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Equipment & Product Recommendations - P2


The Seats: Berkline 090

Price: $2500 (for 3 chairs)
berkline-090.jpgYour Cinema should be a relaxing place. You, your family, and your guests will have to sit in one spot for two or more hours when viewing a movie. With this in mind, you better have a comfortable place to sit during the movie; and, hey, a place to put your drink would be nice, so you don't have to hold it for two or more hours. Taking this into consideration, we need to find a chair that will be comfortable, provide that WOW effect, and fit in our budget. Here is a chair that will give you instant WOW effect even before you turn on your new Cinema. It will build excitement and set the mood and atmosphere for viewing in your new Cinema. Berkline 090 Leather Match (everything that touches you is leather, sides and back are vinyl) with Auto Recline. These chairs are very comfortable. They look cool, have cup holders, and they have electric recline to provide you with that all important WOW effect. These chairs only need 4" of wall clearance so they are very flexible for placement.

Power Conditioner/Surge Suppressor: APC AV C5 10-outlet

Price: $129.99
APC AV C5 suppressorWe recommend some kind of protection for your electronics. Tripp Lite is well-known for their excellent power protection products and this unit in particular presents a tremendous value in comparison to other name brand power conditioners that cost twice as much for essentially the same thing.

Useful Features
  • 3570 joules of protection with automatic voltage regulation
  • Excellent build quality
  • 10 outlets with isolated EMI/RFI noise filtering and transformer spacing
  • Triple digital cable & HDTV-compatible low-loss coax filters
  • RJ45 and RJ11 line protection
  • 12V DC trigger
  • Lifetime product warranty

Alternate: APC H10 Power Conditioner/Voltage Regulator ($299)

Tools: Avia Guide to Home Theater

Price: $50
avia_HT_Guide.gifThis is a must have tool and will teach you how to set up your system correctly and how to do a first time calibration on your system. It is very easy to use and covers all the basics. For more advanced calibration or to get your system performing at its absolute best you'll need measurement equipment you can't buy at your local hardware store. For that kind of tweaking we recommend finding an ISF-certified technician or installer in your area to come out and do a full calibration on your most commonly used video inputs.

Alternate: Digital Video Essentials ($16-21)

Tools: Radio Shack Analogue SPL Meter (Cat# 33-4050)

Price: $40
This is another must have and will allow you to calibrate your system's speaker levels.It's easy to use and its use is covered in Avia Guide to Home Theater.

Interconnect Cables and Wiring

blue-jeans-cable.jpgHere is another product category that will garner lots of praise or criticism. We are not going to recommend exotic cables for this system. We are looking for the best Bang for the Buck to meet our budget and performance goal. We want cables that are well-shielded to prevent RF ingress and we want our cables to be flexible and reliable as well as solidly constructed so that they can be connected and reconnected without fear of wearing out or becoming unreliable. We want all this and we don't want to pay a lot for them.

Blue Jeans Cable represents one of the best deals on the market for A/V cables (and they feature some of the best customer service in the industry.) Their products are derived from Belden (one of the largest cable manufacturers in the world) and are time tested and built on proven designs based on valid science and engineering practices. They use Canare terminations which are some of the highest quality and ergonomically friendly on the market.

  • 1 set of 6CH 1 meter analog interconnects (Belden 1505F with Canare RCA Plugs) - $75
  • 1 Belden 1694A 1 meter digital coax cable - $12
  • 1 Canare LV-77S: 5 meter subwoofer cable - $25
  • 1 single male to 2-female Y-adapter - $2
  • 1 Belden 7710A: 7.5 meter component video cable - $96

*Note: Your component video cable may need to be longer or shorter depending on where the audio rack and the projector are located. Other cables may be necessary to terminate existing audio/video components such as VCR's, Tivo's, and HDTV receivers.

Speaker Cables

For this budget system we recommend two (2) 12AWG 100' rolls of Sound King (Part# 100-155) 12 Gauge High Strand count OFC speaker wire. Cost is just $72. Feel free to review our DIY Speaker Cable article for more information on how to build your own quality speaker cables and terminations.

Total System Price: $11,993 (including cables)

A good shopper can certainly manage to take at least another 10-15% off the MSRP prices we have listed here. This will put you well under the $12,000 budget and you now have a completed Home Cinema that will rival other mega systems and will WOW you, your family, and your friends! You also have a cinema system that the average "Joe 6-pack" will not have in his living room. As always you can invest a little more money when your budget allows. You can add a second subwoofer, invest in some acoustical panels for your room or purchase a nice 5 channel amp and use the receiver as a preamp. However, right now you have a killer system that will thrill you! The only thing left to do is figure out how much you are going to charge for admission on movie night!

Brand Model Description Info Links Price
Epson Home Cinema 1080UB
LCD Front Projector review $2999

Projector Mount


Brilliant White 92" Screen review $690
Marantz SR7002 Home Theater 7.1 Receiver website
Samsung BD-P1400 Blu-ray Player website
Mordaunt-Short Avant 906 Tower Speakers



Avant 905C Center Speaker
Avant 902 Back Surround Speakers
Avant 903S Bipolar Surround Speakers
Avant 909W Subwoofer
Berkline Berkline 090 Cinema Chairs (3) website $2500
Tripp Lite HT10DBS Power Conditioner/Surge Pro website $80
Avia Guide to HT A/V Calibration Disc website $50
Radio Shack 33-4050 Analogue SPL Meter website $40
Blue Jeans Various Interconnect Cables website $210
Sound King 100-155 200' 12-2 Speaker Wire website $75



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