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Budget:

mics 550

lights 1500

4 track 1700

boom pole 250

add?  Another Sennheiser Wireless mic (use XLR adapter to bring into Edirol!)

Problem:  there does not seem to be a competitive market in 4 channel receivers.  Even Lectrasonic has a special coupler to put two dual channel receivers together to get four.

Better solution probably is the Edirol R44 with wireless mics like the Sennheiser (with the XLR connector available).

Edirol R44 4-track recorder looks very good.  Confirmed. 995.00

Lights.  Actual: 1449.95

Microphones  600.00  Or:

Boom Pole  Actual: 200

GoPro Hero Naked $350  !! Absolutely!

Leaves about $500.00 for Sennheiser.

Budgeted total:  4000
Actual so far:  3300

Sennheiser Wireless: 


Check TrewAudio for good multiple mic diversity sytems. www.trewaudio.ca/consignment

 

On the TV:

LCDs and plasmas each have their pluses and minuses.
If you want to make your head spin, check out the various forums at http://www.avsforum.com/
My co-worker has been researching this a lot lately and has decided, based mainly on positive feedback on the AVS forums,  to go with a Sharp Aquos LCD.

Three things to watch out for.
#1: Make sure you get a 1080p model, not a 1080i or 720p.
#2.  Make sure it's 1920 x 1080 resolution.
#3.  Make sure it has an built-in ATSC tuner.

Here's a good example of "buyer beware".
Costco has 2 Sharp 46" LCD sets right now.
One is on sale for $1500 ($400 off coupon) and the other one is $2300.
You're first thought is "Wow, 2 46" LCD HDTVs and one is $800 cheaper. I'll go for that one."
Then you look at the features.

The cheap model:
Resolution: 1366 x 768
Contrast Ratio: 1200:1 (6000:1 dynamic)
Brightness: 450 cd/m2
Response Time: 6ms
Viewing Angles: 176°H x 176°V
HDTV Compatibility: 720P
Tuner: ATSC / QAM / NTSC

The expensive model:
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
Brightness: 450 cd/m2
Response Time: 4ms1
Viewing Angle: 176º H x 176º V
HDTV Compatibility: 1080P
Tuner: ATSC / QAM / NTSC


Hmmm.  The more expensive one is true HD res, has a higher contrast ratio and is 1080p vs. 720 p.
Maybe it's a better buy after all.

 

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