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Intercooler
06-12-2007, 09:57 PM
I know Bose is pretty okay but anyone have some options to look at?


Lay it on me!

SethPhillips
06-12-2007, 10:00 PM
i just picked up a ONKYO 7.1 surround system w/ powerd sub ... i love it!!! pais 200.00 brand new ( my cost) think it retails for 375.00
deff nice system...

bk12321
06-12-2007, 10:05 PM
bought my onkyo tx-sr600 for 150 shipped off ebay in IMMACULATE condition

and i absolutely love it... best receiver ive ever used

and the speakers well those u have quite a few more options on lol

scotthulbs
06-12-2007, 10:13 PM
Bose = S H I T !

I have a $400 Onkyo 5.1 setup, and it does a great job.

For something compareable to Bose in price, you can get the new Onkyo 5.1 THX approved setup for under $800, $800 worth of Bose gets you a few 3" cube speakers LOL.

Anyway, I have had a couple different Onkyo setups and they have always been great for the money.

1loudsuv
06-12-2007, 10:19 PM
budget please?

remember the more you spend now the less you spend later. ive changed receivers 3 times in the last year and speakers 2 times and giong on to the third time and amps 2 times.....

Intercooler
06-12-2007, 10:27 PM
No more than $1200. I would like to stay under a $1000 but I can empty the pennies out of the piggy banks if I get a nice bump in what I get for the little more. About broke after spending $3000 on a Samsung flat!

Any sites best to buy these from? Model numbers if you have them. Thanks!

1loudsuv
06-12-2007, 10:47 PM
do you own a ps3? or plan on buying one? if so i recommend this receiver

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR605-Channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B000OBLARC/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-7970732-6071121?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1181704906&sr=8-1
let me find some speakers and some other receivers for ya

1loudsuv
06-12-2007, 10:57 PM
ok you can get 5 of these

http://www.hometheaterstore.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=DM303

and if you dont care about hdmi switching or processing then something simple for the receiver like this one


http://www.hometheaterstore.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=AVR1507

as for the sub

http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/stf-1.html

that one or whichever b&w (member here) thinks suits the b&ws more

1loudsuv
06-12-2007, 10:59 PM
another option i like more out of all is this one

the onkyo 605 and this speaker package (ive never heard this package but ive heard very good things aobut it)


http://www.av123.com/products_product.php?section=speakers&product=92.1

if you want to stretch your budget a bit this one would be better

http://www.av123.com/products_product.php?section=speakers&product=93.1

1loudsuv
06-12-2007, 11:06 PM
No more than $1200. I would like to stay under a $1000 but I can empty the pennies out of the piggy banks if I get a nice bump in what I get for the little more. About broke after spending $3000 on a Samsung flat!



dang man 3 grand on a tv and you want to skimp on the sound! so i am guessing your gonna have a high def source in that case DEFIANTLY get the onky 605 best bang for the buck out their right now.

joetama
06-13-2007, 09:19 AM
I guess I should post since I was sumond...

B&W are hard to find subwoofers to match with. But, what I can say that a book shelf is a lot easier to match with than a floorstander.

Anyway, my recommendations as usual is to go out and listen to stuff and buy from a reputable local dealer that you feel comfortable with. You might spend a bit more money but you won't regret it in the long run.

At this price range you might be better to DIY your own subwoofer with something from several of the car audio companies. It is very hard for me to recommend things at this budget range, however there are some learning rules of thumb.

1) Don't skimp on the speakers. Spend about half your budget on speakers. Also, if you don't have enough money for a 5.1 system don't get it. You can always add loudspeakers later to complete the system when you have money.

2) Make sure you get a decent enough receiver/processor with enough power to driver you speakers. I have seen people get 200 Watt loudspeakers and try driving them with 70 Watts of power. Doesn't work, a good dealer can help you make this choice.

3) Get a good source. With the digital age the Crap in Crap out isn't as true as it used to be but it still is very true. Oppo makes some fantasic units, and if you want to use BR or HD there are plenty of options for you that way. The PS3 makes an AWESOME BR player plus it is a kick *** game console.

4) Finally, don't be afraid to tell the stores you visit your budget. (By store I don't mean Best Buy or CC) Most of the guys who work at Hi/Mid-Fi stores started out as kids who wanted an awesome system and grew into men who work in a toy shop. :laugh:

joetama
06-13-2007, 09:21 AM
Also, I forgot to add...

The B&W 600 Series 3 are no longer being made, however they are AMAZING loudspeakers for the money.

You might be able to find a set of the super cheap if you look around. Some of the dealers are even offering crazy prices on the new Series 4 so that they can get people in the door...

Intercooler
06-13-2007, 11:02 AM
I was kind of looking for a PNP bundled system that maybe I could add or change later if something better comes out.

shortyg83
06-13-2007, 11:18 AM
I use onkyo my self. Their reciever are great. As far as subwoofer My fav is still volodyne.
Some people hate bose some love it. My take is I hate their satalite speakers but i like their higher series starting at 301's and such. If your going to spend that type of money you shouldn't buy a boxed system

shortyg83
06-13-2007, 11:23 AM
but if you must buy htib get this
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-HTS990THX-Component-Theater-System/dp/B000FNFU16/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-2894307-3308647?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1181749241&sr=8-1

tprj82
06-13-2007, 12:44 PM
i love my harmon pieces, onkyo's are nice i just like hk a little more

Intercooler
06-13-2007, 01:32 PM
Going to Tweeter and Circuit City tonight to look at those. My LR is fairly small 13x12 so I would have speakers a plenty with that setup. I have been also thinking about just adding a sub to my Sony Mini-Shelf until I sell this house and move. Maybe the guys at Tweeter can help me deciding. I plan on drawing up my room layout and Sony system specs/connections so they can see if it will do what I want. I want to add a Blue-Ray/HDDVD combo later (taxes) to the system :wow:

1loudsuv
06-13-2007, 01:58 PM
. My LR is fairly small 13x12 so I would have speakers a plenty with that setup. . I want to add a Blue-Ray/HDDVD combo later (taxes) to the system :wow:


if your going blu ray or hd dvd then no ifs about it you need the onkyo 605 or at least the 604.

ps. most all htib **** behind. i had a yamaha htib that costed me $400 and i took apart the speakers and their rated at 30 watts lol and the receiver claimed to be 120 watts. plus the boxes where ******... like 1/2" particle board.

i think the b&w and onkyo system would kick behind and so would the onkyo and av 123 speakers.

djman37
06-13-2007, 02:02 PM
i've been pleased with my klipsch promedia 2.1. a couple of guys here at work use these
http://www.klipsch.com/products/details/promedia-ultra-5-1.aspx

WulfComp
06-13-2007, 02:16 PM
As far a HTIB systems, I haven't found anything that compares to the Onkyo. They are very well balanced, provide great sound, and their sub is better than some I have heard purchased separately. In total honesty I don't think you would be disappointed getting HT-S790, HT-S990THX, or the new HT-SR800 which has HDMI.

1loudsuv
06-13-2007, 04:54 PM
As far a HTIB systems, I haven't found anything that compares to the Onkyo. They are very well balanced, provide great sound, and their sub is better than some I have heard purchased separately. In total honesty I don't think you would be disappointed getting HT-S790, HT-S990THX, or the new HT-SR800 which has HDMI.

does it pass 1080p?
does it use the audio side?

some receivers are just switchers and limited to 1080i. in switchers i mean they only send the audio to the tv and dont use it.

the onkyo 604-5 are both 1080p and process the audio. just that the 605 is hdmi 1.3 so in the future when theirs an update for the ps3 to send truehd and dts hd ma as bitstream then the receiver will decode those formats until then the ps3 only sends it as pcm which is jsut as good but it only decodes truehd at the moment and with dts hdma you only get the core which is only 1.5 MB like listining to a dts track

Intercooler
06-14-2007, 12:07 AM
I am trying to stay around 1k-1.2k until I get moved. I listened to this one just now at Circuit City:

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Denon-Home-Theater-System-DHT687BA/sem/rpsm/oid/159500/catOid/-12954/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do
Denon receiver with Boston speakers. Sounded pretty good and the speakers are low profile.

$899.00 right now


I also looked at this Onkyo but they didn't have it hooked up. The guy I was working with said this is the next best thing in that range and has the 2 HDMI to 1 output which the other one doesn't. This also seemed pretty low profile to me and $799.00 now:

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Denon-Home-Theater-System-DHT687BA/sem/rpsm/oid/159500/catOid/-12954/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do


FWIW if you read the reviews on the Denon/Boston Acoustics piece it seems the setup takes a visit to the house by a Pro :blackeye:

Intercooler
06-15-2007, 03:19 PM
Anyone know a site with several of these systems/listings to view features and prices.