Originally Posted by Reference_head
I did the same as you buying the 82 first (and upgraded two times before the 82s in the reference line). If i could go back in time i would have gotten the projector and screen first.
For me anyways i was always searching for that right movies experience. I upgraded and added everything like bigger amps, more subs, bigger subs, then even bigger subs, and more of those, more speakers then bigger speakers and even bigger speakers. During all that i upgraded the tv 3 times going bigger each time all the way up to a 70". And i almost sold the 70" to buy the 80" about 6mo after i bought the 70". None of those upgrades combined can give the same jaw on the floor movie experience that a wall of screen 12ft away can give. Amazing sound is only the icing on the cake in comparison. (and i mean amazing vs very good as icing on the cake)
Setting up a projector is a big project and just not as easy as hooking up a new speaker or a sub. Plus its intimidating because unless they have done a projector before they probably know very little about what is what. And even the smartest home audio guys are lost in the projector world if they have no experience in it. But its like the old saying "nothing good is easy" probably never as true as this
Who knows i could still have ended up with all the same audio gear and speakers i have now even if i did the projector first.
Waiting for 4k isn't a bad idea but will be expensive unless you wait years to do it.
I was (am) EXACTLY like you.
I started off with a Yamaha receiver and two Paradigm Atom Monitor bookshelf speakers with a hand-me-down Sony subwoofer from a HTIB on my 17" Computer screen for video gaming.
Then I got a 30" Widescreen Toshiba HDTV (CRT) TV and added a center speaker and surround speakers from another hand-me-down HTIB.
Then I upgraded to a 42" LG Plasma and added a Paradigm Monitor CC-190 for center speaker and Paradigm PDR-80 for subwoofer.
Then I upgraded to Paradigm Atom Monitors for surrounds.
Then I upgraded to a 50" Samsung Plasma and Denon receiver.
Then I upgraded to a Pioneer Kuro Plasma (Gen 9).
Then I upgraded to Paradigm Monitor 9's and a CC-390 center with an Integra DTR-40 receiver and Paradigm DSP-3100 for subwoofer.
Then I upgraded to Axiom QS8's for surrounds.
Then I upgraded to the Series 7 Paradigm Monitor 11's, Center 3, and Surround 3's and dual Paradigm Monitor SUB 12 for subwoofers.
Then I upgraded to a Da-Lite 92" Projection screen and Sony VPL-HW30ES.
Then I upgraded to the Paradigm Sub 25.
Then I moved into a new dedicated room (22x15), upgraded to a 133" Da-Lite screen, upgraded to Anthem MRX-700 w/an Anthem Statement A5 amplifier, Paradigm Signature S8's, Signature C5, and two rows of reclining seats.
Then I realized that for movie watching, the Paradigm Sigs and Anthem A5 added nothing to what I had, so I went with the Klipsch speakers I have now (and used the profit for a very needed LONG vacation).
Now I am upgrading to a Rythmik F25 subwoofer, with at least one more planned in the future.
In terms of speakers for the movie watching I do, the Klipsch has been the best so far for me. I am excited to see what will transpire with my bass when I get the first F25 up and running, as it is supposed to kick the Sub 25's butt for output. Will be really excited to see what two will do. Possibly even three if I really go overboard
In hindsight, a lot of money would have been saved had I just gone straight to what I have now, but it took all of the upgrades, selling, questions, learning setup, making early mistakes, etc to get to where I am at now (knowledge and equipment wise), so in hindsight, I am glad I went through all of that.Edited by BigCoolJesus - 10/14/13 at 3:37pm