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Digital Designs
12-20-2008, 04:29 PM
I need a surround sound setup for my new TV I just bought. I have a DVD Player already, so I dont need that. Just speakers and whatever else needed to make it plug and play. My DVD player is a Philips DVP3962 if that helps at all. I would like a 5.1 system but anything with a powered sub would do fine. Please let me know what you have.

BTW: I dont have much to spend so anything sub-$100 would be great.

shaneb
12-20-2008, 04:31 PM
wal mart

Digital Designs
12-20-2008, 04:53 PM
wal mart

I was hoping to maybe get something better that is used.

SSS 18734
12-20-2008, 05:06 PM
For less than $100, you should look for older equipment from craigslist, ebay, and occasionally your local goodwill.

My dorm system consists of a Sony 5.1 reciever, a pair of 3-way Onkyo towers with a 12" woofer in each one, a pair of JVC bookshelf speakers as a center channel, and a pair of Sony bookshelf speakers for the rear. I'd get a subwoofer, but it really is overkill for a dorm.

It cost me about $100. With some tweaking, it sounds much better than any $600 HTIB system.

Digital Designs
12-20-2008, 05:11 PM
For less than $100, you should look for older equipment from craigslist, ebay, and occasionally your local goodwill.

My dorm system consists of a Sony 5.1 reciever, a pair of 3-way Onkyo towers with a 12" woofer in each one, a pair of JVC bookshelf speakers as a center channel, and a pair of Sony bookshelf speakers for the rear. I'd get a subwoofer, but it really is overkill for a dorm.

It cost me about $100. With some tweaking, it sounds much better than any $600 HTIB system.

Well, one question I have is what all do I need? It isn't like a computer setup where I just get the speakers and they are powered? I need a receiver too?

SSS 18734
12-20-2008, 05:18 PM
Well, one question I have is what all do I need? It isn't like a computer setup where I just get the speakers and they are powered? I need a receiver too?

A system starts at the receiver. The point of a 5.1 system to is have 5 independent channels. An in-box computer system only gives you stereo output. The receiver also gives you a lot of tuning flexibility. You can use the receiver to power your speakers as well.

At the least, you're going to need:
1) A receiver
2) A front stage (center channel + two front speakers)
3) Rears
4) Wiring (You'll need either a 5.1, coaxial, or a digital cable in order to have true surround sound)

Digital Designs
12-20-2008, 05:21 PM
A system starts at the receiver. The point of a 5.1 system to is have 5 independent channels. An in-box computer system only gives you stereo output. The receiver also gives you a lot of tuning flexibility.

You can use the receiver to power your speakers as well.

Where is a good place to buy a receiver? Do the cheap systems at say, Wal-Mart, have a receiver in them? What is a good cheap receiver?

AudioFreak
12-20-2008, 05:21 PM
I got a mint Onkyo 5.1 ill sell you for $100 + shipping

Digital Designs
12-20-2008, 05:24 PM
I got a mint Onkyo 5.1 ill sell you for $100 + shipping

Well, I was hoping to get everything for close to that price. So I think I will have to pass :crap:

SSS 18734
12-20-2008, 05:31 PM
Where is a good place to buy a receiver? Do the cheap systems at say, Wal-Mart, have a receiver in them? What is a good cheap receiver?

They do, but any HTIB you buy for $100 is a POS. You'll essentially get a cheap reciever with no tuning capabilities, five speakers that are similar to the ones you already have in your television, and a 6" subwoofer with 15 watts going to it.

I would personally rather look for older components and put it together myself. You might go a little over $100, but it would be well worth the effort and extra price tag. The other day I was in goodwill and saw a Yamaha 5.1 reciever and two 10" 3-way Yamaha towers for $110. Just that would be significantly better than a $100 5.1 HTIB.