The Best Budget Home Theater Setup!

I gotta be honest I-I’ve never been much of a projector guy From warm-up time to ambient light issues to input latency The terrible washed-out colors and certainly cost I’ve just… I have never been a fan So, when ViewSonic reached out to me asking if they could sponsor this video I.. I kind of ignored them But they’re a persistent bunch And when I finally looked at the specs of this PX700HD projector… I was pretty blown away. For just $499 You can get a projector that supports 1080p Outputs at a very bright 3.5k lumens which makes doing acceptable in both day and night Has exceptionally accurate color that actually looks good Is 3D capable … if that’s your jam And boasts a 16 millisecond input latency Which is not just fast for a projector but it’s actually faster than most of the TVs released year Which means… non-competitive gaming on this projector is actually… like really good! I-It works great My younger brother got married earlier this year and as any young couple in the middle of college might be They’ve not… loaded And we’re using a very small 32-inch TV So, I’ve decided to hook them up with a better setup starting of course with the ViewSonic PX700HD Now, they’re renting their apartment which means they can’t permanently attach a TV or projector to the wall. So, we built this clever little platform out of wood that is adjustable by this very firm ball head but also stable And, the little ball head is mounted upside-down onto a cheap … I think the brand is “Pyle”? tripod stand It doesn’t look… spectacular It’s not winning any interior design awards But it meet their needs, and as you can tell it perfectly fits their wall spanning to the size of nearly 100 inches. Yeah! 100 inches! Not bad for a $499 projector, eh? Next up, audio. My brother’s a musician and subsequently doesn’t want some dinky little soundbar. Here’s a protip for you: If you’re on a budget, just use studio monitors. Now, sure, you’re not gonna get surround sound … you’re stuck to stereo But if you ask me if we’re talking about audio and I don’t know a lot of things but I know audio pretty well I think quality is WAY more important than quantity. And quality doesn’t mean expensive! For example, these JBL 3-series MKII cost under $300 for the pair. But they sound great for movies, games, and yes, of course music! Now, because studio monitors are self-powered The amplifier is inside and that’s pretty handy But, there is a downside and that’s that.. um there isn’t a way to control volume without a preamp. Which, we’ve excluded for budgetary reasons. However, that’s where this little box comes in. This is the Schiit Sys. Yeah, uh.. you heard that right. But Schiit it is not! It’s actually very high quality! [snickers] That was the most stupidest joke I’ve ever made. The Schiit is a passive preamp which means you don’t have to plug it in. So, we used the audio out on the projector which, by the way, is my one complaint with this thing. There isn’t optical out Which seems a little bit silly But yeah, we used the audio out jack to RCA which then we can plug into the Schiit and the we plug in the RCA outputs which terminates in XLR that we can then plug into the stereo monitors. Now listen to me, audio people this setup is not ideal. I know, it’s not balanced And in theory, with longer cable runs is prone to signal interference. But, it actually sounded really good… And kind of surprised me We didn’t have any interference at all But yeah, if you’re using a projector, really any projector Especially because they’re typically mounted in the sky and don’t have that many source in- uh source options to begin with, You’re really better off getting a home theater receiver. That can handle source selection, HDMI switching, and of course, audio output. I didn’t do that though, because they only used a launch-day PS4 which I actually gifted them for Christmas last year And for normal people, is actually really great Now, the projector supports powered USB so you could use a Chromecast, or Fire TV stick if you wanted But, for less than $300, you can get a box that does Netflix, Hulu, PlayStation TV, YouTube, and oh plays triple-A games So, a PS4 it is. Going from the PlayStation to the projector, we have a 50 foot HDMI cable we got from Walmart for $35 But it’s actually, really high-quality And this low-latency stuff isn’t marketing mumbo-jumbo at all In fact, I was playing Red Dead Redemption II and there was noticeably less input lag than my old, but beloved Panasonic P65V10. It’s a plasma screen, and when it came out it was renounced for low input latency. So, I was pretty impressed For around $1000, my brother, and now sister-in-law have a killer entertainment setup Which honestly I don’t think you can get close to beating for the same price. If you’re interested in any of the gear mentioned you can check it out via the links below. But get stoked for a killer Hackintosh build that is coming in the next video That is actually 40% smaller Yeah, smaller than Apple’s Mac Mini. It’s gonna be awesome so be sure to subscribe and enable notifications for that one. But most importantly, and as always Stay Snazzy.

100 thoughts on “The Best Budget Home Theater Setup!

  1. Hey, thx for the Video! Iam tired to spend so much money for a big TV. Another thing what u or your brother used for the wall?thx

  2. Recommending near-field monitors as home theater speakers? Sure, if it's a smaller room and you're planning on not sitting further away than 2m / 6' from them and you also have the space to put them further out from the wall than you would with hi-fi speakers since they (most of them) have bass ports on the back.

  3. Great work on the video man! This video is especially beneficial to those new to the home theater hobby, or those thinking about getting into it!

  4. Nice! Good solution for sound. I love home movies on a good audio system. With patience and some effort you can get a solid surround system for 2-300 bucks. Mine started with good will receiver one was a onkyo, the other a denon. From there a host of used speakers that resulted in a fully build 7.1 system for around $90 for the denon. And 75 for the onkyo (but those speakers need to be upgraded, decent but not to my liking yet.)

  5. Color me surprised, a YouTube video about home theater that didn't have a soundbar and 55 inch TV, nice! I actually have the JBL 305s and they are awesome

  6. If audio quality is super important to you. And you have a lil more money to spend the Bowers and Wilkins 607 bookshelf’s are phenomenal speakers

  7. I actually use a projector called XGIMI Z6 (on sale it can go as low as 2599 RMB in China, not sure how much it asked for outside China though, but basically should be within the $500 mark I think) with just my headphone. The color is kinda shit at the default setting (but with tweaking it's okay, just not "absolutely great"), and the brightness isn't really that optimal (but bright enough when the room is dimmed), but I chose to get that rather than even cheaper projectors is that, as a 1080p projector (though a bit blurry) it's pretty tiny, and thus I can just put it on a monopod beside my bed (the projector has built-in mounting screw hole), and it produces very little noise and heat as well.
    Sure that projector isn't well received among home theater enthusiasts, but I got what I need so I'm happy with that. The only downside is probably that the built-in 3.5mm port is kinda noisy, and the built-in speaker is really just "can produce sound", quality is okay enough (for having "Harman/Kardon" slapped on) but the placement eliminates any stereo effect whatsoever. Since I'm using headphone I just isn't bothered with any of that, but for speaker user, well, HDMI amp is a must.

  8. As the studio guy, I assure you that balanced inputs are important only when the cable has more than 6 meters. Above 6 meters of cable you are susceptible to radio frequency interferences, but bellow that the shield protects well against it.

    Oh, and it's not me who's saying it, it's Bob Katz. This information is in his "Mastering Audio: The Art and Science" book. So, don't needs to worry about balanced cables in a house setup. 🙂

  9. Nice set up! I probably would have gone with a reciever and at least 4 speakers, but they probably would have been lower quality speakers to come in under budget.

  10. Or do what I do, buy used and get a high quality 5.1 system for about 1/3 of what you paid.

    You can budget if you have the patience to find the deals.

  11. The problem is you need to have a preamp on a surround receiver for the speakers to work and only REALLY expensive ones have it. I bought a used Denon one from like 2008. My setup is almost identical to this one (+ subwoofer and old crappy speakers as rears)

  12. a 500$ projector, 130$ speakers, 300$ ps4, and a 50$ dollar input switch………..
    it means we don't have youtuber money to drop a freaking grand, just to watch tv or movies.

  13. In my opinion if you want a REAL HOME THEATER SETUP get 3 pairs of micca mb42's and a mb42-c and a cheap subwoofer and then pair it with a receiver and you have a good 7.1 surround setup that is extremely immersive

  14. I have a setup that with a $99 projector that hits 150 inches at 3200 lumens. with the audio set up and the fire tv and play station its under 500.

  15. Quite disappointed by the bad decisions in this setup…

    Particularly, no surround? CONNECT THE SPEAKERS TO A RECEIVER!!! What the hell…? Oh yeah, some-crazy-how, that solves the volume control issue (you know, the one that isn't an issue) as well…

  16. To anyone that owns this projector, has anyone encountered a problem with a black border around the image projected? If so how’d you fix it? Cheers

  17. As mentioned, this is not a budget setup. "Sound setup for a projector" was the search that got me to this link, highly disappointed at the still non budget, non surround sound option used. I have a comparable projector and 100" screen for the cost of one speaker… I need to start a channel… View Sonic got some more free crap?

  18. Someone should make a projector to fully replace a TV. Like it should be able to have a service provider so you can watch shows on it, and also have great speakers built in. Projectors are the future!

  19. I might be a bit more towards hearing oriented than average so a 2.0 audio would kill all the joy from a sci-fi or action movies and would not have that immersion that a 5.1 (or better system) makes. Also many people do enjoy content downloaded from internet and that makes a sony system (playstation) quite unusable because they are quite strict copyright and control nazis. So any media with different area code would not work, many common codecs wont work, anything with cinavia wont work and so on..

  20. Cant you change the volume level with the projector? Ive had 4 different projectors and they all do that.

  21. The most good soundbars and speakers begin in a pricerange around 400. You can buy a dolby surround 5.1 for 100, but the quality is not for years! Fostex monitor speakers are cheap and good (also behringer, Philips, Sony) If you have a small room you can do it! Better sound? Buy: Harman Kardon (JBL), BOSE, Philips, Sony, Sonos, Yamaha, etc. I have a LED FULL HD 1080 Beamer buyed in the Netherlands for 150 euro, pretty good and not getting hot! Love to watch Netflix and youtube on it!!

  22. Well, go 2nd hand. you can go a long way with home theater. especially projectors and surround-sound receivers. ideally, go with a LED projector.

  23. I have a request can u please make a vedio that showing which wire connected to where like how to connect play station ,tv cable , speakers to projector and by which cable

  24. I did my home theater on a small budget too. I was competing with six million dollar home theaters. But I built my screen wall with a 2.35 to 1 aspect ratio and DIY screen material for about $350 another few hundred dollars and I added some chairs. I started off with a 1080p DLP projector but I got used for $1,400. Now I have a brand new top-of-the-line Sony 4K projector that I got for a small fraction of the retail price by a quirk of warranty repair on the used unit that I had bought. So I'm pretty pleased with the system now and it competes well with systems costing hundreds of times more.

  25. I had a question about the speakers is the speakers placed on the TVs left and right or my left and right me facing the TV?

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