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What an $18,000 Home Theater Looks Like 107

kgagne writes "Computerworld has a blog with video about an $18,000 home theater system that Intel set up at Storage Networking World in order to promote their new home server system. But what's really cool about this set up is that the server was connected to a 24" iMac, an Apple TV, an Xbox 360, a Wii, an iPod Touch, a Nokia N810 mobile Internet tablet, various cameras and a 15" wireless digital picture frame. The server was streaming all the various feeds to a top-of-the-line Pioneer Elite 50" plasma TV. The Intel reps said the high-definition movie downloads, which could be browsed through a menu, were as high quality as those from a Pioneer Elite Blu-ray player they had set up."
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What an $18,000 Home Theater Looks Like

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  • by Fallen Kell ( 165468 ) on Friday April 11, 2008 @06:18PM (#23041890)
    I mean, I have $8k in speakers/subs alone and that doesn't include the $2500 in amps.

    Heck, I think I have over $21k in my setup, and that is just on the speakers, TV, stand, audio rack, DVD player, audio/video pre-processor, amplifiers, HTPC/DVR, and data server. Now grant it I have something like 7TB of storage now in that setup, and over 3000W of speaker/subs, but I don't even have close to my dream theater, which includes at least 2 rows of seating, and room audio treatments...
  • by Jeff DeMaagd ( 2015 ) on Friday April 11, 2008 @06:24PM (#23041938) Homepage Journal
    The large plasma may get the best picture quality possible, the 50" is probably an incredibly fine unit too. One can get big picture on a lower budget with a projector. It's not for everyone, but a projector that's half the cost of that Kuro can throw a 150" image in full 1080p, with a picture quality that's good enough that I really don't care that I don't have a plasma.

    I'd do away with the Monster products (speakers and "voltage stabilizers") in that list too. I just don't like seeing money spent on snake oil manufacturers.
  • by Thalagyrt ( 851883 ) on Friday April 11, 2008 @06:31PM (#23042002)
    I've got a 50" in my apartment, parents own one of the 103" Panasonic units... It's fairly insane and in my opinion a total waste of money, but then again, he can afford it.

    Also, the Monster power filters are actually very good units, I've taken a multimeter to them and done some tests. However, everything else that comes out of that company is total snake oil.

    Anyone who buys a $150 AES/ABU cable when any $5 XLR cable will do the job perfectly fine is an idiot. Gold plated connectors? Sorry bud, but your connectors on your gear are most likely tin or copper, and the gold plating actually decreases conductivity... Gotta love the things "audiophiles" do that electrical/audio engineers laugh at. :p

    Side note, since I'm a guitarist, I also think tube amps are entirely overrated, I can do just about anything with my Vetta that someone can do with (x brand here) tube amp.

    Also, good point on the projector, the only problem is during daytime if you have windows open you can't really see much, but aside from that it is a cheaper alternative that's equally good.
  • Wii? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by aarku ( 151823 ) on Friday April 11, 2008 @07:36PM (#23042552) Journal
    Did I miss it, but how exactly is the Wii connecting to the server? I never saw any ability like that in my Wii, unless it's just going through the web browser.
  • by twitter ( 104583 ) * on Saturday April 12, 2008 @03:24AM (#23044774) Homepage Journal

    Why bother with the fancy TV and all that other stuff when all you need is a projector and a few commodity PCs with good software like MythTV? The separation between front and back ends makes it possible to play your media on anything, including a picture frame or PDA. A nice projector should give you a large, theater quality image. Is there something besides "trusted path" and other digital restrictions that I'm missing here?

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