Since 2 months after I graduated HighSchool, home theater has always drained my budget! I've been obsessed with the idea of projectors and surround sound (in my opinion creating the ultimate Home Theater). High quality audio to me has always been exciting but in the circle of people around me, they don't hear what I do. The defining highs of the tweeters, the clarity of the mids, and the low resonating, wall shaking frequencies of the bass joining together to create a lifelike experience! My first projector in my first apartment (still 2 months after graduation) was purchased from Wal-Mart
(I believe the manufacturer was Tiger Electronics). It wasn't much, but it was awesome for me! A short while after I moved into my apartment, I made a life changing experience....Joining the Marine Corp. While in the service, I continued my home theater hobby, which made my house..."the party house" every weekend....literally...EVERY WEEKEND! but I still wasn't receiving the Home Theater reviews I wanted, It wasn't enough for me to enjoy my Home Theater...I wanted others to hear what I was hearing, see what I saw, and feel what I felt. It was mind boggling to me...."How do you people not see, hear, and feel the awesomeness that is home theater!!!" Meanwhile 4 years later, my contract ended and after 2 tours to Iraq and 1 to Afghan (and a slight bit of artillery caused hearing damage), I decided to get out and go back home. Since then it has been a struggle financially to provide for my family and keep my hobby but I have always managed to provide while keeping a mediocre, semi home theater. (with no projector and an "o.k." surround sound). After a while I started to acquire more for my home theater from trading on craigslist to include 2 Pioneer AVR's, a Yamaha M-4, KLH Surrounds and a powered sub, and Sony surrounds and a powered sub. I acquired much more than this but these items are still in my system so I felt they needed mention.
My moment came the day I woke up, got ready for work, checked the mail and my Logitech Harmony 1000 came in the mail. Later when I went to work, I purchased a 5000 ANSI lumen HD projector with 8 extra bulbs, a Tivo HD 3 Series, 2 ceiling mount speakers, a Sony Vaio HTPC, and all the HDMI cables etc necessary to finally bring my home Theater together for less than $500 all from my job. (electronics recycling company) and that same evening purchased a pair of (Great Condition!!!) Vintage Snell Acoustics Type B Speakers from a friend for $25 (he didn't feel like moving them again and didn't really know what they were). After all the financial struggle, I was able to spend less than $600 and finally have what I considered a complete Home Theater! I didn't sleep that night as I was only concerned with setting up and hiding all the wires (ignoring the requests from my wife to "come to bed already!") I was too excited and was having mini "spaz-fits" knowing that I was actually going to have what I considered an awesome home theater on a major budget! For that matter, the best and most complete I had ever owned! I was smiling well into the next day hyping myself up for the completed project. I didn't turn anything on after I finished, due to wanting to wait until around 10am as not to receive complaints from the neighbors. When I tested everything, I wanted to TEST EVERYTHING!!! (if you know what I mean) IT WAS AMAZING!!!! and having what I finally wanted combined with the fact that I was also having a Superbowl Party that day was much like the wet dream of a Home Theater Connoisseur/ Sports fanatic. By the end of the party, the circle of people around me heard what I heard, saw what I saw, and felt what I felt. It was the ultimate recognition for home theater! I had finally received the feedback I hoped for!
As if that wasn't enough,after the party, I went outside to clean the BBQ Pit and my (upstairs) neighbor said thank you. I inquired as to why he was thanking me and he informed me that the bass resonating from my apartment made his superbowl watching experience that much better. Now that was surprising! All in all....A GREAT 2 days!Edited by Matthew Reid - 8/18/12 at 6:54am