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Phin-o-rama
04-17-2007, 09:31 AM
Just curious how many are and aren't on hdtv's for gaming....


Those with a 360 if you aren't on an hdtv, you can also use the 360 vga cable to a computer LCD and it will be the same as an hdtv (720p).

Anyways, vote and share your setups if you want....Pics are welcome!!


edit: I have finally got my setup complete for games....I'll snap some pics and try to get them up tonight

Motion
04-17-2007, 09:34 AM
42in. Panasonic Plasma

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SirDrums
04-17-2007, 09:41 AM
I have an 52" RCA rear projection HDTV monitor. I have owned it for over two years now. I The only HD componets i have on it is my XBOX 360 and an DVD player that upconverts to 1080i.

Attached to it is an 1200 watt LG Home theater in a box that loves to shake my windows LOL. My XBOX is hooked up to the LG via on optical cable. The LG is hooked up to the TV via a gold plated HDMI to DVI cable (I must have been on crack to buy a cable that exspensive). lol

Its not the most expensive set up but it does the job I want it too and I still have money to eat haha.

mor911
04-17-2007, 09:55 AM
I have a 51" Sony Wega HDTV (480i/p, 720p, 1080i) connected to an 800 watt Philips 5.1 surround system via optical. My 360, PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox are all connected via Component cables through a remote controlled switch. The Wii is downstairs collecting dust.

UltraDol-Fan
04-17-2007, 10:02 AM
I have a 57" Toshiba rear projection that I use, 1080i is beautiful.

Phin-o-rama
04-17-2007, 10:29 AM
I have a 51" Sony Wega HDTV (480i/p, 720p, 1080i) connected to an 800 watt Philips 5.1 surround system via optical. My 360, PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox are all connected via Component cables through a remote controlled switch. The Wii is downstairs collecting dust.

just for the sake of conversation, i picked up zelda again last night and started playing again....i had fun with it. for the most part though, my wii is gathering dust as well...

ChrisKo
04-17-2007, 11:52 AM
I have a 53" Pioneer (480p, 1080i) that I've owned since 1999. I do love Pioneer as (*knock on wood*), I've never had 1 single problem with the TV and the tube element is still producing as sharp of a picture as day 1. And it's been through 3 different moved between apartments and over 300 mile move from Dallas to San Antonio.

Offerdahl56
04-17-2007, 12:54 PM
i have the Samsung TX-S3082WH (CRT, HD built in 1080i) with an Onkyo HT-S894 home theater system (which rocks), and a 360 that's starting to get heavy use again with MLB 2K7 and NHL 07....

Phin-o-rama
04-17-2007, 01:14 PM
onkyo is the greatest HTIB i have the onkyo 780 in my living room, and just nabbed my friends 760 for my den/gaming setup....

that s894 is real nice though, with the hdmi pass through and whatnot....

Offerdahl56
04-17-2007, 02:24 PM
onkyo is the greatest HTIB i have the onkyo 780 in my living room, and just nabbed my friends 760 for my den/gaming setup....

that s894 is real nice though, with the hdmi pass through and whatnot....


yeah it def puts out more sound than i expected....and the subwoofer is freaking massive...i love playing NHL, jacking up the volume and listening to the bodychecks shake the walls....that's how games should be played!

StormSurge
04-17-2007, 03:01 PM
I moved from the monster 50" Samsung DLP to a 37" Vizio LCD. It still looks amazing and now I don't have to fight for gaming time with the g/f. :lol:

Now I just need to get a surround sound hook up. Does anyone have one of these:
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/v3/pg/product/details/0,,2076_357832856_316743267,00.html

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2007/04/316743267HTSGS1_FRONT_LOGO_standard-1.jpg

Phin-o-rama
04-17-2007, 03:05 PM
overpriced....go for an onkyo HTIB !!!

banzaitrey
04-17-2007, 03:11 PM
I have a 42" plasma that I bought right after Christmas...I also thought about going with the Pioneer but instead went with the Onkyo...I also bought the dvd upconversion so I can watch them in 1080i quality...It sounds awesome in my tiny room...I have more money in my tv,360,dvd,surround sound then most of my friends have in there cars lol

StormSurge
04-17-2007, 03:12 PM
overpriced....go for an onkyo HTIB !!!

This is what I want to hear! Thanks!

Phin-o-rama
04-17-2007, 03:16 PM
don't get me wrong, that pioneer 360 system is probably an ok sounding thing, and it looks cool and all...and if you want to buy it, its all you...


but my limited knowledge of home theater and audio have led me to believe that you either spend over 800 on seperates (receiver, badass speakers, and like a polk sub or w/e) or you get a home theater in a box (htib).....now the best htib's that i've found from researching are the onkyo's, when you measure price vs. performance....the speakers are a little large, this is so they can sound really good and be cheap at the same time....also, the gem out of the onkyo htib's is the receiver itself....it is generally a very good entry level receiver and quite powerful. the speakers can always be upgraded down the line.

StormSurge
04-17-2007, 03:21 PM
don't get me wrong, that pioneer 360 system is probably an ok sounding thing, and it looks cool and all...and if you want to buy it, its all you...


but my limited knowledge of home theater and audio have led me to believe that you either spend over 800 on seperates (receiver, badass speakers, and like a polk sub or w/e) or you get a home theater in a box (htib).....now the best htib's that i've found from researching are the onkyo's, when you measure price vs. performance....the speakers are a little large, this is so they can sound really good and be cheap at the same time....also, the gem out of the onkyo htib's is the receiver itself....it is generally a very good entry level receiver and quite powerful. the speakers can always be upgraded down the line.

The price is comparable? I'm off to do some research.

How's this one?
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Onkyo-Home-Theater-System-HT-S590S/sem/rpsm/context/99001308/oid/148410/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

VanDolPhan
04-17-2007, 03:29 PM
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif

My 42" Samsung Plasma TV. That's when I first got it in and on that heavy duty heavy pain in the rear end stand and the Denon HDMI DVD player in there. Of course now it's got the high def dual tuner PVR box in there along with it along with my DVD's/Cd's off to the side and the front's got my jay and silent bob figures across it ;p

Don't mind the glare on the screen. Forgot the flash was on when taking the picture :D

Phin-o-rama
04-17-2007, 03:43 PM
The price is comparable? I'm off to do some research.

How's this one?
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Onkyo-Home-Theater-System-HT-S590S/sem/rpsm/context/99001308/oid/148410/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do




sorry....that is the ONE i wouldn't recommend....i bought it refurbished from www.shoponkyo.com for 140 bucks with free shipping, and i am returning it, because my friend decided he wanted to sell his 760...it was OK....the sub was weak and basically added like nothing...also, with that particular model, i researched on www.avsforum.com and some were complaining about a grounding problem with that receiver, while i didn't experience any real problems with the system, i was worried...then when my buddies came up for sale i called onkyo immediately and arranged for the return...much happier now.


i was trying to look for you....i purchased my onkyo ht 780 (love it) for like 400 from www.vanns.com but they only carry the 790 now (newer model).....Vanns.com is a reliable place, or crutchfield.com .....circuitcity does carry onkyo in store, but only that latest expensive one and that one u linked i think....

if you are worried about shopping online you can look up any site thats worth a damn at www.resellerratings.com or something like that and enter the name of the store (ex. vanns.com) and there will be a bunch of reviews and stuff.

good luck...remember, for me i wanted a decent receiver so i could hook up 360, dvd player, satelite box, nintendo wii...all through the receiver so audio from all those come out the home theater..

also in my den im only running 3.1 basically....i turned off the rears in the receivers settings and am only running the sub, left, right, and center and it will blast your ear drums...dolby d still works it just blends the rear sound into the front if you aren't super interested in running the wire around for the rears.

StormSurge
04-17-2007, 03:49 PM
sorry....that is the ONE i wouldn't recommend....i bought it refurbished from www.shoponkyo.com (http://www.shoponkyo.com) for 140 bucks with free shipping, and i am returning it, because my friend decided he wanted to sell his 760...it was OK....the sub was weak and basically added like nothing...also, with that particular model, i researched on www.avsforum.com (http://www.avsforum.com) and some were complaining about a grounding problem with that receiver, while i didn't experience any real problems with the system, i was worried...then when my buddies came up for sale i called onkyo immediately and arranged for the return...much happier now.


i was trying to look for you....i purchased my onkyo ht 780 (love it) for like 400 from www.vanns.com (http://www.vanns.com) but they only carry the 790 now (newer model).....Vanns.com is a reliable place, or crutchfield.com .....circuitcity does carry onkyo in store, but only that latest expensive one and that one u linked i think....

if you are worried about shopping online you can look up any site thats worth a damn at www.resellerratings.com (http://www.resellerratings.com) or something like that and enter the name of the store (ex. vanns.com) and there will be a bunch of reviews and stuff.

good luck...remember, for me i wanted a decent receiver so i could hook up 360, dvd player, satelite box, nintendo wii...all through the receiver so audio from all those come out the home theater..

also in my den im only running 3.1 basically....i turned off the rears in the receivers settings and am only running the sub, left, right, and center and it will blast your ear drums...dolby d still works it just blends the rear sound into the front if you aren't super interested in running the wire around for the rears.

Thanks for the help.

Since the system I need is only going to be used for the 360 & occasional movies, I don't want to spend too much money. I have a nice setup with the larger TV.

I didn't realize you could only run the front speakers. That's pretty cool. (I'm a total newb.) I wish I could run the back speakers, but my couch is flush up against a brick wall.

I have no problem buying online, I just don't want to spend too much.

Thanks again!

Phin-o-rama
04-17-2007, 03:56 PM
well....maybe someone else can chime in here with some suggestions....obviously, im partial to onkyo haha...but i know there are other valid options.

anyone else have recomendations?

mor911
04-17-2007, 04:08 PM
My roomate has an LG all-in-one DVD surround sound/home theatre. I was expecting it to be ok but it actually blows the socks off of my philips. Has full optical support. Thing is awesome. When i get home from work, i'll post link to it (i need to go get the model number). It was only $239 at Circuit City.

SirDrums
04-17-2007, 05:12 PM
My roomate has an LG all-in-one DVD surround sound/home theatre. I was expecting it to be ok but it actually blows the socks off of my philips. Has full optical support. Thing is awesome. When i get home from work, i'll post link to it (i need to go get the model number). It was only $239 at Circuit City.


I bet it the same one I have. I bought it from CC also. I went into CC looking to buy a Sony HTIB and after listening to the LG the sony just could match the sound quality IMHO.

I only have a few small complaints,the upconversion on the DVD player leaves small line in the screen though you only notice them on the DVD splash/Logo screen.

I actaully already had a UP converting DVD player and wanted to use that one instead of the LG. But the LG doesnt have a coax input and I use the optical and I already was using an coax cable on my old (now burned up) RCA HTIB. So I just hooked the DVI/HDMI cable to the LG isntead of buying an optical cable (wich I now use for the 360).

Some times when listening to an AUX input such as the 360/TV etc the unit some times (actually rarely) will "hic-up" which causes a small delay in the sound which in turn causes the sound coming out of the speakers to be out of sync with the AUX device. Not hard to fix, just a bit irratating. Imaging seeing a guys mouth move, then 1 sec later hearing what he says.

Thats about it. The sound quality is really nice with the system though. I was waching a movie a few weeks ago when in the movie it started raining, I swear it sounded like it was raining in my living room lol!

Agent51
04-17-2007, 05:43 PM
http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2007/04/335762802PRO1540HD_LARGE-1.jpg

60" of plasma awesomeness
:rocker:

I also own 2 LCD TVs, a 37" and 42". The 37" is a ProView and the 42" is a Sharp Aquos

Phin-o-rama
04-17-2007, 06:08 PM
http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2007/04/CIMG1342-1.jpg


http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2008/01/CIMG1344-1.jpg

StormSurge
04-18-2007, 03:51 PM
My roomate has an LG all-in-one DVD surround sound/home theatre. I was expecting it to be ok but it actually blows the socks off of my philips. Has full optical support. Thing is awesome. When i get home from work, i'll post link to it (i need to go get the model number). It was only $239 at Circuit City.

Any word on that model # Mor?

mor911
04-18-2007, 06:55 PM
my bad :lol:

It's this one http://www.epinions.com/LG_Electronics_1000w_HOME_THEATER_SYSTEM_LHT9654S_System

dolphan117
04-18-2007, 07:18 PM
i have the Samsung TX-S3082WH (CRT, HD built in 1080i) with an Onkyo HT-S894 home theater system (which rocks), and a 360 that's starting to get heavy use again with MLB 2K7 and NHL 07....You have my TV. :D

StormSurge
04-18-2007, 08:19 PM
my bad :lol:

It's this one http://www.epinions.com/LG_Electronics_1000w_HOME_THEATER_SYSTEM_LHT9654S_System

Thanks man!

Phin-o-rama
04-18-2007, 08:43 PM
only 1 optical audio input and no component in for component switching...nice though, just the receiver aspect of it is lacking....if you are looking for an included dvd player then it may also appeal to you.

Joe Flipper
04-18-2007, 09:02 PM
Sony SXRD 60 inch !

:bighug:

Dubfire
04-18-2007, 09:37 PM
I have a 65" Sony Wega in the living room that I only game on when I have friends over.....gets too cramped in the bedroom.

My main setup for gaming is pictured below ...32" LCD

Yeah, it's a Vizio :hide:, which screams (CHEAP MOFO!!!)..but for gaming and everyday TV viewing, it more than does the job and the games look amazing in 720p. I like this TV a lot because it came with two HDMI and two Component imputs. For speakers, I still have the old Altec Lansing XA3021 Gaming ones they came out with years and years ago. I got them off of Buy.com for $26 and they sound awesome!!! You can't beat that bargain!!!:lol:
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif

Phin-o-rama
04-18-2007, 09:45 PM
http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2007/04/x580hts760o_recvrBack-1.jpeg

mor911
04-18-2007, 09:52 PM
OH! We're taking pics of our rigs now?

Dubfire
04-18-2007, 09:58 PM
OH! We're taking pics of our rigs now?


Spice up the thread...:chuckle:

Phin-o-rama
04-18-2007, 11:02 PM
aint nothin wrong with vizio....my lcd is a westinghouse pictured on page 2...i mounted it to the wall..

for standard def tv the pics is just 'ok'...but it really shines with hd-dvd's with the 360 add-on, and any hd content...also plays games extremely well....budget lcd's are ftw

Dubfire
04-19-2007, 07:35 AM
Phin,

Is that the 32 inch? I had it narrowed down to the Westinghouse and the Vizio. Best Buy was out of stock of so I headed over to Costco and got the Vizio one for $599.

Phin-o-rama
04-19-2007, 08:46 AM
its the 37" 1080p 37w3....I lucked out and got it back in like....October...for $999 at Sam's Club...

I found out about the sale online on a message board, and went to Sam's and they didn't even have one on display...i saw it on the shelf and snagged the last box, and took it up the cashier scanned it and it came up 999...i was like....woot.

http://www.westinghousedigital.com/details.aspx?itemnum=56#VALUE

banzaitrey
04-19-2007, 06:08 PM
I got an Akai(I know not a very good brand) 42" plasma at Sams...It was a display model and was originally 1400 dollars and they had it marked down to 900 and my Dad offered them 700 and thats what I got it for