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Best "Theatre in a box" for under $350


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#1 of 3 Carlos^Gon

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Posted August 27 2003 - 04:06 PM

I want to buy one for the basement cause it is now like a den type thing. Im looking for one that has built in dvd/fm/am/vcd support. Thanks

#2 of 3 Mike-Post

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Posted August 28 2003 - 05:15 AM

I found this one for $270

Phiips MX3900D

dvd
• 5 Disc Changer
• Plays CD, CD-RW, MP3-CD*, VCD, DVD, DVD+R/RW, Picture CD (Kodak, JPEG)
• Parental control
• Play modes (repeat/program)
* Plays MP3-CD (supports 32, 56, 64, 96, 128, 256 kbps and variable bit rate)tuner
• FM/AM Digital tuning with 40 presets sound
• Bass & Treble Control
• Digital Sound Modes:
rock, digital, jazz, classic, drama, action, sci-fi,
concert
• Surround Modes:
DTS, Dolby Digital, MATRIX Surround,MPEG Multichannel, Virtual Surround
• ClearVoice™ dialogue enhancement
• Personalized room setting with Seating Control amplifier
• 6 x 75 watts RMS
• 450 watts Total Power loudspeaker boxes
• 4 dual driver speakers (L, R, SL, SR)
• Cinema center speaker with 5 Multi-
directional speaker drivers
• 75W Twin Port Subwoofer connections
• Audio input:
- analog : AUX, TV in (cinch)
- digital : 1 x optical
• Audio output:
- analog : Line out (cinch)
- digital : 1 x optical
• Video output:
- Composite (cinch)
- S-Video (Hosiden)
- Component (YUV)
• Headphone : 6.3mm chrome plated
• Antenna : FM click-fit, AM loop
• Speakers : click fit general
• Volume indication of each individual speaker
• User friendly On Screen Display
• Eco power standby mode (<1 watt)
• Clock/Sleep Timer
• Plug & Play
• 40 keys Remote Control with Joystick Seating Control
Seating Control gives you:
• Real total immersion because you can choose your
preferred seat
• Direct adjustment of your seating position via Joystick
Remote Control
• Easy set up of 3D speaker settings by simply selecting
your room layout Cinema Center Speaker™
Philips Cinema Center Speaker™ brings:
• Wider sweet spot through no less than 5 drivers
positioned at different angles
• More depth in sound through clearly distinguishing
front from background, and action from dialogue
• Natural and crystal clear sound reproduction through
the revolutionary new 2" full range woofers

I love it so far. (for the price, that is)

I spent a bunch on my TV (Sony KV-HS510), so I wanted to get a HTIB on the cheap side. Building a real system next year.

I believe it came from techdepot.com + I googled for a coupon code.

Good luck

#3 of 3 ChuckSolo

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Posted August 28 2003 - 06:12 AM

If you do some judicious shopping, you can get a good starter system by buying entry level separates. Separates are desireable because you can add on to them where as with a HTiB, you are pretty much limited to what can be attached to it. Especially in that price range. I got the following for my bedroom:

Sherwood 500 watt A/V receiver DTS/DD5.1 decoding = $125.00
AudioSource 6 Speakersystem w/powered subwoofer = $122.00
Zenith DVD/VCR combo = $169.00

While this system is about 60 bucks more than you want to spend, you don't have to spend that much on the DVD player. I wanted a combo because of the large VHS movie collection I have. Shave about 60 bucks off the DVD player and you should be able to come in just about where you want to be. The receiver does not have component or S-Video switching and only has spring connectors for the speakers, but for the price it is a lot of receiver. It does have one optical digital input and two coaxial digital inputs. I actually got my receiver for $79.99 at www.outpost.com but they are always out of stock on it. It can be had however for the $125.00 I mentioned at Circuit City. The performance of the receiver impressed me so much that I went ahead and bought a second one for my den. I paid the same as I paid at outpost because Circuit City agreed to price match the unit.Posted Image