Originally Posted by juicy
Yes, the 500M! i didn't get the speakers that go with it but I'm debating that still. I like the clean look of how it is now but attached speakers might have some benefits for casual everyday viewing, etc.
I posted on another thread of how i'm a bit concerned reading through the user manual. towards the end it says to use the Zoom when watching letterboxed movies and to avoid stations with logo id's. of course these two things are the majority of what I like to watch so I'm a bit nervous while i'm watching TV! it's like I have my finger on the remote, ready to zoom or change channels, etc.
I ran out and bought the first blu-ray player I saw just to test.. but i had to run the movie in Zoom mode according to manual.. did look nice though.
i noticed when watching HBO HD I see alot of 'noise' in the picture. not sure if it's the set or signal.
I decided I would run the burn in overnight and still watch stuff in between and then maybe get it calibrated down the road.
If you are going to watch tv durin breakin, it is a good idea to stay away from the black bars from letter box movies and the logo ids. But before you know it the burnin will be done, and that worry will be gone. I get zero noise with HBO hd, which provider do you have? Likely a problem with the signal, not the 500M, it will produce whatever you feed to it.
I would think twice about getting the speakers for the 500M, some say they ruin the aestetics of the bezel, but are ok for daily tv, kinda mediocre for movies with big soundtracks, see discussion here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1195154
I think they would run you maybe $300 or so. A problem with this option is that they run off the very wimpy amplifier built into the tv, so the volume level w/out distortion will be limited, and you only get left/right channels. One of the great features of bluray and even cable movies is the big 5.1/7.1 surround sound tracks, adds greatly to enjoyment for most people. If you are interested in this type of sound, maybe wait till money is available.
Other options are a soundbar, which will be good but not great, or what many do, which is a surround sound receiver and speakers. The last option can be bought as a home theater in a box (HTIB), some of which are great deals and give pretty good sound, or for better systems, people will buy a more expensive receiver and seperate speakers. I am upgrading from an Onkyo HTIB myself. See here for some htib options: http://reviews.cnet.com/best-home-theatre-systems/
Here is s good one for a little over $300 w/out bluray since you already got one) that would work nicely with your 500M: http://reviews.cnet.com/home-theater...lst#cnetReview
Another option to consider is left/right powered floorstanding speakers, no need for amplifier. These cost more for good speakers, but can give very high quality sound w/out cost of receiver. Example, the Klipsch XF-48, see here http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...5/klipsch-xf48
, these are very, very good, $400 a piece, originally $1250 each. You can check them out at most bestbuys that have a magnolia room, BB wants the full $1250 for them. I am considering these myself even though I have a very good receiver, because I think they are great left/rights for the money. Hope this helps.