My Home Theater System
Thank you for your interest and letters. Many have asked for details of my
home theater system. At first I hesitated since I didn't want this web site to be about me
but rather to focus on the subject matter. Still, you the visitor wanted more first hand
information and the best way I can provide this is to go into what equipment I have and
why I bought it. Please take a moment and let me know what you think.
My system is presented as just that, my system. It suits my needs and
those of my family, it is affordable and within our budget and it provides what we feel is
the best performance for the price we were willing to invest in it. Sure there are many
products that are better but the great thing about the specs for home theater is there is
a wide range of models priced for almost everyone. I would certainly love to have a high
powered 300 watts system but I doubt my neighbors would appreciate it, especially since my
normal working day begins at 1AM and I view a lot of movies late at night.
If you have a system that you would like to review please let me know. I
would greatly enjoy including a section on other systems or equipment. I have received
letters from people that have little dorm style systems to grand home theaters and would
like to feature some of these alternatives. The main thing here is get the best that you
can afford and enjoy.
I made a lot of changes since I started
this section of the site so I will be adding the specifications of the new
equipment as fast as possible.
The basic features of system are as follows:
42" Plasma High Definition TV
Two VCRs, one Sharp, one Panasonic
Phillips Blu-ray DVD player
Toshiba DVD Recorder
Technics Dolby 5.1/DTS decoder
Technics Six Channel Receiver
Logitech Harmony 1000 Programmable
High End Cable connections
Dual independent cable decoder boxes
JBL Decade D38 matched speakers for front and surround
Bose Acoustimass 5 Series III subwoofer (passive)
Powered Sub Woofer
Technics speakers for center
60 CD Juke Box
Details of each piece of equipment will be added as I get to it. The
weekly features come first!
There are also three switch boxes. In my area cable service is provided
only through channel 3. As such, I have to have the cable box set to the channel I want to
record before I can record. In order to record two different cable stations, I installed
switch boxes so I can redirect one cable box to one VCR and the second box to the second
VCR. I also added a switch box to redirect the output from the second VCR to the first VCR
instead of the default setting of going to the TV. In the above diagram, the
thin lines are coax cable while the thicker lines are three line AV cable.