Onkyo HT-S9400 Questions

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  1. Osueric27

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    Hello all. I am new to the forum and have been reading through looking for suggestions. I found the following system at ac4l.com and had a few questions.
    http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/ONKHTS9400/Onkyo-HT-S9400-THX-7.1-Ch-Network-Home-Theater-Receiver/Speaker/1.html
    1. Is this a pretty good system for the money? My room is about 20 x 20. I watch mostly sports and movies and like to listen to music.
    2. Are there some aftermarket brackets I could use to mount these speakers in the wall? I would assume I could take the speakers out of the box.
    3. I looked at the specs but did not see if this system could support a second zone. I have two speakers wired out to my pool. I think this can also support the app to control the receiver from Onkyo.
    4. I think for $599 this appears to be a pretty good system. If anyone has another suggestion that may be better I am all ears as I know there are some very well versed folks on here.
    5. Thoughts on this being a refurb? Should I purchase an extended warranty?
    Thanks for the help!
    Eric
     
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    For an easy to purchase and setup system I think it's pretty good. You "might" be able to piece together a better system for about the same money but you would have to do a lot of research and catch the stuff on sale. Polk Monitors from newegg.com, a sub from Partsexpress.com and a receiver on closeout from who knows where might work but you would have a hard time doing it for $600. I think the receiver in the 9400 is pretty close to the Onkyo 609. That's about $329 by itself leaving only $271 for speakers and a subwoofer.
    A refurb is a bit of a gamble but they do come with a factory warranty and sometimes a brand new product will have issues as well (some of them become refurbs?).
    And don't use the wires/cables that come with any pre-packaged system. Get them from a discount or home improvement store. Monoprice.com and partsexpress are good places for that stuff.
    The receiver in the 9400 has a powered Zone 2 for additional speakers in another room.
    What do you mean take the speakers out of the box? Besides, I think those speakers are rear-ported. Not good to place them against the wall covering up the port. If you try it anyway then stick a sock in the port and see it sounds O.K. The speakers won't play as deep as they would have without the sock but the bass might seem tighter. Maybe.
     
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    Thanks Gene! Any suggestions on in wall speakers? Something good quality and sound but reasonably priced, say 4 in wall and one center for under $500.
     
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    At that price, the Dayton ones from PE always receive excellent reviews. I've used their cheapest models for in-ceiling surrounds on 2 different systems.
    Left & right - http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-462
    Center - http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-468
    Surrounds - http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-036
     
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    Actually, after doing some research I have decided to up my budget to $1500. I would like to build a system. I am going to kill this thread and start a new one with a different title.
     
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    Thanks Robert! Those are great suggestions. I did start another thread specifically stating what I am looking for. If you have some time take a look and let me know your thoughts.
    Thanks again,
    Eric
     

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