I have recently moved in to a new home and will be embarking on building my own home theater setup. What I want to do is post blogs on the progress, what components I choose and why, the steps involved in the installation, and of course the final product.
Lets start with the parts I already have…
TV-For a monitor I chose a Panasonic TCP-55st30 plasma. I chose this specific model for a couple reasons. First and foremost I am a plasma guy. I play video games and watch alot of sports, so the 600hz refresh rate is a must. Plus I think the coloration on the PDP’s are more life like than and LED or LCD. This is a 3D model, but I will not be using it for 3D. I went with this over a lower 1080p panel as it does have the single pain and Panasonic’s sub pixel control that allows for better black levels.
Receiver- For this I chose a Pioneer Elite VSX-50. This is my go to receiver for most of my clients, and I would not recommend something I wouldn’t buy myself. My favorite thing about this receiver are the AirPlay, which allows wireless streaming of audio, music I’ve bought, Pandora, etc, from my iPad and laptop. This is a fully networked A/V Receiver so anything that is on the same network you can stream audio from. Much easier than having to deal with hundreds of CD’s, and means I don’t have to my iPad plugged in to the receiver. And this has nothing to do with what it does, but I dig the piano black finish.
BluRay/DVD- I chose a Panasonic DMP-BDT110. This is a wireless capable 3D BluRay player. As I stated earlier, I wont be using it for 3D but the option is there should I feel the need one day. I also wanted the wireless capabilities so I can stream things such as NetFlix. It also has a better video and audio processor than the model below, DMP-BD75.
That is what I have so far. I will be choosing speakers and furniture this week so I will blog again later once these choices have been. I chose these items due to my personal experience installing them and am open to comments, suggestions, critiques on these choices.