Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Forney, TX, USA
This is a mid-fi budget. In-wall is in budget. But I prefer the sound of bookshelf. You can aim the speakers better. Also, less work. But if he is willing to pay the labor and doesn't mind the sound degradation, get in-wall.
The projection goal is going to eat up a lot of budget. So you will have to skimp elsewhere.
Harmon Kardon - I have an old AVR-65, hard to beat. Decent universal remote.
Denon - kinda spendy. Prolly out of budget.
Pioneer Elite -
DVD (high def) - having a nice single player, and a jukebox is nice.
Sony - 500$
Pioneer Elite - blue ray is 1k$.
Toshiba - 300$
Bowers & Wilkins - I like the 600 series for mid-fi. Nautilus for high-fi. May be out of budget.
Polk Audio - I have some old SDA-1's. RT series. May be out of budget.
Boston Acoustics -
If you have any budget left, get a Velodyne powered sub, else just get a matching one to above speakers. The manuf's websites tend to have ways to match pieces.
Amp will be through receiver.
I haven't looked at projectors in a while. There are some nice flat screens at Sam's, should be in budget. We used to buy Toshiba for work.
I found the banana clips and outlets at home improvement stores, electronic stores, and Radio Shack. Get nice thick wire, doesn't have to be Monster. But get nice wires for component connections.
"Don't taze me, bro."