Budget Theater: Smart A/V Buying Tips from Hi-Tech Home

Budget Theater: Smart A/V Buying Tips from Hi-Tech Home

Anthony Nguyen
May 20, 2009

While the room above may look like a $100,000 makeover, it really can be budgeted to meet the working requirements dollar-wise to keep your family happy - or at least, make it not seem like you're such a flippin' spend-a-holic. Yes, six-million dollar theater man, we're looking at you. Here's what the team at Hi-Tech Home has to say about some of their favorite A/V candidates. And as always, feel free to add your own below the jump!

"We wanted to keep it good quality," says Hi-Tech Home's operations manager, Chad Lofgren. "The equipment that we used we've had a lot of good luck with in the past. We used a Panasonic [1080p] projector on a number of installs, and it creates just as good a picture [as comparable projectors]. We've had good experiences with Vutec screens, and the Sonance speakers are good-quality, middle-of-the road speakers to stay within a budget."

The team recommends lower-end (but not super-low) Denon receivers for their good sound, reliability, and ease of set-up. Personally, many of us here at Unplggd prefer our standard high-definition Onkyo receivers for pretty much the same reasons in addition to a much lower price-tag and more availability of inputs. Whichever route you choose, just make sure you do your homework and grab a receiver that's right for you, or more importantly, your budget.

The Hi-Tech Home team also made sure they planned way ahead before installing a second-floor room frame to add a more dramatic, stadium-style seating to the room. By doing this, they got all the wiring in during pre-install leaving little room for hassles and mis-steps. It was all topped off with some vibrant carpeting, just as you would find in a real theater. Ah, we can almost smell the popcorn from here..

The complete equipment list can be found over at the original article by Electronic House.

(Via Electronic House)

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