Home Theater Furniture

Now a month has passed since our last post.  Between working and tending to some unexpected family health matters, our beloved Onkyo AVR is still functioning as little more than a highly regarded conversation piece in our living room.  We thought we might try again today to set it up, and maybe we will.  We would much prefer to be watching DVD’s than the slim pickin’s of programming from the satellite lately.

Between obligations, we have still been able to look around the internet for things.  Our browsing has yielded a general idea of the kind of home entertainment center we would eventually like to have to house the AVR, television, and other home entertainment compontents.  Our tastes are similar, but not exact.  I pictured one of my favorites on my last post.  For $126, it might be a good buy if it’s a well-constructed piece of furniture.

Now hubby has made his first choice:

Home Entertainment Center

 

The next task is to make sure we don’t lose our links to where we find these favorites, since it will likely be awhile before we make a purchase. 

Links to each of the outlets where our furniture choices can be found are on the WebPixie Shopping page (along with links to shopping places for other things).

It appears that my hubby’s choice is just a bit more economical than mine, at $109.86 today.

I like his choice, but these are just starting points.  The household has other spending priorities at the moment, but tax refund time is not far away!  I have this funny feeling that we may just be picking out the perfect home entertainment center for our new Onkyo AVR very soon.

Advertisements

The Trials of the AVR Setup

So we’ve had our beloved Onkyo AVR for a few weeks now and we’ve been doing what we can to make it feel at home.  For awhile it seemed like that gave us a good excuse to find new home-theater furniture to hold it and our television, and the rest of our home-theater components.  

l5314210820.jpg

After a little bit of shopping, we decided that could wait until a more favorable time of year rolled around for some sales.  We checked Bankrate.com’s “Month-by-Month Guide for Finding Bargains” and found we may need to wait another year for a sale on home entertainment furniture.  That should give us plenty of time to decide what we really want in a cabinet for our media components.  That will also give us time to save our pennies so we can buy something nice enough that we will love it forever.

The next hurdle was how best to arrange the furniture in the living room that mainly serves as our home-theater room.  My poor sweetie!  It wasn’t that long ago that he moved the cable from our satellite receiver to the other side of the living room.  Now that we have a functioning AVR again, we decided the best way to arrange the furniture included moving the television back to where it was before we tried to get our Harmon-Kardon AVR repaired.  That meant my dear hubby had to go back to the basement to pull the satellite cable and rethread it back to the other side of the living room.

Only so much can be done it a weekend, so connecting the AVR will have to wait.  We moved the furniture and reconnected the satellite cable directly to the television.  It would cost $170 to have Circuit City come out to connect the AVR for us, so we are going to do some studying and figure out how to do it ourselves.

 

We Love Our Onkyo TX-SR505!

That honey of mine certainly got us a deal on our new Onkyo TX-SR505 AVR!

 tx-sr505b_front.jpg

Now it’s time to set it up, so we’re searching for some online videos to see if we can make it easier.  C-NET is always a good place to start.   One of C-NET’s “Weekend Projects” how-to videos featured an Onkyo TX-SR805.  Close enough?

C-NET also offers a written guide on how to setup home theatre speakers.

YouTube had the most comprehensive how-to video that we found.  We collected the videos on a YouTube Playlist.

AVR Reviews

So Valentine’s Day has passes and we are still searching for the right AVR for our modest home theater system.  No matter because we do want to be happy with what we decide to purchase.

We are considering 4 different systems at the moment.  We may add more.  For now, it’s good to visit some of the review sites to see what they say.

Denon AVR-588

Audioholics

C-NET Reviews

C-NET Shopper

PC World

Retrevo

ZD-Net

 

Onkyo TX-SR505

C-NET Reviews

C-NET Shopper

PC World

Retrevo

 

Onkyo TX-SR575

C-NET Reviews

C-NET Shopper

PC World

Retrevo

 

Onkyo TX-SR605

Audioholics

C-NET Reviews

C-NET Shopper

PC World

Retrevo

ZD-Net

 

Resources for AVR Reviews

We considered buying a subscription to Consumer Reports, but why start there when you can start on the web!

Any of these would be a good place to start.  Retrovo has tons of information presented in all sorts of interesting formatsC-NET Shopper shows similar itemsAudioholics gives a lot of information that’s easy to read and summarized with simple ratings at the end of each review.

The Search Continues

The folks at Circuit City showed us the Denon AVR-588 as a possible replacement for our 5.1-channel Harman-Kardon AVR 35.  It’s a 7.1-channel home theater receiver.  Those 5.1’s seem hard to find.

The Search for the Valentine AVR

Best Buy is now the Harman-Kardon dealer, but we have so many reasons for not liking to shop there.  Circuit City has been better to us in some ways.  We checked a few things and then we found some places to begin our search for a replacement for our Harman-Kardon 35.

I found this interesting post about the Onkyo 805.  Somehow, I don’t believe that’s the model number the Circuit City guy meant to give us, but it certainly is a nice system!  And a well written review!  Cool… THX!