What's Your Home Theater Budget break down? (Here's Mine)

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  1. jay21112 Audioholic

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    So, I bought my house 5+ years ago, and since then most of my free time and spare change has gone into building my home theater. I'm in the middle of adding 2 more subs (Thanks to Funk Audio), and I decided to calculate what my hobby has cost me. It turns out I could have been driving a pretty nice car had I spent my money on that (let's not get crazy here, I'm talking maybe a gently used Corvette - with no extras....if I knew the sales guy...and I was buying it in the middle of winter...and...and...).

    Anyway, dollars mean nothing because everyone has a different income and spends their money differently. The interesting thing was what happened when I did percentages. For insurance purposes (God forbid there is a fire or a robbery) I keep very detailed records on everything I own. So, I looked at what percentage of the total amount of money I've spent on my theater was spent in different areas. Here it is:

    32% Speakers (Speakers, Subwoofers, Transducers, etc..)
    15% Electronics (TV, Receiver, Player, etc...): 15%
    14% Power (Power Cleaners, Voltage Stabilizers, Extra Circuits and electrical wiring, etc..)
    09% Cables (Video, Interconnect, Speaker, Power, Extension Cords)
    11% Platforms, Stands, Isolation components
    06% Acoustics (Absorbers, Diffusors, Curtains, Insulation, Doors)
    01% Cooling (Fans)
    11% Decor (Seating, Lighting, Cable Hiders, Tables, Refrigerators, etc...)
    1% Accessories (Game accessories, remotes, etc..)
    <1% Calibration (Meters, Discs, Software, etc..)

    Going into this I never said "I need to spend this amount of money on x and this on y, and this on z." I just slowly bought what I thought I needed and kept going. And what you see above is the result. How does your stand up?
  2. Grador Audioholic Field Marshall

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    I'll try to whip up some numbers later, but for me this is going to be a little difficult. I have a heavy dose of hand me down furniture and some of my other equipment, so the numbers are going to be a little weird. When I get my numbers together I'll probably split the TV out from the rest of the electronics as to me they are separate categories.
  3. brianedm Audioholic General

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    Off the top of my head I've spent $4200 or so on speakers and subs, $1500 on a/v specific furniture, I think around $300 or so on power, and about $4500 or so on electronics. This is just the stuff that's still in my set up.

    40% speakers/subs
    14.28% furniture
    2.85% power
    42.85% electronics

    Edit: forgot to include about $1500 for my tv. And I didn't include cables as that's such a small part of the budget. Updated numbers and percentages.
  4. fuzz092888 Audioholic Warlord

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    53% on speakers/subs

    47% on electronics

    But I don't include my TV since I got that way before, nor am I including the projector and screen. I'm also not including the speaker stands I'm making or the component stand that was built for me as a gift or the amp that was given to me as a gift. Then there's the pair of surrounds that were graciously loaned to me and the center channel speaker that was more of trade than a purchase. Plus I didn't account for the gear that's been bought and sold.

    Basically I have no idea what the exact number is just a rough estimate. It gets tricky when trying to assign value to stuff that you didn't exactly buy, then the stuff you bought and sold. I know I came out a little ahead on some stuff and took a loss on some other stuff. I'm happy with what I have now so I figure I broke even on the rest.
  5. cpp Audioholic Field Marshall

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    40% - Speakers/subs
    20% - AVR & OPPO
    20% - TV's
    10% - Furniture
    8% - Room Treatment (Real Trap - AcoustiMAC)
    2% - Cables, Remotes,
    cpp,
  6. hizzaah Full Audioholic

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    32% TV (Vizio 37")
    41% Speakers/Receivers (Onkyo HTiB, Ascends, HSU, and Denon)
    20% Sources (Xbox and BR)
    5% Remote (Harmony One)
    2% Cables/Wires

    My theater is currently my living room and my furniture was given to me so I didn't include any of it..
  7. Bryceo Banned

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    Location:
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    Living area
    60% speakers and subs
    10% electronics
    30% display
    witch brings the total to just under 9,500
    bedroom
    40% speakers subs
    40% display
    20% gear
    $4,500
  8. AcuDefTechGuy Audioholic Slumlord

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    I think mine is 80% speakers/subs, 19% electronics, 1% cables/accessories.
  9. avnetguy Audioholic Chief

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    HT Setup

    44% Speakers
    32% TV
    16% AVR + AMP
    6% Consoles
    2% Other

    Steve
  10. cpp Audioholic Field Marshall

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    well it would depend on which "system = speakers " you would using at a given time, unless you happen to utilize all of your speakers for HT :rolleyes: so actually you could in your case end up with multiple percentages :D
    cpp,
  11. Steve81 Audioholics 5-O

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    My breakdown is:

    Speakers/Subwoofer: 54%
    Receiver/Amplifier/Sources: 18%
    TV: 18%
    Misc: (Wiring, Fans, Calibration Tools, Etc): 10%
  12. Hocky Full Audioholic

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    80% speakers/20% everything else seems about right for my junk, too.
  13. agarwalro Audioholic Ninja

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    Home office: 100% speakers :)
    Living room: 99.96% TV+PS3 0.04% Wireless headphones (no speakers :()
    Mobile kit: 20% electronics 80% headphones

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