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Equipment Review: AudioSource AS8S 8" 3-way In-Wall Speaker

In my home theater I decided to use in-wall speakers as my front left right and center speakers. I bought the AudioSource 8" 3 way speaker model IW8. It is a 3 way speaker similar to the AS8S two way speaker listed below.


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Vizio 47" LCD TV

OK I know I have been heavily biased toward projectors and away from plasmas. I still don't think a 42" screen is going to give the same HT experience as a 10 foot screen. But we do watch TV too. So I picked up a 47" Vizio LCD flat panel model GV47L.

I hadn't given the whole Plasma vs LCD debate much thought until I was making my buying decision. I have to admit I was drawn in by the price and was prepared to buy the Plasma. But when I saw them side by side I liked the LCD better. I like that the screen has more a a flat finish instead of the shiny surface of the plasma screen. This might make a noticeable difference when watching the TV in a room with windows or lights.

I have actually had the Vizio for several months (so long in fact the price has already dropped). After living with it for a while I think I can really give it a hearty endorsement. This model has 1080P resolution and the picture is stunning. I use a DVR and record Hd programs so I can demo the unit. Planet Earth and Equator are amazing HD shows. It is as if an HDTV salesman commissioned those shows just to sell TVs.

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Equipment Review: NHT Super Zero Speakers

It is funny it took me so long to get around to reviewing my little NHT Super Zeros. I figured because they weren't new there wouldn't be that much interest. But these speakers have been around for a while and are widely available.

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Confused about digital audio vs HDMI

Hi Dave,

I am so confused on home theaters what I really need to know is what is the difference between digital sound and hdmi is there one Im looking toward sony I need to know if digital sound will be good enough for new lcd tw please help!!!!!

Signed Confused

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Low cost system recommendation

I enjoy getting questions on this site. Here is one I recently received:

Hey Dave:

I found your review on the same TV I just bought. I wanted to know what Surround System you suggest I buy to go with this TV? I look forward to your reply and thank you!


I responded:


I am glad you found my site. I have a lot of general advice on Home theater stuff. Particularly how to get the most bang for your buck. So check out my articles. But to answer your question I will have to ask you some questions. What is your price range? Are you mainly going to watch movies or TV? What other components do you have (receiver, subwoofer etc.)

I look forward to your reply

Whatever you do, don't run out and buy a Bose system.

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Movie Reviews

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Movie Review: Fandango

Rating: It's a Keeper!!

I am so excited I am going to write this review from memory. This is one of my all time favorite movies and I have been waiting for it to come out on DVD.

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Video Game Reviews

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Review: Ratchet and Clank PS3 review

The full title is:

Ratchet and Clank:Future: Tools of Destruction

That title may be longer than my review. Not because I don't like the game but because I want to get back to it. I have to say I haven't played any of the other R&C games so I didn't know what to expect. So far I am really enjoying the game. It has a sly sense of humor. The graphics are great and it isn't just doing the same thing over and over.

Also it isn't just a shooter. You can shoot your enemies with a variety of weapons but you also have the Groovitron. It plays a funky beat and the bad guys can't help but dance. Then while they are getting their groove on you scoot on by.

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Who is Cheap Dave?

David Wright likes great home theater systems and he likes to save money. Believe it or not, you can have a stunning system that impresses your friends and doesn't break the bank. Dave created this Web site to show you how to do the same thing.