Since I was about 12 I've built four complete music systems starting with a cassette player with a built-in 2" speaker to my current one which is Yamaha/Nakamichi/Revox/ADC/dBX/VMPS/Infinity. That thing has parts older than 20 years old, the Yamaha DSP-1 was the first high-end digital sound processor out by that company back in 1988 or so! I spend about $15,000 on the thing while stationed in Japan, shipping the items home a box at a time for years as I built it up.
Time to replace.
So I bought a JVC 61" Liquid Crystal on Silicon high-defintion display that is 1080p as the cornerstone to the home theater. (TapeworksTexas.com has them for $3175 +$80 shipping.)
I've got three racks of equipment with two turntables, two cassette decks, two CD players, DVD players, processors ... and three amplifiers. All that's going and I'll replace everything with a Yamaha RX-V2600 due to it's THX certification and it's ability to upconvert 480i/480p to 720p and 1080i and to convert analog inputs - composite, component, and S-video all to digital HDMI output. 130 watts to seven channels ought to fill the grand room large. I'm tired of so much equipment and I'm going simple. I'll keep the Yamaha seperate amplifiers around just in case the V2600's 130 watts doesn't light the room up enough.
For subwoofers I'm getting a pair of SVS subwoofers and I'm currently in calculations with their engineers for a pair of PB12-Ultras. They've got 525 watt bash amplifiers and get rave reviews for their "cheap" cost ($1399 each) and routinely beat subwoofers costing twice as much.
I'm still looking at the front and surround speakers and haven't picked anything out yet but I want to listen to some Paradyme Cinema and Monitor Series and Axiom speakers. I want to keep the price of these things reasonable as possible ... my ears aren't gold plated at all!
For a disk player I have an OPPO region free plays anything that fits inside player. It has a built-in Dolby decoder for the surround system too. I guess I'll have to keep a VHS player around in case someone walks in with a tape to watch ... but I'll hide it in the closet. Any one here want to recommend some main and surround speakers to listen to?
I'm all over the AVS forums looking at suggestions too.
The main speakers should be less than $1000 a pair, the other four about $500 a pair, and a bit more for the center channel. The wife is 110% open to anything I buy so color coordination isn't a problem. Figure $3000-$4000 for the set - the subwoofers are already budgeted.
Comment or suggestions for those down this road before me?