So, you aren’t a millionaire but you really want a nice home theater system. The problem is, you have no idea what to get–you just need someone to make a recommendation so you can have a place to start. Well look no further because DailyTekk has you covered.
The guts of any great home theater system are the video and audio capabilities. So the best, and most obvious, place to start is picking out a stellar TV set. Next you need to feed your ears with some exquisite audio delivered via incredible speakers. After that, you’ll need a few essential accessories that will act as the icing on the cake including: at least one gaming console, a media box and of course, a DVR. Take a look at this recommended setup and let us know what you think. Be sure to add your own comments and suggestions as well.
Samsung UN55ES8000 TV
Since your TV is the hub of your home theater system, it has to be awesome. Enter the 55″ 3D-capable Samsung UN55ES8000. This smart tv comes packed with impressive, cutting-edge features that will make you (and your friends) drool in amazement. As you would expect, the picture quality of a TV of this caliber is pretty epic (perhaps not quite as good performance-wise as a Panasonic, but as you will see it has planty of features that would make a Panasonic owner quite jealous). For starters, this baby is thin and the design is very slick. Until Apple produces the long-rumored iTV, this TV will make an excellent choice for the design aficionado. Samsung, of course, has the most smart tv content out there (with the exception of Google TV) so you’ll have plenty of fun extras to feed your content cravings. One notable feature is the evolution kit which will allow you to swap out the memory and processor to keep your TV as upgraded as possible in the future. This model comes with voice and gesture control as well as a touch-sensitive remote (as well as the option to download a remote app for your smartphone). That’s about as futuristic as you can get right now. The list of cool features goes on and on… check it out for yourself today to learn more.
Harman/Kardon AVR 3600 Receiver
The Harman/Kardon AVR 3600 receiver features Four HDMI inputs with audio processing, Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processing, all the latest Dolby and DTS audio modes plus our own Logic 7 processing, adjustable A/V Sync Delay, Dolby Volume technology and seven amplifier channels. Needless to say I’ve included it here because it is easy to setup, 3D compatible and upscales your video. The bottom line is that the 3600 provides ultra high fidelity.
Bose Acoustimass 10 Speaker System
I’m a minimalist–I tend to dislike clutter. If you want to fill your home theater room with sound instead of speakers, the Bose Acoustimass 10 speaker system is an excellent choice. If you just want something that is easy to setup, you aren’t going to have any trouble with this system. Capable of getting very loud and staying distortion free while at the same time delivering excellent voice clarity through the center channel speaker.
The Sonos Connect:Amp turns your speakers into a wireless music streaming system complete with a high-powered amp. True, the AVR 3600 listed above also has similar capabilities, but, I’d prefer to leave my streaming in the hands of the purpose-built Sonos. Access cloud music services such as Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc. and link it to other Sonos music players in your home. Sonos has an Apple-like simplicity both in use and in design, so setup is a breeze and it is going to look great as well. Get the iPad app for easy controlling!
Playstation or Xbox
Since we still live in an age of discs you’d better include a Playstation and/or Xbox in your dream home theater setup. True, the next generation of gaming consoles is just around the corner with the upcoming launch of the PS4 and Xbox 720, but until you can get your hands on them, the current gen models will get the job done. Get a Playstation if you want to watch Blu-rays without needing a separate player or get the Xbox if you can’t live without Halo (me).
The Apple TV is probably my favorite component in my current TV setup. Why? It offers AirPlay (wireless viewing of content from an iPhone or iPad) which I use all the time, syncs with iCloud and has a great selection of content. I’ve used Roku’s top of the line box before, but I ended up returning it. If you have purchased any content using iTunes, an Apple TV is an absolute must-have. In terms of design, it doesn’t get much smaller or sleeker than this.
Tivo Premiere XL4 DVR
TV isn’t TV without a DVR. So why not go top of the line? The Tivo Premiere XL4 includes 4 tuners to record up to 4 shows at once and storage for up to 300 hours of HD content (2 TB). This is a best-in-class DVR experience.
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