PM
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11 B&W 800 series nice, which ones?
2 803S's L/R
1 HTM3S Center
2 N805 Wides (Still look and sound great but not being tasked that much)
2 In Ceiling CCM 816's (Love these guys - perfectly suited for Heights)
2 SCM1's. Surround Rears (Also capable of much more than just filling up the backroom).
2 In Ceiling CCM 80's in Surround duty. Truthfully, my rooms weakest link. I just had no wall or floor space to properly place ear level surrounds. They actually sound and work fine but purists would have a solid argument that my room is flawed. I think most rooms at home have some type flaw. The surrounds are mine. That and the room is close to square.

My subs are the SVS SB13 Ultra's. I have them slightly off center but in two opposite corners. I use to have 2 B&W ASW 2500's and although the SVS's are nice, in retrospect the little 2500's were some dang well made good sounding little subs. The vinyl finish wasn't as purty as the SVS's but otherwise this was not my best upgrade purchase.

My last additive sound type device are Crowson Technology Shadow 8 Transducers on my big couch sectional. Also an amp to power them. My wife thought I was certifiable when I bought these little rattlers but after the first movie, she was hooked. Loves them more than just about anything else. A little uber low LFE rumble makes a bombastic movie quite a lot more immersive; not gimmicky at all. As people look at how much they spend on rooms, this little feature is a big home run in my kid centric household.

I figure the B&W speakers are sellable for around $8 to $10K but I have zero desire to swap them out. Yes, every one says Diamonds are the way to go but I don't have teenage ears anymore and am not sure that I can hear well enough to justify upgrading at a cost of more than triple what I spent.
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2 803S's L/R
1 HTM3S Center
2 N805 Wides (Still look and sound great but not being tasked that much)
2 In Ceiling CCM 816's (Love these guys - perfectly suited for Heights)
2 SCM1's. Surround Rears (Also capable of much more than just filling up the backroom).
2 In Ceiling CCM 80's in Surround duty. Truthfully, my rooms weakest link. I just had no wall or floor space to properly place ear level surrounds. They actually sound and work fine but purists would have a solid argument that my room is flawed. I think most rooms at home have some type flaw. The surrounds are mine. That and the room is close to square.

My subs are the SVS SB13 Ultra's. I have them slightly off center but in two opposite corners. I use to have 2 B&W ASW 2500's and although the SVS's are nice, in retrospect the little 2500's were some dang well made good sounding little subs. The vinyl finish wasn't as purty as the SVS's but otherwise this was not my best upgrade purchase.

My last additive sound type device are Crowson Technology Shadow 8 Transducers on my big couch sectional. Also an amp to power them. My wife thought I was certifiable when I bought these little rattlers but after the first movie, she was hooked. Loves them more than just about anything else. A little uber low LFE rumble makes a bombastic movie quite a lot more immersive; not gimmicky at all. As people look at how much they spend on rooms, this little feature is a big home run in my kid centric household.

I figure the B&W speakers are sellable for around $8 to $10K but I have zero desire to swap them out. Yes, every one says Diamonds are the way to go but I don't have teenage ears anymore and am not sure that I can hear well enough to justify upgrading at a cost of more than triple what I spent.
Very nice vintage B&W I only upgraded because I could but now I am done for the next ten years at least

I want a 4K Projector with HDCP2.2 and 10 or 12 bit video
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Pics of the room please! I love myself a Eames ... but steering to get a Ekornes.
I am always down to share pictures of my little system:




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I always find it a bit amusing when someone is *stunned* to see $50k invested in a moderate home theater system, stating they can't believe someone ever spends that much on such a system......then they look at their $8k Rolex watch and walk to their $60k Mercedes in their $400 pair of shoes and drive off to meet their wife for a $250 dinner at Capital Grille to discuss their $10k vacation plans to Europe.
My take on the whole thing is that it is relative...to me anyway

My "toys" costs seem to go up with my other items...and income ofcourse

for example...if someone drops $50K in their home theater

I would say that person has, or could easily afford 2x all the other costs you mention except the $10K vacation

any more...a $8K Rolex and $60K car are nothing close to top of the the line

with a $50K home theater system( for just electronic components) puts you must closer to the best of the best


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My take on the whole thing is that it is relative...to me anyway

My "toys" costs seem to go up with my other items...and income ofcourse

for example...if someone drops $50K in their home theater

I would say that person has, or could easily afford 2x all the other costs you mention except the $10K vacation

any more...a $8K Rolex and $60K car are nothing close to top of the the line

with a $50K home theater system( for just electronic components) puts you must closer to the best of the best


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If you re-read my post, you see that I say most of us build up our systems over time using discretionary income - which can be quite a substantial sum if you are in consecutive years of upgrade-itis. I also said that it is all about how we spend our discretionary income - including a luxury watch that doesn't tell time any better than a $5 watch, a $60k car for transportation when a $20k car would get a person from point A to point B, a trip to the sea shore vs. Europe, eating at TGIF vs. Capital Grill, spa pampering vs. nothing, etc. . . . . Now I'm not saying a trip to the Jersey shore is the same as a trip to the French Riviera or any of these things are equivalent, but many people would think it crazy to spend $1200 on a high-end Oppo Blu ray player when their $50 Bluray from Walmart suits them just fine. It's just about how each of us spend our discretionary income and people's shock or surprise that so much would be invested in a home entertainment system. Hopefully my point is more clear to you.
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If you re-read my post, you see that I say most of us build up our systems over time using discretionary income - which can be quite a substantial sum if you are in consecutive years of upgrade-itis. I also said that it is all about how we spend our discretionary income - including a luxury watch that doesn't tell time any better than a $5 watch, a $60k car for transportation when a $20k car would get a person from point A to point B, a trip to the sea shore vs. Europe, eating at TGIF vs. Capital Grill, spa pampering vs. nothing, etc. . . . . Now I'm not saying a trip to the Jersey shore is the same as a trip to the French Riviera or any of these things are equivalent, but many people would think it crazy to spend $1200 on a high-end Oppo Blu ray player when their $50 Bluray from Walmart suits them just fine. It's just about how each of us spend our discretionary income and people's shock or surprise that so much would be invested in a home entertainment system. Hopefully my point is more clear to you.
and if you reread mine...I say its all relative

Just like many other things , including audio, that build up over time

that million dollar( or more) home that is lavishly furnished...with your $50K( or more) worth of electronics ofcourse....is something built up over time as well, with equity , purchases built up over time, and like you say "upgrade-itis"

I agree with you on the use of items that would do the job at a much lower cost


do you really have to live in the "best " neighborhood in town...when there are areas that are much less costly that would fit your needs for space, safety, schools etc

Just like anything else it becomes a question of desire to have and ability to obtain

For the record I generally think those type of things are worth the money. I would love a 100K car and the appropriate home that one parks a 100K car at...and ofcourse that $50K worth of electronics that would go along with my "package"

While I have the desire to obtain..I dont have the ability to buy that lifestyle

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Fortunately my wife is very disconnected from the theater. She LOVES it, but is not very tech-savvy so she leaves it all to me, and doesn't care what I spend.
So, here goes:
BenQ HT2050: $1000
Reciever: $450
Speakers: $325
Subwoofer: $210
Subwoofer 2, 3, 4, and 5: $120 (old computer 2.1 subs, tiny but mighty. They are mounted inside the seating for vibratory effect and they work great...little money..big return)
DIY Screen 120": $200
Seating: $3200 (2 2-seater theater seats, and 2 beanbags)
BD player: $120
Roku Streaming Stick: $50
Harmony Remote: $200
various cables, mounts, wires, accessories: $250 or so
Lighting : $250
Misc (decor, popcorn machine, cotton candy machine, etc etc): $1500
Basement reno to make it all happen: 25K but not counting that as the theater itself
Ability to WOW my friends and enjoy an experience that is better than an real theater: PRICELESS
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Over time it definitely adds up.

I started my HT journey back when Kenwood built an outboard processor (some may remember the unit, SS-97) which I promptly added to my 'rack system' along with a JVC 'hi-fi' VCR and an Emerson 27" 'flat-square CRT TV'...and it was good.
We used to marvel at Top Gun!!

Over time I have learned to NOT keep up with the Jones's.
So I wait and I always look for the best deal (like most of us), as I don't have the means, or the will, to just spend as I please. (good thing too!)
Forward to now and my HT/gaming system is constantly evolving yet I am patient enough to wait for the latest/greatest gear to drop back in the crowd as far as price and availability. I plan to upgrade to a 4K OLED in the future and am waiting until the price drops at or below what I paid for my current big screen....waiting is no problem
I don't have a grand, epic system yet I have a quality set-up that most all friends/relatives are impressed with - and one that I'm completely happy with.

With that I guess I fall in the middle of the poll as far as investment and value.
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Depends on whether you go by MSRP at the time, what I paid, or current resale value. If you go by MSRP I'm right around the $10k mark:

TV: $4k
Speakers/Sub: $3k
AVR: $1,500
PS4/Apple TV/etc: $500
Everything else (remote/wall mount/surge protector/TV stand/cables etc.): $1k

However I got my TV (XBRX940D) at a significant end of year discount (paid about $3k), picked up my fronts (RTiA7's) on a Fry's super clearance deal ($300 for the pair), and got most everything else (stand, mount, AVR) on sale, so I probably paid closer to $6,000 for everything.

That said, I'm not done as I still plan on picking up a second SVS PB-2000, a 3 channel (or 5 channel) amp, adding some Atmos speakers and getting a UHD Blu-ray player (probably the XBox Scorpio) so I plan on spending another couple grand before I'm "done". And this is a shared living room, so if I ever move and have room to do a dedicated HT space I could see myself easily spending double for more/better stuff (11.2.4 and reclining HT seats anyone?).
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Too much, but never enough!

Building a new Media Room. This exercise may be harmful to my wallet!!

Room itself: $121,000 (Based on $430 sq. Ft. Baseline build price. OK, not really a fair comparison as this is King County, Puget Sound, water front new construction cost. Dorothy, this ain't Kansas!

Screen 133inch diagonal $3,000
Projector 4K $4000 (Not yet purchased approximate)
Subs SVS Sealed Ultra 13.5's $3000
Transducers and Amp $2,500
All Speakers: $14,000 (Admittedly some are from last Media Room)
Lighting $2000
Lighting Control $3,500
Marantz Pre, Amplifiers, Blu Ray, Tivo's $10,000
Sound Deadening $1,500
Furniture and Barstools $6,000
Shades and Shade Control $2,500
Art on wall $1,500
I-Pad + Programming and part of Lutron/Elan $2,500
Media Access Room racks, power UPS, Switch, Misc. $10,000
Paint: Custom $1500

$185,500 but admittedly most of this is the house itself factored in to this pace. Take away that and the number is more like $64,500 and even this includes a bunch of whole home smart cost.

Yikes! I should not have done this exercise!!!!
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I get most of my items used, so my cost in is very low. For my two setups (HD and SD) of current equipment I can get to a price of $876. I can say that I have probably spent more than that on media and storage.

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I'm currently at less than $800 all-in. That includes 434 square inches of cone area in standalone subwoofers, 3x matching reference capable towers for the LCR, reference capable side surrounds, rear surrounds with wall mounts, LCD TV, HDMI receiver, Blu-ray player, bass traps, and all cables / speaker wires. Thrift shops and online classifieds are a wonderful thing.
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I have less than $3000 invested in my 2 plasmas, 2 lcds, & 2 projectors + screens.

LOL!

Plus just under a $1000 in the soundbars & sound bases.

I voted $1000 to $5000 but if bought new, it would probably be in the $10000 to $50,000 range. Given the plethora of expensive old video processors I have acquired used. (one costing $30,000 when new).

Epson 8350 / Panasonic AX-200u / Optoma Graywolf 92" / Draper Luma 92"
Samsung 51F8500 / Panasonic P50ST60 / Vizio P502ui-B1E / Sony 50W700B
Sony S790 / Panasonic BDT-220 / Roku 2 XS & Roku 2
Sony NT5 / Samsung F550 / Speakercraft CS3 / Yamaha YAS-105
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I started with a home theater in a box from Definitive tech. Made me want more. Then I went with a Denon 4311ci and a small upgrade to speakers. Made me want more. Then I went separates, one of the best decision I've made with the HT..though my wallet thinks differently.
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Way to much and I do not have a dedicated theater room yet because my wife son and I live in a 1320SQFT condo. I have lived in the same condo for 14 years and while have purchased:

4 tvs - Pioneer elite 1110HD
Pioneer elite 110FD
Pioneer elite 151FD
LG E6

3 receivers / processors - Pioneer elite (forgot which one)
Denon- 4308ci
Marantz 8802a

B&W Speakers - CWM7.3 x 3
CWM7.4 x 2
CCM682 x 4

XT4 x 2
XT2 x 4
XTC x 1

Subwoofer - Velodyne DD10 x1

Amps - Rotel RMB1575
Rotel RMB1565
Rotel RB1572

Cables - Monster HDMI M1000 and M1000 audio connects

Blu Ray player - Denon 3800BDCI
Oppo 203

several hundred Blu rays, UHD Blu rays and DVDS

Animation artwork consists - Original Tom Everhart (acrylic on paper) x 3
Dr Seuss taxidermy Sculptures x 7
Secret Art of Dr Seuss serigraphs x 12

I am more afraid to think of what the artwork costs and what it is worth now, it is easily $150K+. The home theater equipment has to north of 50K but not sure.
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At least $5000

1600 for samsung samrt tv 4 years ago.

2500 for hsu research hybrid 15 7.1 set with stands and cables

1200 onkyo nr 1010 avr.
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Mines still a word in progress, currently in the $1000-$5000 range but I expect I'll be in the $5000-$10000 range in the next few years.
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Sony XBR 65A1E 5500.00
Marantz SR 6011 1200.00
Martin Logans motion 40's Front L&R, Motion 30 center, motion 15 rears L&R 3200.00
SVS PC12 plus Sub 1200.00
Sony UBP X800 UHD player 350.00
Misc cables, surge protection estimated 600.00
4k UHD movies 500.00
Bluray movies estimated 4000.00

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Marantz SR6011 AVR l Martin Logan motion 40's, motion 30, and motion 15 rears
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I have a dedicated theater so I am counting furniture but NOT the coat of finishing my basement as that was about 30k....the theater came later after a water leak destroyed the ceiling (and a "ahhh I could install a theater moment. But...here goes.
Couches: Seatcraft theater seats $3000 (2 of them, 1.5k each)
DIY 12" riser: $220
110" screen: $220
Curtains and decor: $400
BenQ ht2050: $800
Onkyo TX-NR757: $500
Aperion Audio Intimus 4T set (2 bookshelves, 2 towers, center) $1150
Atmos in-ceiling speakers (2): $250
Bravus II 8D subwoofer: $400
Klipsch 12sw: $450
Sony 3D Blu Ray Player: $180
3D glasses (4): $220
Various wires and misc: $1000
DIY proscenium: $350
Popcorn popper: $200
Other misc stuff: $500
If we are counting movies then that's another 7-8k right there....I have a LOT (1100+, 2/3 Blu ray)
My Wife's blessing: priceless

I'm probably getting close to the 10k mark all told, or maybe a little over. Eventually I would like to redo some stuff, perhaps put in a preamp 9.2 or 11.2 system (currently have 5.2.2 atmos). At the moment my audio and video are superb and my wife thinks so too so probably gonna wait until I either buy a new house or redo my entire basement before any major equipment upgrades. At the moment I am mostly concentrating on decor and comfort.
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Here it is. By the way that is actually my son's leg and foot, it just looks like my wife's haha.
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Old LG 42" TV 1080p (looking to upgrade as I have ran into problems with this one)

Nothing amazing but I am looking at 4k TV's and surround sound
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Still a work-in-progress / on-going project but... here is the list for Theater 1.0:

The subwoofers are: 2 7ft horns, and 28 sealed subs.
I'm flat from 2Hz to >30kHz +- almost nothing. (Very low THD too, even at 10Hz.)
Mostly 100db/w/m speakers. 80kW of amplification (mostly bass, FP14k's etc), dedicated 200ampere line just for that room. It gets loud (if desired...)

Still need a 4k projector... but other than that I think this number covers Theater 1.0

I had to make-do with the room I had available to me. The room wasn't designed to soundproof against 30 subwoofers (as you could well imagine...) I knew this going in...
The greenglue and whatnot blocks out the >200hz up to 15db above THX though. But not the subs!
So I am looking at possibly selling this house and building Theater 2.0, an underground bunker this time.
At least 25x35x10 this time which will allow for more seating and a bigger screen, and being completely submerged underground, it will be soundproofed against nuclear-levels of bass.
I will be taking every piece of equipment that I can with me, only the screen/projector and in-wall wiring will be left behind...
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Just saw this thread pop back up, it is a bit of a blast from the past. When I first posted I was wrapping up my first dedicated theater in a bedroom and was on the hook for around $10,000. I have since moved, gotten a real (though still much too small) dedicated theater room, and have done a lot more upgrading. Not sure the exact amount, but my ugly little theater probably has around $20,000 dropped into it. Everything in the room is DIY so that has helped ensure that the room remains ugly and the prices don't totally get away from me.

My Theater: The Ugly Theater
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Got bit by the HT bug and upgrade from a 32 inch 720 Sony. So far have spent just about $2000 by carefully watching deals.

Samsung KS8000 60 inch
Yamaha RX-V383
Micca MB42X L, R, and surrounds
Micca MB42X center

Now I need to shop for a sub!
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