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post #1 of 108 Old 01-06-08, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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How do you afford HT... what's your profession?

I work a full time job for an airline, plus I own my own auto detailing business. Basically, I work my butt off, putting in 14-16 hours a day sometimes.
Even with all this work, I strugle to afford my addiction the the HT hobby. I've been building my current system for about 4 years now, mainly concentrating on the audio portion. It's not high end equiptment, but it makes me smile

Last thing on my list is a front projector, and electric screen. But it seems I can never get enough money to get those 2 items Even looking around for used equiptment, I just can't seem to get the funds together. Something more important always comes up(clothes for daughter, toy's, food, mortage, etc...)

I see a lot of you guys spending ten's of thousands of dollars on your system, and I'm curious what you do for a living?
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post #2 of 108 Old 01-06-08, 11:23 AM
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Re: What do you guys do for a living?

A lot of guys have turned to DIY, through the guidance of this site and others, in order to afford more home theater than they could buy at the retail stores. By doing it yourself, you also gain a sense of pride and satisfaction along with a greater understanding of the things you enjoy.

If you're reasonably handy and motivated to do so, you can build your own speakers, sub, PJ screen and entire home theater room. That's not to say it's easy! Just possible. Get to know some other DFW enthusiasts or come down to Houston for our Home Theater DIY meets. I think you'll find that this community is very willing to help.

Regarding the expensive hobby we've chosen, unfortunately that's the name of the game. There will always be more out there that I want and can't afford. Though deal hunting on,, and, you can find some real gems over time.

I'm a cardiology fellow (read: long hours for little money) and a medical officer in the Texas Army National Guard.

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Re: What do you guys do for a living?

Baby steps. There is no way to get around it ... it's an expensive hobby. Right as I decided to concentrate on the audio, my TV died. I bought a new TV and the audio was on the back burner for a while. Ok, it still is. I have my sub in place, now I want to work on the mains and center.

Most people become HT junkies. You get your first taste and before you know it, it's a full blown addiction. At least I have an understanding wife. Playing with my toys keeps me home. My former hobby was playing with cars. It kept me on the road all the time. I didn't spend as much money on the car as I do with HT, but I was never home. When I was home, I was always in the garage tinkering with the car.

Almost forgot ... I'm a Pro Geek. I'm the AS/400 System Administrator for a manufacturing company. I also own a few websites.

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I am a Scientist. I work for Sherwin-Williams and I research and develop the worlds most advanced coating technologies. Currently, my role is long term development for our Chemical Coatings Division, where we market coatings to the electronics industry( exterior of components, tv's, dvd players, computer housgins, etc...), military coatings, wood and furniture products(both commercial and residential), heavy equipment(John Deere, Cat, etc...), Aluminum Extrusion coatings(Pella and Anderson windows), metal building products, and many other types of coatings. Prior to my current role, I worked for the Automotive Division where I developed paint for the Vehicle Refinsh market and the Aerospace market.

One exciting project that we are working on is a tricked out paint for the Apple iPhone. I'm not personally responsible for this project, but I consult a bit. The coatings engineer for Apple that we deal with was my boss for a while at Sherwin-Williams, so we've got a pretty close business relationship.
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Re: How do you afford HT... what's your profession?

I had to change up the title of the thread in order to keep it on topic... otherwise it would be a Chat Box thread.

I've never been able to afford it and need to quit spending, but my family does come first. I provide for them and then play. My finance business is my bread and butter profession and then I tinker in a few other businesses. Obviously I spend quite a bit of time here at the forum, but have yet to reap any profits thus far... we seem to be giving it all away.

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I have done it a little at a time over 15 or more years. I was single for 10 of those years so was able to spend more on equipment then most but now I'm married and the family needs come first. Fortunately for me the wife enjoys the home theater and lets me spend a little on it from time to time.

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
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Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

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Re: How do you afford HT... what's your profession?

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I have done it a little at a time over 15 or more years.
Likewise for me...Except I've been doing it for over 30 years.
I never had a lot of money and every thing was done on a shoestring budget...

I started out by learning how to build speakers, and then made my own.. Later when I could afford it, I bought some better quality ones..

When I switched to front projection, there was no way that I was going to pay many hundreds of dollars for a I read everything I could find about DIY screens, and then I started making my own screens, trying many different ideas, until I produced one that suited my needs..which I still have..

I don't want to put you off HT, but if you don't have a lot of money to spare, you can only do it over a long period of time..
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Nick I mean this with all sincerity,enjoy what you have because I can guarantee you that there is someone who is drooling over your current set-up.If you could blink your eye`s and have the system of your dreams you probably would not appreciate it as much as say the speakers you have now that you analyzed to death before you bought them. All good things come to those who wait.
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Re: How do you afford HT... what's your profession?

My profession??? ... ... Oh, yeah, is all over the news ... crashing market

Like most .. I'm setting my HT little by little ... looking for bargains to upgrade the system ... it takes time if you don't have a ton of money (specially if you want high end stuff )
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