My gun budget just took a big dent...HELP ADVICE NEEDED

My gun budget just took a big dent...HELP ADVICE NEEDED

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    My gun budget just took a big dent...HELP ADVICE NEEDED

    LOL.....OK My TV took a crap on me yesterday completely unexpected. I had to go buy a new one. My old set was a 10 yr old analog. I went and made a great deal on a LG 42" LCD. It has 240 hz refresh, 1080p, and 80000:1 contrast. Now I know I need a blu ray player, and I want to hook it up to HD. I wanna buy HDMI cables. I hear Monster are the best. I just dont know what to buy. I am not a huge gamer, but I am a movie buff. Somebody tel lme what I need to buy.
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    I'm not much of a tech type, but I've been told that it doesn't make much sense to purchase the best of the best HDMI cables that store like Best Buy and such push. Even the low end ones sold at home improvement and discount stores have more than enough capacity for our TV and components.
    Its kinda like buying a 12" water main to supply a drinking fountain.

    The only other thing I can suggest is to do purchase a home theater in a box. There are some really nice packages out there for not a whole lot of money. You will find that the flat panel TV's audio is lacking, especially when watching movies. Just make sure that the system has enough inputs for your bluray, DVD or what ever else you want to run through it.
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    MONOPRICE.COM

    There is seriously no other place to go buy HDMI or other theater cables and accessories.

    You can get a mount for ~$20 bucks.

    You can get HDMI cables for $5 dollars. (Not used stuff Brand New)

    No joke. People say. Well I'd never trust my $2000 TV on such a cheap mount or I won't get as good quality out of a cheap HDMI Cable.

    Do not buy from any Electronics stores they try and get $30 bucks for a 2 foot cable! for $30 you could get a 15 footer from monoprice.

    Their mounts are not cheaply made either. My friend has his 50" plasma hung from one. It's not coming down.


    ETA: their site appears to be down for now but check back tuesday and you'll see what I mean.



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    Personally I'm going to wait for DVDs to become unavailable before investing in a Blu-ray player. The quality difference does not justify the expense and loss of freedom with it.

    The quality of cable will depend on the quality of your equipment, and the cable legnth. If you buy the cheapest player and the cheapest TV on the market, those will be your limiting factors. If you are transmitting a long distance (say 50') you will want a higher quality cable.

    Monster makes professional grade cables. They may not be the best, but they are definitely up there.

    Don't forget your audio. Even the best displays won't have sound that compares to a quality digital surround system (I'd go with coax over optical for simplicity).
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    I agree with SIXTO; an all-in-one system is definitely the way to travel. When we got our 52" LG I bought a Bose Lifestyle system, it is awesome. Just a few months ago, we used our tax refund to put a 37" flatscreen in our bedroom, and I bought a Bose 3.2.1 system for that. Both systems have integral DVD players, and you can add BluRay players if you want to.
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    The $20-$30 HDMI cable you can buy at your local Walmart will work just fine.

    There is NO reason to spend big $$$ on fancy Monster cables!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    LOL.....OK My TV took a crap on me yesterday completely unexpected. I had to go buy a new one. My old set was a 10 yr old analog. I went and made a great deal on a LG 42" LCD. It has 240 hz refresh, 1080p, and 80000:1 contrast. Now I know I need a blu ray player, and I want to hook it up to HD. I wanna buy HDMI cables. I hear Monster are the best. I just dont know what to buy. I am not a huge gamer, but I am a movie buff. Somebody tel lme what I need to buy.

    Cheapest way is to find someone you know that works @ best buy/office max/whatever and have them use their employee discount. Save you a TON of $$ especially if you get the store brand which in all honesty is all 99% of the general population will ever need. There is not real significant difference for the average user between the $1 a foot hdmi and the $5 a food hdmi. Having said that if you can't find a friend who works there then maybe wally world or newegg if you can find a free shipping deal its worth it. I forgot how much cheaper it was using employee discounts with wires but i know with those double sided single dvd/cd sleeves best buy charges $10 retail and the employees get them for $0.98ish. It was a huge difference with cables last i checked as well

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    I heavily agree with the monoprice.com recommendation.

    Used to install high end home theaters and there is a huge markup and at times voodoo involved with cables. If you're just looking for a typical 6-12ft cable to go from a component to the TV in the same entertainment unit just got a low priced HDMI cable.

    Blu-ray players have come down in price a lot and I've seen some good deals so if you were looking to get a DVD player anyway you might as well get a Blu-ray player, get an HDMI cable and call it a day. Once you got that then I'd say start looking into upgrading the audio. Not sure of your comfort level, as you can find home theaters in a box that even have built-in blu-ray players and are fairly easy to setup, I just have not found one that sounds decent to me.

    I'm not a fan of those all-in-one units as they have limited inputs/outputs and if you aren't careful then once you add 1 or 2 more devices you quickly realize you've run out of inputs or are limited to 1 digital audio input, etc...

    I'd say get a separate surround receiver, and then a separate speaker package. Speakers can last you a long time and is one of the areas where I would not be afraid to invest a little more money into, as opposed to top of the line cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy Warcrimes View Post
    Personally I'm going to wait for DVDs to become unavailable before investing in a Blu-ray player. The quality difference does not justify the expense and loss of freedom with it.
    I agree. We have a huge collection of DVDs so when I got my HDTV, I went with a home theatre with upconverting DVD. Now our entire existing library of DVDs is in very near Hi def quality, along with the surround sound of the home theatre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    I wanna buy HDMI cables. I hear Monster are the best.
    Hey, if you've got the money to blow, go ahead.
    I've heard that Monster is overdoing it and overpriced. Just telling you what I hear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy Warcrimes View Post
    Personally I'm going to wait for DVDs to become unavailable before investing in a Blu-ray player. The quality difference does not justify the expense and loss of freedom with it.

    The quality of cable will depend on the quality of your equipment, and the cable legnth. If you buy the cheapest player and the cheapest TV on the market, those will be your limiting factors. If you are transmitting a long distance (say 50') you will want a higher quality cable.

    Monster makes professional grade cables. They may not be the best, but they are definitely up there.

    Don't forget your audio. Even the best displays won't have sound that compares to a quality digital surround system (I'd go with coax over optical for simplicity).
    1080p vs. 480p is a big difference, and what loss of freedom are you talking about? Also running an optical connection is just as easy as running a digital coax cable and its a better connection.
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    Check ebay if you really want Monster brand cables. Most store brand cables are good enough.

    My suggestions for expanding would start with:

    Sony PS3: Excellent game system with HDMI output which incorporates BluRay(sp), dvd, internet access and allows you to stream video from NetFlix... The cooling fan is a little loud.

    Surround Sound Processor: Pick your flavor. The mid priced systems are fine and even some of the wallyworld lower end stuff are actually decent... unless you are a true audiophile.

    Harmony Programmable Remote: best money I ever spent. Plug into you computer and program for almost any mfg. model and set up activity buttons to automatically adjust all the settings for all your gear with one touch! One caveat, when I bought my Harmony they did not work with the PS3 as the PS3 is a blue tooth system. That may not be true any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmy40 View Post
    Check ebay if you really want Monster brand cables. Most store brand cables are good enough.

    My suggestions for expanding would start with:

    Sony PS3: Excellent game system with HDMI output which incorporates BluRay(sp), dvd, internet access and allows you to stream video from NetFlix... The cooling fan is a little loud.

    Surround Sound Processor: Pick your flavor. The mid priced systems are fine and even some of the wallyworld lower end stuff are actually decent... unless you are a true audiophile.

    Harmony Programmable Remote: best money I ever spent. Plug into you computer and program for almost any mfg. model and set up activity buttons to automatically adjust all the settings for all your gear with one touch! One caveat, when I bought my Harmony they did not work with the PS3 as the PS3 is a blue tooth system. That may not be true any more.
    Edit: You wil also want Rock Band and Call of duty: Modern Warfare II at the minimum
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    I was afraid the Monsters were overrated....thats why I come to experts.
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