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d1353l
07-13-2006, 07:34 PM
Need to speak to someone asap!

springy101
07-13-2006, 07:34 PM
jimj

d1353l
07-13-2006, 07:35 PM
jimj

thanks will pm him if he gets home.

RumbleNTheTrunk
07-13-2006, 07:38 PM
OlogyAudio on here and on aim.

d1353l
07-13-2006, 07:47 PM
OlogyAudio on here and on aim.

will pm him too.

ballstothewall
07-13-2006, 07:56 PM
Post your question and you'll get more help ya know...

HotCarl
07-13-2006, 07:57 PM
B&W EE

or i think his username is somthing like that.

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:09 PM
Is it better to buy a package set? or buy piece by piece and my budget is around 500-2,500.

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:10 PM
This guy quoted me for the install.

My rates are $80 and hour. My guess is your house will take 2-3 hours.

"Depending on your budget, here are some systems I would suggest:

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?catg=535&item=332965&prDeTab=2&pCatg=5728#A

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Onkyo-Home-Theater-System-HT-S590S-/sem/rpsm/oid/148410/catOid/-12954/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/LG-Home-Theater-System-LH-T9654S-/sem/rpsm/oid/145836/catOid/-12954/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Panasonic-Home-Theater-System-SC-HT940-/sem/rpsm/oid/147657/catOid/-12954/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do
"

-edit worth it? no? Is he charging to much for the install? What are your opinions.

GordonW
07-13-2006, 08:16 PM
I do home audio (both 2 channel and HT) as a daily gig... usually, higher-end stuff than this (Marantz, NAD, PS Audio, Martin-Logan, etc). But, that said, of those 4 options, the Onkyo would be the best performer, IME. If you decide you don't like the speakers later (which many people find to be the weak link of all these "all in one" systems), at least you'll have a good amp/receiver to work with.

I'd be inclined to stay away from the LG system. You know that LG is actually just GoldStar, under a new name, right? They make OK cell phones and kitchen appliances... but I've never been impressed with their audio electronics...

Regards,
Gordon.

Beat_Dominator
07-13-2006, 08:17 PM
I know the most :fyi:


Jimj and B&W are just wann-be's.

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:18 PM
I do home audio (both 2 channel and HT) as a daily gig... usually, higher-end stuff than this (Marantz, NAD, PS Audio, Martin-Logan, etc). But, that said, of those 4 options, the Onkyo would be the best performer, IME. If you decide you don't like the speakers later (which many people find to be the weak link of all these "all in one" systems), at least you'll have a good amp/receiver to work with.

I'd be inclined to stay away from the LG system. You know that LG is actually just GoldStar, under a new name, right? They make OK cell phones and kitchen appliances... but I've never been impressed with their audio electronics...

Regards,
Gordon.


thanks for your reply.

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:19 PM
I know the most :fyi:


Jimj and B&W are just wann-be's.


tell me what you know, care to come by my house and do some installs :)

Beat_Dominator
07-13-2006, 08:19 PM
That Onkyo system sounds like crap :crap: The receiver is nice but those speakers might as well be made out of cardboard.

You could do better with your budget.

JimJ
07-13-2006, 08:19 PM
$500 to $2500 is quite a range for a budget :)

For two grand, no real reason to buy an all-in-one package. Are you looking for a setup for music (2-channel), or movies - or both?

GordonW
07-13-2006, 08:20 PM
Oh, and BTW: IMHO, Sams Club (ie, WalMart) are the spawn of Satan. :D

It's not that they sell Chinese-made products... there's some GOOD Chinese-built stuff out there. It's that they choose to sell BADLY MADE Chinese gear, just because it's cheaper than everything else. And, because, for SO MANY years, they made such a BIG DEAL of "Made in the USA"... look how that all went to h-e-double-hockey-sticks soon as Sam Walton died...

Regards,
Gordon.

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:20 PM
That Onkyo system sounds like crap :crap: The receiver is nice but those speakers might as well be made out of cardboard.

You could do better with your budget.


Like... i Live in arizona too.... what can i find out here? or buy?

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:21 PM
you can pm me on aim my sn is D1353L520

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:22 PM
$500 to $2500 is quite a range for a budget :)

For two grand, no real reason to buy an all-in-one package. Are you looking for a setup for music (2-channel), or movies - or both?

depends whats best. Can I do both or one or the other? What do you recommend?

Beat_Dominator
07-13-2006, 08:24 PM
Like... i Live in arizona too.... what can i find out here? or buy?

Visit Ultimate electronics, they have higher end gear and there you can listen to stuff and get better ideas of what you'll need.

JimJ
07-13-2006, 08:28 PM
depends can I do both or one or the other?

Sure, you can do both - just increases the cost to go to a multichannel setup :)

Some names to look into, possibly...

Receivers/Int. Amps - Rotel, NAD, Outlaw Audio, Denon, Marantz
Speakers - Axiom, Ascend Acoustics, Paradigm, Energy, Klipsch Heritage series, B&W

GordonW
07-13-2006, 08:28 PM
If you can do $2500... you can get some KILLER gear.

Try this:

Marantz SR4600 receiver ($429) and DV4600 DVD player ($299) powering Boston Acoustics VR1 front speakers ($600/pr, approximately), VRC center channel ($399) CR57 rear speakers ($175/pr) and PV700 subwoofer ($499). Comes up to right at $2400, for the equipment, and will absolutely TOAST 99% of ALL home theater systems out there, no matter how much they paid. I speak from experience... I OWN the Marantz SR4600 receiver, and we sell both Marantz and Boston here at work. The system will do VERY WELL on 2-channel music, as well as HT... the Boston speakers are incredibly impressive, as plain hi-fi 2-channel speakers!

If you need smaller speakers, the Boston Micro series (say, Micro 130s in front, Micro 120s in rear, Micro Center and PV700 subwoofer) will still kick butt. Not the sheer WHOMP of the floor-standing VR main speakers... but still quite impressive, and under the $2500 limit, no problem...

Regards.
Gordon.

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:29 PM
thanks for the quick replies jimj and gordonw

Beat_Dominator
07-13-2006, 08:32 PM
And visit Ultimate electronics and/or Jerry's Audio Video...... you need to experience what good audio can sound like :)

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:32 PM
ok now i know what my budget is. Its 1500 max =(

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:33 PM
And visit Ultimate electronics and/or Jerry's Audio Video...... you need to experience what good audio can sound like :)


will look at them this weekend so I can get a feel for home audio.

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:36 PM
budget: 1500max
Going for movies no music setup. So far I have a dvd player and a tv.

GordonW
07-13-2006, 08:41 PM
Another try, in the $1500 budget:

Boston CR77 front speakers ($350/pr), CRC7 center channel ($225), CR57 rears ($175/pr), PV500 sub ($350). Use any good cheap HT receiver (Onkyo, Pioneer, etc) and good cheap DVD player (Panasonic, Toshiba, etc). The speakers are $1100... you should easily be able to find a $250 or less receiver (the $199 Onkyo from Frys or the $199 Pioneer from Best Buy are both decent, believe it or not) and a $150 or less DVD player (the Panasonic 5 disk carousel is good, IME)... that puts you in the budget.

I've done a very similar system to this, only using the Marantz receiver and CR67 speakers in left center and right (they had to be smaller, it was in a small condo) and it kicked butt. Used the Panasonic carousel 5-disk DVD... worked great. I've also used many of the cheap Onkyo and Pioneer HT receivers... of the cheap stuff, it was what I thought worked best...

EDIT: Oops, no DVD needed... you could ALMOST afford the Marantz SR4600 receiver. It'd put you at like $29 over budget. I GUARANTEE that would be some serious jams...

Regards,
Gordon.

d1353l
07-13-2006, 08:42 PM
Another try, in the $1500 budget:

Boston CR77 front speakers ($350/pr), CRC7 center channel ($225), CR57 rears ($175/pr), PV500 sub ($350). Use any good cheap HT receiver (Onkyo, Pioneer, etc) and good cheap DVD player (Panasonic, Toshiba, etc). The speakers are $1100... you should easily be able to find a $250 or less receiver (the $199 Onkyo from Frys or the $199 Pioneer from Best Buy are both decent, believe it or not) and a $150 or less DVD player (the Panasonic 5 disk carousel is good, IME)... that puts you in the budget.

I've done a very similar system to this, only using the Marantz receiver and CR67 speakers in left center and right (they had to be smaller, it was in a small condo) and it kicked butt. Used the Panasonic carousel 5-disk DVD... worked great. I've also used many of the cheap Onkyo and Pioneer HT receivers... of the cheap stuff, it was what I thought worked best...

Regards,
Gordon.

thanks =D would these be online purchases? or locally?

jer_stud56
07-13-2006, 08:49 PM
I'm personally with the buy peice by peice. But what do I know I only have a 8 speaker system with a sub. Just to tell you the older 70's and 80's stuff sounds better. They didn't use cheap *** wood to make a profit.
I have a harmon kardon receiver in my kitchen and that thing kiss ***. Definatly check into them if you have that kind of budget.

GordonW
07-13-2006, 08:51 PM
thanks =D would these be online purchases? or locally?

Probably local, at least for the Boston speakers. They don't do online, AFAIK. Anything Boston online, is probably grey-market or B-stock...

Regards,
Gordon.

thylantyr
07-13-2006, 09:48 PM
I'd buy electronics online or even used on ebay.

But I'd never buy speakers unless I audition them first, it's a big gambling risk.

bballer123
07-13-2006, 10:37 PM
If you are looking for mainly movies and not music, Orb Audio would be worthing taking a look at. http://www.orbaudio.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=35 You can search all the reviews and they will tell you these speakers are great. There are also tons of options for what you want. DONT BUY A HTIB (home theater in a box) from like BB or CC. 99.9% of them ****! Check out avsforums.com. They helped me choose all the equipment for my theater.

joetama
07-14-2006, 09:55 AM
I would say you should shop... Find some local shops and check out systems, different receivers, speakers, etc. We all can recommend what we like but it's what sounds good to your ears. SO GO LISTEN BEFORE YOU BUY!! Bostons aren't bad, not a real favorite of mine. I am a BIG fan of B&W but I think that's obvious. Just whatever you do DONT buy a HTIB setup....

joetama
07-14-2006, 09:56 AM
I know the most :fyi:


Jimj and B&W are just wann-be's.

LOL you would say that.....

JimJ
07-14-2006, 02:27 PM
I know nussing...

adam71
07-15-2006, 02:44 AM
Oh, and BTW: IMHO, Sams Club (ie, WalMart) are the spawn of Satan. :D

It's not that they sell Chinese-made products... there's some GOOD Chinese-built stuff out there. It's that they choose to sell BADLY MADE Chinese gear, just because it's cheaper than everything else. And, because, for SO MANY years, they made such a BIG DEAL of "Made in the USA"... look how that all went to h-e-double-hockey-sticks soon as Sam Walton died...

Regards,
Gordon.


:word:

I haven't set foot in a Wal Mart in more than 3 years. We should all boycott Wal Mart and then they wouldn't have such a stranglehold on the US. But alas, Americans are far too stupid to realize it.:rolleyes:

joetama
07-15-2006, 09:43 AM
I would have to agree and the really scary thing is people are getting more complacent with a bad economy, high gas prices, and stores that are stopping the capitalistic economic system right in its tracks....

RSVCHAD
07-31-2006, 10:50 PM
Probably local, at least for the Boston speakers. They don't do online, AFAIK. Anything Boston online, is probably grey-market or B-stock...

Regards,
Gordon.

We were the first authorized online dealer for Boston two years ago. There are now three other full-line web dealers in addition to us. We carry a "couple" of other brands as well.

www.onecall.com