I am currently putting together a media room. So I figured with the vast amount of knowledge on this site I could get many great suggestions. When my wife and I planned to build this home she insisted she get to have the industrial kitchen she has always wanted. I in return bargained for a movie/media room. The room is 20x30 with no windows and concrete walls. (3/4 of our home is concrete if you are wondering.) So yesterday I went to the local Magnolia Hi=Fi and started my search for the proper equipment for my needs.
So when I was looking around one of those shark like salesmen approached me and started giving me the speech on each and every option I may have. Here is the quick breakdown.
Front projection HD: HD projector 7000dollars- screen - $1800 entry level “high end” sound package - $1600 Pros; great for movies and a very impressive large screen
cons: awful for regular television hd or otherwise, must be dark in the room to take advantage of the hd projection, cost for what you get is nil.
HD plasma 42" plus: Tv cost = $3000 - $6500 sound package same as above. Pros: great picture, works well with television and movies. Cons: dependability suspect, costly to repair, quality is drastic from one brand to the next both in mechanics and picture quality, prices rapidly dropping
DLP Tv cost 3000-4500 pros: great cost for what you get. Picture quality seems as good or better than plasma, much more reasonable price for larger screen sizes up to 62", repair costs low. Cons: new chipset, mirrors can fail causing pixel problems, size is large and would have to build a false wall get the “flush” type look.
He also mentioned not getting into too much detail LCD. And he told me to stay away from ED-Plasma. Why? From what I have seen ED plasma are very affordable and look good next to a HD. Was this guy being honest with me? OR better yet… what would you do if you had a 8-10k budget for a media room? Would you run it off the new microsoft media center? Your opinions are valuable thanks so much.
My wife got her kitchen so I get the “mans room” hahaha.