Discussion in 'Members DIY Home Cinema Showcases' started by Flecky81, Jul 7, 2019.
Did you get really good deals? Expensive stuff? Be interesting to share.
An amount I would not like my wife to see in print.
Ha ha I am single so I am fine.
Wonder why spending that much
Lucky I didn’t put my old Oled on LG 65e6v £4500 but it got screen burn and I got a refund of £4000!
I don't want to know, but at a guess, £10k
my gear is in my signature, so feel free to calculate it yourself
Dont forget to add the thousands of pounds on films, cables and remotes
In excess of £10K too as I've worked my way through over the years:
4 AV receivers
1 power amp
1 DVD player
1 Blu-Ray player
1 4K player
1 DVD recorder
1 Blu-Ray recorder
5 speakers (LCR & Rears)
4 Atmos upfirers
Best not to think about it, really....
All purchased new and priced in Euros.
TV - 1200
Amp - 900
Bluray - 80
5.1 Speaker package - 1600
Cabling and extras - 200ish
Harmony remote - 80
Atacama surround stands - 120-130
TV stand - 70-80
Just over 4k as the setup stands currently.
Sony XBR55A9F $1000
Denon 8500H $575
MartinLogan Motion 40 $225 (for the pair)
MartinLogan Dynamo 700 $65
MartinLogan Motion AFX (the Atmos upfiring) $85
Monitor C150 Gold $125 (may be replaced with ML)
MartinLogan 2i (pair) think was total of $100.
I purchased everything where I work, so decent prices.
Enough to See the difference , A priceless investment for your home , I'm single so no
problem , Over 10k after all the Movies included , Yes real copies paid for , No Cloud paid for
No movie rubbish here , just Real Tangible Disks .
T.V.s x 3 , AMP 7.1 , Projector plus Screen , Blu Ray Players x 4 @ 2 4k and 2 Normal , 1 Blu Ray
Recorder , 2 PS4s - 1 is a Pro for the VR set up and one normal PS4 , Thousands of DVDs ,
about 1000 + Blu Rays over 1000 and over 90 4k Titles.
Is my Passion to watch almost every type of movie with hard to get Titles hence DVD.
If I am not watching a movie I'm Gaming on Battlefield V.
How much is Too Much ? well I use them every day unless I'm Out , I think I have
my Moneys worth its taken years to build and Buy.
They are amazing prices - well done!
You're buying that?!
Between TV, speakers, remotes, streaming box and cabinet - around £1500 in total.
LG OLED55B8 - £1000
Pioneer SBX-N500 - £189
MiBox - £50
Harmony - £60
Cabinet - £250
Good for me... Easy to use, even for 6yo to switch pre-approved cartoons on Sunday morning, gives great picture and deep enough rumble (cannot be too deep not to wake up the 6yo ).
I think the tooth fairy may have visited. $575 for a Denon X8500. Current US price is $3999. That's some discount.
I had just woken up damn Americans!
The wife and I have a rule, if we ask one another how much?
The reply is always 50p
A Denon 8500H for $575 no way
Where I work we get opportunities to purchase gear around 1/4 cost.
Your reaction was exactly my reaction. Took me 2 seconds to purchase.
The Denon is my baby, followed very closely by the Sony.
I am fortunate to get that perk, I work for a great company.
I can neither confirm or deny any expenditure on my equipment!
Phillips 42 inch LCD TV £75
Panasonic Blu ray player £25
Sony HT IS10 5.1 Homecinema system £100
I live in an apartment so fine for me
Mine is all ancient now, but the cost to change it would be significant and wouldn't represent good value for money.
Anthem MRX510 - Bought December 2013 - £2100
JVC DLA-X35 - Bought January 2013 - £1900
SVS PB1000 - Bought March 2013 - £500
Stewart Firehawk Screen - Bought May 2015 from AVF Member - £650
Monitor Audio - Bronze 5 / Bronze Centre / Bronze FX - Bought April 2016 - £750
I've had so many sources over the years, and I'm not one for spending anything more than the minimum on those, so it's not worth listing them. So £5900.
Unless you continuously upgrade, you're left with stuff that's worth peanuts. It would be interesting to analyse what it would have cost:-
1) keeping on top of upgrades - changing one major bit of kit every other year for example
2) keeping it until it is all worthless then effectively buying new
I'm sure 1) is a much more expensive hobby than 2) but has the advantage of spreading the cost a bit and you also keep up to date.
The main thing that stopped me upgrading was the ridiculous pricing by Anthem UK of the Anthem x20 series - it raised my heckles so much that I threw my toys out of the pram and refused to upgrade.
I've not gone 4K yet as that will literally mean scrapping the lot except the speakers. I'll probably go DIRAC next time on the amp front as the Anthem pricing is still shocking for what is now a design which is almost three years old.
There is a better option... Befriend a person that's doing #1 - you'll always be just a step behind, but for a fraction of the price
Stay that way. That’s an upgrade in its self
Saying so may incriminate myself so I choose not to comment
I have reached the stage where I don't replace my key kit that often - my room is too small to go Atmos, I am happy with the level of AVR that I have in relation to speakers etc, but I still find things to spend money on.
I had a Darbee Darblet at £150 to improve projector image, a MiniDSP/UMIK to provide BEQ at about £350, I've experimented with ButtKickers/amps that cost quite a bit, and all of that is in addition to the core system.
I did replace the projector with a faux-4K one this year, so I can sell that Darbee now!
The other thing is source equipment. Most of my watching is done through Apple TV 4K (either bought from Apple or Infuse for my own collection, but I still keep a 4K Blu-ray player for new films and a Zidoo X9S for my 3D collection. I've also got a Sony 4K TV that sits behind the projector screen and is never really used.
My system is still one of the best value things that I own, so I don't question the investment too much!
Brand new my kit (see my sig) would cost over 15k but was a mixture of second hand and new.
Best bargain was the TV which I picked up on these forums for £200 which is still going strong 3 years on. Second best would be the ceiling speakers which were near brand new demo speakers that had some superficial smoke damage (they were in an adjoining room that had a proper fire) so they smelt a bit smokey but otherwise pristine and I got them about £250 off retail each.
Other than that I'd highly recommend going second hand, especially if you buy of these forums. People here are generally enthusiasts and generally look after their gear really well. You can get the odd bargain and for the most part they'll far outlast their value (like my TV)
Had loads of second hand and cheap kit in the past, we’re just in the middle of renovating the living room and I’ve picked up some better kit. Not at full prices though apart from a few bits, I scoured AV Online for ‘Warehouse deals’ on older or B grade stock.
What I’ve spent so far is:
LG 65C8, (£1700 JL price match)
Sony STR DH790 receiver (£280)
Sony X800 4K Blu Ray player (£120, second hand)
2 x Monitor Audio CT180 in wall speakers (£60 each, brand new B stock)
1 x Monitor Audio WT150 centre (£92, old stock)
2 x Monitor Audio CT240 ceiling speakers (one £90 open box, one £115 old stock)
2 x Monitor Audio Radius 45 rear speakers (£200, couldn’t find these cheaper anywhere, nor anything else white that would be acceptable on the back walls)
BK Double Gem sub (£330, B grade from the BK eBay store)
So around £3,000 of stuff to fit, but that’s for a complete 5.1.2 Atmos setup and last year I’d have paid that for the TV alone!
I'm reminded of my first HiFi equipment I bought from Laskys in Tottenham Court Rd in 1974: a turntable, a tuner, an amp and a pair of Whardale speakers for £295. (It was priced at £330 but the salesman said he'd reduce it to £290 if I gave him £5, so a deal was quickly done.) I think I was earing £624pa in those days, certainly don't do daft things like that these days.
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