I am new to DTV, H/T, HDTV and Receivers. Untill just last year (2006) I was stuck in the world of Analog TV viewing.
It all started last year w/ my first Receiver and a Digital TV (replaced a 1990 JVC 26" analog TV- that is still working great!). Then I bought a Sony KD-34XBR970 just this year. I'm into gaming w/ my boys and also needed something that could handle OTA analog, SD and HD signals due to not having cable or sat. at this time. I got the Xbox360 Pro console at the same time I bought XBR970. The speakers hooked up to the receiver at the moment are cheapo HTIB type (40w). The sub that came w/ the HTIB set was a passive type and couldn't be used though. A friend had a (40w) powered sub he gave me and it works great w/ the tiny sat speakers too. In the 2nd to last picture you can see the sub. My room is very small 7' x 8' w/ only 1 window right above TV, so I do get a lot of sound (noise) from the cheapo speakers and no glare from outside lights or sun.
You can also see a indoor antenna on top of the TV in the 1st picture and on top of the A/V stand in the 2nd picture. It worked ok w/ my old analog TV but had some trouble w/ Digital OTA reception (would drop signals every few min. and was driving wife nuts) so I built my own. I have it outside on roof top and my signal strength is at 98 out of 100 now w/ no drop outs at all (wife is happy) Currently using the 360 for watching DVD's.
I have been out of work on disability for two years after being rear-ended in 2004, so money has been very tight. Maybe in a few years I will be able to up-grade the whole system, until then I'm loving this over my old 26" analog TV and mono speaker!
The 360 pro console went up in smoke (overheated) Aug. 3rd and thankfully I had paid for a 1yr. warrenty through Gamestop. So all I had to do was take it back to them. All the pro consoles they had in stock where however over 6 months older than what I bought, so I asked if I could up-grade to a Elite. I was told NO! I said I don't want an older pro and the sales person said I could check w/ another store close by. When I went in, all they had in pro consoles were also over 6months older than mine, the sales person said I could up-grade to the Elite. I jumped on it, after the sale was completed I told him about the other store saying no and he said it was a managers choice on doing up-grades!The Elite 360 does a much better job with DVDs via HDMI (1080i) than the Pro 360 ever did via component (480p).
I still have not replaced the HTIB speakers yet. I have started working again after almost 3yrs. of recovery from two auto accidents in less than 1yr., so maybe next spring when taxes roll in I will be able to at least up grade those weak cube speakers.
Xbox 360 Elite
Pioneer VSX-816K 7.1 770(w)
HTIB 40W Cube Speakers
RCA 4 Head VCR
Homemade HD Antenna
JVC AV 27F577 - 27" CRT SDTV
This JVC AV 27F577 - 27" CRT SDTV replaced my 1990 26" JVC analog TV, and is now in bedroom where it replaced my Toshiba 19" analog TV
Older pic with indoor antenna and 360 pro.
Newer pic w/ no indoor antenna and a Elite 360.
Side view of A/V rack and That beast of a HDTV.
My small collection of DVDs and 360 games at the bootm you can see my 3D glasses.
OXM demos to the left and org. xbox games to the right, VCR tapes (1/4 of my collection rest put away for safe keeping) w/ 40W sub at bottom.
My homemade HD antenna (simple yet very effective).
Edited by hyghwayman - 1/24/13 at 1:41am