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Old 08-01-2007, 08:33 PM   #41
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Default Re: Tips for Home Theater cables...why are they so expensive???

LOL!! See? Sometimes there are hidden gems as garage sales!
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:25 PM   #42
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Another option for cables is your cable company... I work for one and we supply the cables in the normal lengths ... when installing the HD or DVR boxes
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Old 08-01-2007, 11:56 PM   #43
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I took out my trash to the dumpster today and ( I have to look because there was a large Raccoon that lived in there once) I saw a ton of Beta tapes in there. I haven't seen a Beta tape in years. It's interesting, because Beta was the superior technology, but it lost out.

As for Bose, check out the specs. They deliver pound for pound and dollar for dollar as good a product as any out there. If you read Consumer Reports, forget about it. Bose and CR are mortal enemies from 25 years ago when CR wrongly criticized Bose.

Anyway, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and taste in sound varies a lot.
I have had a bose acoustimass for 6 years. Love it. The reason is because our daughters bedroom is on the same floor. It is very clean as far as dialogue & musically accurate, etc. Base cuts off high a half+ octave higher than many others, 40's I have heard, haven't seen anything published. This has been good for me. However, we are moving into a new house Friday and our daughter is now on second floord. I just ordered a newer HD 1080 TV. With daughter on another floor, I am also thinking about some new Definitive Technology speakers . I have been researching them for years. I would like something with tight bass in teens or 20's Hz. My wife is not so sure. Life is full of compromises!
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I have had a bose acoustimass for 6 years. Love it. The reason is because our daughters bedroom is on the same floor. It is very clean as far as dialogue & musically accurate, etc. Base cuts off high a half+ octave higher than many others, 40's I have heard, haven't seen anything published. This has been good for me. However, we are moving into a new house Friday and our daughter is now on second floord. I just ordered a newer HD 1080 TV. With daughter on another floor, I am also thinking about some new Definitive Technology speakers . I have been researching them for years. I would like something with tight bass in teens or 20's Hz. My wife is not so sure. Life is full of compromises!
Funny thing is... it comes to a point when it is simply taste.

But I will tell you what, Hammer is exactly right... The difference between low and mid level is unreal!
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Alright, maybe someone could help me out. I will be moving in roughly a month to a new townhouse down by the stadiums here in Bmore. And when I set up my surround sound I was wondering if anyone had a good idea on how to hide the wires. The floor is granite mozaic tile so i cant really hide them under the floor. The only thing I was thinking of doing is running the along the wall and hide them under the the molding going by sliding glass door that leads to the patio. Now we are looking at getting a throw rug for under our coffee table but right now its just an idea till we get in there and my roommates can figure out what they want to do. Any ideas would be welcome!

P.S. Keep in mind im just running a 400 w Sanyo system with Wal Mart speaker wires. Any other advice on how to make it sound a little better would be great as wel! Thanks in advance!
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Alright, maybe someone could help me out. I will be moving in roughly a month to a new townhouse down by the stadiums here in Bmore. And when I set up my surround sound I was wondering if anyone had a good idea on how to hide the wires. The floor is granite mozaic tile so i cant really hide them under the floor. The only thing I was thinking of doing is running the along the wall and hide them under the the molding going by sliding glass door that leads to the patio. Now we are looking at getting a throw rug for under our coffee table but right now its just an idea till we get in there and my roommates can figure out what they want to do. Any ideas would be welcome!

P.S. Keep in mind im just running a 400 w Sanyo system with Wal Mart speaker wires. Any other advice on how to make it sound a little better would be great as wel! Thanks in advance!
Are the walls drywall? If so, you may want to think about running them in the walls. That's what I am doing as I redo my basement. All wire will be run in the walls. Otherwise, you can match the wire color to the wall color and run them along the ceiling. It isn't the most aesthetic way but I have found that people rarely notice.
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Are the walls drywall? If so, you may want to think about running them in the walls. That's what I am doing as I redo my basement. All wire will be run in the walls. Otherwise, you can match the wire color to the wall color and run them along the ceiling. It isn't the most aesthetic way but I have found that people rarely notice.
see the thing with our place, is its a rowhome. The way our living room is, 3 of the alls are drywall, and the 4th is brick, so I dont know if that would work. And with us only renting it I dont think the landlord would let us put wires behind the drywall. If I owned the place, then sure I would do that. Ya see what i am running into. Its a little difficult haha
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see the thing with our place, is its a rowhome. The way our living room is, 3 of the alls are drywall, and the 4th is brick, so I dont know if that would work. And with us only renting it I dont think the landlord would let us put wires behind the drywall. If I owned the place, then sure I would do that. Ya see what i am running into. Its a little difficult haha
I was in the same boat as you before I got married so I just painted my speaker wire the color of my walls and ceiling and ran it with staples and electric tape. Worked well.
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I can't remember where I seen it. But theres a wire hider that looks like a small pvc pipe cut in half, its like 3/8"-1/2" and it has sticky tape on the flat side so you could stick it to a base board or in a corner wheres its not to noticeable and its paintable.

Might be able to make something like that yourself.
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I can't remember where I seen it. But theres a wire hider that looks like a small pvc pipe cut in half, its like 3/8"-1/2" and it has sticky tape on the flat side so you could stick it to a base board or in a corner wheres its not to noticeable and its paintable.

Might be able to make something like that yourself.
Thats not a bad idea. I want to do something. I hate when you can see wires. Even though my last place you kinda could. This new place is nicer and I want to keep is looking kinda classy and not like a frat house. That was fine in college but now it just looks tacky. Since I just found out we are getting a dog I am going to have to do somethin, I dont want him eating through my wires.
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