I just received the 50" HP PL5060N Plasma TV today. Needless to say, I am super excited
. I hooked up the HDMI to DVI and the picture quality was awesome. I cannot compare it to other sets since this is my first, but I was pretty happy overall. The TV came within a week and the deliver guys (North American Home Lines) were terrific. They hooked up the stand and the speakers. The mounting unit + wiring came via FedEx Home Delivery and that turned out to be a hassle because they their terminals are different from the regular FedEx terminals and I had to take a 1/2 day off to make sure I was home to receive this stuff. But hey, no complaints so far.
What was very impressive about this set was that while the analog channels were not as clear as the digital ones, they were pretty good. Unfortunately I had to watch the TV via the component cables because the voice was not available via the HDMI-DVI cable and I do not have a home theatre system (yet).
I was planning on holding back on the home theatre for some time, but after setting the TV, the audio that comes with this TV does not do justice to its excellent video capabilities. So, I am in the market for a Home Theatre system for around $ 1000 and could really use your help.
I am a novice in the audio area. I never owned one before and this will be my first experience at it. So, please forgive me for asking the below beginner questions. I read some of the older posts in the audio section where the Athena B1.2 speakers and the HK 240 receiver with the Dannon sub seem to be highly recommended. I plan to mount the TV on top of the fire place. The living room is about 17 x 18 but the TV can also be seen from the nook and kitchen area. Because of this set up, I was planning on going with wall mountable speakers. From the pictures I saw, the B1.2 speakers seem to be book shelf speakers and are not wall mountable.
From what I can understand by reading the posts, I would need the following components to set up a decent home theatre.
Speakers (5 or 7)
If any of you experts recommend, I probably can set the front speakers on a book shelf, but the rear ones need to go on the wall
. Can you please suggest the combination that you would recommend for normal TV viewing and occasionally music listening.
Let me know if you want me to run any tests or anything on the TV and I will post the results.