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Need a new receiver, with some specific requirements

Our 2.5 year old Onkyo receiver has died. Again. At this point, I'm looking for a replacement, with some requirements, some wishes, and some thoughts, and an awful lot of confusion. I'm hoping some of you might have thoughts. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Oct 16, 2013 - 5 answers

 

Need help with A/V components

I have a planned A/V setup to add a receiver to my existing system, but I don't have the proper connectors to hook my existing equipment to a receiver. [more inside]
posted by elvendude on Oct 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Maybe we need to upgrade the installer too?

The house we bought years ago came with an existing home theater system, speakers wired into the walls, TV installed above the fireplace, components tucked away in a cabinet, all cables hidden away in the walls. It has been pretty awesome, but some of the components have started to fail. We bought a new TV, and the installer is talking about having to open up the wall to run the new HDMI cable alongside the existing cable that is already running through the wall from the TV to the component cabinet a few feet away. We really don't want to cut the wall open if we don't need to, and it seems to us that it should be feasible to use the existing wiring to pull through a new HDMI cable. Are we wrong? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Aug 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Who has a cheap A/V receiver that has not broke in the last 5 years?

If you have a low-end A/V receiver (less than $400) that has lasted without problems for 5 years or more, tell me the brand name. I won't buy the same model that you bought five years ago, but I may choose the same brand, and go buy the latest equivalent offering manufactured from them. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jun 8, 2013 - 31 answers

Can I hook a second room's speakers up to a single-zone 5.1 receiver?

I have an overabundance of stereo/home theater equipment and I need to simplify. Is it possible to hook a second pair of stereo speakers up to an existing 5.1 system in some way? The receiver does NOT have a second zone. [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on Apr 26, 2013 - 3 answers

best sound system for hearing movie dialogue

Ever since the DVD age began, I've noticed that music and sound effects in movies are always WAY louder than the dialogue. It's really annoying. Will a properly configured surround sound system fix this? What is the right way to set up surround sound speakers? Are sound bars any good? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Help us find the home theater system of our modest dreams.

Can you help me find a home theater or speaker system that meets my needs? Things seem to have changed since I last looked a decade or two ago. [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Dec 27, 2012 - 15 answers

Noise reduction for a concrete box

Hometheaterfilter: How much soundproofing do I need to do in a concrete box? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Entertainment center seeks new purpose.

What can I do with a massive entertainment cabinet after getting rid of the television? None of the local charities are interested (and I don't blame them). For reference, it's 6'10" tall x 8' wide x 2' deep, the doors need 18" clearance to open, the upper shelves are glass, and I hate needing to worry about the glass doors. All suggestions (kindling? cat gym? ding-dong ditch it somewhere?) on where to take it or how to repurpose it are welcome! [more inside]
posted by VelveteenBabbitt on Nov 16, 2012 - 17 answers

I only barely understand what a lumen is

I'm getting a projector for gaming (and occasionally movies). It's across a living room, about 15 feet, to go on a wall. I've previously used just a boring office projector and that worked fine. I'm not super concerned about image quality; it needs to be good enough to read text on the "screen", but that's about it. Can I get away with an LED projector? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on May 13, 2012 - 2 answers

What does it take to turn a home into a theater that shows new releases?

A hypothetical question: what would it take to turn a room into my house into a theater that shows new releases (and avoid loud audiences)? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on May 8, 2012 - 22 answers

Learn me some IP/Networking for home a/v & automation?

I want to learn about IP and Network integration for home theater/home automation. Cedia looks like they have exactly what I'm looking for...but not until September. I'm reasonably computer-savvy and a fast learner, so my first choice would be a fast-paced crash course, starting right-the-heck now. In order of preference: Live in-person class(es), interactive learning website or software, book, non-interactive website. Also, location in the Northeast US is optimal but not required. Thanks!
posted by SampleSize on Mar 23, 2012 - 0 answers

White noise on one speaker

One of the rear surround outputs on my receiver causes any speaker that's plugged into it to constantly produce a quiet but noticeable sound of static or white noise. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees on Mar 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Is A/V Installer a good "for now" job?

I'm going back to school in the Fall for a 2-year biomedical equipment tech degree which will hopefully lead to a decent long-term career. Yay! In the meantime (until the Fall and during the 2 years) though, I need to make some money. I've thought that maybe A/V or home theater installation might fit the bill as something I have some interest in and wouldn't be completely dead-end. Is it a good job? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Mar 9, 2012 - 10 answers

How well would a "Digital Signage Display" work as a home HDTV?

I'm shopping for an HDTV, and might have lucked into an excellent deal on a Panasonic TH-50PF30U "digital signage display". Help me understand the difference between a consumer plasma HDTV and a digital signage plasma HDTV, because this is the first time I've heard of the latter. [more inside]
posted by churl on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

What box should I buy?

Roku vs. Apple TV vs. ? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Jan 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Home theater test discs

Help me test the limits of my new home theater by recommending some good discs. [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry on Dec 9, 2011 - 27 answers

Is it legal to charge people to use my home theater (rent it out)?

Is it legal to charge people to use my home theater (rent it out)? I have a home theater. It's pretty friggin' sweet if I do say so myself - gazillion inch screen, state of the art surround system, 12 theater seats, etc. I built it myself. I know that movies always have those warnings at the beginning but I am not charging people to see a specific movie, I am just charging them for use of the room for a specified period of time.
posted by locussst on Dec 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me design an awesome multi-node home theater for my house

Help me build the bitchin'-est home theater multi-node network for my house. Let your imagination fly! [more inside]
posted by hincandenza on Nov 29, 2011 - 6 answers

If Apple made a Home Theater Receiver...

Does a minimalist but high-quality stereo receiver exist? For me, the ideal receiver would have the essential inputs and outputs with a focus on the latest technology instead of every input for every occasion. It would only need to be 2.1 but 5.1 would be Ok. It would be beautifully designed. And it would likely be a bit expensive. It would essentially be the 'Macbook Air' of receivers. Does anything like this exist? [more inside]
posted by verevi on Sep 10, 2011 - 21 answers

Where's my blu-ray-go-round?

What's the real reason Blu-Ray players don't come in multi-disc carousel configurations? [more inside]
posted by tdischino on Sep 10, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I set my Windows computer's audio out to go to my Linux computer?

I'd like to be able to select my Linux box as my audio out device in my Windows 7 box. Is there a way to make that happen?
posted by jsturgill on Sep 10, 2011 - 9 answers

I need something new to geek out about.

An idle stereo upgrade question: If I were to upgrade any part of my stereo system, would I get more bang for the buck upgrading my receiver, my speakers, or it would it probably not make a difference given my listening habits? Details on my setup inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Advice on purchasing an LED projector

Aiming to buy an LED projector, a market I know little about. [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jun 2, 2011 - 9 answers

What do I need to go from Digital Audio Out port on TV to 1/8" stereo headphones?

How do I connect stereo headphones (1/8" male end) to a Toshiba 24SLV411U HDTV/DVD Combo? [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Jun 1, 2011 - 4 answers

early start for a home theater

Building a house and want a home theater. Need input on dimensions, furniture, etc. from those who have done it [more inside]
posted by arniec on May 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Home theater audio advice?

Are there any flaws in my home theater audio plans? I own the LG 50PK550 TV which I love, but the internal speakers are predictably terrible. I'm starting from scratch with audio as I currently have no components. I was considering just a two speaker solution, but I've decided after spending the day browsing AVS that I'm likely going for a full 7.1 system. Price to performance ratio is extremely important to me though, I want something I'll be happy with and that will last, but I'm not willing to spend $100s more for minor gains. I don't have a strict budget but the cheaper the better (for a good product). [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer on Mar 29, 2011 - 4 answers

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Please help us eliminate an unwanted noise from our home theater. [more inside]
posted by simbiotic on Mar 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Should I be using a USB DAC instead of my TV

Should I not be using my television as a DAC for my home stereo? [more inside]
posted by johnchristopher on Jan 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me figure out what I need for a home audio setup

I am supposed to be a Smart Person and understand technology, but trying to price out and determine the right components for a modest home-audio setup is apparently beyond me. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Jan 10, 2011 - 21 answers

I want to make my husband's dreams come true this Xmas.

Can you recommend a good programmable remote control that has the ability to perform a series of tasks (macros) and costs under $150? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Dec 9, 2010 - 6 answers

I just want to watch tv!

Help me fix my parents' ridiculous TV/DVD/Internet set-up. There are wires and boxes everywhere and they've paid for all this stuff, but they can't actually do what they bought it for. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Nov 26, 2010 - 41 answers

Which soundbar do I pick? And will it work the way I want it to?

Questions & Recommendations about 'Soundbar' Style Speakers that Simulate 5.1 Surround Sound without 5 speakers [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Nov 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Can you help me decide how to build my home theater?

Yet another Can you help me decide how to build my home theater question [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Nov 13, 2010 - 10 answers

how did this thing know how to fail post-warranty?

Should I pay out the nose to have my Mitsubishi HD projector fixed by these bastards, or suck it up and buy a new one? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Oct 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Home Theatre Nerd Forum?

Recommend me an excellent home theatre forum and/or standalone DTS decoder. [more inside]
posted by polyglot on Oct 19, 2010 - 5 answers

The plug-and-play home theater, this is not

My Panasonic home theater audio receiver died. I want to replace it but not all the other components of my system. How can I find compatible hardware before making a purchase? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Sep 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me reduce the footprint of my home theater components.

Help me reduce the footprint of my home theater components. Any and all options welcome. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 17, 2010 - 10 answers

I want to set up my LCD monitor to receive digital TV

I want to use an LCD monitor to receive over the air digital broadcast signals. How do I go about doing this, and what equipment do I need? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Sound card with midi-in

Recommend me a sound card! Mainly used as a music box / television / recording, details inside. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Jul 24, 2010 - 2 answers

How can my PC, Xbox and projector all (cheaply) get along?

I am looking for an affordable receiver that can handle my new low-budget home theater setup. I will be connecting a PC and an Xbox 360, both ideally via HDMI, to a projector that does not have HDMI pass-through capability. What is the cheapest receiver with multiple HDMI inputs that can take the incoming video signal and send it along to the projector? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 on Jun 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Cheap home theatre solutions

I keep buying low-end home theatre systems and they keep breaking. Maybe I'm not actually buying the right thing? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Jun 4, 2010 - 12 answers

What is the best external storage option for a PC running XBMC?

What is the best external storage option for a PC running XBMC? [more inside]
posted by zcow on May 22, 2010 - 3 answers

How to listen to music from PC to home theater while utilizing sub woofer?

How can I listen to music from my PC on a home theater while utilizing my sub woofer? I have my PC in a different room, hooked up with an optical cable to my home theater receiver. When I play music from iTunes on my PC, the sound only comes out of my main floor speakers and not my sub woofer. Is this possible with regular music tracks? [more inside]
posted by dpollitt on Apr 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Seeking the mother of all A/V switches

I'm looking for a comprehensive A/V switch that receives pretty much anything and converts it all to digital signals for HDTVs and modern home theaters. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Mar 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me bring my living room into the future!

My wife and I are finally getting around to getting an HDTV soon. When we do that, we want to adjust the setup in our living room to reflect the way we consume entertainment these days. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Nov 9, 2009 - 11 answers

how to get sound from tv's built-in speakers

How do I set up my home theater to let me use my tv's built-in speakers? [more inside]
posted by anonymice on Nov 7, 2009 - 9 answers

A real Apple TV.

Is it crazy and/or overkill to consider getting a 27 inch imac to replace my tv? [more inside]
posted by malaprohibita on Nov 4, 2009 - 23 answers

Receive me.

I'm looking for a home audio receiver + speakers to serve a few different purposes. Can you help me find a good one? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Oct 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Sounds Good...

[Hi-Fi / HT filter] Help me find the right front speakers for my receiver, so that both music and movies sound good ! [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly on Oct 14, 2009 - 6 answers

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