|Receiver||Denon AVR 3805S||Purchased 02/2005||I did a lot of research before buying this unit. At first, I was convinced that I wanted to go with separates. However, over time I realized that I could save a bunch of money by getting a more "run of the mill" receiver. I "settled" for this piece because, in the end, it seemed to be the best value and have the features I wanted most. It has the nice feature of a proprietary digital link ("Denon Link") to the Denon DVD 3910.|
I bought the receiver from Crutchfield, who charge retail for this item, but who also threw in a free pair of Infinity bookshelf speakers. That little bonus allowed me to install a full 7.1 setup for my system.
|DVD Player||Denon DVD 3910S||Purchased 02/2005||This is actually a "universal player", meaning it will play just about any optical media under the sun, and is SACD and DVD-A ready. This particular unit is just below Denon's flagship model and is very nicely put-together (weighs around 30 lbs). It is the lowest-end Denon DVD player to offer Denon Link.||Denon Site|
|Front Speakers||PSB Image Series, T65||Purchased 02/2005||I really, really didn't want to give up my Magneplanars, but in order to do HT in my current room, I really had little choice but to do so. The PSBs are reasonably priced and sound great. I vacillated a lot between the T55 and T65, but settled on the T65 because of its greater efficiency (thus requiring less amplifier power) and ability to go a bit lower in the bass.|
I purchased all the PSB speakers from a local shop called Denver Audio Designs, whom I can heartily recommend. Thanks guys!
|Center Speaker||PSB Image Series: C60 (center)||Purchased 02/2005||This is the larger of the Image Series center speakers. You don't want to skimp on the most important speaker in your HT setup!||PSB Site|
|Side Surround Speakers||PSB Image Series: 10S (center)||Purchased 02/2005||This was last year's model, so I got a good price on them. I got them in white to minimize contrast with the walls.||PSB Site|
|Rear Surround Speakers||Infinity Primus 150||"Free"||These were a freebie from Crutchfield with my Denon 3085 purchase. I expected a really cheesy little pair of speakers, but they're actually pretty nice. Perfect for rear surrounds (which I'm sure is why Crutchfield throws them in).||Stereophile Review|
|Subwoofer||SVS PS12-ISD||Purchased 05/2005||I purchased this sub to replace my aging, much smaller Velodyne (which has been moved to upstairs duty, supporting the Rock Solid speakers in the family room). The SVS is amazing. All the hype about these subs is valid, from my point of view. To get this much performance for $600 is just a steal.||SVS Site|
|Projector||Sony VPL-HS51||Purchased 02/2005||The Sony has the best contrast measurements of pretty much any projector (which is usually LCD's weak point) at a great price point.||Projector People|
|Screen||Da-Lite Model B Pulldown, 92" diagonal||Purchased 02/2005||I was originally going to install a fixed screen. But after a lot of thought, it finally hit me that a pulldown screen is actually perfect for my current room, for a number of reasons:
|Speaker Cable||14AWG||Purchased 03/2005||I originally purchased Blue Jeans "10 white" cable for the surround speakers. However, I later thought better of it, because it was very thick and hard to work with in my installation. The 14 AWG cable from Home Depot was cheap, easy to manage, and a large enough gauge for the runs I'd be making.|
I use the video switching on my receiver, which allows me to have but one video connection from the receiver to the projector. The cable that came with my order from Projector People was very nice, but way too thick to surface mount, so I ended up buying the Belden 1855-based component video from Blue Jeans. It worked great.
Nearly all of my interconnects are digital, which is a nice side-effect of having a modern receiver.
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