Complete noob - Amp? Speakers? Etc?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by aaronCL, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. aaronCL

    aaronCL Auditioning

    Jan 16, 2006
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    Hi there, I've got a pretty basic 27 inch tv set with my cable, dvd-player, and gamecube attached. I'm getting a new entertainment center, and want some sound to match it. I mentioned buying a HT-in-a-box to somebody, and was told that it would be a complete and utter waste of $200 or so. I was told that instead, I should buy a stereo receiver and some cheap speakers separately, then when I had more money, buy better speakers or whatnot.

    Here's my situation. I live in an apt complex, so I don't need 1000w of power. I can have a decent amount of bass, just can't shake the building very often. Can't justify spending a thousand or so on a system. I'd be looking at spending $2-400 total, maybe more depending on what it takes.. I know a lot about computer sound systems, but know jack about setting up a HT. And I'm just NOT willing to go to a electronics store just to be taken advantage of by salesmen [​IMG] Surround would be nice, but my preference is to have good sound, and a 2.1 or something would be perfectly fine with me.

    Advice? Tips? Thanks!!
  2. John S

    John S Producer

    Nov 4, 2003
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    Look into some of the Onkyo systems. Like the 770 system.

    This is not really an HTIB but separate full featured components bundled together.

    As far as a $200 HTIB being a waste of money. I'd review each offering separately. But, another thread on here right now, seems more indicative of the sorts of limitations HTIB's may inflict upon you.
  3. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

    Jun 3, 1999
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    Since you're asking for purchasing advice, your thread has been moved. The Basics area is for general discssion at the beginner level.
  4. aaronCL

    aaronCL Auditioning

    Jan 16, 2006
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    Thanks for the advice John! Looks like a pretty good system, and can be found refurbed for ~$350 shipped [​IMG] So I shouldn't have any problem getting my cable, dvd player, and gamecube hooked up to this thing?
  5. aaronCL

    aaronCL Auditioning

    Jan 16, 2006
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    crap.. apparently i am not allowed to link the two receivers I was wondering about until I've got 15 posts...

    Here are two receivers I've been looking at. Is either Onkyo or Panasonic better known for quality? Precious little difference between the two? Better receiver for ~$200-250? Thanks!



    7.1 Channel Surround Sound or Stereo / 100 Watts per channel in either mode / Dolby Digital EX / DTS ES / Dolby Pro Logic II / SILVER

    Panasonic SA-XR55 Home-theater Receiver for A/V Surround Sound - If you use a DVD player on your TV or plan to Upgrade to HDTV soon, having multichannel surround sound is extremely important to complete the truest home-theater experience. Though HDTV offers a 5.1 channel surround mode, this receiver can deliver76.1 Channels for new DVD output. So you've got the choice of your surround mode. This receiver also has a Stereo mode for your Audio recordings. Let's call this a receiver for all seasons!
    100 Watts per channel in surround or stereo modes (at 8 ohms)
    Port for adding a powered Subwoofer
    Digitally-tuned AM/FM Tuner with up to 30 User Programmable station Memory presets
    Convenient terminals for connecting surround sound speakers (speakers not included)
    Jack for listening in privacy with Optional Headphones
    Rear Audio Inputs - RCA: 4, Coaxial: 1, Optical: 2
    Rear Video Inputs - Composite: 3, S-Video: 3, Component: 2
    Selectable DSP modes
    Port for adding external FM antenna
    Slim Design - 2.9" H x 16.9" W x 14.7" D
    Weighs 8.8 Pounds
    Includes Remote Control
    Silver Finish


    Onkyo TXSR503B

    Detailed Specifications:
    Power Specifications

    Front L/R: 75 W/Ch

    Center: 75 W

    Surround L/R: 75 W/Ch

    Surround Back: 75 W

    Amplifier Design

    Color Coded Speaker Terminals

    Identical Full-Bandwidth Channels: 5

    Reduced NFB (Negative Feedback) Design

    WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)

    Non-Scaling Configuration

    DACs: 192 kHz/24-Bit x 7

    High Current Low Impedance Drive

    All Discrete Output Stage Amplifiers

    Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry

    Home Theater Features

    Extended Frequency Response (+ 1 dB, - 3 dB): 10 Hz-100 kHz

    DTS 96/24

    DTS, DTS-ES Discrete/Matrix 6.1, DTS Neo:6

    Dolby ProLogic IIx

    Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

    Dolby Digital EX

    A-Form Listening Mode Memory

    Multichannel Input: 5.1


    Digital Soundfield Processing Modes: 9

    Late Night Mode

    Crossover Adjustment


    Audio and AV Inputs: 2/4

    HDTV-Ready Component Video Input/Output

    Front-Panel Video Input (with S-Video)

    S-Video Compatible Jacks Input/Output: 4/2

    Digital Inputs: 3 Optical, 1 Coaxial

    Subwoofer Pre Outs: 1

    Other Features

    Dot-Matrix Display

    Display Dimmer 3 Levels

    Dual Banana Plug Compatible Speaker Terminals

    Sleep Timer (90 minutes; 10-min steps)

    A/B Speaker Drive A and B

    Tuner Features

    Number of Presets (FM/AM): 30


    Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8 x 5-7/8 x 14-3/4 inches

    Weight: 20.7 lbs

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