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Quality HTIB or Piece by piece??


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#1 of 7 Tim N

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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:02 AM

Greetings,

I would appreciate some help in deciding what to do for a 5.1 home theatre system. I have approx $800 CAD to spend.

We recently finished our basement and, of course, made a media room. I was smart enough to prewire for surround speakers and figure out my layout before I built the room. The room is relatively small at 15'x15'. It connects behind to a pingpong room. I currently have the stereo that I have had for 8 years or so. A Technics amp that has simulated surround sound capabilities with 2 huge 12" tower mains. I currently don't have a 5.1 setup but I want one. The question is, should I get a quality home theatre in a box or should I add speakers to my huge tower mains?


Option #1:
Home Theatre in a Box:

I have been looking at the Yamaha YHT9505xm system (I'm not aloud to post links yet but check the yamaha website). I don't need a dvd player as I'm running my xbox360 for dvds and games(i also have digital satellite). The Yamaha system looks good at $800 CAD. I was talking to a bestbuy rep about my speaker dilemma and he said that the positives about a HTIB is that the speakers are fine tuned to work with each other. If were to mix and match speakers, although more powerful, I could loose some dynamics.
This option would also increase my media room space as I wouldn't have my big mains taking up space. I could also bring my mains and old receiver into another room and have a system there.

Options #2:
Add to the Technics 12" Mains:

I know Technics isn't a great brand, but the mains sound good. If I were to get a full system, I would be adding to the mains with the possibility of upgrading the mains in the future to match the rest of the system. My current technics receiver must go so I would have to purchase:
a) a new receiver
b) new bookshelf surrounds
c) centre channel speaker
d) bass. The bass in my mains might be enough so I might not need this.

I looked at Visions and talked with the rep there. He figured it would cost around $800 CAD to get:
a) polk M30 surround speakers
b) polk CS1 centre channel
c) a decent ONKyo receiver


What should I do? Should I get an above average HTIB or should I piece together my system?

Do you have any other suggestions for a quality HTIB other than the Yamaha YHT9505xm?

#2 of 7 Lunarfaze

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Posted December 13 2006 - 12:59 PM

Perhaps an Onkyo receiver and a complete 6 speaker system like a Polk RM6800 or Athena's? That might fit into your budget. I am in a similar boat where I just purchased a Sony STR-DE998 receiver and have only $300 left for speakers! Posted Image

Let us know what you decide on.

#3 of 7 Luis Gabriel Gerena

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Posted December 13 2006 - 05:29 PM

Sorry but quality and HTIB is not two words I will put together... If I were you I will put it piece by piece. Speakers will be with you for a LONG time so buy wisely and you wont have to upgrade for a long time...just IMHO of course.
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#4 of 7 Phil_O

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Posted December 13 2006 - 10:57 PM

And try not to listen to Best Buy guys for advice on speakers! You might end up with a nice Bose system that is "finely tuned" to work together!

I agree with the others, save a bit more and build piece by piece, buy a matched set of 3 up front and add surround later if you have to. It took me a while to get all my stuff sorted out too!
Denon 3805 | Paradigm Monitor 5's front, CC370, ADP150 rear | Mirage BPS400 sub (the "Legend" I call it! - going strong since 1998!) | Toshiba SD DVD player | Tons of DVDs/CDs! | Nad c541i CDP | Main computer has 1080p 24" monitor, Logitech 5.1 system

#5 of 7 Isaiah

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Posted December 13 2006 - 11:54 PM

I would go piece by piece, looking for the best deals. Closeouts, factory refurbs, etc.

Do you have the ability to build a subwoofer? It would definitely give you the best value.

Receiver:
http://www.accessori....em/ONKTXSR504B

Sub:
http://www.partsexpr....number=300-750
http://www.partsexpr....number=295-560
OR
http://www.accessori....em/MORDMS907BL
OR
There are other $200 subs out there.

5 Channels:
http://www.accessori....MORDMS300SYSLV
OR 3 pairs of these for 6.1
http://www.partsexpr....number=250-675
http://www.partsexpr....number=250-680

The Pioneers are in-effecient and cheap, but I've heard them at a store and I guarantee they sound better than a Yamaha HTIB.

PS+ Don't listen to any big chain sales person, they're not your friend.

#6 of 7 Tim N

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Posted December 15 2006 - 08:52 AM

Thanks for the help.

Has anyone looked at the Yamaha yht9505xm? It looks like a decent HTIB system. One friend of mine suggested that I get the yamaha system and if it still lacks power, use my existing technic 12" mains with it.

Who would have ever thought that home audio would be so complicated. Thanks for the help though. I think I'm leaning towards piece by piece.

#7 of 7 frogpond

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Posted December 15 2006 - 09:15 AM

Our room is 13x16 so it is relatively small. One place to check out is SVS and thier b-stock here: https://svsound.com/....category_ID=12

Scroll down and there are b-stock center channels and left/right sets for a good price.