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Best "Theatre in a box" for under $350

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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   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 OFFLINE   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 OFFLINE   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

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