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    ride a jet ski Tarheel_'s Avatar
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    trying to shake off the boredom

    hi guys, been around here a few years and really lost that excitment on the HT hobby. So this Fall I plan to do a 'cheap' HT in my basement using a front projector.
    I've done a good job on audio and have a nice 7.1 setup, but not sure about the video side.

    I've got a budget of $1500 and have been studying hard on projectorcentral. The room will be total light control and very dark (basement). Room is 24 x 12 w/ 9' ceiling.

    I'm leaning toward the Panasonic AE900U. With rebates, it's $1400.

    I plan to go HD via Directv and watch mostly sports and DVDs.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?

    I also need/want to build a DIY screen.

    TIA,
    Greg

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    I've been following the Panasonics since the AE300

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel_
    hi guys, been around here a few years and really lost that excitment on the HT hobby. So this Fall I plan to do a 'cheap' HT in my basement using a front projector.
    I've done a good job on audio and have a nice 7.1 setup, but not sure about the video side.

    I've got a budget of $1500 and have been studying hard on projectorcentral. The room will be total light control and very dark (basement). Room is 24 x 12 w/ 9' ceiling.

    I'm leaning toward the Panasonic AE900U. With rebates, it's $1400.

    I plan to go HD via Directv and watch mostly sports and DVDs.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?

    I also need/want to build a DIY screen.

    TIA,
    Greg
    And the've really come a long way. A $1500 projector today bests a lot of $3000+ projectors of just a few years ago. Panasonic sits up at, or near the top of this price class with the AE900U.
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    ride a jet ski Tarheel_'s Avatar
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    i get the same feeling after reading alot of information and reviews...seems they have it together and with a $400 rebate which pulls it down to $1400 shipped, not too shabby. It's less than i spent on a 4:3 50" Hitachi back in 01.

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    It's the screen that can really add cost

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel_
    i get the same feeling after reading alot of information and reviews...seems they have it together and with a $400 rebate which pulls it down to $1400 shipped, not too shabby. It's less than i spent on a 4:3 50" Hitachi back in 01.
    A great screen can top a grand, most good ones are at least $500. Gotta add that into the price.
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    PS Audio Classic 250. 500wpc into 4 ohms.
    PS Audio 4.5 preamp,
    Marantz 6170 TT Shure M97e cart.
    Arcam Alpha 9 CD.- 24 bit dCS Ring DAC.
    Magnepan 3.6r speakers Oak/black,

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