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Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by David.DJ, Apr 30, 2003.

  1. David.DJ

    David.DJ Auditioning

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    yes , i am a newbie to home theater system in a box. i was wondering if you guys can help me find a home theater in a box that is atlest between 200-330watts of power and under $230. i also want to hook up my dvd player, xbox system, and other home audio hardware, so i can have surround sound. pls help

    also, when i was researching for a home theater in a box, i checked out this RCA RT2350 is this good enough for my xbox and other home audio hardware to plug in, so i can have a surround sound. and does player a dolby digital 5.1 surround or is it about the same.

    pls rate it between 1-10 thank you.
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    David, run a search in this section as well as the Receivers/Amps section to find info on HTiBs. Audio/Video Sources also contains a number of posts/threads about all-in-one systems.

    But the real reason I am responding to you is to disabuse you of the notion of "200-330 watts" of power from these concoctions. Such inflated figures are arrived at disengenuously, usually with the included receiver being driven into 6 ohms and measured at 1 kHz with only one channel driven and then multiplied by five (for five channels). Don't be misled by such egregious power claims.
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Lead Actor

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    Yep, power output claims are all non-standard bullpoo anyway. Ignore them. Search here, read and get a feel for reputation of quality. It will serve you better than an Aiwa huck of junk that touts 400 watts.

    -vince
     
  4. Barry BB

    Barry BB Stunt Coordinator

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    In all honesty $230 will not buy you anything that you could put into the "decent" category. You should think about holding off until you can get up to the $500 to $600 range. Then you are in Kenwood HTIB or JBL territory which are both excellent low end set ups.
     
  5. SteveKNJ

    SteveKNJ Stunt Coordinator

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    I would suggest staying away from the RCAs at any costs. They have a reputation of making poor quality products (I can attest to that first hand..I had an RCA HTiB that the receiver was fried after about a month's use and it was unfixable). I would do as it is suggested here and save up a little more money and go for the Onkyo or Kenwood setups. Or you could do what I did, buy a Kenwood 6050 receiver (onsale at BB for $229 this week), a set of Onkyo refurb speakers from their website ($180 shipped), which are highly recommended in this forum (they were supposed to have cosmetic damage, but I couldn't find any damage), and go for one of those sub $100 DVD players (I got a Toshiba for $77 at Sears), so for about $400 you could get a relatively good system for starters that you can upgrade when you get more funds. Of course if what you have is the limit of your funds, get the receiver and a set of inexpesive speakers to start and slowly build up...
     

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