Building a Home Entertainment Center – The TV
Any home theatre techies out there?
As I mentioned a few times before, the new house has resulted in new furniture and electronics purchases. Our latest project being improving our home entertainment center in our family room. More specifically, my wife has the urge to throw our “old” TV of 5 years out the window. Our current system consists of a 32″ CRT TV (that weighs a ton), a standard DIVX/DVD player, a base model Yamaha amplifier and a couple Polk Audio floor standing speakers.
So this got me thinking, how can I get the best bang for my buck while being relatively “future proofed” for the next little while? These days, you can’t even buy CRT televisions anymore, everything is either plasma or LCD. Being a gadget geek myself, I have to admit I was a little excited about the thoughts of a shiny new flat screen high definition TV.
After doing a bunch of research on TV technologies and the optimal screen size for our family room, I decided on getting a 1080p LCD 42″ TV. Now cames the hard part, which brand/model TV will bring me great picture quality at the best price possible? With hundreds of models to choose from, I started my search with the well known high end LCD TV’s like the Sony Bravia, Sharp Aquos, and Samsung. Their prices were in the high range ($1300-$1600+tax) for the size TV that I was looking for and they didn’t seem to go on sale very often.
As a guy who doesn’t buy anything unless it’s on sale, my wife was growing impatient. To make a long story short, we decided on a middle grade LCD TV that had great reviews at a great sale price ($1050+tax). In fact, when I was at the electronics store, there was very little picture quality difference (if any) between the TV that I picked out and the higher end models. At least not to me.
Even though we got the TV for a great price, there are other associated costs with high definition TVs. What’s the point of owning a high def TV without a high def source (we currently have basic cable)? This means that in the very near future we’ll most likely getting HD cable from our provider, and/or a Blu-ray player (or PS3). But that’s for another post.
Do you have an elaborate home theater system? If so, I’d like to hear about it!
photo credit: craig1black