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Reddit reviews: The best tv & video products

We found 7,171 Reddit comments discussing the best tv & video products. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 2,023 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Televisions & Video Products:

u/polypeptide147 · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Someone yesterday asked about $200 speakers. I'll just copy and paste that here, but I'll change one thing. I recommend the fluance signature series if you're spending that much money. Also, save up and get a Dayton sub 1000. Enjoy:

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I'll make a list of stuff you need. For the best "bang for your buck" in the $200ish price range.

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Speaker wire. Amazon Basics makes great stuff. If you want, you can get 100 feet of it for an extra $2 I think. You can get those monoprice banana plugs if you want. They just help if you're going to be switching speakers around a lot.

Simple wire stripper. Should work just fine.

Cable to plug it in. That'll just plug the amp into a computer. And that cable is amazing quality. For real. I don't know what it is about it, but the moment I touched that cable I knew it was special. This isn't a joke either. You'll understand when you get one. Trust me.

50 watt per channel amp. This thing will be more than enough. I just like it because it is open box, so cheap. The same one new on amazon is $65. If you want to order from amazon, you can just get the smsl sa-36a. Same amp, just 20 watts per channel. Which, again, is plenty.

[Here's that cheaper smsl amp] https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017W13OR0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_U2NSBbTRHGFS5). I've got a few of them. They're great. This is what I'd go for if the other one is sold out.

Cheap but good little amp. I don't have one of these because I'm not a fan of the looks, but they get great reviews and a lot of people really like them.

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Speakers:

Miccas. These things are nice for that price. In this price range, you really won't be getting anything better unless you go DIY.

Fluance SX6. These guys are big, but they throw a good amount of sound and some pretty deep bass for a pair of bookshelf speakers. Careful, they're pretty big.

Pioneer. These things are decent, but I think the Fluances would be better for this price. The SX6s throw more bass, which is good if you're not getting a sub. However, these are smaller.

Fluance signature series. I know, you said your budget is only $200, but you said if you need to spend more, then you will. These will sound better than all of the other speakers linked, however, that's not why they're here. I put them here for two reasons. The first is that they're front ported. Most people that are new to speakers might put them up against a wall or close to it, not understanding that the port needs some room to breathe. These have front ports so that's not a problem. The second reason, just look at them. If you really care about looks, these ones are the ones. They're beautiful. (My opinion obviously).

Oof almost forgot. Pleaae don't place the speakers directly on your desk.

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That's a lot. I'll sum it up with my opinion and why.

Amp: smsl sa36a. For close range, you don't need anything with more power. This thing will do whatever you need for bookshelf speakers.

Speakers: micca mb42x. Why? Here's why: for this price range, you won't notice a huge difference in any speakers, unless you get some bad ones. So, get the cheapest ones you can. Later on, if you can afford to upgrade them, you'll probably want to do that. Then you'll have a pair of $80 speakers that you don't need rather than a pair of 130 speakers that you don't need. Another reason I would pick the miccas is because they punch above their price range. Most people say they sound more like a pair of $125 speakers rather than a pair of $80 speakers. So, for real, they're good. Also, they're the smallest of the bunch.

Or, build a pair of C Notes and get something way better than any of these.

Hope this helps!

u/fearandloath8 · 7 pointsr/PS4Pro

Hey. I could write a lot about this thing but it's really simple. I bought the P series 55' TV from Amazon almost a month ago with a PS4 Pro at $650 (150 off from $800). The deal is still going on on Amazon.

So here's what's up. This TV is bloody fucking brilliant. So let me break it down a bit--

PSPRO Features: I've used a 50 inch Vizio with my PS4 for two years and I've played on other friend's very nice set-ups. I've been blown away with this. I pulled up Battlefield 1 after the recent HDR update and I was absorbed into the game after taking a break for a few months because it felt like an entirely different game--like PC level graphics and speed. Uncharted 4 is gorgeous. Games like Rainbow Six Siege have proven to me that the input lag is non-existent. Since the PSPRO can use my 5 gHz wi-fi channel as opposed to the 2.4gHz that the PS4 uses, download times are avg. 35 MB per second and upload 8-12 MB per second. It's a mix of the PRO, TV, and Internet, but my ping sits around 60 and I'm winning 1v1 firefights in Siege (not feeling cheated when it felt like I puled the trigger quickly enough). Seeing what HDR does for BF1 and Uncharted, I couldn't possibly go back to non-HDR knowing that future games are going to be using it. Boost Mode looks great as well. I pulled up Doom and holy shit that game's colors just POP. On my old 50' Vizio, I would have trouble making out players hidden in the dark or laying down with dead bodies in Rainbow 6 Siege, but this TV has really changed that. Battlefield 1 has such a clear picture of soldiers so far away that I would never have been able to make out before.

Smart Features: I was wary of "smart TVs" but this thing has sold me. I signed up for Sling TV and a bunch of other free apps, including my Netflix, Prime, and Hulu. If I hit the search button on the remote and speak any show or movie into the remote, it will find it for me for free or for some small price on some sort of service. I love that feature, so I've cut my cable and now just pay 40ish dollars for Sling, Netflix, HBO, Hulu, PrimeVideo--along with a lot of other really cool apps like the History Vault or The Great Courses Plus for a host of great lectures. Also, I no longer use my PS4 for movies etc. anymore because you can just control the volume and everything through the smart remote as well as use the voice search function to find anything across every app and service out there (even if you haven't downloaded them yet).

Visual: I can't believe this thing costs 650 (although it is 800, the deal is still going on Amazon as of the time I write this). It looks just as good as anything in the 1000 dollar range. I haven't had to change much of the factory settings, everything they say in the reviews are true. All I can really say is that there is nothing negative to say about the picture at all. Colors are true, beautiful, deep blacks, no pixelation, bright, you name it.

Sound: I can't speak much for the sound. I've got mine hooked up to a 5.1 surround system that works perfectly. The TV is able to pick up on the signal from the game or the movie and will signal my receiver to change to Dolby Digital or EXT. STEREO etc. So I don't ever have to pick up the audio remote, the TV just reads the signal and changes it for me accordingly (or how I set it to change). Same goes with HDR signal etc. The TV will pick up on the signal and change accordingly.

Hardware: I thought the remote was a joke, being a roku remote. But, as I mentioned earlier, it rules. It has a Netflix/Hulu/SlingTV button if I want to swing to one of those quickly. Has an aux input if you want to put on headphones. I can speak into it and it will find nearly any show or movie. If I lose the remote, you push a button on the TV and the remote will beep until you find it. It has 3 HDMI ports which is plenty, thanks to ARC. I use one for my PS4 PRO, one for my computer, and the ARC one to connect to my ARC HDMI in my audio receiver which makes things SO much easier.

Other stuff/Future Proofing: The TV is amazing. I can't recommend it enough for the price. You've also got antenna on there if you want basic channels for sports or news etc. For gaming, this is completely future proof. Who knows how many years, but it has all of its bases covered.

Greatest TV I've ever owned. Amazon has it on sale for 650 right now. I've got a true theatrical experience in my man cave now. Along with my PSPro, I feel like I have a whole new experience with Destiny 2, BF1, Uncharted, Doom now. If you've got a Pro, you should get this TV. And you should get the P series 55 inch.

Anyways, if you have any questions, just ask.

u/Poet1959 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. Amazon Fire TV Stick cause cable is too expensive and it's nice having all your streaming apps/games/music in one place especially for entertaining. Plus, if you have prime, you can back up all your pictures to the amazon cloud for extra protection from getting lost in a computer crash and whatnot but this little thing will also display them on your tv. How cool! $39.99 (my Electronics wl)

  2. This album/binder that could be used with scrapbooking, journaling, memorabilia, photos, and even recipes. It's very cute, versatile and I currently use it as a journal/planner. $10.15 (Be creative WL)

  3. This dress because even though I don't like to dress up often, it is nice to have something comfortable, casual, but that can be dressed up to rely on when a professional event, meeting, or party where you may need to dress up a little but feel comfortable doing so. $16.81 (may vary with size options) (clothing wl)

  4. Inside Out because this movie is full of awesome. I personally can use it as a therapy tool, as well. Great entertainment with a powerful message and understanding your emotions and how they interact together. $22.99 (Movies WL)

  5. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U because I have yet to own this for the Wii U and want it so bad. I also know a couple people who would play with me if I were to get this particular game so it would be great for entertaining as well. I'm not sure if you own a wii u or not but figure I put it up here anyway since it is an item I want but wouldn't normally put on a contest here because of its price point. $50.55 (Gaming WL)

    I hope this array of interests have sparked some interest with you. If not, thanks for hosting the contest anyway and happy shopping. :) :)
u/DioTheory · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.) Something that is grey: Sculpy! From my cosplay wishlist! :D

2.) Something reminiscent of rain: This hair accessory from my Silly Fun list! I don't know if they're meant to, but the blue bits remind me of raindrops. <3

3.) Something food related that is unusual: Food picks from my Silly Fun list! Maybe not super unusual in Japan, but here in America I doubt you'd see them often.

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself: This book off my Books wishlist of course! It's for my husband, who's a huge fan of the Elder Scrolls games. I like them, too, but I doubt I'd ever read this.

5.) A book I should read: The Invisible Gorilla, again, off my Books list. I read almost a third of this book while hidden in a book store one day. It's an absolutely fascinating study (or rather, collection of studies) about how much trust we place in our own faulty intuitions.

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related: Barely, but this nautical star decal! Unfortunately, it's not on any of my lists.

7.) Something related to cats: Another from my Books wishlist! I'm pretty sure I already know my cat wants to kill me, but this book looks funny anyway.

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it: Stationary, from my Silly Fun list. I have no one to write to, but I have an obsession with pretty stationary and cards and things. I'm usually too afraid to write on it, even, because nothing ever seems worthy of the pretty paper...

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life: From my Movies/TV list: Braveheart! Because FREEEDOOOOOOM!!!!!

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain: Survival knife from my Adventure wishlist! Secluded, unpopulated areas are best for hiding from zombies, and this thing even comes with a firestarter! HOW CAN YOU SAY NO?

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals: This book which is, strangely, on my Semi-Practical list. I'm a Math/Physics major, but I haven't been in school in quite a while. I'm about to go back very soon, and I'm a little petrified of failing out.

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items: Red Heart yarn from my Crochet wishlist!

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item: The PS4 from my Video Games list. I'm an avid gamer. Video games are how I relax. It's one of the few things that, no matter how crappy my day was, always manages to raise my spirits and help me forget about it all.

14.) Something bigger than a bread box: Apparently bread boxes are way bigger than I thought, so I'll go with this desk off my Semi-Practical wishlist. Surely that's big enough! XD

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball: Turtle earrings off my Silly Fun list! THEY'RE SO CUTE!

16.) Something that smells wonderful: Teavana's Blueberry Bliss tea off my Silly Fun list (yet again). If you've never been in a Teavana store, go this second and just...inhale. <3

17.) A (SFW) toy: Frog mitt from my Practical list. I'm fairly certain this isn't supposed to be a toy, but I get the feeling I'm going to spend more time using it as a puppet than as an oven mitt.

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school: This backpack from my Semi-Practical list! I want it so badly!! IT'S STUDIO GHIBLI HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be: 12 Hole Ocarina from my Ocarina wishlist. It's so beautiful and it comes with a Lord of the Rings songbook and I just LOVE IT SO MUCH.

20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand: Shark sleeping bag from my Silly Fun wishlist! You need me to explain it's awesome?? REALLY? IT'S A SHARK SLEEPING BAG. It looks like the shark is eating you!! Plus it's called the "Chumbuddy" and that just makes me laugh way harder than it should.

Fear cuts deeper than swords!

u/EdenSB · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

/u/MeishkaD said that my entry disappeared, so here it is again. I've deleted my previous entry now (after you said it disappeared), just to make sure it doesn't show up twice.

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1.) Something that is grey. [Not on wishlist]


2.) Something reminiscent of rain. [Not on wishlist]


3.) Something food related that is unusual.


4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!)

This is for my classroom mostly. One of the projects the student's like to do is making board games. They like using various types of die, but when we made cardboard ones, they fall apart.

5.) A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it!

I can't give too great a reference. This book is on my wishlist, as I've not read it, after all. It's supposed to be really funny though, with an interesting story. The downside is that getting the whole series is too expensive.


6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related! [Not on wishlist]


7.) Something related to cats. I love cats! (keep this SFW, you know who you are...)

These are pretty awesome.


8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it. [Not on wishlist]

I've wanted one of these for ages, but they're not useful enough to justify.


9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why? [Not on wishlist - I own it]

It's incredibly funny and almost everyone has seen the film it's based on. A lot of people have never even seen a parody movie, so it's a new genre to a lot of people and thus a new experience.


10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain.

A bit of a different item than normal. When the zombies attack, we're going to need to be well rested. Baseball bats and the like are common enough, but a good pillow is hard to find.


11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals. [Not on wishlist, as Amazon.co.uk item]

A book about learning to become a Primary School teacher. After my current teaching job, I want to go back and train as one in my home country.


12.) One of those pesky Add-On items. [Not on wishlist - the base game is on wishlist].


13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why?

Playstation 4. It's not on my wishlist as I think anyone would ever buy it, but more to remind myself that it's region-free and only $400 in the US if I can get enough giftcards someday. In my home country it's about $550. The why is mostly Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy XV - both series which I've gained a lot of enjoyment from. There's also that some of my favorite series such as Disgaea are Playstation-exclusive.


14.) Something bigger than a bread box.


15.) Something smaller than a golf ball.


16.) Something that smells wonderful.


17.) A (SFW) toy.


18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school.

(For reading digital textbooks on)


19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be.

Disgaea D2. My current obsession has been trying to convert my old Disgaea 3 save, which has 120 hours and my Disgaea 4 save which has 95 hours, so that I can use it on another PS3.


20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand. [Not on wishlist.. but it should be]

The toilet throne. It's amazing that someone has thought of it, if nothing else. Now you can feel like a Queen or King, while going to the restroom.


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Bonus: Made in Oregon

Raffle: fear cuts deeper than swords

u/LiesandBalderdash · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Here goes! It looks like I got all but 1 item from my current wishlist. Yah!

1.) Something that is grey.

2.) Something reminiscent of rain. Why not a raincoat?

3.) Something food related that is unusual. These are from Japan and Matcha flavor is hard to find in the US!

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!) For my son! He's a nugget.

5.) A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it! Guy Gavriel Kay is an amazing writer and I think everyone should read his books. They evoke so many emotions!

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related! How about free? Read the classics!

7.) Something related to cats. I love cats! (keep this SFW, you know who you are...) NO.

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it. I think by definition art is not useful, but very beautiful!

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why? Because Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion are amazing.

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain. For stabbing. It's a silent weapon, which is best. You don't want to attract more of the undead.

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals. My current goal is to be more active as I try to lose weight, but foot pain is a big barrier to walking/exercising more. I have heard awesome things about this foot wrap and it would be a huge help and keep me from being in pain as I exercise!

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items. It's hard to find in stores now, weirdly. And it's all I wear daily!

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why? PS4!

14.) Something bigger than a bread box. EDIT A bread box is typically similar in size to a microwave. Home. Made. Cappucino. It can go right next to the breadbox.

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball. This is pocket sized!

16.) Something that smells wonderful. Apples!!

17.) A (SFW) toy. She-Ra is pretty safe for work

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school. If you're in college, you're gonna need one of these.

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be. Adventure Time! Come on, grab your friends!


20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand. What's mrore amazing than being INSANELY comfortable? Just look at it! Get inspired to sleep. It looks so comfy, I can't handle it.

fear cuts deeper than swords

u/murpes · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

As a rule of thumb, you should dump your money into the end points of the audio chain - in other words, have quality speakers and quality source material. The stuff in the middle of the chain - amplifier, CD player, cables, etc. - doesn't have as much of an effect on the audio quality, but you certainly don't want to cheap out.

Source material isn't as much of a concern as it was in years past, since so much of our music is delivered digitally - provided you stay away from low-bitrate MP3s and such. We don't have to deal with scratched records and worn-out cassette tapes anymore. I kind of feel like people sometimes mis-apply this guideline and sink crazy money into DACs, when they would of been better served with a speaker upgrade. You speakers, provided you're starting with high-fidelity music to begin with, have the most profound effect on audio quality.

I'd recommend a set of Pioneer BSR-22s for speakers and a decent Sony receiver.

I have the Pioneer speakers and love them. I bought them as a temporary solution while I was renting for a while, but enjoyed them so much that I never replaced them. They're wonderful, accurate yet kind of warm-sounding speakers. If you have the opportunity, listen to a variety of speaker and choose the ones that sound best to you. Sadly, this can be a bit of a chore since online shopping has shut down many hi fi shops. People really like those Micca and Dayton speakers, too, but I only have experience with these Pioneers.

I have the 7.1 version of that Sony in my home theater. Personally, I prefer Yamaha receivers that have a Burr-Brown DAC in them, but I needed a 4K switching receiver on a budget and ended up with the Sony. The one I linked to is a 5.1 receiver, so if you ever wanted to upgrade to surround sound, the possibility is there. Also it will do 4K video switching. A good stereo setup is fine for movies, however. If you know that stereo is all you'll ever need, you could find a good stereo receiver for a few bucks less.

Grab whatever budget Blu-ray player that suits your aesthetic.

Most importantly, have fun and don't stress out about your choices. Part of the fun of this hobby is enjoying the music while knob-dicking around with the equipment. You'll enjoy whatever you end up with.

u/txmed · 2 pointsr/Cordcutting

Might have more luck in some other forums which are more active like /r/corcutters

However, in my mind it comes down to:

Roku vs Fire TV vs Apple TV vs XBOX360 vs Chromecast vs an Android Box vs Computer connected to television

I'm pretty sure Netgear's NeoTV and Western Digital's WDTV don't have native Showtime Anytime apps. Plus those are dying quickly, their market share is something abysmal. Future support and app development is going to pale in comparison to your options above.

I'm not aware of any smart televisions, except maybe the new ones launching with Roku as a back OS, that have native Showtime Anytime apps.

Getting Showtime Anytime onto say a Ouya or Raspberry Pi running XBMC seems like it would be difficult if not nigh impossible.

So that leaves us with the list above. It's in order of preference. But working backwards:

  • Computer: You could just connect a laptop or another box to your television via HDMI and then use a wireless mouse/keyboard and either just pull up a browser everytime you wanted to watch Showtime or create a complex setup with a media center software like XBMC. Although to watch Showtime Anytime within XBMC you're still going to have a create a setup where the media center software essentially launches a browser. I'm not a big fan of this if the primary goal is to get Showtime Anytime onto your television. It's not simple
  • Android Box: I've never used an Android box but they don't save you a lot of money and they don't run apps native to your television. I can think of situations where they might be interesting but I don't think watching Showtime Anytime through the android tablet app is one of them. Still, it would be functional.
  • Chromecast: I really like my Chromecast. I primarily use it for tabcasting sports from my computer as plenty of legit sports apps like FoxSportsGo and NBC Live Extra and the Pac 12 Network lack native apps for any box and lack Chromecast support natively. Showtime Anytime also lacks native Chromecast support, although you have to figure it will come eventually. Tabcasting from my computer has always worked great for me. What has not worked great for me is screencasting from my Nexus 7 tablet. I don't know why that is - whether its a function of the Nexus 7 or its a function of my network (although tabcasting works great) or its a function of the apps I've tried it with (they've been the sports apps listed above, I've never tried it with Showtime Anytime). So, screencasting Showtime Anytime from your Note3 would be an option and perhaps you'd have more success with it but I can't highly recommend it since I've only had poor experiences with it (choppy, lagging, dropping the cast often).
  • XBOX: If you've already got an XBOX 360 lying around then there's your solution. Sign up for Gold (although I think I read you might not even need that nowadays) and watch Showtime Anytime natively on your game system. I'm not sure I'd run out to buy a used one for that reason but hey, plenty of people have game systems sitting around not doing a lot.
  • Apple TV: All I can say is I like my Roku box a whole lot more than my old ATV2. But Apple TV literally just got Showtime Anytime as a channel, so it would satisfy that need nicely. I would say in long term regards ATV is falling behind Roku and Chromecast. Despite Apple's size, the ATV is routinely nowadays getting channels later than Roku or Chromecast (just look at how long it took to get Showtime Anytime). Its channel selection, as compared to the Roku, is also worse. Unless you own a lot of digital iTunes content (movies, tv shows, music) I think there are better boxes.
  • Fire TV: I never used a Fire TV but it has plenty of proponents. It's got good reviews, a good and growing channel selection, cool things you can do with it rooted and, most importantly, Showtime Anytime. It might be a great option.
  • Roku: It only tops Fire TV since I have one and enjoy and I've never used a Fire TV. It has a native Showtime Anytime channel which works great for me.

    That's my vote.


u/Rugmaster · 32 pointsr/PS4

I spent at LEAST 20 hours researching possible sound upgrades. Here's what I ended up finding out and deciding.

Yes, a sound bar or home theater in a box (HTIB) will upgrade your experience. However, it's not that much of a difference. Eventually, you're going to want to upgrade yet again. Strongly recommend you avoid this option, but the hands down consensus best one is this one. http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44 . It routinely goes on sale for $120. Patience.

The BEST bang for your buck is to start with 2 speakers and a receiver. Any entry level 5.1 receiver will do (I picked up a yamaha, no complaints whatsoever). For speakers, go to a local audio store/friends house/best buy magnolia center and listen to any speakers they have. DON'T look at price tags and brands, just listen! See what sounds best to you. I ended up getting energy CB-10s, and they blew me away compared to the HTIB systems and even some more expensive options. Energy, Definitive, B&W, Polk, and Pioneer are all solid brands at various price points.

From there, I kept an eye on the various speaker sales, and eventually picked up a center speaker, and then 2 rear speakers as best buy was getting rid of the previous year's models. I was able to get some great speakers at 75% off (energy CB-20s became my new fronts, moved the CB-10s to the rear).

I am not a fan of loud bass at all. So when I eventually wanted to add a subwoofer to complete the experience, I wanted something that would feel tight. Basically the opposite of what you hear from college kids in pumped up honda civics. Again, there a lot of great options, including outlaw, SB, lavasubs, and definitive for starters. I ended up grabbing an outlaw LFM-1 plus, and I'm thrilled with it. Very tight sound, and it can rock the house if I want to watch Gandalf take down the Balrog :D

My current setup, slowly assembled over a 3 year period.
Front: Energy CB-20
Center: Energy CC-10
Rear: Energy CB-10
Sub: Outlaw LFM-1 plus
Receiver: Yamaha RX-v373

TL;DR: Slowly assemble surround sound and you'll be much happier! Listen first, you may like cheaper speakers much better than expensive models. Speakers go on sale SEVERAL times per year, don't pay full price for anything.

u/FumpleThumb · 1 pointr/Roku

Yes! Most people here probably won't agree (in the wrong subreddit lol), but I am looking to make the switch away from my Roku 3.

The Roku 3 was awesome when it came out, but the competition has surpassed it since it's launch. If you are very price sensitive and you can get a Roku 3 for ~$60 then I think it's justifiable. Otherwise hell no!

Here are the alternatives:

  • Chromecast - $35
  • Very compelling price. Much cheaper than a Roku 3
  • BUT it requires another "smart" device to do anything
  • Nexus Player - $99 (Not confirmed)
  • Just launched today!
  • Don't have all the information, but it appears to have a solid SDK for 3rd party development. In comparison, developers don't seem to enjoy working with Roku's SDK. The result is a lonely app ecosystem outside of major (although most important) big providers like Netflix, HBO Go, etc.
  • This is what I will probably switch to
  • Amazon Fire TV - $84
  • Great if you are already in the Amazon ecosystem (have Amazon Prime, a Kindle, etc.)
  • Retails cheaper than Roku 3
  • Apple TV - $99
  • Great if you are already in the Apple ecosystem (have an iPad, use iTunes, etc.). Check out airplay to learn more.
  • Can't use airplay unless your using an Apple device. Pretty exclusive ecosystem.

    In my opinion ANY of the above devices are better than the Roku 3. I got mine before the Chromecast launched. Since then the Amazon Fire TV came out and now Google Player has launched. Don't get me wrong, I loved my Roku when I first got it and I think it was a damn good device in its day. But it is clearly in need of a refresh, and I'm not sure Roku is up to the task of competing with the 800lb gorillas that are fighting tooth and nail in this space.

    Just for good measure here are some major gripes I have with my Roku 3:


  1. The interface. This thing is on my 50" TV in my living room and the interface is hideous. It's unacceptable.

  2. Lack of cool apps (channels). Roku has been unable to foster a vibrant development community. As a result, I haven't seen more than a handful (and I think that's being generous) of useful channels outside of the big content providers. I consider apps like Netflix and Hulu to be a given when buying a set top box, but where are the apps that come out of left field and wow us? These 3rd party apps nobody sees coming are the result of cultivating a thriving ecosystem of developers who are empowered to create awesome stuff. I am hoping that's what Google's Nexus Player achieves, but if history is any indication Apple will be the first to make that happen. Either way it will be a tech behemoth that has the intense resources required to make it happen.

  3. Lack of "casting". Now I should say that a week or so ago Roku had a blog post about how screen mirroring has been added in an update that is rolling out as we speak. My box has not received that update yet, so I haven't had a chance to give it a try. That being said, this was likely made a priority as soon as the Chromecast launched and started eating into Roku's sales. It took them this long to provide their response to that market pressure. This is what I mean when I'm talking about Roku not being able to compete with the likes of Google and Apple. I don't necessarily blame them for it, but it affects their users.

    TL;DR: There is no reason to buy a Roku 3 at this time.
u/savage321 · 3 pointsr/blackfriday

Rtings.com is a good review site to compare specific models.
IMO, you should get a TCL Roku TV if you are on a budget. If good HDR is important to you get the P series. The P series offers one of the best smart tv interfaces out right now, 3 HDMI ports, deep black levels (not OLED good) but good for the price. If you just want a good 4k set, and don't care about high quality HDR, get the S series. They are both good values at amazon right now with out a black friday deal. I'm not sure but I doubt they will be discounted much more. OLED is top of the line in terms of picture quality. Currently OLED is only made by LG and Sony. I prefer the LG mainly for its smart tv interface but both are remarkable. Perfect black levels are among the many positive qualities of OLED. Both the 2017 OLEDs I mentioned support 4k Dolby Vision and HDR 10 (so does the TCL P series.) Just be aware of burn in with OLEDs. Might want to get a warranty for your expensive TV. Good luck!

u/Omariscomingyo · 1 pointr/hometheater

For the receiver, in the lower budgets, I'd say go with a Denon. This site is great, I bought my Marantz on it. Condition of it looked brand new and it hasn't had a single problem for the year I've had it.

For speakers, if you want a full 5.1 setup that is pretty good reviewed, Energy 5.1 would fit the bill. They are also pretty small speakers so it seems like they would be great for you.

Another option you can do, is go to your nearest Paradigm or Bowers and Wilkins dealer (most in my area carry both those brands) and listen to their offering of smaller speakers, they are great and are of higher quality than the energy. Other great brands I like are Monitor Audio, Wharfedale, or Aperion (I own a pair of Aperion Versus grand bookshelves). With a company like Aperion, it is nice because you get a 30 day free trial, so just pick out a speaker from them, test them out, and if you don't like them, you have nothing to lose. That is what sold me on them, and I ended up loving my speakers so I kept them.

Almost forgot about the subwoofer, if you go with the energy package, you can also just buy the 5 loud speakers without the sub. For the lower budgets, you can get a BIC America F12, or if you want smaller, Aperion or SVS are great internet-direct brands and you can buy one of their smaller subs. I personally went with SVS for the subwoofers, they have a reputation of making some of the best subs, and I can say the sub I went with kicks ass.

u/GlassMuffins · 1 pointr/audiophile

There are a lot of factors to consider. What is the size of the room? What will the speakers be playing? What do you consider not-terrible? What is your budget? Going from built in TV speakers to a Home Theater In A Box can be a big upgrade, and might be your definition of not-terrible. Again, the size of the room makes a huge difference.

Some people will tell you that if you're really looking for a good sound system on the cheap that a good 3.1 system will be a better option if you are really concerned about quality. This may be an option you might want to consider. I had my heart set on surround but realized I could get a great 3.1 system and am just now upgrading to a 5.1 system one year later. I am very happy I went this route.

If you are on a budget, look used first off. I don't know where you are located and what the used market is like in your area. I'm in a crappy area for used gear. So I'll give you my recommendation for new on a college budget.

If you have your heart set on surround and new, you may want to look into the Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers - $400. They will work wonders in a smaller room and have absolutely rave reviews. Many people say they're the best for under $1000. I highly recommend them. You will need a separate amplifier/receiver. You'd be looking at around $500-600 depending on which receiver you get.

If you are looking to get something higher-end, the sky is the limit.

Edit: Here is a fantastic review for the Take Classics. Go read the other amazon reviews. I hope they're in your budget.

If it isn't, and the listening room is smaller, consider 3.1/3.0 or a HTIB. Who knows, it may make you very happy dropping $100-$200 at Walmart for a HTIB. *wince

u/sharkamino · 1 pointr/vinyl

Great gift, I wouldn't say the $300 gift certificate to U-Turn Audio is necessarily too limiting, though there are other better options for around $300.

U-Turn Orbit Custom

u/Hurtcow · 1 pointr/buildapc

I was wrong on the speaker setup pricewise. It's about $150 which is quite a bit more than I mentioned. The setup would be MUSE M50 amp and Micca MB42XSpeakers. I love music and spent quite a bit more on my setup, but I feel most setups ignore peripherals so I made it a point to mention it :)

For keyboards, I like mechanicals. They tend to have a higher build quality and the clicky clack noise and feel they have is fantastic! I use the Corsair k95 as I play multiple MMO's as well as FPS, but would not reccomend at its current price ($130, I got mine for $90). The Razer keyboard I linked is one of the few products I like from them and would recommend. The Coolermaster Storm series are nice as well and anything Ducky or Das Keyboard are also good brands.

For a mouse, I actually don't mind the Razer Naga/Deathadder. They are pretty fairly priced and pretty durable. Their $100+ mice on the other hand, I don't like at all. Corsair, Coolermaster, Logitec, and Razer (within reason) are the brands I would suggest. I use a Corsair M95 mainly for the additional binds, and it's color matches my case.

I would budget, at the top end, $130 for a quality keyboard and $80 for a mouse.

u/blujaffa · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

well i was using some logitech 5.1 (surround sound) speakers which i sold for £40 on ebay to go towards my new speajkers. Richer sounds are a great shop imo and they always give you help and advice so i would look at the speakers there .

I got the Monitor Audio MR1s and there is so much difference between my old ones, crisper highs/treble and over all clearer sound, its very hard to explain how they sound better but trust me.

Types of speakers:
There are mainly 2 types, powered and non-powered.

Powered: They have a built in amp and plug into a wall socket for power and then go straight into your PC, they are easy to set up but some people like to have a separate amp (im also new to this so im not to sure why)

Non-Powered: They are just speakers and on there own cant produce sound as they dont have any power, which is where the amp/amplifier comes in. The amp just gives the speakers power so that they are able to produce sound and connect to a PC ect.

the bigger the speakers the bigger the amp needs to be to give it enough power.

I would go to richer sounds if you have one near you and ask for a demo for some speakers around £100 if you can and im sure you will notice a difference. Also watch some videos about audio and why some speakers are better than others.
Im also very new to this, i got my first pair 2 weeks ago.

These are some good powered speakers that will probs beat cheaper multimedia ones on the cheap:

M-Audio AV32

M-Audio AV42

Mackie CR4

These are some good non powered speakers and amps on the cheap:

MORDAUNT SHORT M20 AND SMSL SA-36A

Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 AND SMSL SA-36A

BTW the amp ive chosen will power them on a desk but might not be great for a big room.

Hope this helps :)

u/sheymyster · 1 pointr/santashelpers

I don't know if you already have it or not but as a lover of tech myself, I really enjoy my chromecast. It's the little dongle you plug into your television to be able to cast anything from your computer to your television wirelessly through your wifi network. It's only like $35 and there are also free apps for android and apple that let you show pictures/videos from your phone to your television. (This came in handy recently when I wanted to show my family pictures from my recent vacation). I like to play pandora/youtube music when I have people over using it as well. Maybe if it sounds cool to you, you could tell them that. It's not much but it's a start. Good luck man and happy holidays.

Also, Amazon has their version called a Fire Stick if you care more about bringing prime video and netflix and television with you. I don't have one personally but they are about the same cost so it's more preference than anything.

u/xbox_dealios · 1 pointr/xboxone

If you go budget go with this TCL

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06Y6FSV5Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505625124&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=tcl+55p607&dpPl=1&dpID=51jMb13MKML&ref=plSrch

Has actual HDR and actual 4K the S series mentioned by other redditor uses tech that fakes 4K and HDR not true 4K or HDR. (55" 4K HDR 10)

The TCL P607 (Amazon.com) and I believe it's called TCL P605 at Best Buy are both same TV best buy version is lacking a remote with a headphone jack other wise same 4K/HDR panel. It's rated very highly by AVS Forums (Trustworthy Display Info) so does Rtings.com, and other sites as well. Best buy version is $599.99 and Amazon version is $649.99 if you want headphone jack on TV remote go Amazon but seeing as your using an X Box you already have a headphone jack on controller for night time head phone use.

Another good budget Display Panel is the Vizio M60-D1 (60" 4K HDR 10) I got this unit for $699.99 from Costco. If you go with a Vizio go with a 2016 M60-D1 or larger panel size. Any 60" and above Vizio Panels are 120Hz refresh rate (Manufacturers use wording to make refresh rates sound inflated for instance Vizio states 240 for 120Hz panels and 120 for 60Hz panels)

120Hz will help your games looks smoother and the prize between a 2016 Vizio M series 55" vs 60" isn't a lot so well worth it in case of using for an Xbox.

Lastly the Oled Panel the previous redditor mentioned is without a doubt the best panel available in USA currently for gaming use. Looks like that's not an option for you currently so the two others I listed are great budget TVs between $600-700. I can also recommend some panels for the $400-600 range or the $200-400 range if you need a different price point. True 4K and HDR with a good refresh rate aren't going to be easy to find below $500-700

u/psycholis · 5 pointsr/hometheater

I feel like you're really limiting yourself on options by only getting stuff from Best Buy. Depending on your seating distance, I'd go with a projector to make it a true home theater experience. I'm not against big TVs but when I'm ready to have an all out dedicated theater, TV is not what I think of. 4k projectors are starting to become viable options even if they're not 'true 4k', pixel shifted models are almost indistinguishable from the real deal.
On the audio end, if you get refurbished gear from accessories4less and get internet direct gear, you can get much better value and quality than what's available at Best Buy. The one thing that the store might be good for is to listen to the Klipsch models and see if you even remotely like how they sound.
With all of that above said, here is my recommendation
Epson 4010 projector

Silver ticket screen

Denon X1400

2X Klipsch RP-160M

Klipsch RP-440C

2X PB-2000, select dual for 100 in savings.

All in this puts you at 4736.72 and nets a really good 5.1 setup. You could upgrade to a full atmos receiver and tower speakers if you really wanted to and had the space for it.

I'd replace the X1400 with a Marantz SR6012 to get full atmos. Curiously the Marantz is cheaper than the equivalent Denon X4400 option.
I'd also go with the Klipsch RP-260F up front.

This gets you full 7.2 with the option to upgrade to Atmos, tower front speakers and all of the rest above for
5944.56

I'd even go as far as calling the second upgraded option the generic recommended /r/hometheater setup. The most obvious thing to replace would be the speakers and subs depending on your preference with any speaker brand and the subs with other ID companies like Rythmik, HSU, Powersoundaudio.

u/Lhuarc · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Hello fellow projector owner. I myself just inherited one and while it's amazing it has been tricky to get going. There are two popular options that I know of, one mentioned below.

  1. Adding a HDHomeRun to your network which can transit OTA signals to your computer, I would recommend using Windows Media Center for this. From here you can watch, pause, and record live TV with a really nice program guide. Personally this sounded awesome and was my first choice but after using it for awhile I'm just not a fan of the whole laptop as HTPC option. Having to turn on my projector, receiver, laptop and then switching audio and then displaying the image on the projector isn't exactly high on the WAF. However it is a nice bonus with the HDHomeRun that you can get live tv on most devices connected to your network like phones, tablets, and bluray players.

  2. This is the new option I am exploring, I haven't received it yet though. I purchased one of these guys from Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00I2ZBD1U/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1410444766&sr=8-2&pi=SY200_QL40. From my research this should be able to transmit the signal from the OTA antenna to HDMI which would then give you these channels on the projector. It has mixed reviews saying the guide is pretty barebones and the recording function isn't the best due to it using EPG data that the stations broadcast. But for me I think this is the best option considering it frees up my laptop and requires less setup each time I want to watch tv. I should note though that this requires a separate hard drive or flash drive in order to access the time shift or recording feature. Personally I just purchased a $10 flash drive from amazon.

    Let me know if you have more questions, I would be happy to try and help!
u/strategicdeceiver · 3 pointsr/audiophile

14awg wire should work for just about anything unless you are putting them more than 10 feet.

There is a fella here who likes to put books under his heresy II's to angle them up -- I don't quite remember why but it may be something to keep in mind or try out when setting them up, I think it was about a 2 inch lift in the front.

The big idea of a preamp is to keep the low level signal away from the ridiculous power supply in the power amp.. in reality it's not a big deal and people do it mainly because high end gear is sold that way, you can get a higher end preamp that just does it's job and does it well instead of an afterthought add on part of a power amp.

Tubes do strange things to audio, it is distortion of the signal, but in a unique way that literally pulls out things that are quiet in a recording and basically raising their volume, this creates the sparkle effect you may have read about. Also they have an effect on the low end that boosts the bass frequencies by compressing the sounds, causing the bass to get fuller(louder). These effects can be subtle at low volumes, and vary from tube amp to tube amp.

Solid state has lots of different categories.. it breaks down into classes dictated by the way the amp is designed to to it's job not as a rating of good or bad. Class A is silly accurate, very hot, and very pricey in general.. if you have more than $700 to spend on just a stereo amp and don't mind 50 plus pounds of aluminum heating up your room then I can toss out a recommendation for these.. Class A/B is pretty much 95% of the market.. the first 1-5 watts of power runs at class A and the rest works with not so clean class B to do the job when you crank the volume knob or the music gets loud. Class D offers a huge swing of really crappy cheap amps just made to push power with no real design for fidelity, this will be used mainly in plate amps for subwoofers to OK cheap amps Dayton audio T-Amps would fall into this range to Holy crap that sounds amazing which is more of the B&O ICE amps and the Hypex module amps.

If you have a budget, I'm assuming that you do and that it's possibly pretty low since these were given to you I would focus on two purchases to make these things work together in a nice clean user friendly way.

An interface to your music is a good start. I like the Logitech Squeezebox, it's the one peice of gear I have no desire to upgrade. It works with my phone as a remote control and pulls music from my computer and subscription services without any hassle. If you like using your TV while listening to music(I'll never understand this) the WD live box is pretty good and offers onsite storage via the western digital external hard drives that work well with it.

The next step is an amp/receiver.. your old Scott is probably planing to burn up and die. I would suggest getting a newer receiver. The cheap one I like is the Harman Kardon HK 3390 it's got low distortion figures (0.07 at 80 watts both channels driven) this is hella good for a Class A/B especially for less than $250 bucks.

If I've undershot your budget let me know.

u/jojewels92 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.) Something that is grey.

2.) Something reminiscent of rain. It always rains when I go camping

3.) Something food related that is unusual. Tiramisu wafer cookies. Better than sex.

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. I have a whole wishlist for other people. My boyfriend, gramdma, mom, dad, and little brother.

5.) A book you should read! Clearly. You should have read these already because they are the best books evar.

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping Not on my wishlist

7.) Something related to cats Leopards are big cats.

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it.

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Because it's the best trilogy of all time.

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. To whack them in the head and the use the pick to smash their brains out. And it's foldable so it will fit in a backpack.

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals. I'm a student and I practically live in the library most of the school year. I need a laptop because the computers at school are SO outdated.

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items.

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. PS4! I need this because I love to game and I really, really need Kingdom Hearts 3. Like really.

14.) Something bigger than a bread box.

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball.

16.) Something that smells wonderful. This is the BEST SCENT EVER. It smells like marshmallows, fire burning, and vanilla.

17.) A (SFW) toy. Grown-up toy!

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school.

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be. Harry Potter is always an obsession.

[20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. ]()

[Anything that has my real name on it.]()

Anything made in Oregon. This is a bit of a stretch but bear with me. The Bourne Triology preceeds The Bournce Legacy. Which starred Edward Norton who also starred in Fight Club. A movie based off the book who was written by none other than Chuck Palahniuk who is from Oregon & resides there.

I'll be back to finish this!

fear cuts deeper than swords

u/bscotchcummerbunds · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Depending on your budget, we use a lot of these at work and they're super reliable and crazy cheap for the quality. No BT or Wifi, but you can get a BT adapter/dongle that uses RCA outputs separately (or use your Apple TV to airplay). It supports CEC which means if you have a relatively recent TV or game console, it should power everything on and switch inputs for you, which is kinda neat (when it works). I also like that all the speaker posts accept banana plugs and it can run two subwoofers. This upgrade has BT built in and more output if you wanna roll 7.2 and lastly this is the model I got my dad last year, it's packs in built in Airplay streaming, and supports spotify connect which is kinda awesome.

Don't get me wrong, I like Denon and Yamaha too. I personally have a Yamaha receiver from over 10 years ago that's still kicking (my TV has enough inputs and optical audio out that I don't need to replace it yet). My dad's old Sony before that new monster was about 20 years old and also still worked great.

Enjoy the new gear. You'll find tons of reviews on AVSforum.com and I would check Crutchfield or Amazon too. Like cars, bicycles, and TVs, AVRs get refreshed every year so "last year's" models are usually discounted despite having very few differences between them.

u/jackdriper · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Sorry this doesn't (directly) answer your question, but at your budget, I think you're better off starting off with a 2.0 system than 2.1. A decent pair of speakers will have better bass extension (goes lower frequency with better clarity) than a cheap subwoofer. It's kind of only worth getting a sub if you can spend more than ~$100 on it, which would put too much strain on your budget. Wait until you save up a little more and expand a 2.0 system to include a sub.

For equipment recommendations, I'll start with the amp, since that has the least amount of flexibility. The cheapest component worth recommending is the Muse M50, but it's not great and doesn't give you a lot of room to expand. The Audiosource AMP-100 is a very capable amp at around $100. A receiver would give you A/V control, but will cost significantly more. Fortunately, there are tons of decent receivers on Craiglist for ~$50 if you're interested in going the used route.

My recommendation to those on a budget is to buy a used receiver for the amplifier. A nice balance of Good Enough quality and low cost.

For speakers, you have a ton more options that really depends on how much budget you have left after the amp. Two suggestions to get started: Pioneer and BIC. The BIC's are more home theater speakers, rather than something for a desk. They get loud, but at a higher cost.

You could also go used again. I love older B&W stuff, and you can probably find some of their speakers used in your budget.

u/lattiboy · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

So, if you like the convenience of the Pill, but want more ooomph, I've gotta recommend the Logitech UE Boombox. It's been discontinued, but you can get new or practically new models on eBay for 70 bucks or so.

I've owned a lot of nice Bluetooth speakers, and some decent audio gear, and pound for pound nothing really touches the thing.

I would recommend heading up your local Goodwill or other thrift store for speakers and an old receiver. With a pretty minimal amount of footwork, you can grab something that probably cost $1000 back in the day for $100.

Skip Marantz as it's really over priced at this point, but brands like Realistic, Rotel, Sansui, and Pioneer are still affordable. They look cool as shit, and have a nice distinctive sound. You can probably get a low-end 20 or 30 W per channel Realistic off craigslist or at your local thrift shop for 30 bucks.

You can then get a nice set of Boston Acoustic or Polk audio speakers for another 50 bucks. Just make sure the foam around the subwoofers is fine, and that the tweeters aren't busted. Most people are happy to hook them up for you to listen to.

If you don't want to mess with older stuff, grab one of these :

ttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B017W13OR0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_hg16xbX21C1NM

And a set of these:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E7H8GG2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Ih16xb227QN96

And two of these:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011LXUKE0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_5j16xb4JV5NZ5

Alternatively, grab the amp and wires new, and then get the speakers used off eBay or Craigslist or whatever. Speakers lose value at an alarming rate, but at the sub-$100 price point you're not really risking much.

For reference, I got a set of B+W CM2 speakers for $90 off Craigslist. They were almost $1000 new 12 years ago.

u/AverageJoeAudiophile · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

IMO the amp will be fine for most peoples basic needs but the speakers will be the weakest point.

Here is what I would do. It's a little bit more money, but it will perform much much better.

Get this set of speakers. They are a long standing amazing value and legit solid performance for the size and legit amazing performance for the price.

https://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44

And get this 5.1 receiver. (though honestly any AVR that has your needed connections will be fine, I've just had great experiences with Denon and A4L is a great place to buy from)

https://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/denavrs510bt/denon-avr-s510bt-5.2-ch-x-70-watts-bluetooth-a/v-receiver/1.html

u/humanmanguy · 9 pointsr/AmazonTopRated
  • Fire TV Stick, which is a lower-cost alternative to the awesome Fire TV. (think Apple TV, but actually good)

  • Raspberry Pi which is a tiny fully-functional/fully-featured ARM computer.

  • Arduino, which is an easy-to-use electronics prototyping platform, great if you're interested in learning how to make your own electronics and whatnot. (you might also want this, this, this, this, and this. Should be less than $40 altogether, though you could also probably find like a starter kit that comes with an arduino, book, and components.)

  • Huion drawing tablet, great for if you want to do digital art. I haven't used this model specifically, but I do have the (bigger/more expensive) Huion 610 Pro, which I love.

  • Amazon Prime student was like $40 IIRC, not sure if that has changed though.
u/jelly_battleship · 5 pointsr/audio

Do you require surround right now? With a budget of only $1000, I'd recommend starting off with just the receiver and your main L/R speakers. Alternatively, if you really want surround, I wouldn't go with any of those sets. The avr you chose is fine, but I'd recommend getting several pairs of behringer b2030p speakers (they aren't pretty, but they are very capable & well built) - http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/home-audio-speakers/23642-thoughts-behringer-studio-monitors-2030-others-active-passive.html
Infinity P162s would be another good option at $85 each.
Subwoofer recommendations depend on the volume of your room, but after getting the behringers or infinitys you have no more money for a sub. If you want to stick with a small, compact 5.1 set like the ones you listed above, I'd recommend the energy take classic 5.1 system. Amazon has it for $400: http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44/

Also, you can easily downgrade the receiver to a cheaper model to go with any of the speakers listed in your first post or the ones I recommended and you wouldn't miss anything. However, if you do plan on doing major upgrades to your speakers in the next couple years, I'd recommend sticking with something with preouts like the pioneer you chose so you can add external amplification.

u/jezterr · 15 pointsr/hometheater

Just wanted to give a big thanks to all the helpful people here who are so willing to share their knowledge, and to u/ZeosPantera for his handy guides.

This was the very first project I wanted to complete in our new house, and considering the delays due to missing/wrong pieces for the furniture, my reluctance to punch holes in the walls in our new place, and so on, it was a bit of a pain to take on. My main goals were to keep it simple, modern, and clean, and I think I managed it well enough.

It's a basic setup, and I know there are some taboo things people will point out (e.g. speakers too close to the corners/walls, non O2-free copper-clad wire, etc), but the important thing is that I'm happy with it. I don't plan on changing much for years to come (unless you guys end up pointing out something that ends up bothering the crap out of me). It looks and sounds great - even the wife loves it, despite her initial skepticism when I first told her my plan (probably the most important thing).

So many thanks to everyone in this subreddit for being awesome, and let me know what you guys think.

As requested, here are the components.

TV:

u/watsoned · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.) [Something that is grey.]
(http://www.amazon.com/ThinkGeek-Minecraft-Note-Cube/dp/B005GMWAOQ/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1P0WLUX7HZM88&coliid=I2MKPWR46VCNAV) (Main WL)

2.) Something reminiscent of rain.

3.) [Something food related that is unusual.]
(http://www.amazon.com/Shady-Maple-Farms-Organic-Stroopwafel/dp/B002HQERCM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2VCRE2W8VCMM7&coliid=I3JA1YGZR61PNX) (Feed Me WL)

4.) [Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!)]
(http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-DUPLO-Princess-Undersea-Castle/dp/B00A88EP9Q/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=GG0TDT1M6D60&coliid=I2SQZ4UMA01M8G) (Niece/Nephews WL)

For my niece! Because she loves LEGO and she's obsessed with Little Mermaid.

5.) [A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it!]
(http://www.amazon.com/Longmire-Mystery-Series-Boxed-Volumes/dp/0147508770/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=19GY5YG4ALBHP&coliid=I2RQ3KT5XJD3MR) (Books WL)

All of these! The characterization is so much fun, the mystery itself is great...I got addicted to this entire series.

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related!

Nope.

7.) [Something related to cats. I love cats! (keep this SFW, you know who you are...)]
(http://www.amazon.com/Armarkat-B5701-57-Inch-Tree-Ivory/dp/B003BYQ100/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2DFWCO414C0RT&coliid=I143IEDBCBUABI) (Cats WL)

8.) [Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it.]
(http://www.amazon.com/United-Cutlery-UC1264-LOTR-Sting/dp/B00062BO7U/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2RKYWCYW31M08&coliid=ITZAAOEK7L109) (Pipe Dreams WL)

9.) [A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why?]
(http://www.amazon.com/Stand-25th-Anniversary-Edition-Blu-ray/dp/B00164GDA0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=14ENPLB26HMQU&coliid=I172GKBYIDX0SZ) (Movies WL)

It's the perfect 'coming of age' movie. Featuring two actors who are still active and well known, and two we lost too soon.

10.) [Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain.]
(http://www.amazon.com/Spectre-Compact-Take-down-Survival-Arrow/dp/B003O98OJI/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2RKYWCYW31M08&coliid=I2E8WI49EDG9BU)
A silent killer. Capable (I think) of skewering an undead brain. What more is there to explain? (Pipe Dreams WL)

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals.

I have no goals right now. Sigh.

12.) [One of those pesky Add-On items.]
(http://www.amazon.com/Village-Naturals-Shoppe-Vanilla-Amber/dp/B001PLH58I/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1P0WLUX7HZM88&coliid=I1LPIJLUADQUO6) (Main WL)

13.) [The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why?]
(http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Frame-Digital-Camera-24-105mm/dp/B007FGZ1V0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2RKYWCYW31M08&coliid=I2HDOC9WS17GPM) (Pipe Dreams WL)

It's a major upgrade from the camera I have now. I have no USE for it since my camera is nice, but damn do I drool over it.

14.) [Something bigger than a bread box.]
(http://www.amazon.com/Piece-Queen-GREEN-BEIGE-Comforter/dp/B00AH397MC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1P0WLUX7HZM88&coliid=I13G5R4KW7DZ5C) (Main WL)

15.) [Something smaller than a golf ball.]
(http://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Hearts-Avatar-Mascot-Figure/dp/B002RT8N4M/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1P0WLUX7HZM88&coliid=I1XTE6YT1EJ1CT) (Main WL)
Tiny Vivi!

16.) [Something that smells wonderful.]
(http://www.amazon.com/Morning-Star-Lavender-Incense-Sticks/dp/B001B67TD8/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1P0WLUX7HZM88&coliid=IKK20VKTRHL1D) (Main WL)

17.) [A (SFW) toy.]
(http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Minifigure-Collection-Series-Mystery/dp/B003LQMFOY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=30PMJOCYEK1SN&coliid=I3DQVVIEVUAAHK) (LEGO WL)

18.) [Something that would be helpful for going back to school.]
(http://www.amazon.com/Asus-A55VD-AH71-ASUS-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B009M2XB6M/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1P0WLUX7HZM88&coliid=I1XMKVRS88GQGV) (Main WL)

19.) [Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be.]
(http://www.amazon.com/Burn-Notice-Season-Six/dp/B0060MYLCU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=14ENPLB26HMQU&coliid=I5YQM2A3MEDGS) (Movies WL)

BURN NOTICE

20.) [Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand.]
(http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-4-PS4-Standard-Edition/dp/B00CMQTVQO/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1XFZ5B9UHNEEK&coliid=I20LPXNM34AJ3U) (High Priority WL)

It's the PS4. Any gamer worth their weight knows that this is going to be one of the grandest, most desirable gaming systems ever. The graphics are going to be just amazing and we'll be one step closer to games being so realistic that we feel like murderers while playing them.

ETA: fear cuts deeper than swords

u/Saul_Panzer_NY · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

I'm in a similar position in that I'm just getting started building a system. I got this Sony receiver for Christmas and am using it with a Sony television as you are. I've just set it up for 2.0 for now and will build up to 5.2 and eventually go for a nicer receiver someday after I learn more and get speakers and wiring set up.

Anyway, it vastly improved my situation and my speakers aren't as nearly as those Micca's you want. It works really well with the Sony television since they're the same brand. It was very easy to set up, allows the cable box and blu ray to pass through the receiver so you can watch without the stereo surround, and you can control the television and stereo volume and a lot of functions with the same remote. It has a microphone you can set in your prime viewing spot and a menu option to let the receiver program itself to sound best in the room if you're a novice like me. It also shows the menus on the television screen so it's very easy to make adjustments and set up.

I'm sure it's not at the top of a true audiophiles list of receivers, but it's really improved my experience, was easy to set up, and cheap. I've learned a lot just from setting it up. It needs at least two HDMI cables if you want to watch TV. Add another each for blu ray, video games, laptop, etc. There are four HDMI's in and one out.

Good luck.

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH550-5-2-Channel-Receiver/dp/B00J30GXW2





u/Armsc · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Music only, turntable primary, pretty large room, no size restrictions, rock/jass/blues and $450 max budget.

Here is what I would consider.

Amp choice - Pick one

  • Receiver - Sony STRDH130 $100 Simple 2 channel stereo receiver. I like the full receiver because you'll get better power, more thermal control, radio, tone controls and a full remote.

  • AVR - Sony STRDH550 $145 Yep a 5.1 AVR why? Well you'll be adding in digital sources other than bluetooth which could come in handy in the future. You'll also be getting a sub out and crossover features that will make adding a sub easier. You'll get better bass management with the xover functions and auto setup.

    Speakers - Pick one option

  • Pioneer FS52 towers $90 ea These are well reviewed and currently on sale. Should do very well even without a sub but you could add one depending on which amplifier you choose.

  • BIC DV64 $125ea Another good affordable tower that should do nicely.

  • Boston Acoustics CS260 towers $160ea You'll be limited to the stereo receiver with these but they should sound better than either previous option.

  • KEF Q100 $300 Very good bookshelf speaker that's very on sale right now. You should be fine without a sub with the music you listen to or you could add one in later.

    Sub (if you want one..don't think you need one straight away) - Dayton Sub-1000 $110 currently on sale.

    If you don't go with the sub and AVR you should only need a set of RCA cables for the TT and some speaker wire to get going. If you go with the AVR you'll want a sub cable for the Dayton.
u/Deadleggg · 1 pointr/hometheater

The quintets are a great little system. No subwoofer with this set up and you'll definitely need one but as far as sound goes they're pretty good.

If that size is what you're looking for a lot of people will let you know of the Monoprice 5.1 which are pretty much a direct copy of the EnergyTake classic 5.1 to the point Energy sued them for ripping off their stuff.

A friend of mine has the Monoprice speakers and they're ok, but i personally think the Klipsch set up sounds better.

u/geeduhb · 1 pointr/DisneyPlus

I love my Apple TV, but it IS very expensive, especially if you are only using it occasionally for things like Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video. (I have cut the cord, so the Apple TV is my main set top box I pretty much use for all my media watching/streaming)

I am not familiar with Roku, but I do have a Firestick on one of my TV’s and it is great for what it is.The 4K version is on sale for $24.99 right now (regular $50) and if you don’t need 4K, the normal version is on sale for $20 (regular $40). Just note, there is a coupon code I believe you have to manually put in at checkout (it says it on the product page).

I honestly think that is your best bet, especially if you already use Amazon stuff/services.

u/yojimbo124 · 8 pointsr/hometheater

Yes, the general consensus among audiophiles is that Bose is overpriced and soundbars are very underwhelming. "Real 5.1 sound" cannot (yet) be achieved without a real 5.1 setup. Most HTIB (Home Theatres in a Box) will give you better sound than a soundbar.

I own this 5.1 Pioneer speaker setup found here and I highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a good entry level home theater setup. Shop around and you can get a fantastic deal on the whole setup. I got the 5.0 setup for less than $300 and then upgraded to a $200 BIC 12 sub to get the 0.1.

You will then of course need a decent reciever (about $250) and cables and you will blow any speaker bar out of the water. I am not certain if this is within your budget since you only quoted "cheaper than bose" but I have seen this exact setup recommend many times before and I feel it is one of the best values for the price.

Edit: I was way under your budget. You could definitely do better than this setup at your price range.

u/pomfpomfpomf3 · 1 pointr/vitahacks

After checking aliexpress it seems that I lied about the $20 price. Android ones start at $30, for example: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/High-Quality-CX919-2GB-Quad-Core-Android-4-2-Smart-TV-BOX-Stick-MINI-PC-1080P/32510889591.html https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2016-New-MK809IV-Smart-TV-2GB-8GB-Android-TV-Box-Wireless-HDMI-Dongle-Android-Mini-PC/32640473667.html

These are going to be really shitty, but the point is, they can decode 1080p h264 content just fine, unlike vita/pstv.

Personally, if I had a budget around $40 I'd get an amazon fire tv stick https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-TV-Stick-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00GDQ0RMG since it's less likely to be chinese crap, or raspberry pi 3 https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-3-model-b/ (if you're into tinkering with your devices)

These will play common h264 content fine (no 10-bit though. this only matters if you watch anime encodes). They won't play HEVC but it will probably be 1-2 more years before HEVC starts getting mainstream.

That's it about HDMI sticks, however:

If you want to spend more money, NVIDIA Shield TV ($200) is the best android-based option: https://www.amazon.com/NVIDIA-SHIELD-Streaming-Player-Android-Gaming/dp/B00U33Q940 - it can hw-decode h264 and hevc and generally is much more powerful device.

If you have unlimited budget, the best option is to build an intel&nvidia-based HTPC and load up plex media player on it (https://www.plex.tv/blog/introducing-the-plex-media-player/). This will play pretty much everything and will give you the best quality video output, which is highly configurable: https://mpv.io/manual/master/#opengl-renderer-options just look at these options.

tl;dr: get amazon fire tv stick

u/ihaveascreenname · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

The chair is an Aeron by Herman Miller - they're pretty expensive, but incredibly comfortable (I work from home, so I had to have something I could handle sitting in for 12 hours at a time).

My bottom three monitors are actually just sitting on the desk, I use a cheap wall mount for the top monitor. I'm actually planning on getting a wall mount for the others eventually, but I'm in an apartment temporarily, so I'm waiting until I move into a house before investing in a mount and a better desk.

What I'd really love to do for my next desk is build my computer in a Red Harbinger gaming computer desk because it looks badass and my one-year-old loves hitting the power button on my tower (which currently sits on the floor).

u/morpen · 103 pointsr/OutOfTheLoop

Hey so I hate to shit in on everyone else's opinions, but they're not really recommending the best gear for your dollar. /r/audiophile has a sticky on this exact subject. Basically the lowest end system they are willing to recommend is a pair of Micca MB42s . If you can spring for the 42x's, they are more than worth the 10 extra dollars. You will need an amplifier to drive them. /r/audiophile reccomends the Muse m50, but I can tell you from personal experience, a lepai 2020a+ with a slightly beefier power supply will run them just fine for half the price. These are pretty chunky speakers, but they'll blow any "pc/gaming" speakers out of the water. If you decide you'd like to go for this, I have about 30 feet of speaker wire lying around that I'd be happy to mail to you to save you the 8 bucks or so. Hope this helps, and happy listening!

u/Kichigai · 2 pointsr/Android

> That's a lot of work for me to basically record PBS ... I don't watch any of those shows.

Less work than you think. I had my whole setup up and running in about 35 minutes or so.

>https://i.imgur.com/YwdncO3.png

There's some gaps in there. Notice there's nothing after May of 2017. Zilch for 2018.

>I literally would not know what to do with local channels, I already have a pretty large HDTV antenna on my roof and I get maybe 10 channels.

Your antenna may just need to be repointed. TVFool and a compass can do a lot. It's also possible you have a crappy TV tuner. The tuners put into TV sets and USB dongles/PCIe cards in the early 2000s were pretty crappy. Newer ones a significantly better. When I swapped out my WinTV HVR-950Q for a HDHR Connect I saw a dramatic increase in reception.

>I mean sure I could record Bobs Burgers or something on Fox, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but those are the only shows on regular over the air channels that I watch and I barely even watch them.

That's kind of the magic of a DVR. Set your recording rules to keep storage manageable and they'll just be there whenever you get the urge to watch it.

I mean, for example, my mom and I love Cook's Country and America's Test Kitchen. Every Sunday we'd sit down on the couch and watch it. When I moved out I've kind of fallen out of that habit, but from time to time I still do like to sit down and watch them. So whenever I'm all like "what should I watch," I can say, "oh, I'll watch ATK" and a recording will be sitting there, waiting for me.

I don't have to go out and find a torrent (since it's not available streaming), wait for it download, and then get it into Plex or whatever. I just go press play. I've got the recording rules set up to keep only the three most recent showings, and set it to a relatively low priority.

>Spending $200 so I can record 3 shows I don't care about is really offputting, but thanks for the hardware recommendations.

Actually the HVR-150PVR goes for $30 on Amazon, add a cheap hard drive and you've got everything you need for less than $100. That's less than a month's worth of coffee shop visits.

>I doubt any of that can be DVR'd without also paying for cable and many add-on packs to get HBO/Starz etc.

Well of course not, but while I have a DVR I still have Netflix and Amazon Prime. It's a supplement, not a replacement. Helps save on the data caps, gets some oddball programming that isn't commonly available, and enables me to follow special programming that may not be available streaming. Like CBS.

Leslie Moonves has an enormous stick up his ass about streaming. But putting up an antenna and DVR'ing 60 Minutes is pretty easy. No muss, no fuss. No need to set up VPNs and play with Sonarr and SickBeard, juggling around Plex libraries, and stuff like that, just to watch a show that is available to me, for free, legally, all I have to do is pluck it out of the air.

u/SeanAngelo · 1 pointr/headphones

Alright, I'm looking for another amp that will be more or less better than the FiiO E10K that I picked up along with my 250 Ohm DT770's. I was looking at some SMSL products on Amazon UK.

 
These in particular: (ranked from lowest to highest price)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B017W13OR0/ref=pd_sim_23_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=6ESY4HYBBZ5V4NCKTVGE
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B013HL9NVK/ref=s9_dcacsd_rdc_bw_c_x_1_w?th=1
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01C2OAANI/ref=s9_dcacsd_rdc_bw_c_x_3_w
 
Which one would be the best in driving my DT770's? I know my FiiO E10K is enough to drive it but let's pretend that I don't own an amp at the moment of time. Which one would you recommend for driving them?

 

Bear in mind,
-I will be using my computer as the main source of music (Spotify/iTunes to be exact.)
-I also have a Sharp XL-DAB151 speakers, I also want to connect that to my amp if possible to get the best sound from it.
-It has two RCA ports on the back (left and right, the 3.5mm jack is plugged into my on-board audio on my motherboard) so does that mean I need an amp with similar ports too? I noticed that SMSL M3 and the SMSL SD793II also has it, would that be the ideal amp?
-Is there any difference between a USB powered amp and a wall powered amp?

 

So basically,
-I need to drive my DT770's and hook up my speakers to it.

-I would like to be able to switch between the two audio devices, switching to the speaker when I'm not using my headphones.

-Want to keep it under £100 ($125). Preferably around the same price as the FiiO E10K or under £80 ($100)

 

Thanks a lot in advance,
Sean.

u/Stiler · 3 pointsr/Monitors

if it's in your budget getting a 55" or so 4k tv would be a better option and would allow you to enjoy things you don't get on the monitor like 4k/HDR, etc.

There is a new tv coming out this month that's making quite a bit of noise recently from AVS forums and other tech sites because of its price and what it offers:
http://www.avsforum.com/tcl-55-p-series-model-55p607-4k-hdr-roku-tv-with-dolby-vision-first-look/

http://referencehometheater.com/review/tcl-p-series-uhd-tv-review/

Amazon link (#1 best seller after these recent articles):
https://www.amazon.com/TCL-55P607-55-Inch-Ultra-Vision/dp/B06Y6FSV5Q

$599 for 4k/HDR/Dolby Vision, best value for the money by a large margin.

That'd work better for movies/tv then using the S27D390H would.

Also keep in mind, 4k tv's are meant to be closer then traditional tv's. The Recommend viewing distances can be found here:
https://www.crutchfield.com/S-WFcuMZirs4I/learn/learningcenter/home/TV_placement.html

u/gid0ze · 1 pointr/hardware

I can't really remember the plex differences off hand, but I remember liking it better. I'll try them both out tonight and let you know. WDTV definitely has more connection options. Such as Plex (DLNA), NFS, and SMB.

That isn't to say that the WDTV isn't without it's problems. The ideal way to hook up media is using the SMB option where it stores meta data in a .wdtv folder on the SMB/NFS share itself, but I couldn't get this to work reliably with the current firmware. Using a Windows server was unreliable. The share would disappear randomly and was unable to reconnect the share without deconfiguring the share, rebooting the device and trying again. And using Linux/Samba or NFS as the server wouldn't even work claiming it didn't have write access (it did). So I use Plex on Windows and it works well, although some movies might take 30 seconds or so to start up, but once they're playing it's fine. There is a newer firmware revision out that I haven't had a chance to check out yet. I'm sure other people have it working fine, but there's something about my network (possibly the Linux Samba server) that it doesn't like.

If I had to buy it again, I'd opt for the version with the hard drive as all the SMB/NFS/DLNA woes would not be an issue, and hopefully everything will just work as there's no other computers that need to be configured, turned on, etc. 1TB wouldn't store all my media, but at least all my home videos, pictures and music would have fit...


EDIT:

I have this:

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B005KOZNBW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1347034810&sr=1-1&keywords=wdtv+live

But would rather have this:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004GK0GKO

u/mtndewforbreakfast · 1 pointr/gadgets

To echo others in the thread, most tablets and laptops will be more expensive than some of the small set-top boxes for digital media, like the Roku 2 XS, Roku 3, Amazon Fire TV, or WDTV. All have their trade-offs, but I know the first 3 at least can connect to a few varieties of media server on a separate computer, such as the very popular Plex, or play local media from an attached USB device. They all sell at $100 USD or less right now.

I have used both the USB and Plex options personally on Roku 2 XS and Amazon FireTV and really enjoyed the experience, though my preference of the two is Plex for a home setup, while USB is fairly convenient if you want to go binge a show at a friend's house.

The Plex client for the device should support more than one server machine, so if you have other members of the household with their own media, they can fire up a Plex server of their own when they want to watch on the set-top box.

I cannot say anything about the WD TV from first hand knowledge, only the Roku series and Amazon Fire TV.

u/ZippyTheChicken · 0 pointsr/cordcutters

well soaps are mainly on antenna stations .. reality depends on what your mom likes .. does she like A&E or Bravo or Discovery or does she like Antenna based Reality TV ?

if she just wants antenna tv then the MediaSonic DVR is $40 and works pretty good and uses the Guide info in the TV Signal so you don't have to sign up for a $300 TV Guide subscription on top of other DVRs

http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HW-150PVR-HomeWorx-Converter-Recording/dp/B00I2ZBD1U/

its not the prettiest thing but it lets you hang a USB Stick maybe 128gb or 64gb for a little dvring.. or up to a 2TB drive for lots of DVRing

if she wants Bravo or A&E then you either have to go with Sling.tv

or just keep her cable as it is .. she probably enjoys the ease of using it.. and for older people being able to use something easily is very very important.... she will be all proud of you when you hook up $1000 worth of crap that she cant work once you are out the door.. then she will go down to the bar to watch TV and become an alcoholic.. do you want that? DO YOU! ... anyway good luck..

u/hardwarequestions · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Since you haven't bought it yet...

Look up the WD TV Live. It's another set top box and really shines when it comes to playing local content. It has greater codec support than the roku and doesn't have to use plex or get things transcoded. You can hook up your hard drives to the WD TV via USB and play files directly, saving you the need of involving your laptop.

The downside is you can't get the prettied up UI of plex, but the basic file-folder navigation style is simple and easy.

Roku is great for accessing official streaming services, but it's simply outdone by the WD TV Live when it comes to local content playback.

http://www.amazon.com/Streaming-Media-Player-Wi-Fi-1080p/dp/B005KOZNBW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136997

Online shops advertise it as costing $120 but always have it discounted to $100...and I don't know why because Western Digital's official price for it is $99. So don't pay more then that.

u/mrbaker3 · 2 pointsr/4kTV

There are always tradeoffs for the cheaper vs the more expensive. It really depends on a lot of the bells and whistles and what they mean to you. HDR for instance, most likely isn't available on the $350 Westinghouse, even though it's a 4K tv. So it won't be taking full advantage of the possibilities of the Pro. It'll still give a much improved picture compared to the PS4 OG, but not the best you can get.

HDR itself is said to be even more impressive and a leap forward than 4K was to 2K, so if that's important to you, you'd need to splurge.

I'm in the same boat, looking at my first 4K and a Pro and I landed on this one. It doesn't release until June (from what TCL said), but I'm not in a hurry, and it's right at where I was hoping to spend $$ wise.

But for already released tvs, check out rtings. They have the best reviews I've come across and give reviews to individual categories like movies, games, etc. You'll see what you'd be sacrificing for price.

u/king_kong0_o · 5 pointsr/xboxone

TCL is the number 3 tv maker worldwide( just started in the usa in 2015-2016), Number 1 in china for years, the make their own components in the tv so they dont have to source parts, thats why they are so much cheaper( AND THINNER) than everyone else on the market but have SUPER HIGH END features like dolby vision and roku tv guide. And for gaming the P607 and p605 are one of the best on the market test at 15ms with game mode off and 6.5ms with game mode on... its a no brainier, 4k HDR, Doly vision( which is better than hdr) 55 inch at 650$, sold...

Ya i just recently bought one, amazon has them on 2-3 month back order, but buy it now and itll be here before xbox 1 x is out.. If u look in store make sure u look for the P series only, its the performance line and has the lowest input lag..

TCL 55P607 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y6FSV5Q/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/iamneothe1 · 1 pointr/hometheater

So I've been thinking about my situation some more, and being cognizant of the fact that the sound quality will be inferior in a prepackaged system, I think getting one makes the most sense for me due to budgetary constraints and overall convenience. I like the idea of building a system over time, but I don't think I'll be able to commit resources to building it up like that. I probably won't ever get around to upgrading anything. Also, as a bit of perspective for me, I've been using a basic stereo system (5 CD changer kind of deal) for the last 13 or 14 years... so I think a prepackaged system would still present a pretty significant upgrade for me...

With all this in mind, and resigning myself to the disadvantages of a prepackaged system, which of these seems like the best option?

The aforementioned Sony system?

This Onkyo system?

Or this other Sony system?

Thanks so much for your help!

u/Skeezix · 1 pointr/audio

I'm sorry and I know this is irrelevant, but I read powDered sub and lost it.

On a more serious note, a powered sub will need some sort of pre amp to send the signal. If you were really wanting a subwoofer to have all the connections of the rest of the sound system, I know bose (DONT DO IT) acoustimass modules have the outputs for speakers, though they aren't powered.

Since it is going to be PC driven, honestly You're best off making sure you have a 5.1 soundcard and then finding a 5.1 computer set up. I know Logitech makes a few.

I understand money is always a factor in creating your system, but do NOT sell yourself short and spend just under 200 when you could save up a bit more and get what you actually want.

A proper receiver with 5.1 output and a speaker setup will be something that you can keep and upgrade when the time comes.

If your PC has an optical out, you could do something like this

it's not a powered sub setup, but it's a start in the right direction.

You could rock this for a while, then upgrade to a receiver that has a sub pre out and pick up a powered sub with that and then use your existing speakers with your new set up.

Ultimately, my true opinion is: DON'T SETTLE.

You'll regret it.

u/siclik · 3 pointsr/hometheater

I currently have a [120" Silver Ticket] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CYLOTPK/) off of Amazon and I've always thought it was pretty nice, but seeing the dark energy demos ... wow. Do you think I would see a significant improvement with the Abyss ALR? I'd certainly spend the $1,200 if it would greatly improve my HT setup.

u/mindreave · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

WiDi works by acting as a wireless cable. So imagine that it's like the same as connecting through hdmi, since the adapter will likely take in or output hdmi on either end. In this manner, it basically treats the TV as a monitor, so whatever you can do with your current hdmi connection, you should be able to do with the WiDi adapters.

In regards to the product, it'd be more helpful if you gave a direct link, but if you mean this item, then that's a different beast altogether. This one is basically a media player that looks for media shares, so similar in functionality to a Roku or similar.

Which one to get really depends on what your wider preference is. Both will let you stream netflix to your TV and play files from your local media shares, but the media player limits you to those activities. This comes with the benefit of a TV friendly user interface(usually) and a remote, so you don't even need your computer nearby as long as it's on the network.

WiDi will require you to keep a keyboard and mouse handy, wireless is helpful here, since you're basically operating your computer/laptop and the TV is acting as the monitor. However, WiDi allows you do to anything you can do on your computer on the TV screen, whether it's playing games, browsing the internet, doing work, etc.

u/Pokegamer · 1 pointr/vinyl

I dont claim to be an expert in audio, but this sony and this yamaha are popular new receivers. If you want a deal, try craigslist or FB marketplace. They aren't the worst spots to look but it takes patience.

There are also lower end amps if you dont want to spend a crap load of money, something like this would also get the job done. It wouldn't be the most amazing amp ever made but it wouldn't be the worst.

As for the preamp, it depends. Some people have no problem using a table's built in pre, others think they're garbage and even cut them out of the table. Using the built in pre saves some money but the sound quality won't be 100%. Might be more in the range of like 90% but that's not acceptable for some.

It's really what you are ok with. I personally run through my lp120's pre into an active speaker right now, but i'm getting a cheaper amp and passive speakers to free up my active speaker cause it's more portable and has other uses for me. I'm sure someone will tell you how I'm using a terrible setup, but it's what I'm ok with.

u/e60deluxe · 1 pointr/hometheater
  1. those rca speakers are not compatible with a receiver. it is a standalone system. furthermore its pretty shit and doesnt have true surround sound or even pro logic. the rear speakers mirror the front speakers, and the center speaker plays an equal balance of left and right. at the very least, look at something like this, which is not a whole lot better, but atleast it is compatible with a proper receiver and will therefore give true surround sound.

    http://www.monoprice.com/Product/Index?p_id=8247

  2. skip the google tv and get a Sony or LG smart blu ray player. spend around $100-$120. use extra funds to get better speakers.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AWKC0JM/

    good: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WGJX5A/

    better: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001202C44/

  3. where is your screen? please dont say "my wall"
u/dcoolidge · 2 pointsr/audio

You need an amp. Lepai cheap but expect cheap ;). Don't get me wrong, the lepai will work for most people. Minimum /r/audiophile recommends is the muse a little above your price but worth it if you like good sound. Next you need something like this to hook your soundcard up to your amp. Then some speaker wire to wire the rest.

So it would go soundcard -> amp -> subwoofer (left and right) -> speakers (left and right).

Have fun!

u/08830 · 7 pointsr/cordcutters

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u/jousiemohn · 1 pointr/buildapc

I've been going through Amazon and found this TCL 49S405 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYGISTO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_7ESDAbAXRDPE3 I still have to research freesync and I'm sure that tv doesn't have it but does it seem like a decent deal? It's 120hz & 4k.. And the 27" monitor would work great and is priced well too but if the tv would work well with games, it'd be nice to have something bigger to watch movies on also. And I'll check out pcpartpicker now

u/Siegfried262 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

For 250 my recommendation would be a pair of Philharmonic Affordable Accuracy Monitors paired with a suitable amplifier. They're easily the best speakers I've used. Great imaging, very clear and detailed, and amazing bass for a 2.0 setup.

I got along with a basic Lepai amplifier with an upgraded power supply which did better than I expected to. Otherwise you could probably get away with an SMSL-SA36 if you're not blasting them.

For the money though, I bet you could find a used receiver for a great deal off your local craigslist.

I currently run them with an SMSL SA-160 which does an amazing job of driving them but would push you out of your budget.

Alternatively, I've also used the Micca MB42Xs paired with the same Lepai as above and it's a fantastic budget-oriented setup which doesn't take up too much space.

u/wr_m · 21 pointsr/thebachelor

Your TV needs to have a built in tuner, if it does it'll have a coax input that looks like this.

If it doesn't, you can buy an external tuner like this.

As for antennas, just search around for "TV antenna" and you'll get something like this. The biggest difference between any are pretty much the range. They all will give you a coax cable that you just plug in (and screw the nut to tighten) to your TV or tuner box. Longer range ones will also need USB power but they usually come with all the stuff you need.

Once you do that place the antenna where you please. On your TV your settings menu should have a section named something like "TV", "antenna", or "channels". You'll need to go there and tell it to scan for channels. If you can't find the menu you can likely just search for your TV brand and antenna to find a guide

Finding a good position for the antenna might be tricky. You might need to move it around, rescan for channels, and try again and again. Eventually you should max out the number of channels you can get and have a stable TV picture.

Unfortunately depending on your location you might not get great TV reception. You can try to search for your location here to get a sense of what channels you may get and how strong the signal might be.

Hope this helps!

u/xaffinityx · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Happy cake day!!!

1 Rubber spatulas that I would use to mix up my cake, or icing colors which I use to die icings for cakes I make!

2 This one is a stretch but portal socks because Simon Pegg did voices for video games...and Portal is a video game!

3 I don't have any books on my WL. :P but.... I'd like to read this bag while I devour it's contents!

4 Mixing bowls. My SO tends to eat his cereal out of the few I have now >.<

5 Gecko food for our gecko! It even has a picture of one on the label!

6 Purple socks or purple nail polish!

7 Portal companion cube!

8 My (not so guilty) pleasure.

9 Pocket knife!

10 The definition of my childhood!

11 Literally for organizing!

12 My favorite hobby is baking!

13 PlayStation 4 could be geeky to some.

14 Made with 100% natural almonds!

15 Green socks!

16 I can wear these adorable leggings!

17 Funny candles!!

18 NSFW beads...

19 Gardening boots!

20 The item I love is this mixer!

I think you will buy these!

u/Audmeister · 1 pointr/hometheater

My budget would be ~$250.

I saw that Yamaha 377, actually it was one of the 3 I saved on my Amazon wish list.

I also saved, Sony STRDH550 and Sony STR-DH740. I havent had much time to research and also not in a hurry to get one now, but if you know of any of these receivers, I would like some input so I can decide what I would like to buy.

Since you suggested that Yamaha 377, I am now leaning more towards it :) Thanks!

u/garasensei · 3 pointsr/retrogaming

We need more information! What is your budget and what screen size are you going for? VGA input is also going to be a real problem as those are mostly phased out.

I'm going to assume we're going in on the cheap here. I've heard good things about the following tv. Low input lag and good motion blurring.

https://www.amazon.com/TCL-43S405-43-Inch-Ultra-Smart/dp/B01MYGISTO?th

43", 49", 55" all seem to be about the same spec wise from what I understand. The problem is that they are hdmi only. I'd solve this by getting an OSSC. It will take your component and vga inputs and output them as HDMI. It also seems to have full compatibility with the OSSC doubling modes including SNES, 5x modes, and even 480p x2.

>S405 | Lx3: Y | SNES: Y | Lx4/5: Y/Y | DoctorPain99 Also 480p x2 and 480i passthrough

I don't personally own this tv. If I was looking for a low budget option this is what I would do in your shoes though. The size is up to you. I'd go for as big as you can.

Edit: It may seem painful to pay almost as much as the TV for the OSSC but this really will be an awesome setup. It will even open up RGB scart to you. You could end up spending the extra money chasing the inputs you want but if I was you I'd remove it from the equation with the OSSC. Once you experience the joy of upscaled retro gaming you won't want to ever go back.

The OSSC paired with a compatible TV is pretty much plug and play. No need for complicated profiles or settings research like the Framemeister.

u/kghyr8 · 1 pointr/hometheater

Most people will say you're better off with a real receiver. They're right. I've been through this scenario you are describing. The problem is that the bluray player is your "receiver". At the same time, it has no HDMI inputs. So all your components (Xbox, whatever else) have to plug into the TV, and then the sound is sent out to the bluray receiver through the optical.

Can it be done? Yes. But most TVs do not passthrough 5.1 via optical, which means your TV will likely spit the signal out as stereo. Your bluray will probably take a stereo signal and split it artificially into 5.1, but it's not the true surround you had coming out of the Xbox. The only time you will get true surround is when watching a bluray.

The other issue is the speakers. Most of these systems have a proprietary connector on the receiver that prevents you from easily connecting new speakers. That means when you outgrow the system or want to upgrade you have to completely replace the system. Mine was donated to a friend.


You're better off with a real receiver. Even this system would be better, since it has a real receiver and the speakers could be upgraded.

Onkyo HT-S3500 660 Watt 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0077V88V8/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_xnJ-ub0XM6VGY
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0077V88V8/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_xnJ-ub0XM6VGY

u/dr-drew · 3 pointsr/minimalism

Okay here you go -

Sharp LC-60LE650 60-inch Aquos 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV by Sharp http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BG5M93Y/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_E7Qetb123NKEP watch this as it will move in price. Right now is amazing,

Onkyo HT-S3500 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package by Onkyo http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0077V88V8/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_K8Qetb1KC9W9M - again watch this because it will change

Nexera 221133 Allure 60-Inch TV Stand, Ebony and White by Nexera http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HUNTDA/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_j9Qetb054VAXZ - same

Nexera 220433 Allure 36-Inch 2-Drawer Unit, Ebony and White by Nexera http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0062O1L10/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_I9Qetb0EV7WZX - again watch.

The actual shelves were the hardest part because they are different pieces so I had to see when one would get a bump down.

There is money involved but it's after lots of saving and waiting for the right time for deals. Like I said before, amazon and craigslist can be your best friend.

u/boostdd · 2 pointsr/JDM_WAAAT

The Single E5-2620 V1 will handle about 3x 1080p transcodes. However, if your clients are decent enough and your media is compatible, you'll likely not need any transcoding. Remember, transcoding is converting the file on the fly because the client is not compatible with the native codec.

Direct Streaming and Direct Playing performance will be impacted more by your network (home streaming) and internet connection (external streaming). I'm not saying CPU/Hardware wont effect your ability to Direct-Play/Direct-Stream, but it's likely less of an issue, until you really start increasing your simultaneous streaming.

Xbox One should direct play H264 MKV.. I'd also recommend checking out the new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K if you're looking for another cheap highly compatible client. A few of my friends that I share my server with have them, and they direct-play just about everything I have..

What's nice about this build is, you can easily upgrade if you need more CPU power. You can start with a single CPU and either add a 2nd one or upgrade both. The rule of thumb is 2000 Passmarks for 1x 1080p transcode. Check out the CPU Comparison Chart for more info. They also list a ballpark price for the CPUs as well.

u/_Ceddy_ · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Would this be the best one? Its the newest. Amazon Link WD TV
This has no Netflix for some reason..

There is also this one which has older software I believe. Amazon Link WD TV Live

There is also a WD TV Play, but no USB included.


...

Ordering a WD TV Live 3rd Gen WDBHG70000NBK. Seems to be the best.

u/AndyV_TX · 1 pointr/hometheater

Absolutely possible to get started within that budget. Setting up a projector based home theater is a journey, it’s not a buy one time and be done.

This is what I did also, since I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy the projector experience. Since you are new to projectors, I would recommend getting an entry level projector ($500 to $700) brand new or you can try the classifieds in avsforum (or craigslist). The cheap projector may not be 4K, may not have the placement flexibility etc - but before you plunk serious dollars into all that, this is a great way to get your feet wet. For a projector screen, used is a great option (as there are no electronics to go bad). Or, you can spring for a new Silverticket screen for around $250 or so.

If you have the AV equipment already hook it up and check to see if you like it. The. You can spend more money/time on room treatment, better projector etc. Over time. If you don’t like the experience, sell these for not much of a loss.

Here are the links:

Projector: https://www.benqdirect.com/ht2050a-refurb.html

Screen: https://www.amazon.com/STR-169120-Silver-Ticket-120-Diagonal/dp/B00CYLOTPK

u/Ze3ks · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Ah gotcha, if you watch movies and all that shnaazzz then any home theater setup will do. I'd suggest having one with a receiver, you'll just need to connect the PC via HDMI into the receiver, then have the receiver output to the TV via HDMI as well.


Unfortunately, it does come at a price. A decent 5.1 system starts around 250 or so unless you find a sale. This has some great reviews on Amazon and I personally would have bought it but found this on sale, which I'm extremely happy about. But they're pretty much in the same class.


Also, there's some 5.1 multimedia speakers available for <200 but I'm assuming you get the quality of what you pay for. I have a 2.1 system with a sub connected to my PC and the sub is satisfying, yet completely under-performed compared to my home theater setup in my living room. It's really up to you though, I don't watch movies on my PC so the 2.1 system does just fine.

u/picmandan · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Those all seem like decent choices.

Another option would be to just go straight for an Energy Take 5.1 system, for $300. They are pretty well regarded, and you could be done. The Dayton sub will play lower (though the sub can always be upgraded to just about anything), and some of the other speakers are indeed better, but this is a very good value based system that very many folks enjoy.

u/ClumpOfCheese · 1 pointr/VIZIO_Official

Yeah, I didn’t buy a warranty for it either. I bought one for my dynex which was a waste because it was perfect. But the Vizio was a total joke and their customer service was even worse. I remember them priding themselves on being an American company, but they definitely don’t meet the traditional American made standards. Never again will I buy Vizio and I have done my best to talk others out of wasting their money.

I was looking at this other American brand, TCL, but I’m pretty sure it’s the exact same thing as Vizio.

TCL 55R617 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2018 Model) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079N9HDNQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Y.x5CbJY7G0QN

u/bowenac · 1 pointr/xboxone

Any of your media that is on a PC. I used to use a chromecast to, but then got an Amazon Firestick which is way better than chromecast IMO. It also comes with Plex for free so you don't need to pay for it. You only need to pay for it on the Xbox while it is in a "very long beta"...

It is faster, and also comes with a remote. "4x the storage and 2x the memory of Chromecast, plus a dual-core processor and 1 GB of memory." It's $39.99 but I got it for $20 the first day it went on sale. You can even play games on the firestick lol. They also sell a separate game controller, but you can use the included one for a lot of games.

Worth retiring the chromecast and getting one of these.

http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-W87CUN-Fire-TV-Stick/dp/B00GDQ0RMG/ref=sr_1_1/190-3756574-7466305?ie=UTF8&qid=1425397652&sr=8-1&keywords=firestick

u/ShawnDex · 3 pointsr/AndroidTV

Android TV very good setup and will fit your budget read the reviews from the buyers that's only opinion that matter from people that actually own these products.

:

TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model) $349.99 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MTGM5I9/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOW $199.00 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N1NT9Y6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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SiliconDust HDHomeRun CONNECT. FREE broadcast HDTV (2-Tuner) $73.95 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GY0UB54/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

:

[2018 Latest] Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna Long 65-80 Miles Range – Support 4K 1080p & All Older TV's Indoor Powerful HDTV Amplifier Signal Booster - 18ft Coax Cable/USB Power Adapter $27.95 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FVLXHYV/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/drakeg4 · 2 pointsr/videos

I had em for a few years because they are a great turnkey product but they are not great. The bass is tweakable but it doesn't take away from the fact that the sub is crossed over quite high in order to make up for the fact that the satellites speakers are pretty crap.

Some Energy Take Classics and a 5.1 receiver off of ebay and you have better sound quality for about the same price.

It's pretty easy to setup a PC to a receiver. Toslink or just some 3.5mm to dual RCA plugs and you're good to go.

u/I__like__it · 1 pointr/audiophile

Budget: $100ish

Looking for: Amp or receiver

Used for: Music (Electronic, reggae, acoustic, country, vocal, chill, rap, and many more) in a small apartment, and movies too.

Just picked up: 4 Pinnacle AC 650 speakers for $40.
http://www.pinnaclespeakers.com/ac650.html

Any experience with these? Are they entry level audiophile acceptable?

Thinking about picking up: Fully functional Pioneer SA-6700 Amp off Craig's list for $100.

I only plan to use two of the speakers, and just sell the other two. What do you all think?

Should I save money and just get a more powerful amp like the recommended Muse M50?
http://www.amazon.com/Tripath-TPA3123-Stereo-Amplifier-Supply/dp/B008YBC172/

Or maybe this "MicroFidelity Mini Amp 200"?
http://www.amazon.com/microFidelity-Mini-Amplifier-Model-Silver/dp/B003PXSXEE/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Thanks in advance for any help.

u/jallsopp · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Wharfedale Diamond 9.1

SMSL SA-36A

That's going to sound pretty great for the money. Since your on a faitly low budget, I'd highly recommend looking into second hand gear. £140 would go quite a long way. Check Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace, plenty of great finds on there for next to nothing.

u/midnitedeath · 2 pointsr/4kTV

Thanks for the heads up. After much research, I am pretty set on the TCL 55R617 TV here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079N9HDNQ?tag=rtings-tv-bs10b-20&ie=UTF8

Is the 200$ price difference worth it for the 6 series over the 5 series? What is the difference between the R615 and R617? I'm looking to be "Wowed" by the improvement in HDR content over my current Sony TV which will be migrating to the bedroom.

From what I've been reading from others, TCL quality control is much improved during the second half of the year and I already have Amazon prime so unless anyone knows of a cheaper price elsewhere (Black Friday or Cyber Monday) I think I'm going to pull the trigger on the TV linked above.

Also, I plan on wall mounting this TV and would appreciate recommendations on an inexpensive mount that will work with this TV.

Thanks

u/brianf408 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

When I started my home theater in the living room, the receiver was my first purchase (awesome mis-priced sale at Best Buy, saved about $500 and got a much nicer receiver than I was originally planning). I picked up the front towers on sale as well and ran it like that for a few months. I added the center and rears as they went on sale, and finally the subwoofer. That setup is fantastic, I have under $1,000 invested and it is absolutely amazing for games and movies.

Approaching audio in this way gives us the same benefits as building our PCs: customization and upgrade-ability. You can start small and inexpensive and expand as budget allows.

One other note, I think one of your other posts mentioned you were worried about size/space. There are some great 'satellite' speaker systems that have amazing sound quality, like these Energy Take speakers. I personally prefer larger speakers, but if I had a smaller space I would probably end up with that set (plus a receiver).

u/dubstastic · 1 pointr/HelpMeFind

The Xiaomi Mi Box is plug and play. You can add kodi on it if you want.

Or

Nvidia Sheild is also plug and play. More expensive but you can buy it without the gaming remote. This is the one I personally use.

Both can add kodi if you want to and both work from google play store.

Otherwise Apple TV works too but just as expensive as the Nvidia shield. But you can only add MrMc which is a kodi like app.

Hope that helps. If you need help with set up, message me (FYI I’m in Australia so may be a delay on a reply).

u/cheezenub · 1 pointr/Roku

I was going to get TCL's new series 6 55" but after reading and seeing pics of people's new TVs, I decided to pass. Too many of them reported severe vertical banding on the screen.

I thought it was relegated to just the 55" model. I considered the 65" model, but realized that was just too large for my tastes. This TV seems to be the top of the line for ROKU based TVs. In the end I just could not take the chance. I am disabled and shipping such equipment back and forth is not too practical for me.


I went with a Sony. May not be the most current. Definently not the most expensive. But it fit my size, and the reviews were far better. I did have to get used to the new interface as it run Android TV. I've come to appreciate it.

I still have my trusty Roku 3 in the bedroom chugging away without any issues.

u/lennyp4 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

almost everyone here is gonna tell you to go for a receiver + passive speakers. Unless you have a hearth or a very open floor plan it's generally pretty easy to run the cables along the edges of the room and tack them to the wall or carpet. It's not invisible but it looks okay.

You can easily do it under $800. first of all cop one of these av receivers. The speakers are tough to recommend, I personally use these, they look and sound gorgeous, and they have enough bass to do fine without a sub, but cost $600 so you would be stuck with 2.0 if you were to buy them with that budget.

u/RunningGiant · 6 pointsr/cordcutters

Just a few more things that may improve your experience for minimal cost (if these features matter to you):

  1. You mentioned that you have Roku TVs (not separate roku devices). You can add a USB storage stick to most of these Roku TVs and can get pausing/fast forwarding of live antenna tv (needs to be relatively quick write speeds on the usb storage stick, especially for HD). There is no scheduling of recordings using this, to my knowledge, so this won't replace a DVR.
    https://www.cnet.com/news/roku-tvs-can-now-pause-live-over-the-air-tv/

  2. If you want a cheap DVR for antenna channels on a single TV, I've found the Homeworx 180stb works well most of the time (has some hiccups, but for the price it is great):
    https://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-Homeworx-HW180STB-Converter-Recording/dp/B00IYETYX8.
    It lets you make manual recordings of antenna channels (once, daily, weekly). It does require plugging in your own usb storage. It will show up to 2 days of guide data (whatever the station is broadcasting over the air), but I just use manual recording times (mostly for recording Jeopardy), so this isn't and issue. Another positive, is that the recordings can be taken right off the USB drive if you want to save them somewhere else (they aren't encrypted or anything).

    Hope this help some!
u/rmbagg · 1 pointr/audiophile

The Emotiva look sexy, got great review. I've always been a fan of Klispch and they're the same price as the R-28F. http://www.klipsch.com/products/reference-floorstanding-speakers?model=r-28f

Is Emotiva better? Is my Sony receiver doable? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J30GXW2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Thanks for your response!

u/saxonjf · 1 pointr/DailyTechNewsShow

There are several of these HDMI dongles, the Chromecast was very early in the game, and it had a massive PR boom. None of the others have done so well.

Among the others, the Roku Streaming Stick has a good chance at making some waves, especially if their next version is like the Roku 3. The Amazon Fire TV Stick has a reasonable chance to be successful, especially at the somewhat reasonable price along with the remote control.

This Vudu Spark and the Matchstick (using Firefox OS) will have no chance. I'm not certain the Matchstick will be ever be released, much less be successful.

Disclaimer: I have a Chromecast, and am using it right now. Actually watching MST3K.

u/qqpugla · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

If it has to be already released, and money was no object, I would probably get Lego Hogwarts.

However, out of ANYTHING on my lists for me, I would get a PS4!!!!!

If I were able to get anything though for anyone, I would most likely get stuff for my hubby and kiddos. I would get my hubby one of the pairs of shoes on his list for work because he is on his feet all day and goes through shoes quickly; I would get the Star Wars wampa rug for my son; and the Little Tikes playhouse for my daughter :-) (I know this discussion was for ourselves, but honestly my dream would be to get everything on my hubby and kiddos lists because I love giving them gifts more than getting things for myself!!!)

u/JoeB- · 1 pointr/AirTV

I ran into the same issue with Apple TV, which isn't supported either. DISH/SlingTV/AirTV, if you're paying attention, I've been waiting two years for Apple TV support! What is taking so long? Sorry, had to get that out of my system.

Unless you really love the "smart" part of your Samsung TV, you could add a supported set-top box, or streaming stick. I've been pleased with our Roku Ultra. The remote for the Ultra, and for the Roku Streaming Stick+ as well, can control the TV's power and volume, which enables a single-remote solution. The remote for Amazon's new Fire TV Stick 4K also controls TV power and volume.

u/nixtamal · 3 pointsr/vegas

If you need a good digital tuner option try http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IYETYX8 -- I bought this and am very happy with it. You'll need an antenna to hook up to it -- usually a good idea to get one you can put on a window like http://www.amazon.com/Antenna-1byone-Super-Digital-Indoor/dp/B00IF70QCW -- and you're good to go. One nice thing about the tuner I got is you can hook an external USB hard drive or USB flash drive up to it and get DVR capabilities.

u/concentus7 · 1 pointr/hometheater

I doubt you'll have to spend that much for a decent screen. My go-to's are from Silver Ticket. They're good quality, super easy to set up, and easy on the wallet.

u/sparsin · 1 pointr/Xbox_One_X

Wait for TVs to go on sale, don’t sell yourself short. Easy to find a good deal. But keep in mind you get what you pay for. HDR is big when looking for a tv. Games that don’t support 4k but have HDR is a nice boost to the color depth.

If you are patient grey Thursday/Black Friday/cyber Monday always have good deals.

This t.v. Is 100 bucks off amazon right now and seems to fit your budget. It is their 4 series.
I personally have never owned a tv from this company, I usually stay with Sony, Samsung, and LG and have yet to be disappointed.


4 series.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01N29XPO3/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1527285148&sr=8-6&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=4k+uhd+tv&dpPl=1&dpID=51xTjwmi4lL&ref=plSrch

6 series
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079N9HDNQ

u/erasablefoot · 7 pointsr/Xbox_One_X

I highly recommend TCL P series. Awesome tv for gaming. Should be around $600-650. Has ratings that match $1000+ TVs. I’ve had this tv for almost a year now and it’s been awesome. Make sure it is the P series (there will be a P in the model number).


TCL 55P607 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y6FSV5Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kU0VBbZ2H8JNN

u/4xalot · 2 pointsr/iRacing

If you're not comfortable building a system and nobody nearby to assist, you might want to go with a prebuilt system.

Example only, not sure I'd recommend this particular one.

https://www.amazon.com/HP-Quad-Core-i7-7700HQ-Bluetooth-Refurbished/dp/B0798TCJCN/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1519421615&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=gtx+1070+computer&psc=1


You're looking for a reasonably modern CPU, 16GB RAM, solid state storage for iracing to live on, and a 1070 at least. This should be able to manage 60fps on triples in all except a few grandstand areas.

If you know someone nearby who can help you troubleshoot any system building issues, might save a few hundred that way. Like I mentioned, graphics cards are hard to get for MSRP right now, so this might be a bit of a struggle.


On the other hand, maybe you should consider getting a cheap ~50" 4k tv and just sitting as close to it as possible, as in almost touching it? I found this more immersive than triple 24" monitors, but you definitely don't have the ability to see cars beside you as easily. The field of view is smaller than triples, but its still much larger than a typical monitor.

I use one of these currently
https://www.amazon.com/TCL-49S405-49-Inch-Ultra-Smart/dp/B01MYGISTO

previously on triples, but I prefer this ever so slightly for just driving for fun. If I was competitively racing still I would jump back on triples.

u/MeowMixSong · 1 pointr/cordcutters

> bestbuy employee

There's your problem. Also, they are NOT televisions per FCC, they are sold as monitors. And you can get any size you like of a TV. here's a 105 inch for $32,000 USD.

If you just want a tuner, go with iView 3500STBII, or a MediaSonic Homeworkx 180STB. both units are under $35 USD, and you can even use them as a DVR to record whatever you wish.

Plug in a 1TB USB 3.0 HDD, and ($49.95 at Walmart), and you'll have more TV than you could ever possibly want stored locally. You can also us the Iview as an offline media center, it will play almost any format you throw at it, (video, audio only, pictures). I've been using my 3500 for 2 years now, and I'm perfectly happy with it. It also descrambles ClearQAM signals too. :)

u/daphoenix720 · 1 pointr/daphoenix

START 5:25 PM, 5/11/16

I need to really have two browsers for each login I have.

I have been having really a lot of issues lately sleeping surrounding managing calories and going to the gym, on top of insomnia issues.

I actually am going to hold on my books for now. Those ideas need to manifest a little longer. They aren't going to disappear overnight and in fact its better I take a break on it for now, because I really need to build up my coding foundations first

Coding and development


  • I don't think I'm a conventional learner for coding. For some reason, tutorials just seem boring to me? I really need to just rapidly use "Idea foundation" and have some project in mind and build a working prototype quickly. I guess I should take a class anyhow.

    Reddit usernames


  • Why the hell am I even writing about coding on this account and not my other one? It'd make more sense to do it there. Literally, I should make my subreddit over on that one

    Reddit RES


    https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/2zwgpe/how_do_you_manage_multiple_reddit_accounts/

    Not only that, why the hell don't I just use reddit res and manage all my accounts anyhow? Lastpass takes awhile. Imo. Fucking found it finally. http://i.imgur.com/uEkbD26.png

    MIND STATES, and using a different coding name


  • Okay, I am going to make this thread reply completely defunct, I see no reasoning behind putting my coding thinking here. Plus I can't share what coding knowledge I do have anyhow. Its better if its under my different anaconda account instead

    ----------------------

    5/12/16 START 8:50 AM

    Finally fucking slept well in awhile

    Also, I had some random ideas about tattoos on left and right side of my arm (left is past phoenix, right is future ? dragon?). IDK. Anyways, really I don't need to put all my colornotes down, just the ones i found most important, like some of them were stupid like TV anime show cooking - all the different ideas like medicinal cooking, food science cooking, smellyass duran level cooking

    Taking ideas off fiction writers for note taking and idea generation


    4 Types of notetaking


  • So I've heard writers who use 2 seperate programs, one for editing (Anything goes here), and one for idea generation (Reddit)

  • This seems like a really good idea. Notetaking in of itself. Its important to define all the 4 types of note taking methods out there, in order to learn. It adds onto my STUDY THEORY that essentially goes into MIND STATES and RAPID FEEDBACK-CEPTION , but more importantly NOTES! This is everything I've observed thus far in my life about note taking. AND NOW, http://i.imgur.com/lf0ImDm.png. University learning emphasizes all of those

    • This is what happens when you study on your own with little resources, but not at univeristy (University you do all the red arrows). http://i.imgur.com/knlxCGi.png (LEARNING)

    • The above 2 examples, the purple/ teal arrows indicate which direction MOST of your learning thought process goes through, but in reality you are doing all of them, just not as much generaly

    • Its a tad confusing to look at since I didn't know how to format so much information for people to read, so i just made it so I myself can read it for now. Because, MVP, I need to understand it to have someone else to understand it first

      ---------------------

      ONENOTE AND SURFACE PRO (OneNote App, vs OneNote Program) LAte 2015 to 2016, Surfacepro 4


  • Surface Pro is a fully functional PC. It can run either native program , or through an app with special "Features" of recognizing text for writing. Any other Tablet/Transformer laptop that's not a surface pro for handwriting notes is going to be vastly inferior, since surface pro is made by microsoft and designed to optimally work with OneNote

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alpwQgVtVUQ. This one shows the metro APP to some degree (That's the applet, not the program, which is recommended in surface pro). Heck, I probably have the metro applet too? On my touch enabled dell laptop. German guy, lots of shape recognition. http://i.imgur.com/WOVzoMh.png. Can annotate pictures in real life real time http://i.imgur.com/6qiqLgO.png. Also, can do dual monitor screen clipping http://i.imgur.com/9cQmwmR.png.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gauy34-Ogw. This video came out 1.5 months ago, from someone who's obviously really passionate about onenote. This is probably the BEST I've seen on the applications of Metro APP + Onenote+Surface Pro 2016. Can even take pictures directly into document, can have a file scanner right then http://i.imgur.com/syH0mvM.png. Can drawboard and annoate pdfs. http://i.imgur.com/5zFAKDj.png. Can have TI-89 calculator http://i.imgur.com/aNdV8Mf.png.. Can have audio synced notes (well I knew that already). http://i.imgur.com/kxFbMG2.png. Can do some advanced math http://i.imgur.com/s5auQNN.png. Can convert handwriting notes to text, http://i.imgur.com/e5yADqU.png, not sure how reliable

  • And duh, your using a PC in class, so you can do compiling code if you wanted to, go on masterengineering.com, facebook, shits like that, all the advantages

  • Does it suit me? . No idea. Don't really care at the moment to be honest,. No, it does not, the reason for this is that I do not take any classes in person and in school. But its nice to know

  • Who the hell really needs this? Really, the only people who need it are STEM majors in school, because of all the math features functions, variable style notetaking and complexity of notes. Can't see why a Literature major would ever want it. Or a political science major. I guess you can, but you don't need all the fancy diagrams and shit

  • COST. For a $700 Surfacepro 3, it sure has some shit specs cost/value ratio. http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Surface-Intel-Core-Windows/dp/B00KHQWPZA/ref=sr_1_8?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1463066693&sr=1-8&keywords=surface+pro. Fucking hell, my dell laptop runs like a horse and I paid $700 for it like 3 years ago, did a ton of research here. I can run like 10 programs on it all at the same time. Surfacepro 3 or 4 is definitely for people who have money to throw around

  • STYLUS? I should try it out, the http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GDQ0RMG/ref=ods_gw_d_h1_smp_ma_sh2?pf_rd_r=0R4QGV031PYJP87DMW6E&pf_rd_p=db92b227-a790-42b2-9dba-e33e740bfcf4

  • I don't use windows 8.1. WIN+D to exit out of the homescreen metro app garbage.

    ---------------

    ONENOTE TUTORIAL BOOK THINGS I FORGOT TO WRITE


  • Forgot to tell you can have two onenote apps open at same time to compare notes to each other. Helps when i make new diagrams of say PMT and VMT analysis

  • Also, when i use ONENOTE+EVERNOTE, its a long term investment, takes a lot of work but its SUPER scalable to anything i do in life. This 600,000 word post is consolidating that knowledge. REDDIT is serving one primary function, its "Thinking Aloud Notes". http://i.imgur.com/HCzHsYK.png.

    --------------------------

    WRITING BOOK OUT - I should be using MSword copy paste dumps


  • I really, really should be copying my notes into a MSWORD doc as I write them down. Silly me. Then I should've organized it -ish into a streamlined -ish format and my book would've been done. Fuck me.

  • Specifically, REDDIT to generate the notes, MSWORD to cull and format it. Should be done all within the same day. Because when i look at MSword I just ran into writers block, really, I have 600,000 to 800,000 words that need to really, be indexed properly. There just fucking free floating there. I shouldn't be generating new ideas for my book, I should be consolidating knowledge[QUOTE1]. Because I need a book to consolidate all my acquired knowledge, helps me think.


    PMT and VMT relationships EXPANDED


  • I left off here. http://imgur.com/6aA5nNt. I might as well fucking finish it.I DID NOT, clarify all the relationships here, for my theory, as I did in notetaking http://i.imgur.com/lf0ImDm.png. I should totally just print this fucking out anyhow for interviews. Really, I'm going to fucking stick all my diagrams I made all over my room later on in my life , its my own wisdom I created, from other's wisdoms originally, and I can learn from myself as I've learned from others. It also reinforces my disciplinary skills and beliefs as well. [QUOTE1]. All dem posters, will be in a hidden little poster flipper thing http://i.imgur.com/14fIf2a.png. Whenever I want to see my "artwork" essentially, my diagrams, because I sure as hell don't want to look at them all the time, just when i get lost and confused and bored and need inspiration

  • BACK ON TOPIC. Took me all day, but I finished my diagram explanation theory on PMT, VMT, s-VMT, and s-PMT. Here IS THE COMPILATION OF ALL THE RESEARCH I DID FOR THIS SHIT THEORY. http://i.imgur.com/p3QxxGu.png

  • Why the hell this matters, I don't know, but I really felt like defining it. In science, its important to define everything. So I did. I defined my own, shit version of how my psychology works, and it doesn't really matter if its right, the fact that I compiled all my research of me poking through my head is important.
u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Yes, there are some good HTiBs. The Energy Take 5.1 Classic set is one of the best HTiB systems you can buy under 1K. With a cheap receiver ($150-200), it'll make a pretty good budget set.

http://www.hometheater.com/content/energy-take-classic-speaker-system-ht-labs-measures

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/energy-take-classic-home-theater-system

u/brunchhard · 1 pointr/barstoolsports

Super basic Audio technica. I gradually built the system over time, but started with this stereo (used) and these speakers. Later I added some small surround speakers (system doubles as my tv speakers, too) as well as this sub. Granted I don't have a super trained ear, but all together it does sound awesome.

My recommendation is to not go cheap on the stereo side of things. Definitely don't get a record player with speakers built in. If it sounds shitty, you'll never end up using it. If you do want to start cheap with the record player, have it sound decent, but not have to get all the bells and whistles, Audio Technica sells this bundle that has the turntable and two speakers. If you start with that, eventually you can add the stereo receiver, better speakers, sub, etc.

u/WhyNotPete · 1 pointr/kindafunny

The best bang for your buck when it comes to 4k HD tv's is the TCL Roku TV, https://www.bestbuy.com/site/tcl-55-class-54-6-diag--led-2160p-smart-4k-ultra-hd-tv-roku-tv/5878703.p?skuId=5878703
which is a shockingly cheap $370. You can see a review for it at https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/tcl/s-series-4k-2017-s405. There's a 49" variant too on amazon, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYGISTO/ref=twister_B071J9GQP8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 for $330.

You can get a similar tv with better picture quality for $600 https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/tcl/p-series-2017-p607

If you want to go better than that, then it's got to be the LG OLED tv's (that tim is always raving about) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073K3LPGF?tag=rtings-tv-bs10b-20&ie=UTF8 but the cost is $1600. I don't really think it's worth it to buy tv's between the picture quality of the $600 TCL p607 and the LG OLED's because the TCL P607 is such a great deal, and that it isn't until you get to OLED that you can see a noticable "jump" in picture quality.

u/BuckyDog · 1 pointr/hometheater

I am not sure if you can do a 5.1 by running speaker wires under a rug, etc. But I had a similar situation and I placed the center channel speaker and two book shelf speakers on top of the TV stand (left and right channels). I put the receiver on a stand behind the center channel speaker. I ran speaker wires under a rug and put the left and right surround sound speakers on stands next to the sofa. I put the subwoofer behind the sofa.

Later, I even put two bookshelf speakers and another subwoofer behind the sofa and for a short time was running a 7.2 surround sound system. It did not get much stereo separation, but it sounded great compared to a sound bar. Your situation is actually better than mine in some ways due to you having more room to put larger speakers under the TV than I had.

Here is the speakers and stand I was working with: http://amzn.com/B001202C44

Here is a stand similar to what I used for the receiver: http://amzn.com/B003M2YDE2

My wife was skeptical at first, but thought it was a good solution after I got it all hooked up.

u/Skitch_n_Sketch · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'll start off with the a basic setup and expand from there. All speakers require power which is supplied to them by an Amplifier. The Amplifier (Amp) takes signal from your source (Computer, Phone, Turntable, etc) and boosts it. You'll come across two different kinds of speakers, Active and Passive. Active speakers simply have an amplifier built into the speaker like so, while passives like so require an external amplifier.

A DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) takes the 1's and 0's from your computer and convert it into something the amplifier can understand. Basically all devices have one built in, but external ones exist that may be better. For simplicity and/or budget, I'd skip this as your computer already has one built in and this generally improves the sound the least.

So let's build a simple 2.0 system with the speakers I linked above. If you chose to buy the passive version (MB42X), you'll need an external amplifier like this. To set that up you'll go:

  • PC -> Amplifier -> Speakers

    If you chose to buy the active variant, setup is a bit simpler though keep in mind you'll lose a volume knob. Often times powered speakers don't have build in volume knobs or they're in a hard to reach location. This is where a preamp comes in, which generally allows for volume control and multiple inputs. The one I linked adds a volume knob and allows you to connect two sources at once then switch between them. So you can go:

  • PC -> Speaker (With no knob, you'll have to control volume through windows0
  • PC -> Preamp -> Speaker

    Headphones add another layer to this whole thing. I'd probably just leave them plugged into the computer, but volume might get wonky.

    Lastly, subwoofers often end up being harder to integrate than you'd think. If you're on a budget, I'd honestly skip it.
u/NotSelfAware · 4 pointsr/hometheater

Don't listen to people telling you that you can't get anything for that budget. It won't be perfect and you won't get a dedicated sub for that price, but if you start small you can start with a very good base to upgrade from. Get a simple amp such as this 2 channel SMSL amp for £43 from Amazon, and pair it with these Tannoy Eclipse Mini bookshelves from Richer Sounds. (You'll also need some speaker wire which you can order from Richer Sounds too.) It won't replicate a full 5.1 system but for the money the quality will be hard to beat, and when the time comes you can upgrade at your own pace to a much better setup. From there you can upgrade first to a cheap 5.1 receiver, then some towers and move the Tannoy's to rears, and eventually a centre and a sub and you'll have a decent system while minimising waste.

u/Swaggarwal · 2 pointsr/xbmc

The Amazon FireTV is essentially a mini computer, just like the OUYA, that you can run XBMC on. http://www.amazon.com/Fire-TV-streaming-media-player/dp/B00CX5P8FC


In my opinion (and the popular opinion I think) is that the FireTV is a much better value for an XBMC box than the OUYA. It only costs around $30 more, but it is so much more powerful it'll be able to handle just about anything you throw at it mediawise. The heaviest of skins can be a tad laggy at times (I had to switch off Aeon MQ5, but some people say they run it fine) but it handles Aeon Nox for me flawlessly.

Synology is a brand that makes NAS systems. They are a bit more expensive than competitor brands (and much more expensive than building one yourself), but they have unrivaled reliability and easy of use.

I use an Android app to run an FTP server on the FireTV so that right now, using a non-NAS setup, I can leave my USB hard drive plugged into the FireTV and be able to transfer over new media wirelessly (rather than unplugging, transferring, replugging, and remounting the drive). This won't be a concern once I have a NAS system setup since everything will be accessing the storage wirelessly (or through an ethernet connection) at that point.

u/playsignage · 1 pointr/digitalsignage

If you just want one player, check out PlaySignage . You can link and manage one device for free without limitations and only start paying with the second one.

For hardware, I recommend you just get an Amazon Fire TV stick .

​

Here are the things you'd need to do to get started:

  1. Order Amazon Fire TV stick .
  2. Install PlaySignage application on your fire tv stick, from Amazon app market (free application)
  3. Sign-up for free account on https://playsignage.com
  4. Connect your free online account to your tv stick (there are instructions on that, both in the app and your online account but feel free to ask)
  5. Make a "playlist" in your account with your mp4 video and click "Publish" in your account - that's it.

    ​

    Play Digital Signage system only relies on the network when publishing the content to your device. Once your device downloads the content, it can go offline and still work.

    ​

    Hope this helps.
u/shadyinternets · -1 pointsr/hometheater

i would go with this package deal at just over $1,000

https://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SC-1223-Andrew-Theater-Package/dp/B00R2HQG02/ref=sr_1_20?

i have these on one of my tvs and they are great for the price. they perform far above their price point in my opinion.


you could also just get the fronts/center/rears for just under $500 then pick the receiver & sub you want.
$480: https://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-PK52FS-5-0-Theater-Speaker/dp/B00IRH0QMA/ref=sr_1_3?

if i were going that route i would try to spend a little more on the sub (that is one of most important parts to me) and get a basic receiver to start.

so this sub
$330: https://www.amazon.com/Bic-Acoustech-PL-200-Subwoofer-Black/dp/B00OFXV5IO/ref=sr_1_4?

and this receiver
$160 used, $250ish new: https://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH550-5-2-Channel-Receiver/dp/B00J30GXW2/ref=sr_1_2?


that comes in either just under $1k or $50 over for new receiver.

either of those packages should perform very well for the price.

edit: saw this receiver from a similar thread and would be good fit to start with too http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/yamhtr3067bl/yamaha-htr-3067-5.1-ch-x-70-watts-a/v-receiver-same-as-rx-v377/1.html

u/dsignori · 2 pointsr/4kTV

I understand. I bet lots of folks will pop in here and give good recommendations. The TCL 55R617 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD seems to get lots of love as one of the best values around also.

u/agent_of_entropy · -1 pointsr/Televisions

Right now all the rage is the new TCL 6 Series (R615, R617). I personally wouldn't buy a box of Cracker Jack from Best Buy, much less a television. But, whatever. Check out the TCL 55R617 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2018 Model) on Amazon.com. They also have the TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model) for $380 if you're looking so save some money. TCL 49S405 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model) is $330 if you're really strapped for cash. All of which will be superior entertainment delivery vehicles to any non-OLED LG product.

u/MrGentleNinja · 7 pointsr/xboxone

The $289.98 bundle in the US with 1 TB of storage, Forza 6, Halo 5, Halo Wars 2, and ReCore would be a great bundle for people looking to get their first Xbox with fun console exclusives right now. Heck, I almost jumped on it to give my old 500 GB console to a friend so we can play online together. But ultimately I went with this TV:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01MYGISTO/ref=ya_st_dp_summary?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Which will ship well before the Xbox One X arrives so that's fine. Then I'll preorder the X at GameStop (at some point this century please), give my fat OG to my friend when it releases with the 7th, and all will be right with the world.

u/BloodoftheTiger · 1 pointr/xboxone

me too. i was really really sad for a while. but i bought an antenna for like $15 bucks and this device from mediasonic. works pretty flawlessly and i am very happy.

u/ctfrommn · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Best sound quality that's upgradeable later will be something like this....

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ol/B017W13OR0/ref=mw_dp_olp?ie=UTF8&condition=all

Used, very good condition from Amazon warehouse deals powering a pair of these...

https://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-DV62si-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00006JPDI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494877348&sr=8-1&keywords=bic+venturi+dv62si


The speakers are good enough to add to later and the amp is cheap enough to replace at some point.

u/sadov · 1 pointr/buildapc

Not to derail, but sure you don't want to just get a WD TV Live Media Player and a big enough external?

I have had the pleasure of using one and it seems like exactly what you need without spending more than $100 dollars. It plays almost any video file, can stream locally, has hulu plus/netflix, and does all this through wifi (or ethernet).

u/TeamTaeyeon · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

I got these with an open box discount which totaled out to be $34.00 with free shipping which came in looking brand new with no chips or scratches. Here's a review on them. I'm only a beginner when it comes to this but so far they sound pretty solid to me however they will need a subwoofer.
If you get lucky, I got this which came with a 12V power supply instead of the described 24V power supply, contacted Amazon about the misinformation and they gave me a $25.00 gift card back.

u/Moggles1987 · 1 pointr/PS4

I just purchased this TCL tv and it's fantastic.

Check out all the different reviews around the internet about it. Their new models just dropped so this particular set has seen a big drop in price. The Roku format is great too.

But man oh man. That sweet 4K HDR is great.
Do you have a pro?

u/ArtVande1ay · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I live in the same general area as you do, and I get excellent OTA reception using this cheap antenna. I get excellent picture on CBS, NBC, ABC, and PHL17 (which had the MNF game on last night, as it was in market).

I have been using this converter box as a DVR to record live OTA tv. The menus are not very pretty but it works well. You have to supply your own storage, and recording takes up a lot of space (about 6 gb per hour). The picture is as good as watching live tv, and probably better than what I got with Comcast cable.

u/TK503 · 1 pointr/audiophile

2 weeks ago I asked for recommendations for a passive 2.1 setup for my PC for under $300.

I would like a recommendation for a swap on the sub for something that's Amazon prime-able rather than purchased through a 3rd party website for shipping reasons, and would also like a second opinion on the speaker setup if you think there are better speakers for the same budget and available through Amazon prime

I was recommended

[Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008NCD2LG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_PxrzCbRECT5Q2)

Dayton Audio Sub 1000 10" powered sub

(That sub is what I want replaced)

SMSL SA-36A Pro 20WPC TPA3118D2 Digital Amplifier AMP 12V Power Supply

(for that AMP, it doesn't allow headphones to pass through it. I wanted to ask if I needed a seperate DAC amp thing the /r/headphones guys are always talking about or if I could just use an AMP for my speakers that allows the headphones to be plugged in

u/TravestyTravis · 1 pointr/PleX

Dell Off Lease Desktop - $180 free shipping

just replace the HDD with like a 5TB Green($110) and then use "WDIDLE3 /d" to reduce head parking

Fire Stick - I like the Fire Sticks better than the Chrome sticks.

If VPN is always on, then you won't be able to access the media stored on that machine, as it won't be on the same network.

I don't use Sick Beard myself, I just curate my own media.

RDP works great, just get a copy of Windows 7, or Linux and then use VNC.

u/HellsHumor · 1 pointr/hometheater

Energy Take Classic 5.1 Speakers do have really good reviews.

CNET Editors Choice Award

G4 TV 5/5

Amazon Near perfect 5/5 star reviews on Amazon

u/Shike · 1 pointr/OutOfTheLoop

I was linking to the best bang for buck, but there's other good ones out there.

You want sleek small footprint? Fine. Energy.

Once again, it's still smacking around the Bose for under cost - and I personally think these look nicer still fitting in a small footprint being wall mountable.

u/DarthThundercat · 4 pointsr/xboxone

The best 4k TV right now is TCL 49S405 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYGISTO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_-RWaAb02VKAGN It has all the features you need (4k,120hz,HDR). It's a fantastic TV and it's really affordable. I'd recommend this anything over a samsung.

u/kittehmew · 4 pointsr/SantasLittleHelpers

Super stylish.

Then you can bring along your camera, film some sweet video, take some nice selfies, then go home and watch it on your sweet TV and hooking the camera up with you diamond HDMI camble

u/ksprzk · 1 pointr/audiophile

Repost:

I'm looking to upgrade my current system. I have a Denon DP300F turntable. It has a built in phono stage (not sure how great it is). I am looking to buy KEF Q300 speakers. No sub for the time being. Looking for a receiver and maybe a pre-amp?

Looking at the Denon AVR-X1000 maybe the new model that comes out tomorrow? Maybe the Denon AVR-E200.

or...a phono preamp and this guy? http://www.amazon.com/Tripath-TPA3123-Stereo-Amplifier-Supply/dp/B008YBC172/

Anywho. Any advice would be great. I'm pretty lost. Would like to spend $250 or less on receiver if i can.

u/munkyxtc · 3 pointsr/xboxone

I have been a long time cordcutter but since getting an XB1 I wanted to use the OneGuide. I just asked about this a couple weeks ago.

http://www.reddit.com/r/cordcutters/comments/2rbcww/best_stb_for_xbox_one_owners_who_are_also/

While the official tuner shows no signs of coming almost everyone recommended the MediaSonic HW150PVR -- its around $40 on Amazon. I figured what the heck and bought one. Have had it hooked up now for over a week and its working great. Need a usb hard drive for using the DVR functions but the tuner portion is great.

NOTE: If you don't have a Kinect you need an IR transmitter to be connected directly to the XB1 in order to change channels etc (assuming you want to do away with the tuners separate remote as well)

u/aziridine86 · 1 pointr/buildapc

There are products, but they are not cheap.

A 1080p signal, even at 30 fps is a very high bandwidth. Luckily you only have a short distance to cover, so you probably won't have issues with signal strength, but its a lot more expensive than buying an HDMI cable.

60 GHz wireless HDMI transmitter 1080p 60 Hz + audio: $175

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0077LKEKQ?tag=thewire06-20&linkCode=as2&creative=374929&camp=211189

Various other tech:

http://www.amazon.com/Actiontec-Wireless-WiFi-Multi-Room-Video/dp/B005L9ZZ32

http://www.amazon.com/Nyrius-Transmitter-Streaming-Satellite-NPCS549/dp/B009E6R89C/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_0_2

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-wireless-hdmi-video-transmitter/

There are probably better and cheaper products than these, but I haven't researched them much so I couldn't say.

You can use something a lot cheaper, like Chromcast for example, although I believe it uses a compressed signal so it will have worse latency and image quality, and it maxes out at 720p.

u/SonsOLiberty · 1 pointr/DBZDokkanBattle

The K1 is from my readings the best Android tablet on the market for gaming.



Sadly Nvidia discontinued it, I'm assuming they have a new model coming.

I only paid like $160 or so they are on Amazon for almost $300!

If Dokkan supported a controller I would have gotten the [Nvidia Shield TV](NVIDIA SHIELD TV | Streaming Media Player with Remote & Game Controller https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1NT9Y6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_XnmdBb3TT2V5F) it just got the Oreo update to.


So I'm not sure what tablet would be budget friendly as literally I only use that tablet for dokkan and that's pretty much it.

u/kansurr · 3 pointsr/hometheater

I have read a lot about screens recently, as I am also getting a projector. Pretty much everyone recommends the silver ticket for a budget screen. I just ordered mine, 133".

Pretty much everyone says its as good as any screen under $2000 and easy to set up.

u/wendys182254877 · 1 pointr/PS4Pro

What kind of budget are you working with?

Rtings reviewed that TV, and while the 4k is fine, the HDR isn't impressive at all.

> HDR is average and the lack of a wide color gamut, low HDR peak brightness, and lack of local dimming doesn't make HDR content stand out.

Source

I recommend reading the whole review.

I would recommend this TCL R617 as it has great HDR and will give you the best value for your money.

Rtings review here

u/JepheDelPhuego · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Alright awesome! Thanks for your help with this. Only two more questions:
What do you mean by high level inputs?
And will this work for me? Is 20w enough?
https://www.amazon.com/SMSL-SA-36A-TPA3118D2-Amplifier-Black/dp/B017W13OR0/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?keywords=smsl+sa36&qid=1555675258&s=gateway&sr=8-2

u/ZappyKins · 2 pointsr/xboxone

I have this one, the tuner works well, but the rest of it is really hard to use. Plus, it doesn't always come on, and takes a bit to warm up.

And when I do have to use the remote, it's a super pain.

http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HW-150PVR-HomeWorx-Converter-Recording/dp/B00I2ZBD1U/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1425240189&sr=1-5&keywords=dvr+with+tuner

I would get something a little better made, but I went for price. But the tuner works great and you can add a flash drive for PVR/DVR recording.

u/CosmonautLaika · 4 pointsr/PS4Pro

It is not bad but does not have local dimming for HDR.

https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/tcl/5-series-2018-s517

If you went down to the 55" you could get the 6 series which is better image quality for $650

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079N9HDNQ

https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/tcl/6-series-2018-r617

But if the larger size is more important than HDR to you, that's fine too.

Checking out RTings.com for good reviews.

edit - at that price point, I would also consider the Vizio E Series 2018 - 65" for $700-$730 (E65-F1)

u/devianthand · 2 pointsr/xboxone

I recently bought this Onkyo surround sound system from Amazon. Really nice system for the price. Very happy with it. Has great reviews by several others as you'll see...

Onkyo HT-S3500 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package by Onkyo http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0077V88V8/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_kvmhtb0A03FDF

u/Vince789 · 3 pointsr/hardware

Found the new one on Amazon, has the new controller

Marketing info is the same/similar as the old Shield TV

e.g.

old

> Expand your entertainment with the best gaming streamer experience that’s 3X more powerful than Apple TV.

new

> It's everything you want in one game-changing device that's 3X faster than competitors

So its probably the same, which explains why they didn't talk about improved performance during the keynote

u/lord_dumbello · 2 pointsr/kindlefire

I could be wrong but I don't believe chromecast won't work without Google Play services, which Amazon doesn't allow on their kindles. Amazon wants you to buy their Amazon Fire TV Stick and not use Chromecast. Welcome to the world of Amazon going head to head with Google.

Aside from rooting and installing the Play Store, you might be out of luck with Chromecast. I have a KFHD7 from 2012 and I had to root install a custom rom on it because I got so frustrated with it's terrible interface and lack of support for the Play Store and other Google Apps. I don't recommend rooting unless you're really motivated, because it's very easy to break/brick kindle fires, especially those from 2012 onward.

u/pjoshyb · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Definitely possible. Very easy if your monitor has HDMI.

First you need something like this.

Then you need an digital OTA antenna like this.

If you don't have HDMI you can get adapters to spilt to DVI or vga and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Plug them in and you are good to go.

Edit: just saw you have no speakers. Just about any set of powered pic speakers will do just fine. Probably need a 3.5 to rca cable to plug the speakers into the back of the tuner.

u/TomEnom · -7 pointsr/Chromecast

If you are going to buy something, just get the Fire TV stick:
http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-W87CUN-Fire-TV-Stick/dp/B00GDQ0RMG
(or a video cable, like MHL-HDMI, if your phone supports it.)

It is US$40, good very good reviews, and it does Miracast as well as Amazon's version of casting. Miracast is a peer-to-peer so you don't need to connect to Wifi hotspot and it has better latency.

u/thug_lyfe69 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Budget around $600

Type 5.1 surround sound

Setup Desktop PC

Uses gaming, watching movies, or listening to music

Room dimensions not quite sure. About 10' by 12'


Idea #1
Center speaker: Pioneer SP-C22 Andrew Jones Designed Center Channel Speaker

Front/Rear speakers: Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers

Subwoofer: Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Monitor Series Powered Subwoofer


Idea #2

Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System

Specs:
My mother board: MSI Z87-G43
My graphics card: EVGA gtx760
Running windows 7 home premium

Questions:

  • What is the best system for my pc?

  • What kind of receiver will I need?

  • Will I need a soundcard?

  • What kind of speaker wire will I need?

  • What kind of issues do I face?

    What I would like:

  • true 5.1 surround sound when playing games and movies

  • surround sound when playing music (stereo from the front speakers and rear speakers mimic the front speakers)

    edit: formatting
u/ikariwarrior · 1 pointr/NetflixBestOf

WD TV Live is a pretty awesome little machine. Netflix app runs just as good as anything I've seen, wireless capabilities, hulu, youtube, pandora, and can play basically any video format via the usb hub for $90.

u/mpelleg459 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

You are not going to get many recommendations on here for a home theater in a box (HTiB) because the quality of them is just not very good (this article sums it up pretty well). I can provide some suggestions to make shopping as easy as possible: In the $500 range, I would suggest a refurbished Denon AVR-E300 from accessories4less, since it has room correction. You could save $30 and get a Denon 1513 or E200 from the same site if your dad isn't going to bother with a set up mic.
For speakers, the best option near your budget is the Energy Take Classic, which includes a sub, of sorts.

If you were willing to go the $1000 route, you've got several options, though I probably wouldn't spend much more on the receiver than those options above. Instead, get him better speakers; even a non-audiophile will be able to tell the difference, particularly when it comes to the sub. one option would be 2 pairs of Pioneer SP-BS22-LR for the front and surrounds ($125 per pair) and the matching Pioneer SP-C22 center for $100. For a little more, you could go to http://stores.ebay.com/baja-waverunner who is basically an authorized dealer for Definitive Technology's refurbished/open box gear on ebay, completely trust-worthy. You should be able to get a pair of ProMonitor 1000s up front, ProCenter 800s in the rear and a Procenter 2000 (looks like he may not have those in stock at the moment) for around $500.
That brings you to subs (if you don't go for the Energy system): Bic America F12 is usually $190, Dayton Sub1200/1000 about $160 and $140 respectively. Or, blow the whole budget and get a Hsu STF2

You'll also need to buy him speaker wire if He doesn't already have some: monoprice is your best bet, no real reason not to get 14 or 12 gauge. And a cable for the subwoofer (this is 12 ft., but they sell different lengths).

u/ninjaW1THglasses · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Gift One: There's no way this is gonna happen, but it's worth a shot (By the way, rasta, you look incredibly stylish today, is that a new sweater?)

Gift Two: I get hungry at work, so I always need some snacks :)

186394, you look okay today, but a banana suit would really complete the outfit.

C'mon...gimme.

u/Etunimi · 2 pointsr/amazon

Assuming you talk about this.

Impossible to know for sure, but the fact that they are not taking orders at all suggests they are not sure if they will ever get more of them. But unless NVIDIA has discontinued it in favor of the remote-only bundle, my guess is that Amazon will get more stock at some point.

Note that Best Buy still has the full bundle in stock for $169.99.

u/Abba_Fiskbullar · 2 pointsr/ShieldAndroidTV

https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-Reference-Theater-Surround-System/dp/B0779GRFWF



https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V385-5-1-Channel-Receiver-Bluetooth/dp/B07BNXXJKB


You could likely also get a good receiver used for less.

If you want stereo speakers that would be amazing for music as well

https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-Reference-Premiere-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B07G3D2C8S

I like the sound profile of Klipsch horn speakers. Personal preference.

These Energy are the gold standard for an affordable 5.1 set.

https://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44

u/harps86 · 1 pointr/hometheater

I bought this and was impressed with the build quality and it looks great on the wall. Screen lays perfectly flat.

u/macmick · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

Your options:

  1. Move your gaming pc to your tv.
  • Buy long hdmi cable like this 45 footer
  • Buy Wireless HDMI reciever

    I like the first option, it is what I do at home. I use a laptop to do real work, gaming pc on my tv for entertainment.

    The second and third options are good if you really want your pc at your desk. 45ft is the max that hdmi can go through wires. Depending on your setup that might be long enough to make a permanent solution.

    Wireless while not cheap, is better than running through a secondary device.
u/jstbuch · 3 pointsr/hometheater

My suggestion would be to go with a 2.1 system and add to it as you can. But, it sort of sounds like you really want 5.1.

So, I suggest the Energy 5.1 Take Classic for $300 (http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44)

and

I am usually a fan of Denon receivers but with only around $200 left in your budget, I prefer the Yamaha RX-575 for $239 at accessories4less. But you can scan their receivers and find one in your budget that has the features you like. I prefer Denon/Marantz and then Yamaha but the Denon's don't really start separating themselves until you get into the x1100 and on up. If you could stretch your budget to $600 you could pick up the Marantz NR1504 and I bet you'd be incredibly happy with that but it runs $300.

u/Auxilae · 3 pointsr/gadgets

The passport series that WD has is very impressive. I got a 1TB one for $70 and I don't regret it at all and I'm more than happy. More space than I know what to do with it. I use it along with a WD media player which is hooked up to my TV. I pop in movies on the passport from my computer and watch them on my flatscreen, no need for DVD players or new high-end smart-tv's.

u/zgggg · 1 pointr/cordcutters

The changes a year has wrought:

AppleTV

Roku

Western Digital Live

Vizio Co-Star

Many Blu-Ray players

Many Smart TVs.

Most current gen game consoles (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

All support Netflix and all support 5.1 sound. It depends on personal preference to define what is best for you.

u/lordderplythethird · 1 pointr/computing

Well, I meant streaming from my computer via media server, to a PS3. I have a 2tb in my computer currently that my PS3 reads just fine, and it's formatted in NTFS. If it can read that via media server, I suppose it should do exFAT just fine too! if not, I suppose I could invest in something like this. I'm sure my wife wouldn't mind the nexflix/hulu/spotify hub right there at our TV/stereo. hm. exFAT it is! thanks reddit!

u/Cike176 · 1 pointr/Filmmakers

You have a few options depending on your budget.

The cheapest option is something like this. A consumer hdmi transmitter and receiver, probably poor reliability.

HDMI in general isn't great for this, and you'd be better off with something that uses SDI.

A camera like this can use an SDI cable which is better for longer runs, has locking connectors, and will be easier to run than hdmi. You can pick up a wireless SDI if you want a more reliable wireless solution.

If you still want to go the HDMI route, but want a cheap camcorder that's fairly versatile with longer lasting batterys, try something like this (and you can even use this with the cheaper wireless HDMI if you so desire)

Oh, and for running SDI into a computer, this has worked well for me

u/r2002 · 6 pointsr/promos

That's certainly a valid choice. I'll make it even easier for you. Here's a straight link without any affiliate codes to the PS4.

A few things:

  • Yes, I do earn affiliate income from Amazon if you buy it via my submission link. But your purchase is not more expensive, so I'm not sure what you've lost by using my link.

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u/Gon_Snow · 1 pointr/4kTV

TCL 55R617 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2018 Model) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079N9HDNQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_RsGACbDNZNZ5R this one on amazon for 579$

Samsung UN55NU8000FXZA Flat 55" 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV (2018) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079NBMTWY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_huGACbYWFPDH4 the Samsung 55 inch 8000 series for 897$

I’m less familiar with the Vizio models but they are also similar price ranges. Overall I’d say TCL is cheapest and provides great price value and has Roku, Samsung is pricier and Vizio again idk but all three are wayyyy more credible and not necessarily more expensive

u/scooterdog · 4 pointsr/hometheater

First I think it's a great that you want to help out the BF in upgrading your entertainment system.

One idea: I bought this great 5-speaker setup for $400 Energy 5.1 a few years ago and have been very pleased with it. They are now $300 from Amazon.

Pair that with this Onkyo $200 receiver from NewEgg and that's a pretty nice setup.

But if you are nervous about this, you can punt the decision by giving your BF cash and having him do the agonizing over where to best put the funds.

Edit - I now see the Energy 5.1's are back up to $400, only a week ago they were $300... Hmm.

You didn't indicate what the source was (do you watch DVDs via something called an HDMI cable, or BluRay disks?) but the receiver can handle quite a variety of inputs etc.