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So I'm going to update my 12 year old home theater system and I'd like some advice from those in the know.

First of all, is this the right place to ask for this type of advice, or is there another section I should post this in?

I have about $4000 to spend, and I need the works; HDTV, Receiver, speakers, DVD player, amp, subwoofer, the whole nine yards.

I can get by with the DVD player and receiver and speakers I have, but they are just not up to handling newer content and will need to be upgraded. The TV take priority as the old set is dying a slow death. I'm leaning towards an LCD, I like the slim form factor, it tends to be less than plasma, and as a gamer, I don't particularly want to worry about burn-in, which I understand LCD is more or less immune to.

For a receiver, I'm pretty much completely clueless. I'd like to have all inputs upconvert to HDMI output, but beyond that I really don't have many particulars.

Any help is greatly welcome.
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Originally Posted by scull View Post

So I'm going to update my 12 year old home theater system and I'd like some advice from those in the know.

First of all, is this the right place to ask for this type of advice, or is there another section I should post this in?

I have about $4000 to spend, and I need the works; HDTV, Receiver, speakers, DVD player, amp, subwoofer, the whole nine yards.

I can get by with the DVD player and receiver and speakers I have, but they are just not up to handling newer content and will need to be upgraded. The TV take priority as the old set is dying a slow death. I'm leaning towards an LCD, I like the slim form factor, it tends to be less than plasma, and as a gamer, I don't particularly want to worry about burn-in, which I understand LCD is more or less immune to.

For a receiver, I'm pretty much completely clueless. I'd like to have all inputs upconvert to HDMI output, but beyond that I really don't have many particulars.

Any help is greatly welcome.

As a starting point, I'd check out the audioholics $5k system, here
http://www.audioholics.com/showcase/...ometheater.php
It's a bit over your current budget, but most of the prices are MSRP's not street prices. You could probably fit in your budget, paticularly if you look at some of the listed alternates.
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Originally Posted by why2not View Post

As a starting point, I'd check out the audioholics $5k system, here
http://www.audioholics.com/showcase/...ometheater.php
It's a bit over your current budget, but most of the prices are MSRP's not street prices. You could probably fit in your budget, paticularly if you look at some of the listed alternates.

Except that you should avoid any infernal Westinghouse products. Yes, they have a nice following. So did Stalin. (I kid... they aren't as bad as Stalin... )

You can do 3 inches bigger and plasma for about the same street price -- Panasonic TH-50PH9UK.
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I don't paticularly agree with thier display choices either, but if you're putting a whole system together, it is a good starting point. Paticularly if you haven't looked at electroincs for 12 years.

Knowing that you've got about $2k set aside for the display, you can start researching other displays near that price point. The same with the other pieces of course, but they fall closer to my personal taste than the display did.
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Originally Posted by scull View Post

So I'm going to update my 12 year old home theater system and I'd like some advice from those in the know.

First of all, is this the right place to ask for this type of advice, or is there another section I should post this in?

I have about $4000 to spend, and I need the works; HDTV, Receiver, speakers, DVD player, amp, subwoofer, the whole nine yards.

I can get by with the DVD player and receiver and speakers I have, but they are just not up to handling newer content and will need to be upgraded. The TV take priority as the old set is dying a slow death. I'm leaning towards an LCD, I like the slim form factor, it tends to be less than plasma, and as a gamer, I don't particularly want to worry about burn-in, which I understand LCD is more or less immune to.

For a receiver, I'm pretty much completely clueless. I'd like to have all inputs upconvert to HDMI output, but beyond that I really don't have many particulars.

Any help is greatly welcome.

This site is a good place to start, but it's like drinking from the firehose sometimes. There is a tons of information and it isn't filtered, not to mention lots of opinions.

But as to TV tech, it depends on what your eyes like. There is a thread for LCD vs plasma discussion- good place to start. That being said, if you aren't into the slim form factor and are a gamer, the best bang for your buck is probably going to be a rear projection DLP or SXRD set. No burn problems and they are cheaper for screen size and resolution. If you see DLP rainbow or don't like the SSE of SXRD that might be a non-starter (or just the aesthetic).

As to the others, get a decent receiver that takes multichannel LPCM over HDMI (so you can get the new sound formats), and there are lots of options for speakers I suggest this system , which is an relatively inexpensive bookshelf set plus sub- you can spring for the better subs they sell independently if you want by getting an upgrade or just the 5.0 or 7.0 speaker setup- that is generally highly regarded for those on medium budget like yourself). You should be able to get sound/receiver worked out for ~$2k. Spend as much as you want on the next-gen player (Toshiba A2 can be had for less that $500) and that leaves you with ~$1599-2k for your TV budget. Do some research on technology, the size of screen you need for your room and then go look at some sets and buy what you like best or what you can live with as a compromise.
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