I can vouch for the quality of components I own. I won’t be listing model numbers because electronics companies come out with new models every year. However, I will provide clickable Amazon ads for the latest models so you can research features and compare to other brands and models.
BIG SCREEN TV – Samsung (www.samsung.com/us/shop). There are many choices of screens and technologies out there. I was shopping for a basic LED screen and compared the monitors on display visually. I found that the Samsung was at least as good as if not better than some of the higher priced TVs. I also use Samsung monitors professionally with my editing equipment.
RECEIVER – Onkyo [5.1 surround] – (www.onkyousa.com). There are also 7.1 and 7.2 surround receivers but unless you have a huge room to fill with surround it seems like overkill to me.
BLU-RAY PLAYER – Oppo (www.oppodigital.com) – Oppo makes and sells top-of-the-line universal players that have excellent audio for CD and SACD as well as Blu-ray and DVD playback. If you order a region-free player you will be able to view DVD and Blu-ray discs made anywhere in the world.
DVD RECORDER – Toshiba (http://www.toshiba.com/tai). Having a DVD recorder is handy for time shifting your viewing, especially when your DVR gets too full. I really love being able to watch movies from TCM at my convenience. Blank recordable DVDs are very reasonably priced especially if you get the on sale at Fry’s Electronics (www.frys.com).
FRONT SPEAKERS – Epos (www.eposltd.com). These British-made speakers are high quality for a reasonable price. I also use a pair of them with my editing equipment.
REAR SURROUND SPEAKERS – Polk Audio (www.polkaudio.com). Polk makes great speakers for rear surrounds. Mine are mounted on the wall behind window curtains so they are unobtrusive.
SUBWOOFER – Ace-Bass by Audio Pro (www.audiopro.com/products). Audio Pro is a Scandanavian manufacturer and I happened to get my subwoofer in a special sale. Polk also makes good subwoofers and they are easy to find.
As with discs some equipment can be ordered directly from the companies or through Amazon (www.amazon.com). I also like to see demonstrations of equipment so if you have a store nearby you can go to Fry’s Electronics or Best Buy. By buying at a brick-and-mortar store you can take the items home immediately and set them up within a few minutes without waiting for shipment or taking a chance on damage during shipment. You can also order online from Fry’s (www.frys.com) or Best Buy (www.bestbuy.com). Good deals on components are often available from B&H Video (www.bhphotovideo.com) or New Egg (www.newegg.com).