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The New Components

Now that I knew pretty much what I wanted in general terms, it was time to go shopping for specific components. It took some time to find precisely what I wanted, and it entailed making some very difficult choices.

I'll go into each component in more detail later in this series; for now, though, here are the particular models I decided on:

I also decided to switch from DIRECTV to digital cable, which has more HDTV programming (including most of my local channels in high-def). My local cable company, Bright House, uses the Scientific Atlanta 8300HD HDTV set-top box with built-in DVR hard disk recording.

What was my experience buying and setting up all this equipment? Did everything come together without major difficulties? I should be so lucky...

In the next installment, I'll tell you all about my new system's television and audio components—the good points and the bad.

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