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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. more →


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. more →

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. more →

Equipment Review: Remote Extender Jensen JDC-IR100A
I love the layout of my new dream home theater. I have a separate projection room with the projector and all of my equipment at the back of my home theater. The only problem with this arrangement is how to get my remotes to work with my gear. more →

Getting Started With Inexpensive Speakers
Sometimes I get the feeling that designing a home theater is a daunting task for many people. They are so worried about getting it right that they put it off until the stars align in some magical way. When I have the money....when we finish the rec room...etc. I have been talking to some of these people for years and they still haven't even started. Part of the Cheap Dave method is to start now with what you can afford, in fact you might already have many of the components you already need. Get the system up and running and then in the future as time and money allows you can upgrade what you feel are the weakest components, or to take advantage of some new technology or feature like Blu-Ray. With that in mind I found this site. The Speaker Company. They have many inexpensive systems. Keep in mind that you can start small and later buy bigger or more expensive home theater speakers and your "starter" system can move to your bedroom, kids room etc. They also have some inexpensive in-wall speakers. I have never understood why in-wall speakers should cost so much. they are speakers without boxes. Again if you start small you can always replace them with bigger speakers later. My point isn't to say these smaller or cheaper speakers are inferior. Quite the opposite. After having them for a while you might find out that they work fine and you don't feel like you are missing anything. but you might skip the 5+ years of planning and start enjoying your home theater now.


Getting Started With Inexpensive Speakers
Sometimes I get the feeling that designing a home theater is a daunting task for many people. They are so worried about getting it right that they put it off until the stars align in some magical way. When I have the money....when we finish the rec room...etc. I have been talking to some of these people for years and they still haven't even started. Part of the Cheap Dave method is to start now with what you can afford, in fact you might already have many of the components you already need. Get the system up and running and then in the future as time and money allows you can upgrade what you feel are the weakest components, or to take advantage of some new technology or feature like Blu-Ray. With that in mind I found this site. The Speaker Company. They have many inexpensive systems. Keep in mind that you can start small and later buy bigger or more expensive home theater speakers and your "starter" system can move to your bedroom, kids room etc. They also have some inexpensive in-wall speakers. I have never understood why in-wall speakers should cost so much. they are speakers without boxes. Again if you start small you can always replace them with bigger speakers later. My point isn't to say these smaller or cheaper speakers are inferior. Quite the opposite. After having them for a while you might find out that they work fine and you don't feel like you are missing anything. but you might skip the 5+ years of planning and start enjoying your home theater now.

Review: Logitech Universal Remote
Ok this might be my shortest review ever. My wife bought me the Logitech 720 Universal remote for Christmas. This was a brave move as she had done this once before and I couldn't make that remote work at all. So I was a little nervous. With the Logitech you just hook up to your computer and fill in your components and it downloads the codes. That's it.


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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. more →