Don't do that
by Jimmy Greystone - 12/24/09 8:45 PM
In Reply to: Best Buy by rouse51
Don't do that. I wouldn't trust someone at Best Buy to carry a $50 stereo to my car, let alone set up a home theater system. Not to mention you'll pay a couple hundred bucks extra to have them screw it up for you.
Besides, it's better to do it yourself, so that way you know the topology of the whole setup. You know what cables go where, and how everything is connected. So if you want to add a device later, or change something out, you have a pretty good idea what to expect going in.
Setting up a home theater isn't like brain surgery where not just everyone can do it. It's pretty simple on the whole of it. Some people will try and make it more complicated than it needs to be by trying to tweak crossover frequencies and a bunch of other nonsense, but really you just need to know the basics of how to position the speakers, how to plug them into the receiver, and then these days just connect an HDMI cable. You don't even really need to know the difference between audio and video cables so much anymore, since it's all just one cable. But even if it wasn't, it's all color coded anyway, so as long as you're not colorblind, should be pretty straightforward and simple.
Best Buy has it's Geek Squad and stereo "experts" to basically sell a service to the lazy and/or stupid. There's not really all that much to keeping your system running smoothly indefinitely, just like there's not much to setting up a home theater. If you really want to get anal about the details, then sure, you can get lost in a quagmire of triviality, but for the most part it's basically something a 3 year old could do. It's just matching the color on the plugs, or in the case of HDMI, putting it in the only slot that it will fit. It's not rocket science by any stretch.
And another reason not to go to Best Buy, is that if you buy some really nice setup, now some Best Buy employee knows exactly where you live and what you have. Around here, there was a local car stereo shop when I was growing up. Had a bit of a reputation, where shortly after people would have them put in a new stereo system into their car, the person's car would get broken into and the stereo system stolen. Don't think for a second that Best Buy employees are necessarily any different.
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