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Home Theatre Project

Wow, it has been a LONG LONG time since my last post. A couple of months have gone by, and it is kind of sad to say that not much has really happened (this is how interesting it is to be me).

I have pretty much been neglecting all of my little projects that I’ve been planning (pool manager, rates, mobile web portal) and just vegging infront of the computer playing ChainFactor.

One kind of exciting thing that did pass recently was boxing day. I take the opportunity to stock up on DVDs (and now Blu-ray discs thanks to my PS3) that I wanted during the year but couldn’t really justify paying full price for. I picked up The Departed on Blu-ray, and the first 3 seasons of X-Files on dvd. I’ve almost finished burning through the first season of X-Files, and I have to say it is MUCH cheesier than I remembered it to be. I used to think Mulder’s theories were pretty sensible, now I think he’s a wacko. He comes up with the weirdest crap out of nowhere… what kind of hack writers did they have on that show?

I’ve also been doing a ton of reading up on tvs, 5.1 receivers and speakers because I’m planning on putting together a nice little system in one of the rooms here. The plan is to get the Sony Bravia 52″ XBR4 LCD, ONKYO TX-SR605 receiver (HDMI1.3 receiver primed with the latest HD audio formats), and Kef KHT3005 5.1 speakers. I just ordered all of my cables from Monoprice.com for about $107, which is the price of 1 HDMI cable if you decide to get yourself ripped off at Bestbuy. I picked up 150ft of speaker cable, 3 HDMI 1.3a cables, 2 optical audio cables and 1 subwoofer cable (I think its just a normal S/PDIF cable).

So the cables should be here in the next 6-10 business days. Now I’ve just got to go get all of the components (tv, receiver and speakers) from somewhere local so I don’t have to drive all the way back to Bay Bloor Radio. I went down there this weekend to pick a salesperson’s brain on what speakers and receiver I should get for the size room I have, and he recommended the Kef speakers and a Denon receiver. I settled on the ONKYO though because it has support for the Dolby TruHD and DTS Master HD formats which the Denon didn’t (unless I wanted to spend another $500+ on the next model up).

Well, thats that. I’ll probably put up a picture or something of my setup once I get it all set-up.

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