Originally Posted by Estate23
Hello guys, new to the forum and new to all this home theater stuff so I need your help. We have just purchased a new home that has a room with approx size (havent measured yet) of 12 feet by 15 feet. I have absolutely no idea about all this stuff and find it a bit overwhelming. What I have decided so far is the Runco LS1 series projector and Paradigm speakers. What Im trying to do is set up the best system and I can without draining the bank account. I was at a dealer yesterday and they had the Runco LS5 series and Focal speakers with Denon amp etc and the total cost was about 20k. Since I know nothing about this stuff I know it is easy for them to take advantage of me.
So in saying that I would like to try and stay around the 15k mark install included.
Any ideas on what you would do with the LS1 to make it a very nice system again without killing the bank?? I would like to walk in to a dealer with a list showing everything I want. Thanks for all your help.
Is the $15K budget just for the audio, or does that include the projector?
Is your room pre-wired for speakers and/or subwoofer? If not, are you willing to do the wiring and installation yourself, or do you want the system installed by a "professional"? If you want it installed, be prepared to pay for the design work and the installation labor. Plus most custom installers do not discount the equipment, so you'll pay close to MSRP for it. If you plan to work with a custom installer, I suggest you get at least 3 quotes from different CI's. Let them all know they are in a competitive bidding situation; that way, you'll, (hopefully), get their most competitive bid. Ask for references, particularly for systems in your budget range. If possible, go check out some of the installs performed by the different CI's, especially the ones close to your budget range. Then, select the CI you feel provides the best value and will be the easiest to work with.
OTOH, if you're willing to do it yourself, you can apply the money saved towards the equipment and room treatments and end up with a higher value system.